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Do Mosquito Traps Really Work?

Mosquito traps are sold in many stores, but what exactly are they? While there are many different types of mosquito traps, they are becoming increasingly effective in reducing nuisance mosquito populations. Advanced technology has allowed for mosquito traps that not only limit adult mosquito populations but target egg-laying female mosquitoes. 

When using a mosquito trap recommended by your local mosquito control experts, it can be an effective way to control a growing mosquito population near your Iowa property.

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How Do Mosquito Traps Function?

There are many different types of mosquito traps. However, they all work in a very similar manner to prevent mosquitoes:

  1. Mosquito traps function by luring in female mosquitoes, which are the ones that will bite. 
  2. Traps will mimic the scents or other signals mosquitoes use to locate blood to feed on. 
  3. The most common signals used within traps to achieve this are carbon dioxide (which mimics human breath), fragrances, and light. 
  4. The trapping methods also differ: some mosquito traps utilize a fan that suck the mosquitoes in, others use an electrocution setup, or a sticky surface to capture the insects.

Do Carbon Dioxide Mosquito Traps Work?

A main factor that helps mosquitoes locate a host on which to feed is human breath, or carbon dioxide. A carbon dioxide mosquito trap mimics the way human or animal breath smells by emitting carbon dioxide gas. Once the mosquitoes enter the trap, they will not be able to leave. This is due to being sucked in by a fan, stuck on a sticky surface, or electrocuted. The goal of C02 traps is to lure in and eliminate female mosquitoes to stop the population from reproducing.

Are Mosquito Traps Effective in Iowa?

To pick out the best mosquito trap for you, it’s best to get the opinion of your local mosquito exterminator. A local expert will have the knowledge required to understand how to get rid of the mosquito populations commonly found in your area. Contact Springer Professional Home Services to learn more today!

Do Mosquito Traps Really Work?​

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