Using a Mosquito Magnet® trap on a 24/7 basis throughout the mosquito season can result in a significant reduction in the mosquito population on your property. Mosquito Magnet® is the top long-term solution that is scientifically proven to safely and effectively control mosquitoes, black flies, midges, no-see-ums and other flying pests. As with most mechanical devices, proper and timely routine care is essential for keeping your trap in peak operating condition and maximizing your catch rate. The following information will show you how to clean mosquito traps easily and efficiently.
Using the Quick Clear Valve
Perhaps the most important Mosquito Magnet® cleaning task is the regular use of the Quick Clear valve. This valve has been installed on all Mosquito Magnet® models produced since 2003, and it is used to clean out built-up propane contaminants in the fuel line that could eventually cause the nozzle to clog and ultimately lead to trap failure. The valve should be used after the first propane tank change of the season and every two tank changes thereafter. In areas where “dirty” propane gas is prevalent, meaning the propane provider has not thoroughly filtered the gas, the valve should be used after every tank change. A new Quick Clear cartridge, the carbon dioxide-filled cylinder that is inserted into the valve to flush the gas line, should be employed with each valve usage.
Keeping the Side Vents Clear
Another important mosquito trap cleaning task is the regular checking of the device’s side vents. These vents can become clogged with dead bugs, which may inhibit air flow and reduce the trap’s vacuuming ability. To perform this mosquito trap cleaning function, simply remove the vents from the trap and wipe away any bugs that are stuck to the sides with a cloth.
Install a Clean Net Every 21 Days
Proper Mosquito Magnet® cleaning also involves changing the mosquito net on a regular basis, as a clogged net can prevent additional mosquitoes from being captured and killed. For best results, install a new, clean net every 21 days, although you may need to change the net more frequently during the peak of the mosquito season. Try changing the net when it becomes at least half full. Check the net regularly for tears or other damage.
Cleaning the Exterior of Your Trap
Exterior mosquito trap cleaning can be done quickly and easily. Regular cleaning will keep your trap free of dirt and debris, so it won’t become an eyesore in your yard. You can clean your trap simply by wiping it down with clean water and a damp cloth.