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Early Mosquito Control with Propane Mosquito Traps from Koolatron and Woodstream.

by Barbara 3. June 2010 05:33

Question about controlling mosquitoes with mosquito traps.

Q: "How does a propane mosquito trap work? When should I install one? What are the advantages of one trap over another? Thanks. Jim"

Answer: Propane mosquito traps all work basically the same. The heat and moisture generated by the trap mimics the attractants of a perspiring human body i.e. carbon dioxide (CO2), moisture and body temperature (thermal imaging. The color, shape and airflow through the trap plus an additional attractant, octenol in the case of the Koolatron units also draws mosquitoes to the trap. Octenol can be hung from the other units as well. The best time to start a trap is when the first mosquito eggs are hatching. The goal is to capture the females before they reproduce again. Draining water from ponds or low lying areas or adding mosquito preventatives helps as female mosquitoes return to lay their eggs. The women wants the blood, not the males!

There are three kinds of larger traps sold by Safe Home Products. The all electric trap, the propane and electric which requires electricity to run the fan and the all propane.

Woodstream propane mosquito traps use no electrical power other than batteries, replaceable or rechargeable. Koolatron traps include all three types.

The propane only traps have the advantage that you can move them downwind from your outdoor play areas. All that we sell protect up to about 1 acre except the electric one which is about 1/2 acre.

The Mosquito Magnet Executive Mosquito Trap by Woodstream has a patented Counterflow™ Technology that lures, captures and controls mosquitoes. This is a sophisticated unit with Smart Technology: 5 different user-friendly setting options plus 4 fuel savings modes to reduce propane use. The Mosquito Magnet® Executive can automatically start-up/power-down by itself using a rechargeable battery when the temperature reading is above or below 50° degrees. And you'll know when the battery is low, the propane is out or even when the propane nozzle is clogged. The self-contained mosquito net is rigid for better performance of the mosquito trap.

The Mosquito Magnet Independence Mosquito Trap by Woodstream also uses the Mosquito Magnet® patented Counterflow™ Technology and uses 4 C cells. Silent, odorless. Dual-tone color design is proven to attract more mosquitoes.

The Koolatron Mosquito Trap Guardian PRO-Summer Bonus Kit is offered only through June 17, 2010. Then the price increases significantly. Until then, the propane tank cover and extra octenol attractant are also included. This propane only trap, like the Woodstream traps, has a one year warranty. It uses no batteries, only propane.This is a more basic trap: change the propane tank about every 4 weeks, check at 3 weeks.

The Lentek Mosquito Trap Guardian MK12FE requires electricity to run the fan plus propane. This is the least expensive of the propane type units and works quite well although placement is limited by available electricity.

The 20 lb. propane tank and gas for all tanks must be purchased separately. Too hazardous to ship!

Thanks for your question. If you have questions about which one might best meet your needs, please email

Sincerely, Barbara

Which Outdoor Mosquito Trap is Best for Me?

by Barbara 13. February 2009 06:10

Question about Koolatron Bite Shield and Mosquito Magnet mosquito traps, the Koolatron Bite Shield Mosquito Trap MK14, the Koolatron Guardian Mosquito Trap MK12,the Bite Shield Protector Indoor or Outdoor 1/4 Acre Mosquito Trap, the Bite Shield Wall Mount Flying Insect and Mosquito Trap and the Koolatron Champion Mosquito Trap MK05G.  The current models of the Mosquito Magnet Traps are the Mosquito Magnet Independence Mosquito Trap, Propane And Batteries and the Mosquito Magnet Executive Mosquito Trap, Made in USA that uses batteries rather than electricity

Q: "Summers are miserable in my backyard because of mosquitoes. My land drains well so there are no standing water issues. But the mosquitoes just swarm. My yard is about 1/4 acre. Which mosquito trap would be most effective? What are the pros and cons of each unit?" Thanks. Fred.

Answer: Using either a Koolatron Bite Shield or Woodstream Mosquito Magnet trap would greatly reduce the mosquito population in your yard if run continuously throughout the season. Performance is better if you replace the optional Lurex Attractant or Octenol Attractant every 3 weeks in your Mosquito Magnet. Hang a Bite Shield Octenol 3 Mosquito Attractant Lure 2/PK on your Bite Shield Mosquito Traps to increase their catch rate. Also you need to get the unit running at the start of the season. If you live in town, I recommend that you encourage your neighbors to drain standing water and install traps, too. If you have standing water, then you need to use osquito Dunks Standing Water Mosquito Control, 6/PK.

I recommend that you choose a mosquito trap based upon these factors: Availability of electricity in an area downwind from your home. Physical ability to carry and attach a 20 lb. tank of propane. Willingness to keep tabs on the propane tank's level and change out the tank with a filled one every few weeks. Optimizing performance by replacing the octenol attractant every three weeks. Square footage of the area you wish to protect.

For example, the Bite Shield MK12 and the Bite Shield MK14 use propane and are effective for up to 1 acre. The Bite Shield MK05G uses only electricity and is effective for up to 1/2 acre.

The most expensive and newest premium mosquito trap from Koolatron is the Bite ShieldMK14 that uses only propane. Needing no electricity, this mosquito trap with wheels is easily moved for best placement depending upon prevailing winds The best placement for all traps is 30 to 40 feet down wind from the area to be protected and near busy and leafy plants without strong odor. The propane needs replaced about once per month.

