Electric Mosquito Control Devices

Basic Information

Although mosquito control devices are commonly marketed to treat heavy mosquito populations, they have not been proven effective. These devices electrocute insects that approach them. They produce unpleasant sounds and require frequent cleaning. Because these devices utilize an electrical charge, they should be kept away from children, pets and foliage.

Image of an Asian Tiger Mosquito
Asian Tiger Mosquito

Control Methods

Mosquito electric killers attempt to attract mosquitoes to light and kill them with an electric current. Many mosquitoes may be killed by these lights, but, in fact, most insects killed by electrocuting devices are not mosquitoes, but other flying insects attracted to light.

Challenges of Control

Targeting only adult mosquitoes does little to affect the overall mosquito population. Adults will continue to emerge, many of which will not be killed by a few devices. Pest control experts practice the most efficient methods of mosquito control, including targeting mosquito adult resting areas and addressing possible breeding areas.