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In the United States there is a number of different brands of mosquito traps available to domestic consumers. Despite claims, many do not work well.
In this section we’ve reviewed 7 of the more well-known brands of mosquito traps, what they do, how they work and more importantly, how consumers rate them.
Mosquito Trap Features
The main design feature of most mosquito traps is the use of propane (or LPG) which is combusted to produce carbon dioxide (CO2), water vapor and heat to attract mosquitoes. Propane is non-toxic but poses a risk of explosion and fire if it leaks. Most traps have been designed to run continuously until the propane tank runs dry which takes between 14 and 21 days depending on the type of trap.
Then there are electric traps that operate on a 12 volt system and use a combination of light, shape, heat, movement, and color to attract mosquitoes.
Brands of Mosquito Traps
The USA is now a mature market which can in large part be attributed to the early success of American Biophysics Corporation with its Mosquito Magnet® traps. Others include SkeeterVac® from Blue Rhino, Mosquito Power Traps from Flowtron® which is owned by Armatron International. Inc, the Lentek mosquito trap which is now marketed by Koolatron, the Mega-Catch™ range of traps by Envirosafe Technologies, the NOsquito® Mosquito Vacuum by Kaz, Inc, and Dynatrap®.
A number of old fashioned bug zappers are marketed as mosquito traps. The leading example in the USA is the Stinger range marketed by Kaz, Inc. However, while zappers do kill a large number of insects, less than 7% are mosquitoes. So bug zappers not included!
Many mosquito species bite not only humans but other warm blooded creatures like dogs, horses and birds.