Carbon Dioxide Mosquito Light Trap

Written by Linda Alexander
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A carbon dioxide mosquito light trap is one of the most effective means of controlling mosquito populations. When shopping for a trap, remember that a combination of CO2, spectrum light, UV light, moisture, heat, and sound work best. The high-end mosquito units, such as Dragonfly mosquito traps and SkeeterVac, have several features that make them worth the price tag. By incorporating several types of attractants, they have a greater effect on the mosquitoes in your yard.

Once the biting pest finds its way into the machine, it is then electrocuted, chopped, or drowned, depending on which unit you purchase. Either way, the trap will kill a lot of mosquitoes when placed where mosquitoes are present.

How Does the Carbon Dioxide Mosquito Light Trap Work?
A small heat pad generates the heat in the trap. Spectrum light bulbs and/or UV light bulbs produce the light attractant. If sound is incorporated in the trap, it is designed to mimic the noise female mosquitoes make when feeding (females bite; males don't). The trap then kills the mosquitoes with a fan that blows insects into a catch tray where they are zapped. Some trays are filled with water, used as a moisture attractant. Many of these traps work not only on mosquitoes, but also on other biting insects such as no-see-ums and biting flies.

The carbon dioxide mosquito light trap is designed to confuse meal-seeking insects so they find and enter the trap before they find you. For the best effect, place the trap around the perimeter of your property where mosquitoes may enter. Keep it away from areas where people gather, ideally 30-40 feet away from them but still close to the mosquitoes' location. Though one trap can handle up to 1/2 acre effectively (claims about larger areas are overstated), you should install satellite traps on larger property of multiple mosquito locations or breeding areas. Many models also offer extra accessories to further reduce the number of mosquitoes you encounter.

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