Sometimes, you want to take more aggressive measures to reducing mosquitoes than putting on a little mosquito repellent. We all want to keep mosquitoes out of our yard, but we also want to be sure that deck, patio, or playset doesn’t have stray mosquitoes biting your family or guests. More than 100 products from 50 companies are available when it domes to magnets and killers, and each claims to be the perfect one for the job. This guide features the products which are safe, reliable, and effective killers of the mosquitoes and flies. There are three main types of mosquito killers which are available in the market. Here is our comparison.
Quick Overview of Your Options:
- Magnets: Expensive but effective. Can cover up to 1 acre. Use sophisticated technology to attract and eliminate mosquitoes.
- Rackets: Inexpensive, but they only work when you are working too. You swat mosquitoes like you are playing tennis.
- Zappers: The same bug zappers that have been around since the 80’s. Cheaper than magnets, but cover less range.
These products are easily the most effective mosquito killers available in the market. The reason it is called mosquito magnet because it attracts mosquitos like a magnet. Generally, the mosquitos detect a human by the carbon dioxide we release during respiration. This product, on the same principle, emits carbon dioxide, along with heat and moisture. These are the ways that mosquitoes detect humans, so this tricks the mosquitos into believing that it is released by a human. When the mosquito gets near, the vacuum pump sucks the mosquito inside and kills it. It is a brilliant idea, and probably the best route if you have a space that absolutely needs to have mosquitoes controlled.
These mosquito magnets come in different models.
Patriot Mosquito Magnet
Find here. The reason the Patriot magnet is at the top of our list is its portability and affordability. As compared to others it is the smallest machines available in the market. It works by releasing C02, moisture, and heat to attract mosquitos. Once they get near, they are trapped. It works very silently and has no odor. The biggest benefit of Patriot magnet is that it can be used to kill other insects as well. It can cover an area of one acre. The disposal of the killed mosquitos is very easy, and you will never have to lay hands on their dead bodies.
This model works the on the same principle as Patriot does. It emits carbon dioxide, heat and moisture to attract the mosquitos. Once they are trapped inside a rigid net, they die. However, it has few features as compared to Patriot. It has a medium sized net which needs to be changed every 21 days. The benefit of Independence MM3200 is that it is cordless and runs on batteries giving an elegant look to your yard. It can withstand tough weather conditions.
Find here. Easily being the most advanced form of mosquito magnets, commander Commander can be controlled with your cell phone wirelessly. If you are not worried about price and need something that can really work, as well be “smart”, this is it. It has a wireless charging and relatively a larger net. It can quickly cover an area of one acre, which is more than enough to satisfy most homeowners. This is the best out there, we just want to remind you that it is not cheap.
MOSQUITO SWATTER RACKETS
They are shaped like tennis rackets, but they are not just ordinary swatters. These are powered by batteries and designed to give an electric shock whatever comes in contact with the paddle. It is made as an alternative to the sprays which may be hazardous to the environment. They come in various price ranges and can be used against all type bugs. The have an advantage over the mosquito magnets by being affordable. However, it has to be used manually to kill the mosquitos. Mosquito swatter rackets can also be useful for other bugs, such as flies or boxelder bugs — so they are often a multiple-use tool. Following are the best swatters available in the market.
Koolatron Lentek Biteshield RZ02 Electronic Racket Zapper
It is a smaller sized swatter racket that comes with AA batteries. It has an on/off button used to activate the paddle while swatting. The paddle generates electric current and the mosquito dies. You might not hear a loud sound, but it doesn’t mean it has less power.
Zap-It Electric Bug Zapper (Recommended)
Find Here. It is priced only at $19 and packs 3,000 volts of rechargeable energy. It contains a dual protective mesh to save you from an electric shock. It has a light-weight plastic body which makes it portable to use.
Stinger Bug Zapper Racket
Having a power of more than 3000 volts, stinger bug zapper has 20% larger surface area than ordinary rackets. It has an angled head which makes it very suitable for flat surfaces.
ELECTRIC BUG ZAPPERS
They work on the same principle as that of zapper rackets, but you don’t have to use them manually. They can be placed anywhere, attract mosquitos and are killed by electric current on the plate.
Bug Zapper & Electric Indoor Insect Killer by LiBa
Find here. This device uses a 365 nm wavelength of light to attract the bugs. This wavelength has been proven very successful for attracting the insects. It is the most powerful zapper available in the market with a power of 2800 volts. It won’t do as much as the magnets above, but it works in a smaller area.
Sandalwood Electronic Bug Zapper/Insect Killer
Find here. It can be powered either by a solar panel or DC adapter. It can be used both in the indoors and outdoors. It can work up to 15 hours on a single charge. They claim to cover 1/2 an acre. We think the range is a little less, but still enough to cover a typical pool or patio.
All of these options – magnets, rackets, and zappers — are useful if you need to reduce the mosquito population but it is too late to get them at the larvae stage. If you are able to nip them in the bud earlier, think about some of the preventive steps you can take to reduce the mosquito population. Knowing how abundant mosquitoes can be, though, it might not hurt to use both tactics — get the larvae, and control the population when they are adults as well. In your immediate environment, the goal is to reduce the mosquito population so that you can keep you and your family safe, so take whatever steps are necessary.