Anyone can set up a Mosquito Magnet biting insect trap. The process is
designed to be simple and, in fact, it is. Putting the trap in the right
place, though, is easily as important as setting the equipment up
properly. Proper placement can increase your catch rates, decrease the
overall biting insect population, and make your outdoor area more livable and
pest-free than you ever thought it could be. Here are some things to
think about while you're placing your trap to help you get the most out of your
Mosquito Magnet and your favorite outdoor spots.
Where Are the Bugs?
The most offensive biting insects around - mosquitoes, black flies,
no-see-ums, and the like - have a few common preferences. They tend to
want to live in or near areas with standing water, lots of shade, bushes, tall grass, or other areas that are generally damp and protected from wind and
direct sunlight. These are the first places you should look at on your property to find out if they contain a high density of these pests.
This step is critically important because, if biting insects are living in these
areas around your home, they're breeding there, too. The basic premise of
having a Mosquito Magnet trap is to eliminate bugs but, more specifically, to
eliminate the breeding females. Identifying the most attractive breeding
areas for biting insects is a vital step.
Where Are You?
Equally as important is the next step, which involves identifying the places
where you, your friends, and your family are most likely to gather. If
there's a back porch where you entertain guests in the summer, then that's an
area you'll want to focus on as far as providing protection. The
same could be said of a playground or swingset area, a gazebo, a backyard picnic
area, an outdoor volleyball court, or any other
outdoor area where you're likely to spend time. Knowing where
you're likely to be in relation to where you think mosquitoes are breeding is a
must when establishing an insect-control regimen.
Setting the Trap
Now you're aware of the places you want to prevent bugs from getting to and the
places where they're living and breeding. The next part of the process is
to look to a few simple guidelines that will help you position your trap in the
simplest and most effective manner. These guidelines are listed below,
after you read them we'll run through a quick explanation of what each means and
why it's important.
Place the Mosquito Magnet 30 to 40 feet away from the area you're
planning on using, the area where you want to eliminate insects.
Place the trap upwind from the place where you think the bugs are
Position the trap in an open area, not an area impeded by bushes,
tall grasses, fences, or other obstructions.
When possible, choose a well-shaded area to place the trap in.
All of these guidelines have pretty simple explanations. First of all,
you want the trap positioned 30 to 40 feet away from outdoor spots you're likely
to use because IT ATTRACTS INSECTS! That's what it's designed to do.
So, if you place the trap too close to you and your friends, you're pretty much
inviting bugs to the people party - when they come closer to investigate the
trap, they'll find you and your guests, too. 30 to 40 feet is a safe distance
to keep insects coming to your trap, but keep them away from the humans.
The second guideline is slightly less obvious. Mosquitoes tend to fly
upwind from their breeding areas to find meals (in this case, you and your
friends). They prefer to do this because after they've fed, their body
weight is essentially doubled. As you can imagine, hauling around a body
that has recently doubled in size is no fun, so biting insects generally prefer to drift
back to the nest with the wind. This means that placing the trap upwind
from the breeding area attracts insects looking for a meal, and offers them
(they think) an easy trip home.
The last two items are have to do with a little basic science. Placing
the trap in an open area has to do with the fact that CO2 is heavier
than air, so the CO2 plume the trap produces tends to stay close to
the ground where things like tall grass, fences, or bushes can keep the
attractant part of the trap from doing its job. On the other end of the
equation, choosing a shady area for trap placement has to do with the insects
themselves. Put simply, most biting insects don't like direct sunlight or
the excessive direct heat it can produce, so bugs are more likely to investigate
a trap placed in an area protected from those forces.
Using the guidelines above, you can expect some significant changes.
Within 7 to 10 days of continuous use, you will see a noticeable
reduction in the biting insect population. And if you keep the trap
operating in a well-chosen spot, in roughly 4 to 6 weeks you'll have caught the
vast majority of the breeding females, meaning that the overall population will
get much smaller and your catch rates will drop off considerably because there
simply won't be nearly as many bugs around. So do a little research, apply
the guidelines above, and you'll realize some measurable results simply and
conveniently. If you still have questions, feel free to contact our
friendly customer service personnel, or learn even more about trap placement by
Once you have all of the information and know the layout of your target area,
you're sure to find the perfect spot to place your Mosquito Magnet to maximize
fun and minimize annoying pests.
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