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Mosquito Traps Features

The main thing to pay attention to when choosing a cheap mosquito trap is the attractant. Should you go with a chemical or carbon dioxide mosquito trap or one that relies on light and heat? We'll also look at outdoor vs.

indoor mosquito traps, coverage areas, and the benefits of picking electric over propane mosquito traps.

Mosquito Trap Attractant.

Traps attract mosquitoes using movement, light, moisture, heat, and/or scent, in the form of carbon dioxide, octenol, or lactic acid. Mosquitoes are then drawn into the machine by a fan and trapped. The trick lies in finding a trap that uses the right attractant for the size of your space and the breed of mosquito that's bothering you. Carbon dioxide mosquito traps attract mosquitoes from farthest away -- upward of 100 feet. Carbon dioxide is a preferred attractant in higher-priced traps. Octenol and lactic acid attract mosquitoes from as far as 50 feet away and are recommended by Mosquito Central for Asian tiger mosquitoes, also known as day mosquitoes. Movement and light work for distances up to 30 feet and heat reaches 10 feet. Some of the best mosquito traps employ all these methods to lure and trap all types of mosquitoes. They are best for covering large areas.

The Dynatrap DT1000 Insect Eliminator (starting at $96) is a carbon dioxide mosquito trap that also uses ultraviolet light and heat to attract mosquitoes. The Stinger Nosquito Indoor Insect Trap MA06 (starting at $28) uses just UV light and heat to attract the bugs and gives users the option of opening a trap door to free the mosquitoes outside. The Koolatron Mosquito Trap MK05 Champion (starting at $95) works a little differently. It uses thermal imaging and blue light, along with octenol, to attract the bugs. It's important to note that the octenol cartridges required for this trap last only 21 days and cost about $23 for a pack of two refills, an expense that should be figured into your purchasing decision. The Mega-Catch Alpha Mosquito Trap MCA-600 (starting at $69) is perhaps the best of both worlds. It uses heat and a pulsating LED light (for movement) but also gives users the option of inserting an octenol or lactic acid cartridge.

Propane vs. Electric Mosquito Traps.

Mosquito traps come in two varieties: electric mosquito traps, which plug in with a cord, and propane mosquito traps, which are cordless. Propane mosquito traps need to be refilled often -- about every three weeks -- and that can add a lot to the overall cost. Fortunately for frugal shoppers, all the budget mosquito traps on our list are electric mosquito traps. While they do use lights, the bulbs don't cost much and don't need to be replaced very often.

Outdoor vs. Indoor Mosquito Traps.

Manufacturers make mosquito traps for both indoor and outdoor use. The major difference between outdoor and indoor mosquito traps is the attractant. Outdoor mosquito traps use carbon dioxide, lactic acid, or octenol, while most indoor mosquito traps rely on movement, heat, and light rather than scent (although some use carbon dioxide). Chemical-based traps aren't usually used inside because of the smell. For the same reason, a scent-free trap may be best for outdoor spaces smaller than 30 feet; heat and light alone should do the trick. The other thing to keep in mind is that scented lures can attract mosquitoes from as far away as 100 feet or more. Using a trap with a large range in a small yard might backfire by actually drawing mosquitoes into your yard.

The Stinger Nosquito MA06 trap is strictly an indoor mosquito trap, while the Koolatron Mosquito Trap MK05 Champion is an outdoor trap. Both the Dynatrap DT1000 Insect Eliminator and the Mega-Catch Alpha Mosquito Trap MCA-600 can be used either indoors or out, although the Dynatrap is recommended for outside use.

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Mosquito Trap Coverage Area.

As described previously, the coverage area depends greatly on the attractant used in the trap. Both the Dynatrap DT1000 Insect Eliminator and the Koolatron Mosquito Trap MK05 Champion cover areas up to half an acre, while Stinger doesn't state a coverage area for the Nosquito Indoor Insect Trap MA06. If we had to guess, we would say the coverage area is far smaller -- probably around 30 feet, given that the trap uses light and heat instead of a scented attractant.

Mosquito Trap Extras.

Cheap mosquito traps don't offer much in the way of extras. The Dynatrap DT1000 Insect Eliminator comes with a cleaning brush and a chain to hang it from to make installation easy. A tray in the Stinger Nosquito Indoor Insect Trap MA06 comes out to make cleaning easier.

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