There are times when the ways to eliminate the pests that interfere with your enjoyment of your open-air outdoor patio and the risks associated with it cause you to scratch your head. In this case, we are referring to the differences in and benefits of both mosquito misting systems and the smaller mosquito traps.
The mosquito misting system works in much the same way as your patio mist system works. What happens is that the tubing and nozzles carry a certain percentage of pesticide solution that, as the name suggests, is misted into the air at certain intervals. The timing of this can be controlled by a switch, a remote control or a timer that just puts the mist out every so often. At Patio Covers Place, we aim to provide the greenest solutions to both the joys and pitfalls of a life enjoying the patio and backyard spaces we all inhabit. So, while the idea and nature of how these systems work is based upon controlling mosquito populations, the means to get there are not worth the risks in our opinion.
12-volt electric mosquito trap converts propane to carbon dioxide to attract mosquitoes
Another option for controlling the pesky insects, notably the mosquito, is by using what are called traps. The mosquito trap is a device that can be run at various distances from a patio or backyard area because of what they run on. Most of these systems use a propane tank to run the power to them. In just a moment, we will discuss how they work and their benefits, but let’s first touch upon another old style of managing pests.
You are probably familiar with a bug zapper. These are those hanging lights that have an electrical grid mounted around a light source. When the bugs go towards the light, they are zapped and your pesky insect problems are zapped right along with them, right? Wrong. You see, the insects that are attracted to the light, are rarely the ones that bite – like the gnats, biting flies and mosquitoes. Mostly, moths and other harmless insects are the ones that the bug zapper kills. These bug zappers have actually been shown through research at various universities to harm the local micro-ecosystem of the surrounding areas due to this selective insecticide. What is much more approved by experts in their respective fields is what is known as Integrated Pest Management (IPM). This involves managing the other aspects of the problems. For example, mosquitoes breed and lay eggs in water. So, IPM strategies look to solutions like eliminating standing water in areas around the home or commercial sites, eliminating the problem before it begins. It is more of a preventative approach.
How Do Mosquito Traps Work
Mosquitoes are attracted to humidity and carbon dioxide. This is why they are worse in the warm and humid summer months where they can find all sorts of carbon dioxide emitting sources (humans) enjoying the outdoors. The mosquito trap takes advantage of these facts. The trap is a unit that is about the size of a patio heater – and work in a similar manner using propane tanks for power.
The trap using the propane to power up an emitter that sprays a mixture of fine water vapor (not all models) and carbon dioxide gas. Additionally, some models also have some pheromones that attract the mosquito specifically. Then, the mosquitoes follow this ‘scent’ or path toward the unit. As they get closer and closer, the scent is stronger and stronger until they get too close and get sucked into the unit through the vacuum opening. The mosquitoes are literally sucked up into the unit where they are trapped forever and die.
These traps have a working radius distance of up to 50-100 feet, depending upon which manufacturer you read. These traps are also much more environmentally friendly as they don’t add any more pesticides not only into your body, but into the ground water supply as well. All you really need to do for upkeep is to keep the propane tanks full and clean out the trap every so often. Costs for a reliable unit are in the range of $200-400 USD.
What comes off as informative and helpful information from a manufacturer of said products may be slightly misleading. So, if you are interested in learning more about the pesticides used in the misting system model, check out this EPA fact sheet. Just remember, with mosquito traps you don’t have to worry about any pesticide exposure and they are easy to move around.