Looking for the best mosquito traps in 2018?
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In this guide, you can expect to learn:
- What are mosquito traps and how do they work?
- Can you use them indoors or only outdoors?
- What to look for when buying them?
- Main types of mosquito traps?
- And our top 5 picks!
Our Overall #1 Rated Pick
(updated as of 5/4/2018)
We're sure you came here looking for the new mosquito killing contraption capable of wiping out populations in days...
Such a thing doesn't exist yet, instead, the traditional Flowtron DK-15D "bug zapper" we've all grown up with tops our list.
It's affordable, easy to setup, and actually works (consistently).
Out of the box its attracting range is 1/2 acre, which is okay, but we do recommend opting for the additional mosquito attractant like Octenol to expand the range up to 1-1.5 acres, which captures most of the mosquito harborage locations.
We did like the Dynatrap dt2000xl for people who want something ready to go out of the box, but it does come with a little higher price tag. It's worth a look if your budget allows for it because it can save you time in setup as it comes preloaded with 3 powerful attractants (UV Light, CO2 Emitter, and Heat).
Want to learn more about mosquito traps, how they work, and the rest of the products we reviewed? Keep on reading!
The best mosquito traps give comfort and protection from those annoying insects that carry diseases, bite us, and generally lower our standard of living.
I can think of nothing more torturous than hearing a buzzing sound in my ear as I fall asleep. We need to take action to reduce the impact that they have on our lives.
A mosquito trap is a great device in the war against those tiny monsters. Don’t expect a 100% success rate all the time, but it’s a useful addition to your mosquito controlling toolkit.
Our Top Mosquito Traps (2018)
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A mosquito trap, also known as a mosquito magnet, is a device that tricks the bugs into thinking it’s a warm-blooded animal. Mosquitoes are smart, but not that smart. They detect the tiny chemicals released from our bodies. If a trap produces a similar set of chemicals, the mosquito goes towards it and gets trapped inside. The best ones mimic our body with a high level of accuracy.
Traps attract mosquitoes and suck them inside where they either die of starvation or drown in a pool of water. Mosquitoes are sensitive to carbon dioxide we breathe out and a chemical called Octanol that’s released when we sweat. They can also detect the heat produced from warm-blooded animals and are sensitive to specific light frequencies. Attractants take advantage to trick the mosquito. The best mosquito traps have an attractant finely tuned and optimized to match the specific sensitivities of the bug.
Indoor Mosquito Traps or Outdoor Only?
Some are for indoor use and others for outdoors. Indoor traps aren’t usually water-resistant and have smaller ranges whereas the outdoor ones tend to use high levels of carbon dioxide.
An Overview Of Indoor Mosquito Traps:
The traps are effective inside a small, enclosed space where they have a limited number of insects to catch. Leave it inside the room, close the door, and within an hour or so it should be clear. Always exit the room or the mosquito will go for you instead. The traps aren’t very powerful and won’t be effective in open spaces like the hallway. An indoor trap is a short-term solution to manage a small number. They tend to be cheap, portable, and use light and heat to attract the mosquitoes. Zappers are also popular.
An Overview Of Outdoor Mosquito Traps:
The purpose of an outdoor trap is to control and reduce the number of female mosquitoes in the area. This leads to a lower rate of reproduction, which over time can all but eradicate the population.
Traps need to be powerful and attract insects over longer distances. Some of the best mosquito traps have a range of more than 300 feet making it an ideal addition to the garden, especially if you live near water. It’s not an instant solution. Most take between six to eight weeks before you can see any significant changes. You need to be strategic and willing to experiment for the best results.
What are the Main Types of Traps?
The more powerful and sophisticated traps imitate the chemicals, scent, and heat profile of a warm-blooded mammal. Others use carbon dioxide, heat, and light.
Carbon Dioxide Mosquito Traps:
Carbon dioxide traps produce a similar emission to human exhalation. Propane-fueled traps are potent carbon dioxide traps - the fuel is converted to the gas.
They’re expensive to buy and maintain over the long-term. You also need to remember that propane is highly flammable.
Heat And Light Mosquito Traps:
These produce different frequencies of infrared and UV light as an attractant. The heat imitates body temperature giving the illusion that they’re about to feast on a mammal. The light uses frequencies that the bugs are sensitive to and zaps them when they approach.
The traps are less powerful but tend to be more versatile. You can use them both indoors and outdoors.
Homemade Mosquito Traps:
Homemade traps are often made using a solution of yeast and sugar to produce carbon dioxide. This attracts the mosquitoes into a container with a pool of water where they drown. It’s not very effective indoors and completely useless outside.
What to Look for When Buying a Mosquito Trap?
Different traps are effective in different places. You need to do your homework and research what’s best for you before you make a purchase. Below are some things to consider before you buy a trap:
What's The Size Of Your Mosquito Problem And What Do You Want To Achieve?
If you’re at infestation level, even the best mosquito traps are ineffective, and you need to consider other more potent methods of eradication. The best mosquito traps for moderate levels are those that have a long range and use carbon dioxide or other powerful attractants. Smaller heat and light traps are great for getting rid of those inside the house or around the garden.
What Types Of Mosquitoes Are In Your Area?
There are more than 3,500 species of mosquitoes in the world, and their habits and tastes vary. You need to think about the type of mosquitoes that are causing the problem. This way you can make sure you invest in something that allows you to optimize it for those conditions. Check out the video below to learn a bite more about mosquito types.
Where Should You Put Mosquito Traps?
This applies mostly for outdoor traps. Mosquitoes prefer the shade, and you want to take advantage of the wind direction. You could use a fan to blow the attractant towards the mosquitoes.
What's Your Budget?
