Any recent experiences with the mosquito magnet or any of the other CO2
As of several years ago, it was getting mixed reviews. Three or four years
have passed and they are still in business and have had time to work the
kinks out of the engineering.
I'm not aware of anyone burning a house down with a Mosquito Magnet.
Coleman, I believe, did recall their knock-off product because of a fire
hazard. The significant difference is that Coleman converted propane to
CO2 and water by burning the propane (the fire source.) The Mosquito
Magnet relies on catalytic conversion so the temperature is lower and
there is no open flame.
I've had one for a couple of years after reading everything I could find
on them for the prior several years. I'm convinced the Mosquito Magnet
is a very clever and effective way to deal with mosquitos. I have their
least expensive unit and would never recommend any of their higher
priced units (unless access to 120 volt ac is an issue). To cover a
larger area several of the small units will be more effective than 1
large unit. For me 1 small unit takes care of me (and several neighbors).
The problem is they attract mosquitoes which might just happen to find
you on the way to the device. If you have a situation where you can place
it (them) between you and the source of mosquitoes they can help. Otherwise
they can make things worse. They really are not going to kill off all the
As I understand it the cheaper ones are not as convenient to use.
Some years ago I had a bug zapper. I thought it was great because it killed
a lot of bug. Then it died. I found that overall, thee were less bugs
around without the zapper attracting them.
I had a colony of big brown bats living in my barn. Last time I counted
there were 69 of them (It was fun watching them come out each night). THe
mosquitos still drained me down a quart by the time I could get into the car
(a distance of 30 ft). I'd say the bats did nothing.
IF your ever in Austin, Texas, watch the bats come out there. It's a sight
you will never forget. With over a million bats, there were no mosquitos.
Maybe I just need more bats.
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Mosquitos do not form a particularly large part of a bat's diet.
I've been told that there's more than one species of mosquito,
and that specific species tent to concentrate at specific heights...
If you're in a place with mostly ankle-biters, putting your magnet at
head-height will be worse than useless, since it will lure the bugs to
the general area, and then not kill them.
from http://www.motherearthnews.com/index.php?page=rec&rid=nh&id 91:
Purple martins and bats are reported to have voracious appetites for
mosquitoes, too, but in fact, neither lives up to their reputations. Studies
of the contents of purple martins' stomachs have concluded that mosquitoes
are a negligible item in these birds' diets, according to the Purple Martin
And urban entomologist Robert Corrigan of Richmond, Indiana, says, "While
standing outside of bat roosts counting bats as part of my master's
research, I was often eaten alive by mosquitoes. They (the bats) weren't
exactly doing the job they're supposed to be
Both bats and martins, it turns out, prefer larger insects such as beetles,
moths, flies, wasps and bees, which give a better return on their energy
On Tue, 20 Apr 2004 12:03:39 -0700, "Charles Spitzer"
from: The Binary Bill report: I have a low, wet, swampy area at one
end of my property. I used to have a pretty serious mosquito problem.
Since installing bat houses several years ago, the mosquito population
has dropped to almost nothing. If the bats aren't eating the
mosquitoes, maybe their presense simply scares them away! Bottom line:
I introduced a bat population and the mosquitoes are gone.
On Mon, 19 Apr 2004 23:13:00 GMT, BinaryBillTheSailor@Sea++.com wrote:
Locally, bats and Purple Martins don't make a dent in the mosquito
population. Too many better tasting bugs for them. I hear anecdotal
evidence of them working, and you really can't lose with bats anyway
since the rest of their preferred diet is also usually a pest insect,
but they feed at night and mosquitos aren't active much after sunset.
:) Any recent experiences with the mosquito magnet or any of the other CO2
:) generating knockoffs?
:) As of several years ago, it was getting mixed reviews. Three or four years
:) have passed and they are still in business and have had time to work the
:) kinks out of the engineering.
I have started a mosquito service this year and have done 32 accounts the
last few weeks, probably 10-12 of them had M-Magnets sitting idle. Everyone I
know who has one is unhappy with it, but I come across just as many people
who have a friend with one that they swear by.
It is said that the early bird gets the worm,
but it is the second mouse that gets the cheese.
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