Mega-Catch Pro 900 Premier Mosquito Trap
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- Safe 12 Volt Operation with Universal Voltage Detection for use anywhere in the world
- No Pesticides or Propane, the PREMIER is eco-friendly and energy efficient and uses less power than a 40 watt light bulb
- Simple to operate, the PREMIER comes fully assembled and is self serviceable
- Dual Catch Method
- Maximum Coverage up to 3/4 of an acre
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|Item Dimensions||22 x 14.5 x 12.5 inches|
|Item Weight||15.43 pounds|
|Manufacturer Part Number||MCP-900|
|Shipping Weight||23 pounds|
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MCP-900 Easy one touch operation, the Mega-Catch PREMIER Mosquito Trap is a scaled down version of the Mega-Catch PREMIER XC and ULTRA Mosquito Traps. The Mega-Catch PREMIER Mosquito Trap employs a sophisticated infrared energy source combined with dual frequency UV LEDs which are designed to appeal to a wide range of mosquito species. Heat pulsing from a powerful central core heat system with digital pulse width modulation channel allows the Mega-Catch PREMIER Mosquito Trap to mimic subtle changes in human body temperature. The trap can be further enhanced with the use of operional attractants to boost capture rates; the Mega-Catch Octenol Fragrance Strips or the Mega-Catch 3000 (Combo Lure). Features: -Maximum range: 100 feet (36m). -Maximum coverage: 0.75 acre (0.4 hectare). -Central LED cluster programmed to illuminate and give the appearance of movement. -Oscillating ultra violet (U.V.) LED light array spectrally matched to frequencies known to attract a wide range of mosquito species. -Fully assembled, safe and simple to operate. -Safe 12 volt operation. -Mega-Catch mosquito traps are subject to a one year warranty against defects in material and workmanship.. -High speed fan to maximuze capture rates.
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Now, regarding the trap. I see a lot of misconceptions in other reviews, so here's the straight scoop:
1. It won't eliminate every single mosquito! That's just not possible. But in our yard, with a creek running through the adjacent land, it reduces the the population so much that it's pleasant to spend time outside in the evenings.
2. It doesn't work overnight! It takes several weeks of continuous trapping to interrupt the reproduction cycle. If you stick this trap in your yard and then expect mosquitoes to be gone immediately, you just don't get it. C'mon, people, read the directions!
3. You need to experiment! Try the wet and dry modes. For wet mode, make sure you add the sugar soda - it really helps. Try Octenol - it may help. Mega-Catch even recommends putting a sweaty sock in the trap, since the little suckers might be attracted to that.
4. You need to eliminate sources of more mosquitoes! I found a garden bucket with water in it. Sure enough, I looked closely and saw mosquito larvae swimming around, just waiting to hatch and harass me. Dump out those buckets and any other standing water. Check your bird bath.
Bottom line: Every mosquito in the trap is one less on me! I love seeing all of them in there. It makes a noticeable difference after a few weeks. Be patient, follow the directions, and enjoy your yard.
Anyways, I tried this in a few locations, following the instructions as best I could given our situation. I only tried the wet catch. Initially, I used juice. Tried it for two weeks, but I was only catching moths. I put it away, but then the manufacturer got in touch and suggested using cola. I did (in a different location this time). Both locations have noticeable mosquito problems, especially at dusk. I leave it running 24/7 for about four days, and not much is getting caught. Not much impact.
I had high hopes when I ordered it. I guess I might try using one of the attractants, but our mosquitos just don't seem interested in it so far. YMMV.
The user has the option of two types of operation.
- wet catch - using the included 1 litre bucket to catch
- dry catch - using the included dry "net"
These catchers work best (in New England) when using so-called "wet catch".
"Wet catch" just means using water / bucket to drown them vs sucking them in and pushing them into a dry net. With wet catch, refill and check the catch "bucket" every 3-4 days because the fan blowing down into it causes evaporation of the water.
I run mine (2) 24/7 all summer from early spring. Even though a control module allows for custom timer/programming, I just leave mine "on" always.
If you don't use Co2, you're getting the ones attracted to scent and the Premier (or Ultra) strobing lights. Up here in Mass, we have a catalog of 50 different species - a good number can be attracted without Co2.
Best non-octenal lures
I've had good luck with wet catch bucket; here's the mixture
- add about 4oz of "real" Pepsi
- add about 2 tablespoons imitation vanilla extract (the cheap stuff you can buy $3/pint at Costco). Yes, it works, you don't have to be exact.
- Fill the rest of the bucket (3/4 or more) with water and 3 drops of dish washing soap to break the surface tension of the water.
Don't fill it too high (leave 1/2 inch) because you'll have to insert it into the unit and sometimes the liquid can spill out while you're inserting the bucket.
Ideally, just mix up a 2 Liter empty Pepsi container with the vanilla extract & Pepsi, so you can pour in 5 oz of the stuff with the water and soap when you empty the catch every so often.
