I have no personal experience with these things but we live in the Muskoka ,
the mosquito capital of Canada, and several people have told me they are
useless. I also notice the local stores are not pushing them the way they
were a year or two ago.
Best solution is to attract bats with a bat house. They'll gobble up all
Not only that, but the bat house can be painted to blend in with the spot
where you mount it. If anyone in the house thinks bats are disgusting,
install it when that person's not home and keep your mouth shut. They'll
never know. If they're afraid of bats, they're probably not the kind of
people who go outdoors at night anyway.
We tried two different ones here in Austin Tx, first was the original
"mosquito magnet" that is sold at Home Depot..In about two weeks time it
managed to trap a whopping 12-15 skeeters, wow! (grin) Then we took it back
and tried that one that was sold at Costco which made an annoying sound
sorta like when you get soda from a soda fountain, you know that air
pressure sound that comes from the back somewhere? That baby caught about
six..They both went back for refund..From what I have read there are some
types of skeeters they work on but others they don't..We have those awful
tiger striped ones down here and they are mean.....
Hope this helps!
The attractant for those Asian tiger mosquitos in Texas is not the same
as that sold for the Mosquito Magnet and used for mosquitos endigenous
to the US. The problem is that although American Biophysics has an
effective attractant for tiger mosquitos, our wonderful government is
the problem. The EPA, as of about a year ago hadn't seen fit to bless
it's sale. When I lived in Texas I contacted American Biophysics and
they provided me the correct attractant, gratis. They could give it to
me, they just can't sell it.
Locally, the only ones that work worth a damn are the actual original
Mosquito Magnets. Not the home models, the $1500 industrial ones.
They'll draw down the population for quite an area, and if it's dry
for a few weeks you can turn them off. The caution is that in a small
lot you'll get bit by the buggers on their way to the magnets. Put
them downwind and 100 feet or more from where you'll be. A decent
Deet repellent is both more effective and economical.
And yes, we're the home to mosquitos. Giant swamp called the
We have two of them and have had since they first were released.
Originally, there were two sizes, a large one for around $1300 and a
smaller one for somewhat less.
We live in northern New Hampshire near the Canadian border. Winters
down to -40 and summers to high 90's. We live on the side of a
mountain with a southern exposure. We have 150 acres, but our "yard"
area is about 2 - 3 acres. There are fields below us and forest
The original smaller model, gave us some trouble after about 3 years
of service. We could not get it started. The manufacturer, American
Biophysics gave us the option of replacing the head for free (out of
warranty) or changing it to the more expensive model for $100. We
took the latter.
How do they work? Up here, they are excellent. We have a garden
behind the house. I couldn't work back there for more than 10 minutes
or so because the bugs were so bad in the summer. My wife wore a
mosquito hat. We have both mosquitoes and black flies. We put one
unit in the back yard and one in the front. Contrary what other folks
are saying, ours have been excellent. Within a week or two, the
entire area is bug free. The bug nets never fill, but I'd guess they
have between 50 - 100 carcasses when we change the nets, attractant,
and cylinders every 3 1/2 weeks or so and the bugs are gone.
The downside is that every 3 1/2 weeks you have to change the gas
cylinder, place new attractant cartridges, and sometimes change the
nets. Cylinders of propane are about $8.00 each, so that's $16.00
plus the cost of the attractant. Even so, it's such a blessing to rid
the yard of these pests, that I don't mind the expense.
Hope that helps.
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