Use a Mosquito Trap to Kill Mosquitoes!
The complete opposite of repellents; a mosquito trap works by attracting, trapping, then killing female mosquitoes.
And when placed strategically near known breeding sites, “they have knocked mosquito populations down,” reports Conlon.(WebMD, July 28, 2009)
While there are a number of brands out there, Mega-Catch™ traps are amongst the highest rated mosquito traps on the market and have been proven to provide safe, effective and environmentally friendly mosquito control. In independent tests Mega-Catch™ mosquito traps have been shown to capture thousands of mosquitoes in a single night which must surely cut down on the number of ankle bites over summer
So if you are one of those genetically susceptible mosquito magnets, have a severe allergic reaction to mosquito bites or live in an area where you are at risk of being exposed to mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile Virus, Dengue Fever or Encephalitis, then a mosquito trap is probably a sound investment. Because unfortunately it looks like the ever-evolving mosquito – who has been around for 170 million years or more – is here to stay.
Amongst mosquitoes, it’s only the female that bites. And she will continue to bite and draw blood until her abdomen is full. If she is interrupted before she is full, she will just fly to the next available person. After filling up, she will give it a rest for two or three days, lay her eggs, then is up and off and ready to bite again!
Are You A Mosquito Magnet?
Scientists have discovered that 1 in 10 people are highly attractive to mosquitoes and that 85% of susceptibility is genetics. In short a mosquito magnet! Well not much you can do about that is there?
They’ve also identified certain elements of our body chemistry that invite mosquitoes to swarm closer. You are more likely to be a target if you produce excess amounts of uric acid, have high concentrations of steroids on your skin or if you’re pregnant. Pregnant women produce greater amounts of exhaled carbon dioxide – a known mosquito attractant.
“There’s a tremendous amount of research being conducted on what compounds and odors people exude that might be attractive to mosquitoes,” says Joeseph Conlon, technical advisor to the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA).
Unfortunately with over 400 different compounds to examine, it’s a long and laborious process and researchers are only just starting to scratch the surface.
Protect and Defend
DEET has been around since the 1950s and is regarded as the most effective chemical repellent on the market. In 2005, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) began recommending Picaridin as an alternative repellent. Proven to be as effective as DEET, it has been used worldwide since 1998, and is light, clean and virtually odorless.
It’s recommended that Mega-Catch™ Mosquito Traps are used in conjunction with other sensible control measures designed to manage mosquito problems. Read More