When the Mosquito magnet was first out and very popular, they had an
interactive "video" on their web site. (in fact, they still do, as I just
found when I looked) that shows pretty much what Rod is saying.
http://support.mosquitomagnet.com/placement/start.html . The prevailing wind
direction, and the placement of the unit is critical to the success of its
operation. I tried mine everywhere I could think of, and it still only
catches less than 20 mosquitoes each night. It definitely must not be
placed where you hang out.
I live in a situation that makes my house attract swarms of Asian Lady
Beetles (different from the Japanese Beetles that plague gardeners, these
are like regular ladybugs on steroids) every October as they look for a
place to hang out during the winter. This year I'm thinking about buying an
insecticide called "Buggslayer" that's supposed to be really effective on
them. They make three varieties: one for Asian Lady Beetles/Box Elder Bugs;
one for ants/spiders; and one for mosquitoes/flying insects. It's kind of
pricey but I'm willing to pay to prevent those damn beetles from crawling
into cracks in the siding, getting disoriented, and making their way into
my house. Hope the Northern Tool store in an adjoining city has some of
this stuff on hand.
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