Some are expensive and the running cost over time may be high, especially with ones that use propane. You also need to replace carbon dioxide cylinders and anticipate a high electricity bill. The purpose of an outdoor trap is to diminish the population. This means it needs to be running for a long period of time. Indoor traps are more affordable and use less power.
Yes and no.
The light and infrared traps use electricity. You plug them in, and they do their thing. Powerful carbon dioxide ones may need propane to produce the gas. You also need to replace the carbon dioxide cylinders and attractants over time.
It’s not essential to buy insecticide when you’re using a mosquito trap. But, the results may be much better if you use a mosquito trap with a spray or fogger.
Sometimes yes, sometimes no.
Effectiveness depends on various factors ranging from the size of the population, the location, to the species-specific habits. Even the best mosquito traps can be useless with infestations or if you live near major breeding grounds. This link has more information on mosquitoes and the effectiveness of different traps.
It’s also true that traps may even attract more insects, especially those with longer ranges. This may make the problem worse.
Indoor traps are usually effective at clearing the room. You need to be strategic and don’t turn it on when you’re inside.
Outdoor traps can have amazing results in the long-term when they’re used in combination with other eradication methods. You need to remember that nothing will be 100% and that technology always has its limitations.
Now that we’ve looked at the background, let’s have a look at some of the best mosquito traps. I’ve reviewed each along with a brief description and a short list of the pros and cons. I hope you find this informative to help you find the best trap for you!
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Mosquito Traps Reviewed
Below is a quick recap of the top mosquito traps on the market for 2017. We reviewed each and provided a list of pros and cons to help you make a buying decision!
This is one of the best mosquito traps on the market. It mimics body chemistry with a high degree of accuracy and has a variety of attractants. It also has a range of up 150 feet or 1 acre.
The settings are versatile, which is great because you can fine-tune it to suit your specific mosquito species needs.
This is important because if you set it incorreclty you might just be catching moths all night and not mosquitoes. Make sure to read the directions and call support to set it up correcty for your specific situation.
If you can get it going, it can do some serious damage to mosquito populations with some users reporting 10,000 - 12,000 mosquitoes caught over the course of 2 weeks. Just make sure you get the CO2 attachment to increase the attracting power of the unit.
If you have the budget this would be our recommendation.
The Dynatrap is small and affordable with a coverage of up to 3002 feet. The trap works by using UV light to generate heat and a small level of carbon dioxide before vacuuming them inside. This trap is good for hanging in enclosed spaces, but you can use it outdoors where it isn’t exposed to the elements (rain, wind, etc).
The Dynatrap is a portable trap for small-scale eradication inside the house or an enclosed space. At the same time, it’s quite fragile and may not be powerful enough to stop every mosquito that flies around your house.
For the best results, make sure you open up the whitish segments to allow mosquitoes and insects to fly in.
The Flowtron BK-15D is your traditional (zapping) outdoor electrical insect killer best for about a 1/2 acre of mosquito coverage powered by a 15 watt bulb. This is very affordable and gives good results.
If you want to expand the coverage, you'll need to buy the additional Octenol attractants as add-ons. Just drop the baits in the cup and you're good to go.
Make sure to hang it up on your garage away from your home to let it do its thing. The key thing is to keep it at least 25 ft away from your house for optimal effectiveness. Also try to keep it in an area with little wind to help mosquitoes actually reach the trap.
This product does occasionally attract moths and the occasional bat, which I wasn't too thrilled about because bats actually kill mosquitoes.
This bug zapper uses electricity and a powerful bulb to attract insects, including mosquitoes. When they come into contact, they get zapped. This is a good bug zapper to use inside your house. You can also use it in covered places outdoors. For the best results, leave it on during the night when the only light is coming from the bulb.
Similar to the Flowtron, this bug zapper can also attract beneficial insects and animals that protect your house. Monitor what this is actually killing and adjust accordingly.
Overall, it’s a powerful mosquito repellent to have inside the house. But, at the same time, it’s not very portable and can be noisy. If you need something small to help with your mosquito population, this is probably a good bet.
As opposed to some of the bug zappers noted above, this is a mosquito magnet.
This magnet uses a combination of 3 different attractants to pull mosquitoes into the vicinity of the suction fan, which captures the mosquitoes until they die. The attractants are a ultra violet (UV) fluorescent bulb, a titanium dioxide coated surface, and carbon dioxide (CO2).
This is an outdoor weather resistant product. The effective range is up to 1 acre.
This is proven to be effective at reducing the population of mosquitoes over a period of time. Most claim to see results after a month.
Similar to the Flowtron, we'd recommend keeping this a good distance away from your house as the attractants can (and will) bring swarms of mosquitoes to the area.
Out of the traps we reviewed, we had two main winners. The Flowtron (our budget pick) and the Dyntrap dt2000xl (easiest to setup out of the box).
The Flowtron BK15D is perfect for the more DIY homeowner who wants to hack something together with baits and test the best places to put the trap for the most dead mosquitoes.
It has the traditional "zap" killing method, which can be coupled with any kind of bait you can find to get the best results. Just put the bait in the cup below the trap and you're good to go.
For those who want something a bit more "done for you" we recommend the more expensive Dynatrap dt2000xl.
Although it comes at a higher price tag, it's ready to go with all the the attractants you'll need out of the box. Place it at least 25 ft from your home and out of direct wind for optimal results.
Regardless of which trap you pick, remember that different mosquito species are attracted differently. Also remember that you need to put the traps in places the mosquitoes and can get to them EASILY. Some homeowners put the traps near the ground in windy locations, where it'd be impossible for a mosquito to get to it.
They won't actually open up the trap compartments, never letting the mosquitoes get in near the killing method (fan or zap).
Our point is to read the directs fully before operation, and you will ALWAYS see better results.
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