Spraying with insecticides is one way to rid your yard of mosquitoes, but they’re not mosquito-specific and end up killing everything including dragonflies, butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects. After prolonged exposure to an insecticide mosquitoes, like other insects, can develop resistance and since mosquitoes are such prolific breeders and have many generations in a year, high levels of resistance can happen very quickly. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) currently estimates that there are now over 125 mosquito species with documented resistance to one or more insecticides.
There are a number of mosquito devices that purport to kill mosquitoes and the most effective of these appear to be mosquito traps. They work be emitting stimuli that biting mosquitoes find attractive – such as carbon dioxide, heat, moisture and other mosquito-friendly by products. They attract, then trap and kill those blood seeking female mosquitoes.
A number of old fashioned bug zappers are also marketed as mosquito traps. The leading example in the USA is the Stinger range marketed by Kaz, Inc. However, while zappers do kill a large number of insects, less than 7% are mosquitoes.
With so many different mosquito machines on the market, ranging in price from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars you need to know what’s safe, what’s effective, what works and what doesn’t. In short, what’s the best mosquito trap for you and your family.
Make a start with our comparison chart which rates mosquito traps on; performance, reliability, safety, running costs and after sales service.