Get rid of Mosquitoes: 5 Tips & Traps
Mosquitoes are well known pests and how to get rid of mosquitoes is a common problem, especially in the summer season.
Here are 5 very useful tips to get rid of mosquitoes;
1. My number one advice how to get rid of mosquitoes would be to focus on avoiding the mosquitoes rather than on killing them. Mosquito lethal traps will normally contain some kind of attractant.
While the happy consumers are watching with satisfaction the number of mosquito fatalities in the trap they have just bought, they usually overlook the number of mosquitoes the trap attracted but did not kill…
2. So now that we know that avoidance is the key factor, how do we get rid of mosquitoes?
One of the common and most practical ways is using mosquito nets, covering the home windows and/or around the bed – to protect the sleeping person directly.
The drawback is that mosquitoes are active normally during the warm seasons and mosquito nets hold back the fresh air.
Moreover, while netting around the bed does prevent them from reaching our skin, it does not help avoiding mosquitoes from detecting us.
Thus, the mosquito females will wait on the mesh and the moment we leave the safety zone we will most probably get bitten…
3. Did you know that mosquitoes number one attractant is the slightly high CO2 concentration that accumulates around our body as we breathe?
Accordingly, getting rid of this CO2 concentration around us should be our number one priority. A swinging fan blowing air towards us will do a very good job in this matter.
Additionally, mosquitoes normally do not fly in a windy environment and thus will not fly around us while sleeping under the fan gust. So remember – a simple fan can be highly effective way how to get rid of mosquitoes!
4. As we are all aware of, not all mosquito bites occur at night and in a net-protectable environment. The easiest way how to get rid of mosquitoes during daytime and especially outside is by wearing long sleeves shirt and pants.
In addition to the physical barrier that long sleeves clothes generate, light-color clothing will further reduce the attraction of mosquito females and minimize mosquito bites.
5. Finally, I believe that the ultimate way how to get rid of mosquitoes must involve using mosquito repellents. These repellents are divided to two functional groups: those we can spread on our skin as personal repellent and those we evaporate into the air to establish mosquito-free nearby-space (i.e. citronela candles).
As a complementary control one can use mosquito traps located at the the back yard perimeter, to minimize the mosquito population in our area.
In contrast to repellents, mosquito traps base their protection on attracting mosquitoes instead of repelling them. Most trappers are pleased to watch how many mosquitoes they catch but overlook the number of mosquitoes that were attracted but managed to escape…
Furthermore, we humans will always be more attractive to mosquitoes than any mosquito trap, as they have evolved to detect and be attracted mainly to us! As good as mosquito traps will be, they will never be more than a mimic of us…
For this reason, many entomologists reject the idea of using mosquito traps (and other nuisance insects trapping) as a mean to locally reduce mosquito population.
Nevertheless, mosquito traps can be quite useful as a complementary measure together with a more efficient local control method.
For example, use of mosquito repellents in the target area and a mosquito trap somewhat far-off, as an attractant away from the target area. Click here to see some more suggestions on placements.
The most common mosquito trap is a light trap, based on the fact that Nocturnal (night active) insects are attracted to light. Many mosquito traps are using ultraviolet light as it can be detected by insects, but does not disturb our darkness.
These mosquito traps are almost useless for day-biting mosquitoes like the Asian tiger mosquito.
Furthermore, they will normally kill other nocturnal insects like many species of moth, more efficiently than the mosquitoes themselves. Such light traps for home use are normally surrounded with an electric coil to zap the insects to death.
Carbon-dioxide (CO2) is a major attractant for the biting mosquito females, a fact that did not elude mosquito trap designers.
With the addition of dry-ice, CO2 gas tank or a device that generates CO2, such advanced light traps will increase the catch of mosquitoes, sometimes even 100 times more. Some mosquito traps with CO2 generation even skip the usage of light completely.
The optimal CO2 concentration around a mosquito trap should be similar to the concentration of CO2 around a breathing person. The more sophisticated mosquito traps also mimic our body temperature, generating temperature of 37ºc (99ºf) around the trapping point.
Modern mosquito traps even add additional odors that attract mosquito females, in their search for making the mosquito trap even more attractive. Such odors can be of lactic acid and even human sweat…
We focused here on mosquito traps for the adult biting mosquitoes. Other kinds are aimed to attract the mosquito females when searching for a place to oviposit (lay eggs), such as in a clogged gutter, or other such area that has standing water.
Since the mosquito oviposits only after getting her blood meal (i.e. biting us), the oviposition mosquito traps are of no real interest to the private consumer and are used mainly by researchers or as part of a large mosquito control campaigns.
To summarize, the best domestic mosquito traps should include as many attractants as possible and should be located only in the surrounding area. Such a trap will be fairly effective as it will attract and catch as many mosquitoes as possible away from us.
Putting the mosquito trap too close to us can actually have negative impact, since it will summon mosquitoes to our vicinity that had no intention to be there in the first place…
Following are the most recommended mosquito traps in the market today, according to past experiments and customers reviews, covering areas of more than 1 Acre:
The most effective (but expensive) cordless mosquito trap, using Propane to produce CO2 (Est. $600) : Mosquito Magnet MM3300 Executive
The 2nd best light-based mosquito trap without Propane/CO2, that is less maintenance cost (Est. $300) is : PREMIER XC Mosquito Trap. You can always add CO2 tank, if the mosquitoes keep coming at you.
The next cheapest yet quite effective option (Est. $250) is : SV3100 SkeeterVac Mosquito Eliminator