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Negative Repercussions in Zika-Prevention Attempts

Pesticide naled used in Zika prevention efforts has negative side effects for bees and other wildlife.

Acute pesticide poisoning is the cause of death for millions of bees in Dorchester County, South Carolina, after officials took to the skies with sprays of naled to reduce mosquito populations in a Zika-prevention effort. Following in Miami City’s footsteps, Dorchester officials wanted to kill the adult mosquitoes that previous ground-efforts could not reach.

While not uncommon for use in ground-spraying, the misting of naled from the skies had not previously been used in Dorchester. Beekeepers from around the area claim that had they received a proper warning hives would have been covered and food and water supplies for the bees would have been protected during the spraying hours. On a single farm in Summerville 46 hives full of bees were destroyed – leaving 2.5 million bees dead. Dorchester County claims there was ample warning given – citing a press release, newspaper article, and Facebook post. But many did not receive this warning.

Pesticide naled is harmful to bees.

What is Naled?

Naled is an organophosphate insecticide whose chemical name is dimethyl 1,2-dibromo-2,2-dichloroethylphosphate. A neurotoxin, naled kills adult mosquitoes by inhibiting enzymes important to nervous system function – without these enzymes the mosquito will become paralyzed and then die. While it exhibits lower toxicity to mammals and birds, as with any pesticide, it does not discriminate between species of insects and has the potential to kill many beneficial insects. This limits the insect population diversity, and has the potential to cause other significant ecological side effects.

Can Naled Harm Other Creatures?

Since naled is toxic to the central nervous system, creatures such as butterflies, birds, fish, humans and other mammals are at risk. When Canada geese and mallard ducks were exposed to naled, they tended to hatch fewer young than unexposed subjects. Naled is highly toxic to several species of trout and catfish, and other aquatic life may also be at risk. Humans may exhibit side effects such as nausea, dizziness, confusion, convulsions, respiratory paralysis or death; long-term exposure could also cause cancer. Exposure to naled could even be a danger to fetuses, causing developmental and behavioral side effects – some of the very effects we seek to avoid by battling the Zika Virus.

Additionally, aside from affecting crawling, swimming, walking and flying organisms, tomato pollen germination is greatly reduced when exposed to naled, and it is known to cause brown lesions in celery and bronzing in strawberries. So why do we still use naled for mosquito control? Governments must weigh the overall risk of insecticidal side effects against the outbreak of a mosquito-borne disease. While still used in the U.S., the E.U. has banned the use of naled for its connection with harm to bees and other wildlife.

Precautions to Take During Naled Spraying

On the naled fact sheet, the EPA warns people to remain indoors with closed windows, and to avoid contact with it if you are outdoors while spraying occurs. Furthermore, vegetables should be washed, grills covered, and pets, pet supplies and toys brought indoors. Those who keep bees are encouraged to cover hives and provide clean food and water. However, spraying is only required to be announced “a day or two” before the spray is scheduled to occur.

Pesticide-free Mosquito Control

Reducing places where mosquitoes can breed is one of the best measures of mosquito control that can be practiced – virtually for free! Be sure to empty all water containers, clean up trash and debris, fill in holes and inspect any tarps where water may collect. However, if you live near a water source, controlling mosquitoes by removing containers can be more of a chore. Trapping mosquitoes might be most beneficial – trapping the female mosquitoes will interrupt the breeding cycle, meaning that fewer mosquitoes will hatch near your property.

Mosquito Magnet® mosquito traps attract female mosquitoes with an output of CO2 and lures that mimic human body chemistry. Once close enough, they are sucked inside the trap and into a net where they will dehydrate and die within 24 hours. Find out more about Mosquito Magnet® by signing up for our E-Newsletter and visiting Mosquito Magnet® on Facebook.

Keeping Pets Safe From Mosquitoes

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Buying bug sprays, tiki torches, and citronella candles is what most of us do in preparation for mosquito season. But what do we do for our dogs and cats? Are they susceptible to mosquito bites and illnesses, too? Yes! Here at Mosquito Magnet®, we want to make sure you and your pets have a healthy happy summer, so let’s talk about protecting your pets from mosquitoes!


