Ongoing Running Costs
The most consistent complaint under this heading is maintenance and repair costs which can be high with some traps and in particular those which continuously burn propane. The next major running cost associated with most mosquito traps is propane where a full tank usually lasts up to 21 days with some consumers reporting 15 days on some models. Octenol lures vary in price and usually last between 14 to 30 days. Electricity is also a factor in most traps. However, savings can be made by using traps which feature programmable timers, and setting them to operate when mosquitoes are most active. Bug zappers are relatively expensive because most run on a 110 volt system but a trap designed for outdoor use with a safe 12 volt system usually consumes no more than the equivalent of a 40 watt light bulb Source.
What they Say:
Mosquito Magnet® trap owner complains: “Cost me a buck a bug” Source.
Another reviewer of the Mosquito Magnet® Defender comments “Maybe 100 mosquitoes in one month … Given that I paid $250 for the Magnet, and another $25.00 for the attractant and another $40 for the propane . You can see it is pretty expensive for only 100 mosquitoes …”
SkeeterVac® customers have similar complaints with not only the cost of propane but the added costs of the sticky tac and bait refills. “Firstly, it is not only expensive to purchase but costs about $60.00 a month to run it!” Source.
Dynatrap® reviewers comment that the UV bulbs (2 required) are not lasting long enough, which could indicate a technical design issue. "Am on my 3rd set of bulbs and the replacement bulbs are NOT cheap. My 3rd set is about to fail so plan on at least $40 to $50 in bulbs PER YEAR; I am on my second unit because the first one stopped lighting the lamps after a few weeks; the build quality is poor; it is WAY over priced - for the quality it should cost $40 or less.” Source.
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A mosquito develops from egg to adulthood in 4 - 7 days.