Octenol Mosquito Magnet

Written by Linda Alexander
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Octenol, Mosquito Magnet attractant, mimics human breath and is the main feature separating the Mosquito Magnet from other carbon dioxide mosquito light traps. Such traps have the mosquito industry buzzing after decades of reliance on repellent sprays and citronella candles, which often do not work.

Octenol: Mosquito Magnet Lure

After years of being disappointed by useless gimmicks, consumers are finally able to purchase something that's effective against mosquitoes. The Mosquito Magnet attracts mosquitoes with a plume of carbon dioxide and octenol, which comes from plants and some animals. It then vacuums them into a bag where they dehydrate and die. Other brands of mosquito traps also use octenol; Mosquito Magnet was followed by devices such as SkeeterVac and Dragonfly.

The manufacturer of Mosquito Magnet, American Biophysics Corp., developed the technology in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Carbon dioxide traps were first used by scientists to collect mosquitoes for research and monitoring.

Founded in 1991, American Biophysics Corp. is a scientific, research-based company that studies the behavior of biting insects and manufactures biting insect abatement traps for consumer, commercial and government applications. The company was first-to-market with a carbon dioxide-based biting insect abatement trap for commercial use in 1998 and continues to be the leader in biting insect technology.

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