Are Mosquitoes Attracted to Animals?

Since dogs, cats, horses and many other pets also produce high levels of carbon dioxide when they exhale, they too are strong mosquito magnets, just like humans. A mosquito bite can be just as irritating to an animal as it is to a person, and some critters may experience a potentially serious allergic reaction. Animals are also susceptible to certain mosquito-borne diseases. That’s why mosquito control for pets is so important.

Heartworm in the US & Canada

Mosquito-borne Disease in Dogs and Cats

The most common mosquito-transmitted affliction that affects dogs and cats is heartworm. When a mosquito bites an infected animal, it picks up heartworm larvae – also called microfilaria. Then, when the mosquito bites a new animal, it deposits the microfilaria into the skin.Why Should You Protect Your Pets From Mosquitoes

Once inside the animal’s body, the larvae will mature into adult heartworms over a period of 3-4 months. Adult heartworms can grow as large as 12 inches and can survive inside a dog or cat for several years. The damage they cause to the heart, blood vessels, and other vital organs can lead to serious illnesses or death.

The best method to protect your pets from serious illness is prevention.


What About Horses?

Horses are equally susceptible to mosquito-borne diseases. They could be at risk of contracting equine encephalitis, which comes in a variety of forms. Encephalitis is a medical term that means “inflammation of the brain.” This is a zoonotic disease (transmittable from animals to humans) which is spread by the mosquito after having bitten an infected animal, usually a bird.


The two most common forms of the affliction are Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and Western Equine Encephalitis (WEE). They derive their names from the areas of the United States in which they are prevalent.

Both diseases can have serious health implications for horses, and they can even be fatal in some instances. Learn more about effective mosquito management for horse farms. Prevention is the best medicine, so ask your equine veterinarian about important vaccines to prevent EEE and WEE.


Tips for Preventing Mosquitoes in Your Yard

There is a lot you can do to make sure mosquitoes aren’t going to make your backyard their new home. You’d be surprised at the tiny areas in which mosquitoes are able to lay their eggs. Begin by removing all trash from your yard which could be holding water, and also check for areas of pooling in holes and dog dishes, etc. It takes just eight days for mosquitoes to grow from egg to adult – be vigilant with your inspections!

Mosquito Life Cycle
Since mosquitoes are attracted to light, be sure to turn off outside spotlights when not in use. Also check your screens – they could enter through holes in screens to get to light inside. Many wild animals and other insects eat mosquitoes, too; check out our top five list here!


Set Up a Mosquito Magnet® Trap

Mosquito traps are an easy way to dramatically reduce the mosquito population on your property without exposing your pets to potentially harmful chemicals. Mosquito traps, such as the Mosquito Magnet®, can be placed in your yard and will start working immediately to eliminate these pests.commander

Mosquito Magnet® mosquito traps safely lure in the female mosquitoes that are looking for a blood meal by using carbon dioxide and an attractant that mimics the scent of human body chemistry. Mosquitoes are then sucked into the trap, where they dehydrate and die within 24 hours. Mosquito Magnet® traps are also an effective way to control other bloodsuckers, such as black flies, midges and no-see-ums that can be bothersome to your pets as well.

Do you have a different method for repelling mosquitoes or keeping mosquitoes away from your pets? Let us know in the comments or tell us about it on your next visit to Facebook. Never miss an article; sign up for the Mosquito Magnet Newsletter for discounts and special offers!

GMO Mosquitoes: What You Need to Know

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The talk of the town is how to effectively control the mosquito population and reduce the risk for mosquito bites and mosquito-borne diseases such as the Zika Virus and dengue fever. For many, spraying for mosquito control is undesirable, so an effort to create the Genetically Modified (GMO) self-destructing mosquito is underway. Tests have already been performed in a number of  countries using these types of mosquitoes, and talks are happening to potentially test these GMO mosquitoes in Florida as well. Many questions have arisen about the use of these GMO mosquitoes and their safe usage out in the world. We hope to shed some light on the topic, so here is a quick rundown of GMO mosquitoes and what you should know about them.

