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Thursday, 26 July 2007

Mosquito Trapping Devices

Many mosquito trapping devices are based on generating carbon dioxide (CO2) to lure the mosquitoes to the device. Once in the vicinity of the fan on the device, the mosquitoes are sucked up into the device and into a collection bag where they will die. These devices retail for $300.00 - $1400.00 for the initial investment.

The CO2 baited traps will catch mosquitoes. However, even an impressively large collection, a "bag full", may be a minute percentage of all the blood-seeking females in the area and this will not likely impact large populations of mosquitoes. There are no peer-reviewed, scientific publications that show the devices to be effective for actually controlling mosquitoes, reducing their populations, or reducing biting rates under the range of conditions likely to be found in different homes. Until such scientific evidence exists, one must be careful to avoid unrealistic expectations for these devices as an effective mosquito control strategy for individual homes.

Some advertisements claim that the trap will ...

Last Updated ( Saturday, 11 August 2007 )
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