The effectiveness of mosquito candles depends on the ingredients it contains. Citronella candles are a popular choice. They are made from the essential oils of citronella grass, believed to be one of the natural mosquito repellents. While the smell may deter mosquitoes, it will not stop them from biting if you're not in the plume of the fragrance the candle releases. If citronella candles are used, they should be used in conjunction with other mosquito control methods.
A citronella mosquito candle alternative is the conceal candle, a newer mosquito control product, containing an inhibitor molecule found in the essential oils of certain plants. The difference between these and citronella candles is the fact that conceal candles inhibit the mosquito's ability to smell. While citronella provides a smell that repels the mosquitoes, conceal candles render the mosquitoes incapable of smelling and thereby incapable of finding someone to bite. While conceal candles have shown to be more effective than citronella, they should still be used in conjunction with more effective mosquito control methods.
One of the most popular methods for getting rid of mosquitoes is a mosquito repeller device, such as sprays and coils. While this mosquito control method may keep mosquitoes away for a certain amount of time, it does not kill mosquitoes, which means they can easily return at any time. Rather, it is best to virtually eliminate the mosquito population in your yard – so these pests are unable to return and wreak havoc in your backyard.
The bug zapper can trace it's roots back to 1911, when it was first introduced as a rudimentary form of its present day self, complete with an electric light and electrified cage. Today's bug zapper uses a light source, often a fluorescent lamp, to emit violet and ultraviolet light to attract bugs. The bug zapper's power supply generates the electricity needed to zap the insect to death when it comes in contact with the bug zapper. When insects are electrocuted however, they spread in the form of mist, called scatter. This scatter contains insect parts and any bacteria and viruses they may carry. Inhaling or consuming this bug zapper mist can be hazardous.
Although you may hear many zaps, cracks and pops from the bug zapper, research shows that only 2% of all bugs killed are actually mosquitoes. The bug zapper actually kills harmless and beneficial bugs. This makes this device an ineffective form of mosquito control. Scientific studies prove that mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide, heat and moisture, not sound or light. If you enter a yard with a bug zapper, mosquitoes will head straight for you. You are the perfect attractant.
Mosquito nets are most often used to protect sleeping and eating areas in mosquito-infected areas. The mosquito net acts as a barrier between you and the insect. While effective as a barrier, a mosquito net will not keep all mosquitoes out since the defense is likely to be breached as people enter and exit an area. Moreover, the net will limit your movement outdoors, confining you to the area it covers.
Mosquito Magnet® Comparison
Unlike the many different mosquito control methods on the market today, a Mosquito Magnet® trap significantly decreases the mosquito population by killing enough mosquitoes to interrupt their breeding cycle. The result is a large outdoor area virtually free from mosquitoes for an entire season. Other mosquito control methods may be effective at repelling or preventing bites, but the protected area is small and the amount of protection time limited.
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