What is a GMO Mosquito?

GMO mosquitoes are mosquitoes that have been implanted with a gene or bacteria which was not originally present or naturally occurring in the insect.

In one case, the implant in question is a self-limiting gene that disrupts the normal processes of mosquitoes’ offspring. These offspring will, in turn, not survive to adulthood. These lab-grown Aedes aegypti mosquitoes would be released into the wild to mate with the wild population – where their offspring’s inability to grow to adulthood would lower the population of mosquitoes. These are also often referred to as transgenic mosquitoes. Alternatively, scientists have also created an infertile male mosquito which, when sent into the wild, breeds with females which then lay unfertilized eggs. These mosquitoes also contain a heritable gene which gives them a fluorescent mark, so that researchers can see the difference between the GMO mosquitoes and wild ones.

Another form of GMO mosquitoes have been implanted with bacteria called Wolbachia to fight dengue fever. Wolbachia stops the dengue virus from replicating inside the mosquito, making it impossible for dengue to pass on to humans. Scientists hope that the Wolbachia mosquitoes will then mate with the wild population, creating mosquitoes that are not able to carry and transmit dengue. The Wolbachia bacterium is much too large to fit in the mosquito’s proboscis – the probing mouthpart used to drink blood – and therefore has no chance of being transmitted into humans. If you’re brave enough – here is a video of the mosquito using its proboscis to find a meal.

Why GMO Mosquitoes?

The main reason GMO mosquitoes are being developed is to stop the spread of infectious diseases without the use of potentially harmful chemicals. In the 1950’s, for example, DDT was used to eradicate the A. aegypti mosquito during an outbreak of Malaria. Few mosquitoes were left, but bred so rapidly that they returned to their normal population numbers once again. The chemicals were also known to kill off beneficial insects as well. All these years later, the environment is still recovering from the side effects of using DDT – particularly with bird populations like the Bald Eagle and Peregrine Falcon, which were devastated by the use of this chemical.

GMO Mosquitoes in Florida?

Several years ago there was an outbreak of dengue fever in Key West, which is a huge tourist destination. With the risk factors of spreading disease being so high, county officials plan to begin releasing the self-limiting GMO mosquitoes in Florida. While many of the locals are concerned about possible consequences – officials are currently awaiting FDA approval to begin.

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Can GMO Mosquitoes Stop Zika?

Studies performed in 2015 show that the self-limiting mosquito method showed a reduction of 82 percent of mosquito larvae in Piracicaba, São Paulo Brazil.  They also concluded that the test reduced the number of dengue cases in the area. While this is great news in the quest for eradication of mosquito-borne illnesses, it is not conclusive that this would help to eradicate the risk altogether of a breakout of the Zika virus. Since the virus itself is not what is being stopped from transmission – the remaining percentage of mosquitoes could still be a vector, or carrier, of the virus. Much more research and testing will need to be completed before there is a final answer. Especially in poorer countries, costly research might be too much of an imposition.

What Can We Do Right Now?

One of the main things to do to combat Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases is to educate the public in areas where the outbreaks are common. Be sure that people know to wear protective clothing, use repellents and get rid of trash which could be holding water and larvae. Many governments are setting up programs where volunteers are sent to homes to show people what can be done to drive down the disease-carrying mosquito population.


While Zika has not yet hit the U.S. in the form of an outbreak – those who have contracted the disease had visited an outbreak area and come back to the states – mosquitoes can still be a vector for diseases like West Nile virus.

Homeowners and businesses can drastically reduce the number of mosquitoes on their property by using mosquito traps. Mosquito Magnet mosquito traps attract the female mosquito by using a lure in conjunction with CO2. Mosquitoes are drawn to the lure, and then pulled into the trap via the patented CounterFlow™ Technology, where they will dehydrate and die within 24 hours. The reduction in the female mosquito population will reduce your chances of being bitten by a mosquito.

