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Do Mosquito Traps Really Work?

Mosquito traps are an increasingly effective means of controlling nuisance mosquito populations. Advanced technology has allowed for mosquito traps that not only limit adult mosquito populations but target egg-laying female mosquitoes. 

There are many mosquito traps to choose from, but they are generally considered to be effective in providing a noticeable reduction in mosquito populations.

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How Do Mosquito Traps Work?

There are many different types of mosquito traps that all have their own effectiveness. Here are some of the basics to know:

  1. Most traps work by luring in female mosquitoes, which are the ones that will bite. 
  2. Traps will mimic the scents or other signals mosquitoes use to locate blood to feed on. 
  3. The most common signals used within traps to achieve this are carbon dioxide (which mimics human breath), heat, fragrances, and light. 
  4. The trapping methods also differ: some mosquito traps utilize a fan that suck the mosquitoes in, others use an electrocution setup, or a sticky surface to capture the insects.

What Are Carbon Dioxide Mosquito Traps?

One of the main things that helps mosquitoes locate a host on which to feed is human breath, or carbon dioxide. A carbon dioxide mosquito trap mimics the way human or animal breath smells by emitting carbon dioxide gas. Once the mosquitoes enter the trap, they will not be able to leave. This is due to being sucked in by a fan, stuck on a sticky surface, or electrocuted. The goal of C02 traps is to lure in and eliminate female mosquitoes to stop the population from reproducing.

Are Mosquito Traps Effective in North Carolina?

When it comes to picking an efficient mosquito trap, it’s best to get the opinion of your local mosquito exterminator. A local expert will have the knowledge required to understand how to get rid of the mosquito populations commonly found in your area. Contact Bug Out to learn more today!

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