Mosquito Magnet founded by American Biophysics Corporation now owned by Woodstream Corporation – www.mosquitomagnet.com
All three traps have since been discontinued and replaced (2009) with the following models:
- Mosquito Magnet® Executive
- Mosquito Magnet® Independence
- Mosquito Magnet® Patriot
- Mosquito Magnet® Commander (2013)
New for 2013 is the Mosquito Magnet® Commander cordless trap which offers wireless-enabled capabilities, permitting owners to monitor their trap’s performance levels and maintenance needs from any wireless Smartphone or laptop. We had high hopes for this smart trap, however the company doesn’t appear to have addressed reliability issues. Two independent reviewers (Amazon) have given this trap only 1 star. “I bought one of the first releases of this product. I do not know if the design has changed but from what I have read it has not. The units were the most expensive and worked as if they were base models. Honestly, to say they worked even is a stretch”. 03/28/15 source
As with most other traps on the market in North America, Mosquito Magnets® use a standard 20lb cylinder or “barbecue tank” to supply domestic propane which is combusted to produce C02, water vapor and heat to attract mosquitoes. All Mosquito Magnet® traps, with the exception of the Executive and Commander operate like a BBQ burner which runs continually (24/7) until the propane tank runs dry. Mosquito Magnet® also offer octenol and Lurex3™ (lactic acid) as additional attractants for all traps.
The Mosquito Magnet® Executive and Commander models feature a custom rechargeable battery and new “Smart Technology” that offers 5 different user-friendly setting options – including 4 fuel savings modes that extend the life of the propane tank. It can also automatically start up/power down when the temperature reading is above or below 50 degrees (temperature in which mosquito breeding processes ususlaly start). There is also an easy to read LCD panel on the front of the trap which allows the user to see when then the battery is low, the propane is out or even when the propane nozzle is clogged.
There have been numerous issues with this continuous use as it can result in burnouts or blockages, a technical issue which has led to thousands of Mosquito Magnets® failing after a relatively short period and American Biophysics Corporation facing a massive customer return problem. There are reviews expressing frustration with start up issues, propane blockage/clogging issues, regulator problems and the cost of maintaining the traps given that the average tank of propane lasts 21 days of continuous operation. source.
When the company went into receivership in 2006, Woodstream Corporation purchased its assets. In news reports, Jonathan N. Savage of Shectman, Halperin, Savage LLP, the company’s temporary receiver, was quoted in the Providence Business News citing “operational issues – we’re not sure yet“ when asked how the company’s financial troubles arose. Possibly some of the many reviews on the internet could indicate a design problem. For example one reviewer says “the product has serious design flaws and simply doesn’t stay operating” source.
What they Say:
Mosquito Magnet® reviewers have very positive comments in relation to the performance of the first three trap models, for example, one reviewer of the Mosquito Magnet® Liberty Plus commented “we are completely happy and are really enjoying our unscreened pool now” another commented on their Liberty model “End of Week One, 100 – 200 captured, end of Week Two 60 – 100 captured.” A reviewer of the Defender wrote “Within three days the trap was completely full of mosquitoes and “no see-ums” source.
However, such positive comments in relation to performance could be counteracted with the negative comments about the reliability of Mosquito Magnet® traps. See our pages entitled “Complaints / Common Issues / Problems“.
“There’s a known issue with the battery holder so they OVERNIGHTED a new one at no charge!” source
In 2009 Mosquito Magnet® unveiled a new line of traps and announced an improved customer service regime. The following reviews for these traps can be found on amazon.com and buzzillions.com. “We have owned 3 Mosquito magnets, this one (Executive), a Liberty, and a Patriot. Mosquito Magnets ARE effective, but they have proven to be unreliable and short lived. The longest any of them has lasted is 2 years and only 1 lasted that long.” source
Mosquito Magnet® Commander
“I am a professional landscape designer and bought four of these units for my clients. I can’t get any of them to work after many hours of trying. I have spent over six hours on their “customer support’ line getting conflicting information from different reps. every time I call. The delay time to get to the right person is unreasonably long – sometimes over 30 minutes. $4400+ in question. On the up side, the unit itself was very easy to assemble. The down side seems to be due to horrible engineering and design decisions, especially regarding the internet connectivity features.” source
Mosquito Magnet® Independence
“The Mosquito Magnet (Independence) really does capture and kill biting insects. I have four friends who own the same model and have had NO issues at all. I think the quality control is bad and if you happen to get a bad one, it’s almost more trouble than it’s worth. But if you get a good one you will be a fan of this product.” source
“I’ve had two MM’s. The first one was the Independence — about $600 — and the second is the Executive — about $800. Both worked well — when they worked. After about 2 years the Independence quit working. MM had a local repair guy but it took him 5 months(!) to repair it. Bottom line, when they work they’re great. However, limited life unless you want to spend a lot of money to get a little more use out of it.” source
“Seems to work fine, fired right up. I did not have any problems. Does seem to collect a lot of mosquito’s. Expensive to run.” source
Mosquito Magnet® Executive
“On the positive side: This product works. It catches lots of mosquitoes and nothing else. HOWEVER, you do have to replace the propane every 21 days.
On the downside: You will be lucky to get one season of operation out of it. I didn’t. As far as I can tell it is difficult to repair – I haven’t been able to repair mine yet. Being forewarned, I can assure you it catches mosquitoes as advertised when it works. Good luck.” source
“I had very high hopes for this product. Alas, its a piece of junk. I set it up in May, and its barely worked since. The unit simply does not stay on. Yes, it has a low temperature shut off, but that doesn’t explain why it shuts down for no reason in the middle of a warm day…..
I’ve never written an online product review before but felt compelled to warn others not to waste your money, unless you enjoy spending $30/month on supplies and constantly troubling shooting a unit that might catch a few mosquitoes on a good day.” source
“Great Investment” and went on to say “….Two days afer we set it up we hardly had any mosquitoes in our yard even in front of the house…I can be outside without having to swat away any mosquitoes even at dusk…” source
A mosquito can fly an estimated 1 to 1.5 miles per hour.