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Zika is a Threat to Adults

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Zika is a Threat to Adults

“This virus seems to be a bit scarier than we initially thought,” says Dr. Anne Schuchat, deputy director at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This comes after heightened concern over the presence of the Aedes aegypti mosquito in 30 states, and the threat to Puerto Rico where hundreds of thousands of cases of the Zika virus could erupt. Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are known carriers of the Zika virus.

Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM)

The other concerning fact, Brazilian scientists have recently discovered a link between Zika infections in adults and an autoimmune syndrome called acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM). ADEM, which typically occurs after an infection, attacks the brain and spinal cord causing swelling. The syndrome specifically goes after the myelin – which is the white protective coating that surrounds nerve fibers. This attack results in numbness, loss of balance and vision, and weakness – symptoms similar to multiple sclerosis. ADEM joins other afflictions with strong links to Zika, such as Guillain-Barre, a neurological disorder resulting in paralysis, and microcephaly, a condition which causes babies to be born with small heads and potential developmental problems.

This link to Zika comes from a small study of 151 patients who visited the Restoration Hospital in Recife, Brazil under the care of Dr. Maria Lucia Brito. The patients had all been infected with viruses such as Zika, dengue and chikungunya. Six of the patients developed autoimmune symptoms – 4 had Guillain-Barre and 2 were found to be ADEM. The ADEM symptoms lasted about six months. All six had tested positive for Zika.

CDC Warns Against Travel for Pregnant Women

The CDC has specifically warned that pregnant women not travel to the upcoming 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil this summer. In the wake of these findings, it appears that the first vaccine for the Zika virus is set to enter clinical trials by September.

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Debunking 6 Common Mosquito Myths

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Anyone who has ever spent time outdoors in the spring and summer knows how frustrating and annoying mosquitoes can be. Because of this annoyance, there have naturally been many theories to explain their behavior, suggested mosquito remedies and even anti-mosquito apps, which are supposed to ward these bugs off for good.

There are so many of these tips and tricks, that it can be hard to determine which are true and which are just mosquito myths. To help you decipher fact from fiction, we’ve gathered up six of the most common misconceptions about mosquitoes.


Myth #1: Male and Female Mosquitoes Both Bite Humans

Fact: Of the species of mosquitoes that feed on humans, only the females bite. Consuming blood from humans and other animals is an important part of the breeding cycle. Females require the protein in our blood to produce their eggs, which then start a completely new generation to feast on you. Males rely on other sources, such as nectar from flowers, to sustain their diet.


Myth #2: Mosquitoes Prefer Certain Blood Types

mosquito myths blood typeFact: You may have heard many people say, “Mosquitoes like me because of my sweet blood,” or “I get bitten because I’m Type O.” In reality, mosquitoes do not gravitate towards people because of the sweetness or type of their blood. Mosquitoes bite people because they require protein for breeding, not sugar. Some facets of your genetics, such as skin bacteria may have an effect, but blood type is not considered one of these factors.


Myth #3: People with Fair Skin Are More Likely to Be Bitten

Fact: It is no secret that when mosquitoes bite, people have a reaction that usually results in small red bumps. This is caused by a component in mosquito saliva, which prevents blood from clotting while they’re still drinking. The reason many people with fair skin believe that they are more popular with the pests, is that they usually have a stronger reaction to mosquito bites. This may make it look as though fair-skinned people receive more bites, but in actuality, the bites are just more prominent.


Myth #4: All Mosquitoes Carry Disease

mosquito myths diseaseFact: Based on estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are approximately 3,500 species of mosquitoes around the world; however, many of these species don’t even bite humans.  Of the species that prefer human blood meals, only the females of the species are doing the actual biting. Therefore, not all mosquitoes are carrying or transmitting disease. While most human-biting species are capable of carrying diseases, only fractions of the mosquito population actually harbor viruses. It has been suggested that certain species are more predisposed to carrying mosquito-spread diseases than others.

For example, the tiger mosquito, which is relatively common in eastern and central region of the United States, is known to carry the West Nile virus, chikungunya, yellow fever and dengue fever. Malaria, on the other hand, is transmitted by species of the Anopheles genus.


