Mega-Catch™ Mosquito Trap Review
Mega-Catch™ Mosquito Traps – www.megacatch.com
EnviroSafe Technologies manufactures the Mega-Catch™ range of Mosquito Traps, which have been available in the U.S. since 2002. What differentiates Mega-Catch™ from the likes of Mosquito Magnet®, Flowtron® and SkeeterVac is that they do not use propane to produce CO2 and offer an innovative attractant system.
Mega-Catch™ Ultra Trap with CO2 Cylinder
Introduced in 2011 the Pro 900 Series replaces the earlier 600/800 series mosquito traps.
- Pro 900 Ultra Mosquito Trap (CO2 ready)
- Pro 900 Premier XC with CO2 upgrade option
- Pro 900 Premier
- Pro 900 Alpha
Mega-Catch™ traps use a combination of sensory signals including visible and invisible light from an integrated lighting display, color, shape, movement, vibration, texture from an exhaust skirt and infra red heat sources to attract mosquitoes. Enticed to the trap, mosquitoes are swept through a fan and into either a catch bag or a wet catch container. Mega-Catch™ maintain their Mosquito Traps don't need Carbon Dioxide (CO2) to attract mosquitoes however they do offer an optional CO2 slow gas release system on their flagship Ultra trap.
The system is entirely optional i.e. while the system is designed to increase capture rates (by as much as 400%) it is not essential to the effective operation of the Traps. Even without the system, or with the system turned off, the Traps will catch significant numbers of mosquitoes and other biting insects.
The Ultra comes CO2 ready and contains all the hardware needed to connect the trap to a CO2 cylinder (not included). An optional upgrade kit (sold separately) is also available for the Premier XC trap which converts this trap to top-of-the-line Ultra specifications, making it CO2 capable. The Ultra and Premier XC models incorporate a multifunctional programmable timer and Mosquito Attracting Stimuli settings (MAS). The MAS settings provide thousands of options, enabling the traps to be customized and fine-tuned to target specific mosquito species.
The use of attractants is optional in all their traps and Mega-Catch™ currently offer an octenol fragrance strip. These Mega-Catch™ Octenol lures contain minute quantities of synthetic Octenol and other specially formulated ingredients which are designed to attract mosquitoes and other biting insects including biting midges (no-see-ums), sand flies and black flies.
The company maintain their traps are self-serviceable, and simple enough that customers don't need to send them away for service or repair; but can easily do this themselves. Customer Service ratings appear high as a result of this feature, with a number of favourable reviews from customers in relation to both their Premier and Ultra traps. One customer testimonial says "When my Mega- Catch units needed service, not only was I able to download the complete service and parts manuals online, but Envirosafe sent me free of charge all the parts needed to upgrade my two units to the latest production configuration, and provided free advice on repairs". Source.
Mega-Catch™ have had indepedent tests conducted on their traps against competitors such as Mosquito Magnet®, Lentek™ (Koolatron™) and Flowtron® all showing that their traps outperform the competition Source.
What they Say:
Mega-Catch™ Ultra MCU-800
" I have had two of the Mega-Catch Ultra traps for five years and I have nothing but praise for them. Not only do they catch mosquitoes but also those black flies that look like house flies but bite like crazy. And the customer service is the best I have ever received on any item I've purchased on the net." source
"I am going on my third summer season using the Mega Catch `Ultra' and I am thrilled with the results. Our home is located next to a flood irrigated field which has kept us from enjoying our backyard during the summer for years. Since using the machine I have learned that to get the best results, connect the machine to a CO2 tank and use the `wet' dish." source
Mega-Catch™ Premier MCP-800
"It's amazing the difference in reviews! I couldn't go in my backyard without being swarmed with mosquito's before I hooked this up. After I hooked it up the mosquito's were nearly gone. Sure I would see a few over 30 minutes but beforehand I was killing several over a minute. I never even bothered with the lure. I just used some soapy water and put it where the mosquito's were the worst". source
Mega-Catch™ Alpha MCA-600
" It's possible that this trap may work for some other mosquito species, but if your problem is the Asian tiger mosquito, the Mega-Catch Alpha doesn't do any good". source
" The most effective way for the trap to work is to run it continuously for the first 6-8 weeks. After a couple of weeks there was a noticeable difference in the number of bites we were getting! We even ran it in the house for several nights and have not had a mosquito bite inside the house since then!"
Mega-Catch™ Premier MCPxc-900
" I bought this after some research and consistent bad reviews for the Mosquito Magnet. Opening the box was disappointing (due to the price), but I thought I'd give it a try. Without the CO2 hookup it worked no better than my zapper light, but seemed to kill less moths. I finally got around to getting a CO2 tank and hooking it up. 4 days later,..OMG...mosquito decimation!! I had actually forgotten about it but had noticed the dramatic drop in the number of mosquitoes at our front door. When I checked the trap, I was stunned. Then I emptied it and could not believe how many mosquitoes were there.
There were 2 things that really impressed me with this unit:
1- How many mosquitoes it caught. Truly astonishing.
2- How many other insects it did not catch. To target this insect so well, what more could you ask for? I will report back if I have any problems, but so far 5 stars*****." source
Mega-Catch™ Alpha MCA-900 (NEW Model)
This quiet machine helps reduce mosquito activity around our deck and backyard. Runs continuously but inconspicuously. Have used it for a few weeks and so far we can tell the difference. Nice product! source
"Works for moths and a few mosquitoes. Bought 2, and on 1 the fan died within the first three weeks. Mosquito Magnet, when it works, is far, far better for mosquitoes, even when both traps are used with octenol. However, it cost much more, and also stops working prematurely even with CO2 cartridge cleaning. So, I would have to say they are about equal in terms of value per dollar spent." source
“I waited a week before checking the mosquito catch on the bottom of the unit and was thrilled to find that it was filled with mosquitoes, although I didn't quite realize that it would also catch moths. I would rather not kill them, but it is a small price to pay to have a useable porch and backyard for 6 months out of the year. Of course, Mega-Catch is not a miracle machine; if you are going to be outside for extended periods of time I would certainly recommend that you use some type of all natural bug repellant as well as not use perfume, but overall this unit works incredibly well. Actually, it works so well that I recommended that my daughter's school purchase multiple units for their play yard”. source.
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