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Newer carbon dioxide mosquito traps (such as the Mosquito Magnet, Mosquito Magnet Pro, and Mosquito Magnet Liberty use carbon dioxide combined with water vapor heated to an appropriate temperature along with the attractant octenol to trap and destroy mosquitoes. Devices such as these have proven quite effective in mosquito control efforts.
Mosquito Traps such as the Mosquito Magnet Defender can effectively remove up to 90% of mosquitoes from the stated target area. However, because breezes are constantly bringing in mosquitoes from outside the “kill zone”, you will always have a few mosquitoes. Usually, however, the reduction is enough to allow you to enjoy a pest free time in your yard.
Temperature has a lot to do with mosquito activity and viability and should be considered when setting up and running devices such as the Mosquito Magnet Defender.
You should run devices continuously during warmer seasons to catch both day and night-biting mosquitoes. When the temperature is consistently below 50degrees F, however, they will not need to run as much.
The quantity of mosquitoes caught by a Mosquito Magnet varies greatly, depending on both your region's infestation level and the placement of the device on your property.
In tests run in the Florida Everglades (where there are recorded high infestation levels) 1,500 mosquitoes were captured in one night—that's a lot of mosquitoes. In more urban areas, however, catch results will almost always be much less. A good yardstick is to ask yourself, "Are they biting me?". If you find yourself being bitten constantly, it's likely that infestation levels are high in your area.
If, after running a Mosquito Magnet, you still notice mosquitoes on your property don't be alarmed. It is highly likely that the remaining pests are male mosquitoes.
What some people do not realize is that male mosquitoes do not bite and therefore are not a threat. They are also not attracted to many traps as they do not seek a blood meal for breeding purposes like the female mosquitoes do.
Not all mosquito traps are created equally, in fact, there is a huge variance in the performance of units on the market. Virtually all independent tests (including a test by Consumer Reports Magazine in 2003) conclude that the Mosquito Magnet is one of the best performing commercial units on the market.
In order to keep your Mosquito Magnet running (and killing those blood-sucking pests) you will need to fuel it.
Most Mosquito Magnet mosquito traps run on propane, but any combination of propane and butane can be used (including pure butane). Natural gas, however, cannot and should not be used.
If your Mosquito Magnet has been in operation for several weeks and you have recently noticed that it is not catching as many mosquitoes as it used to, this is usually because you have already collapsed the breeding mosquito population around your home. In other words, your mosquito control efforts have been successful. Congratulations!
*Alternatively, a major increase in temperature can also cause a temporary reduction in mosquito populations in your area, as can a drop in temperatures below 50F or 10C.
There are many different species of mosquitoes and each are active at different times of the day. Around the clock operation of your Mosquito Magnet will ensure that each and every species is targeted and trapped.
Long intervals between operations would also give breeding females the opportunity to lay more eggs. The Mosquito Magnet is designed specifically for safe and economical long-term, continuous operation.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|