Keep mosquitoes away with mosquito traps
Do you know that mosquitoes do not really feed on your blood? Surprised? Bet you are! Actually, the female mosquito needs certain proteins contained in our blood to produce eggs. To locate her host, the female keeps track of the sweat our body produces, the color or clothes we wear, the carbon dioxide we exhale, the heat we generate and a host of other factors. So, as long as we continue to live, mosquitoes will always attempt to feed on our blood and there is nothing anyone can do about that. The best we can do is to seek protection from this blood sucking critters.
Use of traps is a mosquito repelling tactics that has been around for quite a while now. Mosquito traps are of different kinds but they all work in the same way – attract mosquitoes and then finish them off. Let’s have a look at some traps and how they work.
Traps that simulate exhalation
As earlier mentioned, mosquitoes locate their host by tracking the carbon dioxide they exhale. Mind you, it isn’t only humans that mosquitoes feed on – any animal that has blood is a potential target. Since mosquitoes are attracted by exhaled carbon dioxide, a simulated exhalation will sure attract them. To produce the simulated exhalation, you can either use carbon dioxide cylinder or propane.
Traps that simulate human sweating
Octenol and lactic acid, the two major compounds contained in the human sweat are attractants for mosquitoes. Synthetically produced Octenol when sprayed into the air will gather mosquitoes in their numbers. Octenol not only attracts mosquitoes but other insect pests like ticks and fleas. An alternative to Octenol is the Lurex. Synthetically produced lactic acid is the major ingredient contained in Lurex, and is best used on Asian Tiger mosquitoes.
Before using mosquito traps, you first need to determine where mosquitoes hand out frequently. You will mostly find them in wet and dark areas – drainages, gutters and grassy areas are typical examples.
Depending on mosquito traps alone is counter intuitive. You need to use this tactics in combination with other control tactics for it to work. There is no point using mosquito traps where there are several empty and untouched containers littered around your yard. You first need to eliminate their natural habitat before using traps.
How to use mosquito traps
Mosquito traps only work when placed at the right spot. Here are things to consider before deciding how best to use mosquito traps
- Misquotes love it in dark places, so place the trap in such places
- Keep the trap away from people. You wouldn’t want to make it easy for them to locate their target
- Be consistent – using mosquito traps just once in a while won’t help in any way
- Place the trap at upwind spots as doing so would ensure the emitted carbon dioxide travels far
In summary, place traps where mosquitoes visit very frequently. Also, tweak and change things regularly. It may take some time to find the best location for placing mosquito traps.