DynaTrap DT2000XL Insect Trap, 1-Acre
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- Indoor / Outdoor
- Includes: Two UV Bulbs (installed); Catch Cage
- 7-Foot cord
- No expensive attractant or propane necessary
- Smokeless - pesticide and odor free
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A Bigger Design for a Bigger catch. This Dynatrap Insect Trap attracts and kills mosquitoes and other flying insects across 1 Acre. This insect trap is engineered for 3-way protection against mosquitoes and other flying insects. First, a UV fluorescent bulb generates a warm light, attracting insects. Then a second lure, an exclusive Ti02 titanium dioxide-coated surface, produces CO2 that's irresistible to mosquitoes. Third, a powerful yet whisper-quiet vacuum fan sucks insects into the retaining cage where they dehydrate and die. A damper closes when the trap is turned off to prevent insects from escaping.
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1. This needs to run sort of constantly for a week or so to really clean the area out of everything. During that time you really can't turn it off without releasing all the caught insects from the trap below. The flow of air from the fan is the only thing keeping them from escaping - the spring loaded doors do not work - at least not completely - to keep the insects in. The insects are essentially killed by dehydration - which is cruel... but after a decade of being eaten alive, I'm open to a little cruelty to get some of my yard back. If you DO want to turn the unit off, you can fill a water sprayer with water and spray the lower cage with water to immobilize everything inside giving them wet wings. Then you can pop the trap off and crush the inhabitants... this might also be more humane that allowing them to die slowly anyhow. But if you do turn it off with live insects inside, they WILL fly away - at least the small ones, which are generally the ones you actually wanted to catch.
2. This WILL catch all sorts of moths, little ones, medium ones, big beautiful luna moths... If you have a problem with that, this unit will be an issue for you. At night, the moths are attracted to the UV light like moths to... a UV light. They'll fly in and you'll dehydrate them to death in droves. The best solution that I've been able to come up with to get around this is to put some wire lath around the top to prevent entry to larger moths. I did this and it kept the big ones from being sucked in, but the small ones still of the way of the mosquitoes.
Aside from those two notes, I highly recommend this device if you want to clear out a large area of biting insects. I hate junk products - this is NOT a junk product.
Just before we plugged this trap in there were easily a hundred mosquitoes sitting on our back windows at any given time, day or night. Following the instructions we hung the trap on a four foot post about 30 feet from our covered patio, near the windows in our bedroom where it is cool and shady as well as upwind of the pond, added a small packet of attractant, plugged in the trap and let it run for a couple of weeks. After a week there was a noticeably smaller population of mosquitoes, and after two weeks of running constantly we're down to only a couple of mosquitoes visible on the windows. There has not been much of a change in weather over the two weeks, so I can only assume that this trap is the cause of the vanishing mosquitoes. There are many other flying bugs in the trap, which I guess is a necessary evil, but worth it to me.
Overall I'm very happy with the trap and it will make the use of our back patio much more enjoyable this summer.
I didn't even bother trying to figure out why the unit I receive was clearly defective, so I bought a new one and returned the old one. The new one is perfect in terms of durability. Instead of strange rubber things to hold the unit together, there are screws! You'll see in my pictures the differences. If you order this and receive one with strange rubber things holding the top part (where the bulbs are) to the rest of the unit, return it immediately!! My first one was clearly a horrible mode release that was probably accidentally still in the warehouse. Will re-review once it had more "bug time" this summer; too soon to tell.
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Ordered this for my yard now and need to replace it ASAP... not play post office tag