Dynatrap DT2000XL One-Acre Insect Trap Review

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Many consumers with bigger yards to protect are fans of the Dynatrap DT2000XL Insect Trap (starting at $142, Amazon), which covers up to an acre. Although it's pricier than smaller electric units, this indoor/outdoor trap is a bargain compared with larger, propane-powered models. Like all Dynatraps, it uses ultraviolet light and carbon dioxide to attract mosquitoes, then sucks them into a killing chamber with a fan.

The largest model in Dynatrap’s extensive lineup, the Dynatrap DT2000XL gets a thumbs-up from most reviewers for killing bugs silently. Because there’s no electrified grid, there’s no constant “zap” sound to interrupt a relaxing evening outside. Others especially like this trap as a less expensive alternative to propane models, which require the added expense of refilling those fuel tanks -- that’s around $20 every few weeks. Comparatively, $15 every four months for this trap’s replacement bulbs seems like a bargain. As with most mosquito traps, users are more divided on effectiveness. While most reviewers are happy with this trap’s performance, some say it catches far more moths than mosquitoes, a common complaint against the brand, in general. On the other hand, there are those reviewing the product on Amazon who are more than a little thrilled with the machine’s ability to attack bugs both big and small while sparing the lives of other tiny creatures that wander close.

Like most Dynatraps, the DT2000XL is styled like a lantern and can be hung from a pole, hook, or tree branch. The trap is weatherproof for around-the-clock outdoor use, but it can be used indoors, as well, because it’s chemical- and pesticide-free. It also comes with a cleaning brush and screwdriver. One big annoyance, however, is that its 7-foot power cord isn’t long enough for outdoor use in many cases, so expect to pair it with an extension cord.

While the Dynatrap DT2000XL falls a bit outside the “cheap” niche, it’s still relatively inexpensive for a trap with a bigger range. It’s also a good alternative for anyone who doesn’t want to listen to electric bug zappers or pay big money to buy -- and keep refilling -- a propane-powered trap.