|Propane Mosquito Traps
Nothing interferes more with enjoying your
patio, yard, or pool than the presence of
annoying mosquitoes, which can carry such
dangerous diseases as West Nile virus. Propane
mosquito traps can help eliminate these pests
without the use of harsh chemicals or sprays
or the annoying buzz of electronic traps.
Propane traps work by emitting colorless,
odorless plumes of carbon dioxide that mosquitoes
are attracted to. They are drawn toward the
trapís range and vacuumed into it. By capturing
the egg laying females, the trap disrupts
the breeding cycle of the mosquitoes, and
within four to six weeks, the mosquito problem
is eliminated. Propane traps can be purchased
at garden centers and home improvement stores
and from online sites. |
The following should be considered
a propane mosquito trap:
- Coverage area - propane mosquito traps work
by converting propane to carbon dioxide.
The bigger the unit, the larger the area
they can protect. Smaller units will usually
work in yards up to one acre. Larger units
can handle up to one and one half acres.
- Power - the least expensive units use an
electric cord that needs to be plugged into
an outlet near the house. More expensive
units are also battery operated, so they
can be moved farther out into the property
without an extension cord. A unit equipped
with solar panels may never need to be plugged
- Timers - a time or light sensitive control
to automatically active the unit when mosquitoes
are most active, usually a half hour before
dusk to a half hour before dawn.
- Indicators - flashing or audible signals
that alert you when the propane tank needs
refilling are very convenient.
If you choose a model without an automatic
control, you can always add your own timer
or photo switch or wire it into an existing
outdoor lighting system.