Viatek Mini Mosquito Trap Review
The small, mushroom-shaped Viatek Mini Mosquito Trap (starting at $23) ups the “cute” factor and skips the zapper for catching bugs. Instead, this indoor/outdoor trap uses LED lights and carbon dioxide generated by a special coating to lure mosquitoes, at which point a fan is meant to suck them into a collection chamber to die on their own. Unfortunately, reviews suggest it’s just too weak to do the job.
While some reviewers posting on Amazon say the Viatek Mini Mosquito Trap works well, an equal number complain that it just can’t seal the deal when it comes to attracting and killing mosquitoes. Expert testing seems to confirm the consumer criticism of this trap. In an overnight test conducted by Picaridin.info, the trap did kill about 10 mosquitoes, but it certainly didn’t stack up to similar models. The reviewer speculates that the LED lights and carbon dioxide aren’t enough of a lure and there may not be enough space for insects to be sucked in by the fan.
The Viatek Mini Mosquito Trap runs on electric power and is recommended for small areas such as a deck or patio. A metal hoop on top allows it to be suspended like a lantern. While owners like that this trap is silent, easy to clean, and relatively attractive, there are other marks against it besides questionable effectiveness. Many say it’s too flimsy for sustained outdoor use, despite the manufacturer’s claims. Also, if the trap does manage to catch bugs, they can escape as soon as the fan is turned off. On Amazon, one reviewer reports having to put the entire thing in a shopping bag before taking it outside to empty it in order to prevent escapees.
Although the Viatek Mini Mosquito Trap seems at first like it could be an attractive alternative to electric zappers, reviews don’t inspire confidence. Consider the fact that the bulbs aren’t replaceable, forcing users to buy a whole new unit if the bulbs burn out or otherwise stop working, and the appeal fades fast.