Traps vs. Mosquitoes & The Zika and West Nile VirusMy personal experience:
There are usually so many mosquitoes outdoors, no matter how many you catch,
However, with Zika, every mosquito you catch may now be very important.
Our traps will catch mosquitoes.
Indoors, where the number of mosquitoes can be limited, is where insect light traps will be the most help.
As we understand it, mosquitos do not carry the Zika Virus more than 400-500 feet.
Professional insect electorcuters (not glueboard traps) should be placed inside buildings where people congregate.
The portable Gilbert® 220 Guerrilla™
I use a 220 Guerrilla™ in my bedroom when I'm bothered by that one or two mosquitoes that won't let me sleep. I plug it in on the far side of the room, more than a meter away. It works. It has been my experience that once you've plugged in the Guerrilla™, the mosquito will leave you alone. Most often, they appear to flee into the shadows, avoiding the light.
Mosquitoes may respond immediately. Usually, however, the pest simply darts to the shadows, leaving me alone to sleep. At sometime during the night, I usually hear a zap. Most often, this occurs in the morning as the sun is rising.
You can increase the attractiveness of a trap to mosquitoes by placing dry ice in the tray of the trap (gives off carbon dioxide as it melts). There is a trap on the market that uses a combination of a heating tube wrapped around a carbon dioxide dispenser to attract mosquitoes, and though I know it will catch mosquitoes, I don't know how effective it is, and, most importantly, it's not really designed for indoor home use.
Do your own research. Keep in touch. We will improve and update this page continually.
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