HOW TO KEEP LURING THEM WHEN WET CATCH DRIES UP
Another thing I've done is put in a small, 2" tall, emptied spice container (McCormick - just buy the cheapest one and pour out the contents). The spice container already has holes in the top ; place it INSIDE the catch in the front corner - next to the wet catch bucket. (it just fits). Fill it with more pure (cheap) vanilla extract. This is so when your water dries up, there is still some scent to attract. The small container is lower, covered (except for some small holes in the top to let scent out) and out of the air stream, so it doesn't evaporate when you forget to check the trap for a week.
The mosquitoes don't have to drown in the wet catch necessarily. If the wet catch is completely dry and the mosquitoes are drawn with the vanilla extract container, the fan still blows them into the (now) "dry" catch bucket. Mosquitoes aren't good flyers, so the 24/7 fan holds them in the catch bucket and eventually (less than a day) they dry up and die.
Wet catch isn't a walk-away proposition like dry (net) catch. You definitely look at it every 3-4 days, but some of the tips above can keep the catch working even when you're away for awhile.
UV LIGHT BULBS - older 800 Series (900 series has more permanent / blinking LEDs, nothing much to replace/maintain)
Mosquitoes are attracted to the fluorescent UV bulb light that glows bluish white. You usually get about 3-4 weeks out of a fluorescent bulb before they start dimming (24/7 operation). So, plan on getting 6 or more per summer. Big variations in quality. I've had some last 2 weeks, some 2+ months. I *think* Megacatch buys the EIKO WKF4T5BL (recommended) UV Bulb. Sometimes they have a sale, sometimes I'll order half a dozen from one of the on-line bulb places or amazon for under $5/each. 4W/T5 shape (white). The bulbs are fairly easy to replace.
REPLACING THE UV BULB (800 Series)
The case has about 10 Phillips screws and the whole case splits in half so you can insert a new bulb. Suggest you use Nitrile gloves and a dust mask (the kind you buy at Home Depot - 6 in a pack) when you change bulbs or service the unit. They'll be a lot of dust and mosquito parts in the fan area - no use inhaling that stuff.
NOTE: The 900 series doesn't require bulb replacement, so you should rarely need to split the case.
CHECKING / CLEANING THE CATCH
NOTE: Turn off the catch/fan first. I wear gloves and a dust mask cleaning or servicing the unit because of the particulates of mosquito dust from the unit.
The catch has a black skirt with velcro "split" - like an opening of a teepee. If you want to see what was caught, pour some of the water through paper towels, because the goo at the bottom disguises the fact that maybe 200+ were caught vs 20 you think are there if you look at what's floating, etc. This is sometimes in one night if the population is 2nd generation. The Pepsi and Vanilla mixture congeals them more. I use a dedicated brush or paper towels to clean out the congealed stuff - (with mask on). Keep it away from kids. If the liquid is dried out/evaporated, you can wipe the whole mess out with a paper towel into a plastic shopping bag - and dispose of it immediately. I actually prefer to wait an extra day or two to let the catch dry out so it's easier to clean.
Important to get the catcher out early in spring (early April).
This is one of the simplest catchers - especially the newer 900 series with built-in LEDs (vs the 800's replaceable UV bulbs). The Mosquito Magnet brand product break a lot. The CO-2 versions of any vendors unit - including MegaCatch - well, it's harder to know if it's really working (or not).
MegaCatch uses simple computer fans and UV lights (800 series) that are cheap and plentiful. Smart manufacturer, well built. The 800 series can be taken apart dozens and dozens of times to replace bulbs, etc.
I've sometimes left the units out all winter and they were fine in spring.
This company isn't box-store. They really want to connect directly with their customers. They err on the side of pleasing - even the *satisfied* customer. One time I ordered some cables and they threw a couple of lights in and an Octenol lure (free). Another time, I'd had a flood and one machine's control module rusted out from water damage. They sent me a new one without any question ($50 part). Good company, in my opinion.
Consumables are minimal. The 800 series uses plentiful UV bulbs, the 900 series doesn't use bulbs and requires very little maintenance. Some suggestions:
-- Get a few extra black cloth "skirts" (that hold the air in) since rain and the elements will make them brittle over time. Megacatch sometimes sells them 2 for 1. (I remove the 6"x6" catch "door" because it gets in the way of changing the wet catch bucket every few days.)
-- the longer 7V power cables were useful to put them deeper away in the yard. You can run these over with lawn mowers, so I keep a spare.
-- the computer fans are surprisingly reliable. I've bought a spare, but haven't had to replace one yet in 7+ years.
I've often kept units running well into November (by accident). The fan always just starts right up. The fans on the 900 series seem about 25% stronger (RPMs) than the 800 series.
-- as mentioned above, half-dozen or more white UV bulbs (to get through a spring or summer) if using the 800 Series units (older)