How does a mosquito trap work?
Since the emergence of West Nile Virus (WNV) in North America in the 1990's, mosquito traps are becoming increasingly popular in backyards across the U.S. and Canada. Most mosquito traps utilize a combination of carbon dioxide (CO2), heat, light, and chemical attractants to lure biting female mosquitoes to a suction device (vacuum) or glue board which then traps and kills the mosquito. As more and more female mosquitoes are trapped, the breeding pool is essentially reduced. Over time, the population in the area around the trap will collapse. This may take several weeks after the installation of a mosquito trap.
Mosquito trap reviews
Unfortunately, not all mosquito traps are created equally. There is little doubt that a mosquito trap utilizing carbon dioxide (CO2) offer the best mosquito trapping capacity. They mimic mosquito traps created by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), but are far more economical and therefore available for general residential use. Testing of mosquito traps has been carried out by a wide array of universities, agricultural bodies, and consumer organizations like Consumer Reports Magazine. The results leave a lot to be desired, as it is difficult to replicate real-world conditions in a lab-type environment. For instances, one species of mosquito may be attracted to a mosquito trap containing an octenol attractant, whereas it may actually repel several other species, including the one in your back yard! However, some common ground in test results has been found. The Mosquito Magnet, and the more affordable Lentek Mosquito Trap have ranked highly for most tests. The Mosquito Magnet Liberty and Pro models are praised for their simple operation and high capture rates. The Lentek Mosquito Trap is praised for its lower price, equally impressive capture rate, and more powerful fan that is more effective at catching other larger biting insects in addition to mosquitoes.
Should you buy a mosquito trap?
So, in the end, do mosquito traps work? Most mosquito traps utilizing carbon dioxide as an attractant are quite effective. Other technologies have been proven to be far LESS effective. Trap location, wind directions, and the layout of your yard and outdoor living spaces will all an important role in determining how effective a mosquito trap is as part of your overall mosquito control program.
The bottom line is that you should research all available resources to determine which specific unit will best suit your needs. The good news is that there are products out there that can help reduce your mosquito woes.