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Everyday Cheapskate: 9 Ways to Wage War Against Mosquitoes -- and Win!

Mary Hunt on

Mosquitoes are nasty creatures. They bite, transmit terrible diseases to people and pets and, from what I read, have no redeeming value in the ecosystem.

Malaria, transmitted by the female mosquito, infects some 247 million people worldwide each year and, in 2018, killed 405,000 people. Mosquitoes spread yellow fever, dengue fever, Japanese encephalitis, Rift Valley fever, chikungunya virus and West Nile virus.

If that's not reason enough to hate them, they can turn a beautiful backyard, deck or patio into a nightmare area not fit for humans during mosquito season. But it doesn't have to be that way -- provided you are diligent to take control of your home and property.

MOSQUITO TRAP

When I discovered we'd be dealing with mosquitoes here in northern Colorado, my research led to purchasing a DynaTrap.

This insect trap is engineered for three-way protection. First, an ultraviolet fluorescent bulb generates a warm light, attracting insects.

 

Then, a second lure: a titanium dioxide-coated surface produces harmless carbon dioxide, which mosquitoes find irresistible (no wonder they love you so much; you emit carbon dioxide, too).

Third, a powerful, whisper-quiet vacuum fan sucks insects into the retaining cage, where they dehydrate and die.

Every few weeks, I empty my mosquito morgue, I mean, trap. A full trap is proof positive that this thing is very effective. I've inspected carefully to see what's getting trapped, and while there are lot of moths, wasps and flies, mosquitoes win the highest population prize. DynaTrap is definitely not a bug zapper. No sizzle noises, odors or other annoyances.

SMOKE 'EM OUT

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