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Old 04-19-04, 05:58 PM
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Question Bug Zappers

what happened to these things? They used to be so powerful you could hear them roaring all night long zapping tons of pests, yet now all I can find are these worthless one that bugs can fly in and out of. Who makes a good one and where can I get it? Why did these things become so hard to find?
 
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Old 04-19-04, 07:51 PM
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Bug Zappers

Bug zappers, which were marketed for years with claims that they can provide relief from the annoyance of biting mosquitoes and other pests in your back yard, have been found to be very poor at killing mosquito females (the sex that bites).

Research indicates that black light traps are useless for mosquitos and actually harmful to the environment. Surveys of insects found in bug zappers tended to reveal that the insects caught were either harmless or beneficial. It was concluded that the biting pests that folks want to eliminate do not end up in the traps. Thus, bug zappers have been found to worse than worthless because of the large number of harmless and beneficial insects they kill.
 
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Old 04-20-04, 06:15 PM
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Well that stinks. How about those Mosquito trpa things that run on propane? Are they worth it?
 

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Old 04-20-04, 07:38 PM
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Propane mosquito traps

Studies of propane powered mosquito traps tend to reveal that they do not attract all species of mosquitos, but they also tend to reveal that they could be a worthwhile endeavor. Continued mosquito research may well indicate that the propane traps are worthwhile, despite their inability to attract all species of mosquitos. Note: studies are based on large outdoor cage studies and against natural populations of mosquitoes.

It is best to do more research before investing in mosquito control devices. Mosquito control research is still evolving and there tends to be no conclusive evidence regarding control measures. Mosquito control measures, as with most insect control measures, requires an integrated pest management program. When it comes to mosquitos, it requires "surveillance, source reduction, biological control methods, traps, environmentally friendly larvicides, and, when necessary, application of public health adulticides, into a comprehensive program that exploits known mosquito vulnerabilities. They are the result of almost one hundred years of experience in making mosquito control in the United States the safest and most technically proficient in the world today." http://www.mosquito.org/MosqInfo/Traps.htm
 
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Old 04-26-04, 07:53 AM
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I only have second hand experience with the propane traps. The feedback I received from one of my good friends who owns one has been very positive. The effects are not immediate, but after a few weeks, there was a noticeable effect according to him. The cost of propane might be an inhibitor for some people. He gave an overall positive recomendation for them though.
 
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Old 04-26-04, 09:48 AM
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You can waste your $ or use the real McCoy DEET.

Co2 traps & Toxic sprays, all the weapons we have tried in the last 10 years are marginal at best. When you protect the parts they are after, it's very effective.

Reducing Risk of West Nile Virus an old tried & true method that works.

Stay indoors during peak mosquito activity. This is usually at dawn, dusk, early evening. If you must be outdoors during these periods, protect yourself by using DEET on exposed skin and wear more protective clothing.
Wear long pants (instead of shorts) and long sleeves when outdoors.
Spray clothing with Permethrin (make sure that you only use products labeled for your clothing!) or DEET. Look for the words "DEET" or N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide on the label. DEET is available in different strength formulations. Use 35% active ingredient or higher; children should not use more than 10% DEET or make sure that they use a DEET-free product such as CedarCide.
Avoid eye contact with insect repellents. Small children will often rub their eyes, transferring the material from their hands to their face. Always read and follow label instructions.
It is usually not necessary to apply heavy amounts of insect repellents to your skin. If a thin layer does not seem to repel your flying pests, you can easily apply another layer. When you return indoors, remove the repellents with soap and water. If you have treated your clothing with DEET or Permethrin, wash these articles separately.
Check all windows and door screens. Do not give the mosquitoes an entrance into your home.
Vitamin B and ultrasonic devices are not effective against mosquitoes.

Good advice now as it ever was. Protecting your body is easier than trying to kill the millions of Mosquitoes that surround us.

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Mosquito control

Thank you, marturo, for reinforcing prevention as the most important control measure. Staying indoors and using repellents tend to be the best prevention measures for mosquito bites. Elimination of area mosquito breeding sites is also important. Larvacides can be very effective if living near streams, ponds, ditches that breed mosquitoes, as well as in rain barrells in Appalachia.
 
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