Myth #5: Mosquitoes will Bite People Regardless of Their Size

Fact: Mosquitoes actually do seem to prefer larger people to smaller ones. For this reason, adults are more likely to be bitten than children, and men are more likely than women to be targeted. This is because larger people emit higher quantities of carbon dioxide and body heat, which is what attracts mosquitoes in the first place. Additionally, larger people obviously provide more surface area for feasting. This is the same reason that pregnant women have been suggested to receive more bites.


Myth #6: Attracting Bats is an Effective Way to Eradicate Mosquitoes

mosquito myths batsFact: For years, people have been suggesting that one of the best ways to get rid of a mosquito infestation is to attract bats to your yard. While providing shelter for bats is a great thing to do for these endangered creatures, it is not likely to get rid of your mosquito problem. This myth about using bats for mosquito control most likely originated from studies that placed bats in a room full of nothing but mosquitoes. In a contained setting with no other food sources available, the bats, of course, will decimate mosquito populations.

While bats do effectively consume large populations of many bothersome flying insects every hour, mosquitoes only make up less than one percent of their diet. When beetles, moths and cicadas are available, bats would much rather chase after them to satisfy their appetites.


Want to Know More?

Do you have more questions about old wives tales or supposed mosquito behaviors? Let us know in the comments below. If you’ve debunked your own mosquito myths, tell us about it on your next visit to our Facebook page.

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Looking for a more foolproof way to rid your backyard of mosquitoes? Cut down on the number of breeding mosquitoes looking for blood by using Mosquito Magnet® mosquito traps. Our traps use carbon dioxide and secondary attractants to draw mosquitoes in and begin reducing populations in your yard.

Live for the Night Without Worrying About Unwanted Visitors


Think that the only option for a summer night with the family is cooking dinner or watching a movie indoors? Think again. There are plenty of fun outdoor activities that make nighttime the right time for your friends and family:

  • Patio dinner — Dining alfresco makes everything taste better. Set out your dishes, tablecloth, and get ready for a dinner party under the stars. The fresh air will stimulate your appetite and lend a wonderful atmosphere. You can thread lights around the patio or light candles. Use flowers from your garden to create a beautiful centerpiece.
  • Bonfires — A bright fire can be a great place for telling ghost stories, making s’mores or just relaxing. A fire can also help with outdoor mosquito control, since most mosquitos stay away from smoke. If you decide to build a bonfire, make sure you light your fire away from decks or any flammable surfaces. A fire pit is one safe option, and you should always extinguish the fire completely once you’re done.night-839807_1280
  • Star gazing — Sometimes, the simplest activities are the most fun. All you need for star gazing is a blanket. Find a free star chart guide online to print off and find as many stars and constellations as you can.  You’ll get even more fun out of the event if you plan your stargazing for a night when meteor showers are expected!
  • Camping — Camping is a great way to enjoy the peacefulness and cool air of nighttime.  When you set up your tent, make sure it’s properly sealed to protect you and your family from unexpected storms. Also bring enough warm clothes if you expect the temperature to fall during the night. Whether you’re at home or in a campground, you might also encounter mosquitoes. The insects are especially attracted to warm summer nights and shade. If you’re camping in a campground or park, look into the best insect repellants to keep the bugs away. Certain repellants like outdoor bug zappers aren’t always effective at protecting you from pests.
  • Barbecues — Evening barbecues are a great way to enjoy warm weather, good food and time with loved ones. Light up your grill, grab some of your favorite recipes and get ready for a fun summer night. Some food, drinks and music are all you need to make your party a success. Set up mosquito traps early in the season so that you can reduce the amount of mosquitoes around your property by the time barbecue season rolls around.

Make Your Nighttime Event a Hit

Whether you’re going camping, hosting a dinner party or throwing a barbecue, Planning ahead is important to make sure the event goes smoothly. It’s easy to plan things like the music list and some fun games to play, but it’s harder to plan for the unexpected.

Think ahead and come up with a “Plan B” in case your barbecue or camping trip is rained out. Another unexpected worry you might face is mosquitoes. To keep mosquitoes from ruining your night, consider investing in long-term outdoor mosquito control system like Mosquito Magnet® mosquito traps — especially if you plan to host a lot of outdoor events.

