Do Mosquito Traps Really Work?
A mosquito trap is a device that draws in and dispatches mosquitos. As technology advances, these traps have become increasingly effective. Newer traps are designed to not only limit adult mosquito populations, but target egg-laying female mosquitoes specifically.
While they won’t eliminate a serious infestation, mosquito traps are an effective tool for providing a noticeable reduction in mosquito populations.
How Mosquito Traps Work
The most effective mosquito traps generally work like this:
- They target adult female mosquitoes, which are the ones that will bite you when they’re ready to reproduce and lay eggs
- The traps use carbon dioxide to mimic human breath, which female mosquitoes seek out when it’s time for their blood meal. Traps may also use other signals such as heat, fragrances and light to attract mosquitoes
- The termination methods differ: some use a fan that suck mosquitoes in, or a sticky surface, or an electric coil as with a bug zapper
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Do carbon dioxide mosquito traps work?
Mosquitoes use their sense of smell when looking for humans to bite. It’s our breath – when you exhale, they smell the carbon dioxide. So a carbon dioxide mosquito trap mimics the smell of human or animal breath by emitting carbon dioxide gas. Carbon dioxide traps tend to work very well because the mosquitoes that are looking for people to bite are reproducing females, and once they’re trapped, they’re no longer able to lay any eggs.
Are Mosquito Traps Effective on Long Island?
Mosquito traps can be effective if used correctly.
If you’re not sure how traps could best be deployed on your property, a local mosquito exterminator can perform an inspection on your property and offer tips.
If you have any questions about mosquitoes on Long Island, the pest pros at Arrow Exterminating would be happy to chat. Give us a call today!