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FAQ - Mosquito Magnet Traps

What makes the Mosquito Magnet® your only choice for controlling biting insects?
American Biophysics Corp. has been manufacturing effective surveillance equipment tested by the USDA and other government agencies using our patented Counterflow Technology™ for nearly a decade. In consulting with these agencies we developed the only effective, consumer-friendly biting insect trap for consumer use.

What attracts biting insects to us?
Our breath! Carbon dioxide (CO2), moisture, and heat that result from exhaling lets the female mosquito know that there is a blood meal in the area. She will navigate to you by following the plume of CO2.

How does the Mosquito Magnet® work?
Mimicking human breath, a warm, moist carbon dioxide plume is produced from propane gas to attract the blood seeking insects. As the biting insects approach the source, they are vacuumed into a net where they dehydrate and die. The Mosquito Magnet® also uses octenol, which when combined with carbon dioxide, enhances the catch rate for certain species of mosquitoes and no-see-ums.

Which biting insects will the Mosquito Magnet® capture?
Female blood seeking insects such as mosquitoes, no-see-ums (biting gnats), black flies, and sand flies. In some regions, the Mosquito Magnet has captured the yellow biting fly.

Will the Mosquito Magnet® capture bees, moths, butterflies, ladybugs or other beneficial insects?
No. Blood seeking insects have receptors in their maxillary palps (mouth parts) that sense carbon dioxide. Non-blood seeking insects, without these receptors, are not attracted.

Where should I place the Mosquito Magnet®?
We recommend that you place the Online Placement AssistantMosquito Magnet® near where the mosquitoes rest (foliage) and breed (water), not near people. If placed properly the mosquitoes and no-see-ums will be drawn to the Mosquito Magnet® and away from you. More about Mosquito Magnet trap placement.

How soon will I see a difference in my yard?
If placed properly the Mosquito Magnet will begin trapping female mosquitoes immediately. You will begin to see noticeable results within 7-10 days. Within 4-6 weeks the mosquito breeding cycle will be interrupted, drastically reducing the population in your yard.

Is it possible to dramatically reduce the biting insect population in your yard?
Yes. Most of the mosquitoes biting you live in your yard. Others may be brought in by the wind. As the females in your yard are trapped, the generations are eliminated, thereby interrupting the breeding cycle in your yard. This usually occurs after 4 to 6 weeks of continuous use.

How many mosquitoes can I expect to capture?
The quantity of mosquitoes caught varies greatly, depending on your region's infestation level and how it is placed on your property. In tests in the Florida Everglades (high infestation) 1,500 were captured in one night. In more urban areas, catch results may be much less. A good yardstick is "Am I being bitten?".

What maintenance is necessary to keep the Mosquito Magnet® running effectively?
The propane tank should be refilled every 21 days and the attractant cartridge should be replaced every 21 days. (We recommend having a full tank on-hand to swap out. The mosquitoes will quickly repopulate if the Mosquito Magnet is turned off for any length of time.) The net should be emptied as needed.

What other fuel can be used to run the Mosquito Magnet®?
Any combination of propane and butane can be used, including pure butane. Natural gas cannot be used.

Is the Mosquito Magnet cost-effective?
Yes. Estimated propane costs are $10 - $12 per month. The Mosquito Magnet Liberty and Defender trapsconsume about the same electricity as an electric clock.

Is the Mosquito Magnet® quiet?
Yes. The only moving part is the internal fan, which is virtually silent.

When can the Mosquito Magnet® be turned off?
The Mosquito Magnet ® should run continuously throughout the season until the temperature is consistently below 50ºF to catch both day- and night-biting mosquitoes .

How can I register my new Mosquito Magnet®?
You can register online or mail in your Warranty Registration Card that you received with the product.

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Key Largo, FL 33037
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