Mosquito Traps

Written by Linda Alexander
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Want to enjoy a backyard barbecue without becoming the main course? Consider purchasing one of the various mosquito traps now on the market. After years of wasting millions of dollars each year on products that say they help control mosquitoes, consumers finally have choices that work. Known by brand names such as Mosquito Magnet Pro and SkeeterVac, these traps work by mimicking the breath exhalation of mosquitoes' human and animal prey.

Instead of relying on bug zappers and other devices that kill harmless and beneficial insects, using the new mosquito traps has actually been shown to be effective at reducing the mosquito population. Every female mosquito that is caught is one less mosquito that lives to lay eggs. Considering that one female can generate millions of offspring within weeks, that is no small feat.

How Mosquito Traps Function

Carbon dioxide is the primary bait used. It is usually generated with propane; other devices use a cylinder of compressed gas to produce CO2. Often, octenol is added to the carbon dioxide to help lure mosquitoes toward the trap, where they are then suctioned in.

Not only are they effective at killing mosquitoes, but traps also do it without the use of pesticides. That's good news for environmentalists and scientists alike--and bad news for the thousands of mosquitoes that fly around in your yard waiting to make a meal out of you.

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