Awareness of mosquito-borne illness is on the rise, and you may be worried that insect repellents alone may be insufficient to protect you and your family, especially in your own backyard. A mosquito trap might be the answer. It’s a device that eliminates mosquitoes rather than simply repelling them.
How Mosquito Traps Work
Rather than keeping mosquitoes away from an area and the people in it, mosquito traps work by attracting the pests to the area and then killing them. Mosquito traps emit a combination of carbon dioxide, and octenol (a chemical attractant) that lures mosquitoes, who mistake the scent of the two substances for human breath.
Don’t expect immediate results from a mosquito trap. It takes about 7 to 10 days for a mosquito trap to thin out an established population. During that time, you’ll need to rely on mosquito repellants for maximum protection. If you see fewer mosquitoes around and you’re catching fewer in the mosquito trap, you know you’re winning the battle.
The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) reports that the science behind mosquito traps is solid and that mosquito traps perform “very well” in scientific trials. How well a mosquito trap performs in your yard is a question of proper maintenance, the number of mosquito sources and the species of mosquitoes that plagues you.
User reviews of mosquito traps can be helpful, but make sure to read reviews from people who live in your state or near your home, as they’re likely dealing with the same species of mosquito that you have.