Propane Mosquito Trap

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This kind of makes me speechless – leaking gas …ahh I mean fake human breath ? Well, I am really glad it’s cordless.

This is the only cordless device that uses CO2 (created by propane to mimic human breath), octenol, and a battery powered thermoelectric module to virtually eradicate mosquitoes over an area up to one acre, eliminating the need to string an electrical cord across your property. The silent, odorless, easy-maintenance trap runs day and night.

Once mosquitoes approach the propane source, they are drawn in by octenol, a close-range attractant, and vacuumed into the removable catch basin, where they dehydrate and die. Scientifically proven to control mosquito populations longer and better than candles or harsh chemical sprays, and similar to devices used by government agencies and leading universities, the trap has also proven effective on no-se e-ums, biting midges, black flies, and sand flies.

The trap controls biting insects for up to three weeks with a standard 20 lb. propane tank, and it features lightweight, weatherproof PVC and plastic construction and large wheels for easy mobility.

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Posted by   @   19 May 2008 9 comments
May 19, 2008
4:25 pm
#1 Bob-o :

Have to mention, products like this have been on the market for ages, at least here in the CON-US. I’m somewhat taken aback that you just stumbled acrossed this! The only difference here is that its cordless, not that it mimics human CO2 output….

May 19, 2008
4:29 pm
#2 RGS :

Hello Bob-o,

welcome to RGS!

To me it just seems very odd to waste gas like that … just to trap those little suckers. There must be other ways – I hope!

May 19, 2008
10:16 pm
#3 Bob-o :

Oddly enough, it’s the most effective manner to capture those “suckers”. The stream of warm and moist CO2 is the definitive attractant for Mosquito’s as it turns out. Add the special octenol scent, and it pulls in skeeters from 100’s to 1000’s of square feet, and then kills them. That’s the trick. There are effective repellents, but not effective and efficient eliminators outside of wide-area pesticides. One trades Propane consumption for potential toxic exposure to aerosol pesticides. It’s the best germane method to Mosquito population control without the introduction of chemicals that can have adverse affects on the Human population, let alone the local Flora and Fauna.

With the rise of West Nile Virus incidences, ‘skeeters become more of a threat than an annoyance. At that point, the use of Propane to eliminate these pests becomes rather cheap indeed in comparison to loss of life, especially for the young and elderly.

May 19, 2008
10:26 pm
#4 RGS :

… wow!

How come you know so much about it?

May 19, 2008
11:32 pm
#5 Bob-o :

We live in one of the CON-US West Nile hot spots (at least we did in 2005-6 until the abatement programs took hold), it gave enough urgency to read up on the subject so we could enjoy our back yard, especially with the news stories of how folks were dying to the Virus.

More info on the subject:

May 31, 2008
3:37 am
#6 patty :

Can you tell me what brand you use? We want to buy on this week. We are so tried of not being able to sit outside and enjoy our evenings. We live in Wis.
Have you had any problems with the one that you have? We have 4 acre’s but very well maintained and no standing water and we just can’t figure out why we have so many mosquito’s.

Thanks for any help you can send my way.

Aug 4, 2008
8:04 pm
#7 Susan :

We do have results of some tests in the southern USA where scientists looked at yards that had these types of traps and compared them to yards without traps. In these studies, the scientists found the traps captured a lot of mosquitoes but there was no difference in the number of bites the researchers received when they stood or sat in the yards. Probably the traps just lure in even more mosquitoes and then those choose humans over the trap when they are looking for a host. Since the traps are pretty expensive and some of them are prone to breaking down, I’d say you would most likely be wasting your money.

Oh, and you have to recall that even in a bad mosquito season, you get a lot of variation from day to day in the biting pressure. So testimonials from happy users are not informative as to whether the things are working or whether something else is affecting the biting rates.

Aug 4, 2008
11:02 pm
#8 Len Luckie :

Please rethink before purchasing an American Biophysics “Mosquito Magnet” (Garden Edition) or Blue Rhino’s “SkeeterVac”. I have owned both products since 2004 and 2006 respectively. Yes, you will kill a lot of mosquitos, but you will still get bitten. You simply can’t kill them all.

Both units retailed for around the same price. They worked fairly well during the first season, but with a few problems starting them up each time I changed an LP tank. However, both units had major problems requiring an exchange of the entire head during the next season. (Separate manufacturers, different models.)

You will find the Mosquito Magnet to be extremely difficult to maintain and to troubleshoot, particularly at the beginning and end of each season. You will also need to purchase CO2 cartridges to blow out the LP line each time you change the tank.

The SkeeterVac requires less maintenance, but is just as expensive to run. It also has a TacTrap (fly paper) to wrap around the head of the unit to trap some of the insects that don’t quite make it into the unit. Unfortunately it also traps birds… I’ve had to peel a few of the little creatures off the sticky paper.

Less than half way through this season I have completely shut down both units and I will not use them again, because they now leak liquid propane gas.

May 30, 2010
7:06 am
#9 Jim Bontrager :

I have one of the original Skeeter-Vacs and I was quite pleased with it, I got it too close to the grass pile in the back yard and it pulled in quite a bit of grass and burned up the thermovoltac module (near as I can tell, it will not produce voltage). The unit worked pretty well as long as you used it as recommended (keep it away from the area you want to be in!) it pulls mosquitos away, and in my case the bats in the area learned where it was and would swarm it (Double bonus!) which really helped reduce the population in my yard and provided a nice way to get rid of ‘skeeters’ without a lot of chemicals and the bats were pretty happy too!

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