The MK12 uses both electricity and propane. Remember that propane is a major attractant. A female mosquito senses the CO 2 and moisture from the gas burner from up to 40 ft. away. The mosquito flies toward this "breathing" creature. At about 15 ft, the female mosquito senses temperature like a living creature (thermal imaging), tried to "bite" and gets sucked into the unit by the fan. I've been using this unit in my Iowa backyard for over 4 years. My placement of the unit is not the best yet the mosquitoes are a non-issue most of the time. I have an outside outlet on my patio so I don't use an extension cord. (I have about 1/3 acre fenced plus the hillside behind the house which is another 1/2 acre.)

The MK05G Mosquito Guardian is the smallest and least expensive unit and uses only electricity. Set it to operate only after sundown or throughout 24 hours. It uses 71 watts, is UL Listed and is about 12 inches in diameter and about 11 inches high. Again, this unit works better with octenol. My son in Minneapolis has used his for several years with no operational issues and with very good but not excellent results for mosquitoes and biting flies since no one around him has a unit.

The Mosquito Magnet traps from Woodstream have the advantages that they do not need an electrical outlet in order to operate. The Mosquito Magnet Independence Mosquito Trap uses C cells while the Mosquito Magnet Executive Mosquito Trap uses a rechargeable battery that should last an entire season in more Northern climates. In Florida and similar areas, mosquito traps are needed most of the year. These units are both made in the USA. The Bite Shield larger units are made in Canada.

I hope this has helped you make your choice.

Sincerely, Barbara

How to Deal with Thousands of Flies in a Garden, Yard or Inside a Building

by Barbara 14. May 2008 12:11

Question about the products: The Contech Outdoor Fly Trap CT-FLY152, the Victor Poison Free Super Fly Roll and the Victor Fly Magnet Trap with Bait.

Q: "We have a 20 x 30 foot garden. When we water, the flies swarm the ground. Nothing we have seems to help. We have one bag trap now that has picked up just a few flies. We are talking about thousands of flies that seem to swarm the area. How many traps do we need and which work  the best.

Answer: We have a variety of traps for flies.  Only three can be used indoors.

Contech Outdoor Fly Traps and Lures

The Contech Outdoor Fly Traps and Lures contain a natural lure and bait combination. This lure and bait combo is extremely effective against most species of nuisance flies including house flies and horse flie. Once drawn to the trap, the flies are lured inside to die. Easily used. Uses proven attractant technology developed by a leading supplier of pest management products for the US Forest Service and US Department of Agriculture. Each unit includes one bait and one lure. Effective for about 10 days. Requires( bait, an inch of water and two drops of dish soap. Hang from a tree or structure near the house or patio. Do not use indoors due to strong odor.lasts for ten dayss to the trap, and drawing them inside. Safe, effective, and 100% pesticide free, the Outdoor Fly Trap is the environmentally friendly way to control outdoor flies.

Victor® Poison Free® Super Fly Roll:

The Victor Poison Free Super Fly Roll contains patent-pending three dimensional patterns and colors that are highly attractive to flies. This easy-to-release paper is on a long-lasting 19 foot roll. The glue does not stick to your fingers but does stick to the flies keeping them trapped on the paper! For best results, unroll the full roll with glue surface facing the ground. Flies are drawn to the sticky side of the trap. Can be used inside barns, sheds, etc.

Victor® Poison-Free® Fly Magnet® Disposable Fly Trap:

Hang Victor Fly Magnet Traps with Bait that are poison-free and disposable around the perimeter of your property to keep your flying insect problems away from your home and outdoor living area. This fly trap attracts house, barn and bottle flies. It contains the best bait formula available on the market. No cutting or assembly required and the hanging mechanism is included!! This bag trap is easy to use - just add water and hang, then when full, just snap top onto trap to seal and place in trash. It's that convenient and that easy!   Traps are re-usable. Once filled with flies, dump contents, re-bait, add water and do it again! Replacements baits are available    Clean disposal -- snap top onto trap to seal and place in trash. Victor® Fly Magnet™ Replacement Bait for the Victor Fly Magnet M382 comes with three non-toxic replacement baits.

Victor Fly Magnet Trap with Bait

Another option is the Victor Fly Magnet Trap with Bait . This is a gallon sized fly trap that is reusable with M318 bait. This trap has a unique top that is white and diamond shaped, the color and shape also attract flies.

Bite Shield Wall Mount Flying Insect and Mosquito Trap

The Bite Shield Wall Mount Flying Insect and Mosquito Trap attracts flies and mosquitoes as well as gnats or moths. Made by Lentek/Koolatron, this unit uses three devices to attract flying insects inside. The 4W UV black light bulb emits ultraviolet rays at the 365nm wavelength, which creates a photo catalytic reaction when it comes in contact with the Ti02 (Titanium Dioxide) coating inside the trap. Octenol is a proven attractant to blood-seeking flying insects: each Bite Shield™ Octenol cartridge lasts 45 to 60 days. Note: never use Octenol inside your home or business. Then a powerful fan draws the flying pests into the capture tray where they die and dehydrate. This unit does require 110VAC power. Hang it on a wall. Effective area is about 322 square feet.

Victor Poison-Free Indoor Fly Trap

The Victor Poison-Free Indoor Fly Trap attracts and traps flies indoors. This non-poisonous, tower-shaped trap contains patent-pending three dimensional patterns and colors that are highly attractive to flies. Easy to use, easy disposal. Keep those disease-bearing, annoying flies away from your family. Just peel off the release paper. Place in well-lighted area. Hang the trap and dispose of the trap when it is full. Cover food: keep garbage can lids tight. When 90% full, dispose of the trap. Can be used outdoors if in area protected from water and weather.

Do remember that flies are attracted to food on your patio as well as composting food waste, animal feces, etc. If you compost or use compost in your garden, you may need a minimum of 4 to 6 traps to keep the fly population in check.

Thank you for your interesting question. Check the website for additional fly traps.