Mosquitoes are one of the most annoying enemies of mankind. No wonder there are so many mosquito killers in the stores. Manufacturers compete in ingenuity and come up with new and new types of mosquito zappers. Today we will talk about them.
We have thoroughly studied all types of mosquito zappers that are on the market today and will help you choose the most effective ones. You will learn about the most important manufacturers and their best products, but above all you will find out what experienced users think about all this.
Working principle of the mosquito killers
As a rule, all mosquito killers work on the same principle. The device lures the mosquito into a trap space from which it can no longer escape - and inside the insect dies of poison or dehydration.
Mosquitoes love human smell, heat and water. This is what all mosquito zappers are based on. In different mosquito zappers the bait may be one or more "mosquito weaknesses". The mosquito associates all this with food and reproduction - and it flies in the direction of the mosquito zapper without a backward glance.
Well, then the differences begin. In terms of type, electric mosquito zappers are divided into CO2- (the carbon dioxide that humans emit when they breathe), and propane mosquito zappers. Some models have heat and even light as bait.
Electric CO2 mosquito zappers mimic human breathing. Insects sense the gas thrown into the atmosphere dozens of meters away and perceive it as a trace of human activity.
The same principle is used in propane mosquito killers - the most powerful, expensive and effective mosquito zappers. However, they can only be used outdoors! We devoted a whole section to this type of traps at the very end of the material. The beauty of propane is that when oxidized, it produces moisture and CO2. Both of them attract mosquitoes! And at the same time - and some other winged insects.
Indoor mosquito zapper
Separate mosquito zappers for rooms (indoor mosquito zapper), as most of us live in apartments and we need mosquito zappers that are safe and non-toxic. Electric mosquito zappers are equally effective outdoors and at home: in this case, the carbon dioxide acts as both a bait and a killing medium. Buy them much more often than propane analogues. Largely due to more affordable price and good performance.
With heat and light everything is clear: the light attracts and hypnotizes almost all winged insects at night, and heat, again, they perceive as a factor of reproduction and food.
What kinds of mosquito zappers are available?
But the differences between specific types of mosquito zappers don't end there, either. Designers and inventors have come up with quite a few tricks that have made their product unique. We've selected the 6 most common types of mosquito zappers for this review. These are heat and water traps, CO2 and UV traps, homemade traps and propane traps - the options are endless! But what are their fundamental differences?
- Heat mosquito zappers (as the name implies, they attract insects by heat). As a rule, these are massive units that can be used outdoors or in a large house.
- Water mosquito killers - quite effective outdoors and at home. The main trend in this direction is to combine the capabilities of "water hunting" and CO2. All such mosquito zappers are equipped with a special tray for water and allow you to easily dispose of destroyed mosquitoes. They cost an order of magnitude cheaper than thermal mosquito killers.
- CO2 mosquito zappers. But carbon dioxide is not used in these traps alone. The manufacturers of other "anti-mosquito devices" also install it as a bonus. The simplest carbon dioxide mosquito zappers are inexpensive. The most stressful thing about working with them is buying gas cylinders! But the photocatalytic method allows you to avoid these problems (we will tell you more about this below).
- UV indoor mosquito zapper - these mosquito zapper will keep your family safe from unpleasant gases and odors. They kill insects with light. Also, "light traps" cost very little. Make sure that replacement bulbs are available at stores in your city or buy a few bulbs at once - you will definitely need these components.
- Propane mosquito zapper. Here you can't do without cylinders. It is definitely not a cheap solution for outdoor use. It is time-tested and constantly popular among consumers.
- Natural and self-made mosquito zapper. Homemade traps are extremely affordable, but not as effective as we would like them to be. However, if you are a fan of ecology and budget solutions, why not try it?