Our mosquito traps take propane and convert it into Co2, moisture, heat and a secondary attractant to lure in mosquitoes. When mosquitoes approach the trap, expecting a meal, they’re sucked into a net. They stay in the net until they dehydrate and die. With fewer mosquitoes breeding, you should see a reduction in your mosquito population within four weeks. And if you set up your traps early in the season, you could enjoy summer and autumn evenings with fewer mosquitoes!

Don’t Let a Mosquito Bug Your Business

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When your business depends on the great outdoors, your customers get to enjoy all that nature has to offer: sunshine, picturesque views, resorts, camping, and more. Unfortunately, your customers also get to “enjoy” those pesky critters that Mother Nature offers up, including mosquitoes.

That’s where Mosquito Magnet® traps come in. Mosquito traps are the most effective way to reduce mosquito populations and keep you and your customers happy and bite-free.

How a Mosquito Magnet® Trap Works

The basics of how Mosquito Magnet® traps work are simple. Mosquitoes are attracted to the carbon dioxide in our breath and to chemicals released from our skin, particularly in sweat. Propane mosquito traps convert the propane into CO2 and use an additional chemical attractant to lure mosquitoes to the trap.

Once in the vicinity of the trap, mosquitoes are sucked inside the trap using our Patented CounterFlow™ Technology. Mosquitoes in the trap can’t escape and eventually die of dehydration.

Our traps come in various models, so you can choose which trap is right for your situation. We sell traps that rely on AC power, traps that use “C” batteries, and traps that come with rechargeable batteries. We also sell three different types of secondary attractant for your trap, so that your trap works efficiently no matter where you live in the U.S.

Outdoor BusinessCustomers Appreciate Your Efforts

Whether you run a campground, resort, horse ranch, outdoor restaurant, or home owners association with community areas, you’ll benefit from doing your best to remove the threat of mosquitoes from your property. Mosquito Magnet® traps provide mosquito control for up to one acre of land, and there’s just no mosquito repellent or candle that can do that.

Happy, bite-free customers also mean more business for you. Most customers will appreciate an enjoyable outdoor experience where they don’t have to be concerned about mosquitoes. In contrast, not making the effort to control mosquitoes can possibly lead to a decline in business.

Given the choice between two comparable resorts, would you stay at one where you always have to apply mosquito repellent, or one where you don’t have to worry about getting bitten up? Would you give a positive review of a restaurant when you couldn’t tell who was eating better — you or the mosquitoes? Think about it.

You owe it to yourself – and your customers – to provide the best outdoor experience you can, and that means doing everything in your power to eliminate mosquitoes and other biting insects. Luckily, not only do Mosquito Magnet® traps capture mosquitoes, they also catch black flies, biting midges and gnats.

In addition, our Commander line of Mosquito Magnet® traps offers you the easiest possible means of keeping track of its operation with smart technology. It sends you electronic updates on its performance via Wi-Fi, so you don’t have to continually check it physically.

Control Your Property Today

At Mosquito Magnet®, we do one thing: We make Mosquito Magnet® traps and the accessories that make them effective. It’s our specialty and we strive to give you and your business the best in customer support. Call us at 800-953-5737 and we’ll help you choose the exact trap for your business.

Every trap we sell comes with a user-friendly operation manual and instructional DVD. We also offer free ground shipping on every order over $64.99, and if you place your order today by 2:00 PM EST, it ships today! Place your order today, and give your customers a mosquito-free experience.

A Trap for Every Need

A Trap for Every Need

When you’re planning an outdoor event, you need to think about every possibility. What could go wrong? Bad weather? Extreme temperatures? Swarms of biting insects? While the weather is out of your control, having your event be ruined by mosquitoes is not. You now have several options for protecting your guests from these unwanted pests with Mosquito Magnet® traps.

If you have a small outdoor area, you can consider using mosquito-repelling candles. However, they typically only work in very confined areas with a limited amount of people. Having a candle in the center of the table most likely won’t prevent your guests from getting bitten up on their ankles. It’s simply infeasible to use mosquito candles to address the needs of a big outdoor event.

