Are you looking for mosquito traps? Then you've come to the right place.
In this Pestions article you can expect to learn:
- What mosquitoes really are...
- The three ways mosquito traps work to kill mosquitoes
- The top mosquito traps I looked at and our overall recommendation
Top 5 Best Mosquito Traps
Short on time? Check out this quick list of mosquito traps we liked and are our recommended picks.
What Are Mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes thrive in humid environments and need water to breed in, so desert dwellers probably won't have much to worry about. But anyone near water or the coastlines will encounter mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes go through four stages during their life; egg, larva, pupa, and adult. They can lay up to 200 eggs at a time in standing water and the eggs will hatch in 24-48 hours.
The larva are known as wigglers. They'll swim in water, feeding on microscopic bacteria, fungi, and protozoa. From there, they'll grow into the pupae stage.
The pupa is the final aquatic stage in their life cycle. After that, they gain their wings and start flying around looking for dinner – you.
The following video shows how mosquitoes use six needles in sucking blood from its host.
How Do Mosquito Traps Work?
In order to understand how mosquito traps work, you need to understand why mosquitoes are attracted to people in the first place. Most mosquito traps mimic or copy these natural mechanisms into the killing mechanism.
More specifically the three ways mosquito traps attract mosquitoes are:
Mosquitoes sense your body heat and are drawn to it since they know that only warm-blooded mammals, the kind they need to feed on, exhibit that kind of thermal signature.
In cool weather, the contrast between your body heat and the surrounding air makes you stand out to them like a light in the dark.
This method of attraction is not that popular among mosquito trapping products.
We inhale oxygen, our bodies use it, then exhale carbon dioxide (CO2) as a waste product. Trees operate in reverse, taking in CO2 and releasing oxygen as their waste. Mosquitoes are drawn to concentrations of CO2 because they know a mammal is releasing it.
Using CO2 is a popular method of attracting mosquito in many mosquito traps as you'll soon see in our detailed review.
The last main way mosquitoes are attracted to humans is through organic molecules.
When we sweat we releases these molecules through our pores, which creates a unique scent by person. The scent is unique to everyone, like a fingerprint, and mosquitoes will be drawn to some scents more than others.
This is why some people seem to attract mosquitoes while someone standing right next to them isn't bothered at all.
Top 5 Best Mosquito Traps Reviewed
As a quick recap, here are the best mosquito traps we looked at.
Before we begin, let's admit the obvious – that bug zappers and traps can only be built in so many different configurations. This means the differences between most of them are more cosmetic than anything; a hanger here, a color change there, square instead of round, and so on and so forth.
In a field where the difference between first place and last place is measured in seconds and inches, customer service makes all the difference in the world.
The customer service from the manufacturer, Livin' Well, is very impressive. They seem to genuinely care about their customers, offering a full refund to anyone who has a complaint, then going the extra mile to offer a free replacement for any unit that doesn't work.
This is a 3-in-1 mosquito trap that lures in mosquitoes with a 7W UVA electronic fly trap light, sucks them up with a DC vacuum fan, and includes an attractant tray where you can put your own bait, like honey, to bring them in.
It will protect an area of 1000 square feet so you're looking at a 10x10 space on the patio or around the pool. Given the low cost of these traps, it makes perfect sense to get several of them and place them around the yard with overlapping areas of control.
They can be hung from tree branches and used for illumination at night. The bulbs will last up to 8000 hours.
The electric cord on this item is rather short so you'll need to invest in a good extension cord for it.
This black, 3-lb mosquito trap uses 120V AC power to power the 7W light. Once they get close, the fan sucks them into the tray where they dehydrate and die.
This works, rain or shine, since it's waterproof, to keep
mosquitoes away from you. Emptying the tray every two weeks will prove that when you see all the bugs and mosquitoes in there.
This has a long electrical cord but you'll probably need to invest in an extension cord or two if you want to hang it at the edge of your patio or out in the yard somewhere.
This is advertised to keep an entire half acre free of mosquitoes, but the actual area is somewhat smaller. You shouldn't count on it controlling mosquitoes outside of a 20x20 foot area.
Because it is pulling in (attracting) so many mosquitoes in that area, it is undoubtedly “thinning the herd” so to speak in the rest of the yard, but that's about it.
This can be hung up so it's on the level where mosquitoes like to fly, between 4 to 10 feet in elevation. There isn't any chemicals or pesticides to worry about.
It doesn't use flammable gases such as propane. The bottom
line here is that it safe and easy to use for your whole family.
This is a bigger, beefier, and more expensive version of the DT1050 trap above. It features two UV bulbs already factory installed and a 7-foot electrical cord.
The manufacturer claims it will protect an area up to an acre in size, but based on our research that's a bit of an exaggeration. Figure on about a third that size and you'll be close to the mark.
Within that smaller area though, it does what it claims. The dual UV light design really draws in the mosquitoes, who then get sucked into the tray by the fan. There they dehydrate and die.
The only good bug is a dead bug and this delivers. When you empty out the tray (once every two weeks) you'll see plenty of the dead kind.
Because it doesn't zap them, you unplug the unit then pour some water into the tray to wet down the wings of the ones who are still live at any given time.
That way the mosquitoes can't fly away the moment you open it
up. It gives you a chance to squash them flat, a fate they justly deserve.
You'll probably need an extension cord, but it's easy to use and there aren't any pesticides or flammable propane to deal with.
This propane burning mosquito trap takes advantage of the fact mosquitoes are drawn to CO2 (which we exhale) as a way to locate their prey. This unit, is easy to assemble and no tools are
needed for that assembly. Attach a propane tank (not included) and you're ready to go.
It has an electronic ignition system to ensure quick, easy starts. Mosquitoes are lured in by the CO2 from the Fine Tune Insect Lure then the vacuum sucks them into a trap full of sticky paper.
There are no electric cords to plug in or stumble over, and the wheeled cart makes it easy to move from place to place.
You need to allow up to 14 days for it to reach its maximum effectiveness, so this is not a “quick fix” system.
This propane/electric mosquito trap uses an attractant packet that is warmed by the propane to lure mosquitoes into the trap.
There are several different kinds of attractants though, and the unit comes with the attractant used in the Northern half of the United States. If you live in the South, you'll need to order the Mosquito Magnet LUREX3N - Lurex3 Attractant, 3-Pack, separately.
This includes a 50-foot electric cord so the unit can be placed anywhere around the yard. It works best when it is placed between you and the source of the mosquitoes.
It emits CO2 to attract the mosquitoes, so if it is too close to you, the mosquitoes may be confused by the competing odors and wind up biting you in spite of the presence of the trap. Station it away from where you'll be and the mosquitoes will be attracted to it before they reach you.
Once you set it up – no need for tools – it takes about 20 minutes each time you start it for it to warm up and begin working. It's fairly expensive and consumes about a tank of propane a month.
There have been some warranty issues with the manufacturer.
Our Top Pick: Livin' Well No Zap Mosquito Trap
There are a lot of mosquito traps on the market.
The differences between them are small, making it difficult to settle on one trap to the exclusion of the rest.
Overall, our choice goes to the Livin' Well No Zap Mosquito Trap.
The customer service from the manufacturer is very impressive. They seem to genuinely care about their customers.
This 3-in-1 mosquito trap lures in mosquitoes with a 7W UVA electronic fly trap light, sucks them up with a DC vacuum fan, and includes a DIY attractant tray.
A close second was DynaTrap DT1050 Mosquito Trap because it works almost as well.