Mosquito Traps

Basic Information

All mosquito traps use attractants to lure female mosquitoes. Some traps contain impellor fans designed to capture specimens, while others utilize sticky surfaces or grids that electrocute mosquitoes. Most units require maintenance.

Mosquito Biting a Human
Mosquito Biting a Human

Control Methods

Traps that use propane as a heat source and carbon dioxide as attractant are intended for large populations. These traps simulate human exhalation, thus intercepting mosquitoes before they reach humans. Traps powered through electrical cords are less expensive and are designed for use in smaller areas.

Challenges of Control

Mosquito traps can be effective in killing mosquitoes, giving homeowners a sense of satisfaction. However, they often attract more mosquitoes into the area and ultimately do little to reduce the overall population. True mosquito population control is dependent upon breeding habitats and mosquito species, as well as many other factors. Should you experience mosquitoes, contact your local pest control professional for further extermination options.