Fortunately, Mosquito Magnet® traps can effectively address mosquitoes in an area up to one acre. Our traps work by emitting a gas mixture of carbon dioxide and a secondary attractant (Octenol, R-Octenol, or Lurex3™), which attract mosquitoes to the trap. These gases mimic our own breath and skin odor, making the trap look like an inviting target for the mosquito. Once in the vicinity of the trap, mosquitoes are sucked inside by a vacuum and die from dehydration.

All of our traps are versatile, easy-to-use devices that offer a range of capabilities featuring the latest technology. Continue reading to determine which trap model is right for your event.

Patriot Trap

The Patriot Mosquito Magnet® Trap

Our basic trap is the Patriot Mosquito Magnet® trap. The Patriot gives you up to one acre of mosquito protection. It comes with a 50-foot power cord for easy placement near any wired establishment, and you can plug it directly into a standard electrical socket. Since the Patriot is powered by AC current, you won’t need to replace or recharge batteries in the unit.

The Independence Mosquito Magnet® Trap

In some circumstances, you need to get your trap farther away from an outlet than 50 feet. That’s where the Independence Mosquito Magnet® trap comes in. It runs on four “C” batteries, so you can place the device exactly where it’s needed: between the mosquito breeding grounds and your outdoor event. This completely cordless device is versatile and typically only requires upkeep about once every three weeks.

Executive Trap

The Executive Mosquito Magnet® Trap

If you like the idea of a cordless trap, then you’ll also like the Executive Mosquito Magnet® trap. It offers the option of running on a rechargeable battery that can maintain its charge through most of the mosquito season. Like the Independence and our other models, it uses our Patented Counterflow™ Technology to suck mosquitoes inside the unit once they get near the trap.

The Commander Mosquito Magnet® Trap

Our top-of-the-line Commander Mosquito Magnet® trap offers versatility you won’t find in other traps. Not only can you place the trap wherever you like, but the Commander uses smart technology to keep you up-to-date on its performance via Wi-Fi. You don’t have to go to the trap to check it physically — you can simply manage it on your mobile device or personal computer.

Choose the Trap That’s Right for Your Event

Each of our Mosquito Magnet® traps offer special features that will help you break the mosquito cycle and create a pleasant experience for your outdoor event, even in an area as large as an acre. We have various options to match your specific needs, and we can help you consider where you need to place the trap, the duration that the trap has to stay in action, and how frequently you’ll want to check the trap.

Keep in mind that, as with most major appliances, all of our trap models will require occasional tune-ups. You’ll also need to replace the propane tank, secondary attractant and trap net every few weeks in order for the trap to continue running properly.

For more information on Mosquito Magnet® traps, call us at 800-953-5737 or place your order today.

Find Your Mosquito Magnet® Match

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Find Your Mosquito Magnet® Match

“What should I use to repel mosquitoes?” That’s a typical question asked by many Mosquito Magnet® customers. With so many mosquito equipment types and repellent options available, finding the ideal mosquito control solution can be a daunting challenge, especially if you’re selecting a mosquito repellent for the first time.

The following mosquito control comparisons can help you make the best decision for protecting your family against these annoying, harmful pests.

What Should I Use to Repel Mosquitos?

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•Citronella Candles

The scent of burning citronella candles can deter mosquitoes in small, confined areas, and many people find their aroma very appealing. However, you must be within the rather limited range of the plume to receive any protection against biting mosquitoes. The best place to use citronella candles is in an enclosed patio to prevent the evening breeze from extinguishing the flame.

•Mosquito Coils

A mosquito coil is a spiral-shaped device that includes a type of incense that is burned to produce a mosquito-repelling smoke without flame. Coils can be effective and are relatively easy to use, although they pose a fire risk from sparking. There are also health concerns regarding the inhalation of the smoke.

