Last week I talked about the Thermacell Patio Halo mosquito repeller, a nifty little device that emits a vapor of a pesticide called allethrin and really does repel the bloodsuckers. This spring I also received a mosquito trap that reduces the mosquito population in your yard, without any pesticide. It’s called the DynaTrap.
I am mosquito candy and I’ve tried many deterrents. Most contain some type of pesticide or chemical. The DynaTrap works by pretending to be a warm-blooded body. Apparently mosquitoes are attracted to certain UV lengths and to CO2.
The DynaTrap makes use of UV bulbs of a wavelength that lures mosquitoes to them. It runs on electricity, so if you keep it plugged in, the lights are on 24/7. Even when you are safely indoors at night, the DynaTrap is collecting the buggers. The bulbs are supposed to last 3,000 hours or about 4 months of use.
Maybe even more enticing, the UV light reacts with the titanium dioxide that coats some of the inside parts and produces carbon dioxide. CO2 is how mosquitoes are so easily able to track us down.
So the mosquitoes think they’ve zeroed in on their next meal and head toward the trap. The knockout punch comes in the form of a fan, which pulls them into the cage at the bottom of the trap and prevents them from getting out.
That’s where things get ugly. There I times when I want nothing more than to splat the entire population of mosquitoes in my backyard. But it’s not just mosquitoes that get pulled in. My trap is usually full of moths and beetles. And they don’t die right away; they struggle in the trap until they die of exhaustion.
I should have prefaced this review by saying that I am the type of person who traps ants, spiders, even wasps, indoors, under a Dixie cup, and escorts them back outdoors. I hate killing pests of any kind. Naive? That could well be true.
However I know I am in the minority, so I recommend it here to you. This gadget really works and it does so without hazardous side effects. There are also indoor models, if you’ve been plagued by a herd of stink bugs in the fall.
There are several models, colors, and sizes to choose from. The DynaTrap is reasonably priced, starting. at about $150. Even the replacement bulbs are reasonably priced, at around $15 a pop. It’s available in just about all the big box stores. Check the DynaTrap web site for the list. Take a look for yourself, if you’ve had enough of scratching and swatting