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Cheap Mosquito Traps Buying Guide

Nothing ruins a warm summer night like an influx of mosquitoes. If those whining pests are keeping you from enjoying your yard, a cheap mosquito trap can help.

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Unfortunately even some of the lower-end traps might seem expensive to many. But if you're sick of scratching or smelling like bug repellent, you can rid your yard of mosquitoes with one of the cheap mosquito traps on our list.

Mosquito traps range in price from $25 to well over $400 (seriously). Generally the higher-priced models come with bells and whistles such as adjustable fans, adjustable light and heat settings, and timers. They also tend to cover a much larger radius than cheap mosquito traps. That being said, cheap mosquito traps can be effective in small yards and homes. For between $25 and $125, you can find a trap that does a reasonable job fending off the invading hordes. Most cheap mosquito traps have coverage areas of about half an acre; for bigger yards you need to spend a little more -- or space out several traps.

All mosquito traps use some kind of attractant to lure their prey. Most traps rely on more than one method. Mosquitoes respond to scents including carbon dioxide, octenol, and lactic acid, according to Mosquito Central, which researches and recommends mosquito traps. Some traps use all three scents. Other attractants include light, moving light, and heat.

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Outdoor mosquito traps often use a combination of scent, light, and heat. Other cheap mosquito traps are designed for indoor use and usually don't use scented lures. While carbon dioxide can be used indoors, octenol and lactic acid are generally reserved for outdoor use because they have strong smells and are chemical-based. Some traps can be used indoors or out. These types of traps generally have the option to use a scented lure but also work without it.

We relied on expert advice and user reviews when making our picks. User reviews of cheap mosquito traps are limited and a bit tricky to judge, as the category overall gets a lot of negative reviews from consumers who question whether even pricey mosquito traps really work. Experts point out that consumers need to use the traps properly. Mosquito Central recommends placing carbon dioxide traps in shaded areas at least 30 feet away from humans and upwind from mosquito breeding grounds -- i.e, areas of standing water. Mosquito traps work by decimating the population, so they must be used 24/7, not just when you plan to be outside. Many traps effectively eliminate mosquitoes from an area with proper placement and the correct attractants, according to HowStuffWorks.

Our favorite cheap mosquito trap is the Dynatrap DT1000 Insect Eliminator (starting at $96). This trap uses carbon dioxide and ultraviolet light and works both indoors and out. Next on our list is the Stinger Nosquito Indoor Insect Trap MA06 (starting at $28), which is an indoor-only trap and uses UV light and heat to attract mosquitoes. The Koolatron Mosquito Trap MK05 Champion (starting at $95) seems to get the worst user reviews and uses a pricey chemical-scented attractant that lasts only about three weeks before needing to be replaced.

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by Raechel Conover (Google+ Profile)

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Best Cheap Mosquito Trap

Dynatrap DT1000 Insect Eliminator
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Dynatrap DT1000 Insect Eliminator

The popular Dynatrap DT1000 Insect Eliminator impresses users with the sheer number of mosquitoes it captures. Although it's marketed as an indoor and outdoor trap, experts recommend it mostly for outdoor use. It employs carbon dioxide and ultraviolet light/heat to attract the bugs and a fan to suck them in and trap them. It has a coverage area of half an acre, and it's packaged with a cleaning brush and a metal chain for hanging the unit.

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Good Cheap Mosquito Trap

Stinger Nosquito Indoor Insect Trap MA06
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Stinger Nosquito Indoor Insect Trap MA06

Users say the Stinger Nosquito Indoor Insect Trap MA06 catches a fair number of mosquitoes and lasts for years. This indoor-only unit uses ultraviolet light and heat to attract and trap the insects. It has a removable tray for easy cleaning and a price that's tough to beat.

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Koolatron Mosquito Trap MK05 Champion

Attracting mosquitoes is no problem for the Koolatron Mosquito Trap MK05 Champion; it's trapping them that seems to be an issue, users say. This outdoor-only trap uses heat, a blue-light system, and octenol to attract mosquitoes and a fan to trap them. It has a coverage area of half an acre. The octenol cartridges last about three weeks and can be pricey to replace.

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