•Spray Repellents

Sprays containing DEET can repel mosquitoes for two to twelve hours, depending on the percentage of DEET in the product. While the Environmental Protection Agency has determined that DEET-based mosquito repellents do not pose a health risk when used as directed, some individuals are not comfortable with using a product containing synthetic chemicals. Sprays containing natural ingredients are available, but their effectiveness is inconsistent at best.

•Bug Zappers

Bug zappers emit an electric current that electrocutes insects when they fly into the device. While zappers will kill mosquitoes, they are not powerful mosquito attractants, making them a rather ineffective mosquito control solution. Additionally, the mist that results when mosquitoes are electrocuted can actually be harmful to humans when inhaled.

•Mosquito Netting

Mosquito nets can work well as a mosquito barrier. The main issue with netting is that the barrier can easily be breached when humans enter or leave the protected area — even a brief opening provides ample opportunity for mosquitoes to find their way in. Nets must also be monitored closely and must be repaired or replaced quickly when damage occurs.

Traps Are a Preferred Mosquito Equipment Type

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A well-designed and constructed Mosquito Magnet® trap can offer a reliable season-long mosquito control solution. These traps work by releasing a steady and precise stream of carbon dioxide, warmth and moisture to attract mosquitoes. The patented Counterflow™ Technology then pulls them inside where they become trapped and die within 24 hours. One Mosquito Magnet® trap can cover an area as large as one acre.

Contact Us to Learn More

While the choice of mosquito control methods and mosquito equipment types isn’t necessarily an easy one, it’s comforting to know that there are many excellent options. Feel free to contact Mosquito Magnet® for a more in-depth mosquito control comparison.

Mosquitoes Are On the Rise and the Time for Prevention Is Now


The mosquito population in the U.S. is on the rise, which is cause for concern in many parts of the nation. According to the World Health Organization, climate change is playing a key role in the increase of various mosquito species. A rise in the average annual temperature of just one degree Fahrenheit can result in as much as a 10-fold increase in the mosquito population in a given year.

Mosquitoes are known carriers of potentially deadly diseases such as malaria, West Nile virus, dengue fever and encephalitis, to name a few.

Mosquito Facts That Everyone Should Know

Many mosquito facts may alarm you, but they are nonetheless important to know. The number of reported malaria cases in the U.S, while still relatively small, increased by 50 percent between 2008 and 2011. While there were only 700 West Nile virus cases reported in the 48 contiguous states in 2011, that number made a dramatic jump to 5,600 in 2012.

Dengue fever cases are also on the increase in many areas of the nation. There are 176 mosquito species in the U.S., including a relative newcomer known as the Asian tiger mosquito that dines in the daytime as well as at night. It’s capable of biting quickly before its host has a chance to swat it away.

Useful Facts on Controlling Mosquitoes

If you find these mosquito facts to be a bit unnerving, the good news is that you can control the mosquito population on your property. Removing sources of standing water that serve as mosquito breeding grounds will make your yard much less attractive to these flying, disease-carrying pests. And if you’re a Mosquito Magnet® trap owner, you have already taken an important step towards reducing the number of mosquitoes that are posing a threat to you, your family and even your pets.

Upgrade Your Trap and Receive Up to $150 on Mosquito Magnet® Accessories

At Mosquito Magnet®, we’re always looking to improve our trap technology to increase the effectiveness of our traps for our customers. By taking advantage of our special “Buy Back, Bite Back” promotion, you can upgrade to a new Patriot, Independence, Executive or highly-advanced Commander model. You’ll receive an allowance toward the purchase of Mosquito Magnet® accessories or outdoor living products available from the various Woodstream Corp. brands.

Here’s how much you can get:
•Commander — $150
•Executive — $100
•Independence — $100
•Patriot — $50

Taking Advantage of the Buy Back, Bite Back Program Is Easy

To participate in our Buy Back, Bite Back promotion, simply purchase your new model, fill out and submit the online form. Then, we’ll send you your allowance. If you have already purchased your new model, no problem! You can still fill out and submit the form and receive your allowance. But you must hurry: Buy Back, Bite Back is only valid through September 30, 2014!

The mosquito population in the U.S. is rising, and there are more of these relentless pests that are ready to bite. Buy back and bite back today!