This post may sound corny, but it is completely serious.
I am looking to acquire some "mosquito killer" that would produce a
lot of dead mosquitoes. One reason is obvious, I do not want to have
mosquitoes in my yard. Another reason is that I could feed the zapped
fried mosquitoes to my chickens (I have two chickens).
I bought some electrical "bug zapper" from Home Depot, but it is quite
obviously a not so well working product, as I could kill more
mosquitoes with my bare hands. I think that I will return it back.
Apparently the heavily advertised "Mosquito Magnet" does not work to most
people's satisfaction - based on many many negative comments on consumer
I think the best solution is to put up a Purle Martin house. Those sleek
and fast little birds will keep mosquitoes down to nothing.
Of course, you have two problems. No mosquitoes to feed to the chickens,
and it is too late this year for purple martins since they have nested and
busy teaching babies to eat mosquitoes. But, if you get a house and
install and care for it per instructions, you won't even think about
mosquitoes next year.
My father had one. He said it sucked and he returned it.
These guys work very well, I have three 12 room houses full to capacity.
I think they're leaving soon. We also have barn swallows, which I
encourage to nest in out eaves. They are on their second broods now.
Swallows tend to retire at the times of day when mosquitoes are most active.
Swallows like to eat flies and ground insects
Insects such as grasshoppers, crickets, dragonflies, beetles, and moths are
the primary food sources
Sure they may eat mosquitoes, but like purple martins, will only consider
them a primary food source if there aren't any larger prey left. Why waste
the energy catching prey on a mosquito when you could have a fly or
Understood, but we have nearly no mosquitoes and 36 pairs of Martins and
at least as many Swallows at our ranch house, not including yearlings.
We have had record rainfall (21 days straight) this summer with lots of
standing water. SOMETHING is eating them. I hold that the Martins and
Swallows are contributing. The nighthawks help too. There are only a few
My neighbor in south Anne Arundel County, MD, had a purple martin
house and managed to attract and keep a nice colony of the birds.
Unfortunately, they moved and took the bird house with them.
Instructions and info at http://www.purplemartin.org /
If you don't hose your property down with all sorts of chemicals, the
chickens will find plenty of bugs without your help. As far as the
mosquitoes and YOU, try and figure out where they're coming from. Maybe
there's some standing water in one of the old pickup trucks that are rusting
in your front yard.
Supposedly, those CO2 traps work very well, and can totally depopulate
mosquitos about 1/2 acre square (I think, maybe it's more than that).
When I mean depopulate, I mean kill them all. Mosquitos don't fly very
far from home. Anyways, they used to be really expensive, but I saw one
at Target for $150. They use propane to generate CO2, which the bugs
think is a giant blood-filled animal, then get trapped and dehydrate.
They really work, and are used by the U.S. Army and other government
agencies. Some brands are better than others. Consumer Reports had an
issue on these not too long ago. The nice thing is that it is very
environmentally friendly--no chemicals, and they only kill mosquitos,
not other innocent bugs.
On Tue, 06 Jul 2004 16:43:34 -0400, "Mike (remove XX's to reply)"
I have two large "Mosquito Magnets" manufactured by American
Biophysics. We've used two of them for about 5 years now (0ne has
been replaced). Yes, they do work and everything said above is true.
The downside is that they become very hard to start after about the
third year. American Biophysics must know this as they have a
regular trade-in program. They each use a tank of propane in about 3
weeks (cost about $10.00 for a refill) plus Octenol replacement
cartridge (cost about $5.00) plus you are supposed to replace the net
(forgot what they cost). So, they're not cheap to buy and they're not
cheap to run, but... they do work.
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I don't know how big the piece of property you are talking about.
For my residential yard I plant scented geraniums. I have 3 large plants
in the front and 3 around the patio in back.
At your local nursery they can show you the one to buy It is called the
It won't kill the mosquito but they don't like the scent, or whatever
the reason they don't come around. Believe me here in hot humid florida
that are millions of them. just a suggestion. It works for me.
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Agreed. I have had the Mosquito Magnet for 3 years. My first one ran
fine until about half way through the second season, when it quit. They
replaced it free of charge. The second one never worked at all, but the
third one seems fine. The "quick-clear valve" thing seems to have
alleviated the dirty valve problem. Mine keeps my city lot essentially
free of mosquitoes. Before, I couldn't use my back yard. It's located
away from my deck, so the skeeters are attratcted away from me.
Never replaced a net. I just wash 'em. My goldfish love the dehydrated
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- Octenol is not used to target mosquitoes - I called them and they do not
recommend it for my area/
- newer units have a clean out mechanism to help solve the starting
- Being catalytic, the catalyst will age and fail. Makes me interested in
the standing flame units offered by others.
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gerry misspelled in my email address to confuse robots
That's surprising, since they told me just the opposite. Regardless,
the units both do seem to attract the two worst pests up here in
northern NH: black flies and mosquitoes.
Yes, they do, one of ours (a replacement for the unit which died) has
that built in. However, the clean out mechanism requires the purchase
of CO2 cylinders, which are hard to get in our area. They are
available, however, on special order through NAPA auto parts stores.
The catalyst is allegedly platinum. Interesting that you say it will
age and fail. American Biophysics has never told (perhaps "admitted"
is a better word!) that and I think I would have been disinclined to
purchase the units at about $1200 each if I had known they had a
limited lifespan. Do you know how many operating hours they are
supposed to last ?
Don't you have bars and resturants? They use CO2 to dispense soft drinks and
beer. Try a welding store or a resturant supply. You may have to buy the first
cylinder and swap it out each time but they will usually just rent you one.
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