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Old 02-18-2006, 01:23 PM
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Who's had luck with these? They range in price up to like 1200 bucks.
You know, these mesquito vacuum type units that use a 20# propane cylinder. Skeeters have been bad the last few years in the Northeast. Looking for something for my backyard so I can enjoy my pool and deck more often.

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Old 02-18-2006, 02:49 PM
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Sorry, Mike ~ I gotta be honest - I've never even HEARD of such a thing....not to mention don't think I'd have the #alls to spend $1200 on one. However, it sounds like some kinda redneck nuke for mosquitos. Can you splain further for us "idiot" rednecks?

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Old 02-18-2006, 03:08 PM
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I have friends who swear by them. They bought em at Costco for no where near 1200 bucks. More like 300 if I recall correctly. My understanding was that the LP burns producing CO that in turn attracts the little buggers. The get sucked into the net by vacuum and starve. I spray massive amounts of Malathon (?sp) to rid them. Helps with the ticks as well for the dog.
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got the 1/2 acre mosquito magnet, works quite well, but you have to FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS exactly. Crank it up as soon as it starts getting warm (late march for us here in SC) and let it run all the time. Luckily my father has 5 or 6 1000 gallon propane tanks at his business that we can use to refill our bottles, goes through one every 21 days.
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Old 02-18-2006, 03:12 PM
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I have a Coleman Mosquito Delito system. It has the propane burner and a smaller unit which somehow confuses the mosquitos and they are not attracted to the carbon dioxide you produce.
Right! should have bought something for the boat instead. I have had it for three years and the only thing it attracted and caught were those nasty "no see ums" and flies. I think the total number of mosquitos caught by the trap was somewhere around fifty
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Old 02-18-2006, 04:06 PM
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So....how do they work....?
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Old 02-18-2006, 04:14 PM
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As the propane burns it releases carbon dioxide gas, the same as when we exhale. In my trap, there are two sticky panels which the mosquitos fly into while trying to get to the source of the CO2. There is also another attractant near the heat source. Apparently the carbon dioxide is an attractant to the mosquitos. Here is a cut and paste from the Coleman web site:

The Mosquito DeletoTM Trap attracts mosquitoes by converting propane to carbon dioxide and a precise thermal profile. It also emits Octenol scent, a natural mosquito attractant. Mosquitoes are attracted to the Trap and land on adhesive panels and they are captured - never to breed or bite again!
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Old 02-18-2006, 04:17 PM
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Jane;
you never heard of it 'cause I spelled Mosquito wrong!
anyway, I've seen them from $99 to over a grand. Maybe the price is based on coverage area.

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Old 02-18-2006, 04:46 PM
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I've been using the one that Spectracide put their name on ever since Ivan left town.
It has a cylindrical shaped top with a black and white sticky paper that goes around it. ($18.00 for two). It also has some type of scent cube that fits under the hat.($5.00 ea.)
Its was/is worth the $300 I gave for it. The 20# bottle will last me about two or three weeks running it from about dusk, until the little b@stards run and hide in the morning.
I would buy another one.
The tricky part is finding a good location for it. It works best when it is placed out of the wind in a sheltered area. I move it around depending on conditions. I've had several nights where I have almost filled the hoppers that collect the bugs. I have also had nights where it didn't seem to catch anything.


Mine also has little blinking "led's" that are powered by the motor that runs the fan/vaccum.
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Old 02-18-2006, 05:03 PM
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Oh ~ ....well....now I get it....I think.... ANYWAY~ sounds like a neat invention.

Kinda "high tech" for this ol' country gal, though, so guess I'll just stick to wearin' Deep Woods Off and burnin' citronella candles.

Oh, and Mike ~ jest so yull know...I didn't even NOTICE that mesquito was spelt wrong. I may not know MUCH....but I know ebonics. Phonics... whatever...

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oh, one other thing I will mention, they work best if you place them away from the area where you will be. Eg: if you are planning on sitting on a deck or patio, it should not under any circumstance be placed on the deck or patio, rather it should be placed 20 yards or so away. If it is right next to you they seem to stop by you and have a snack one their way to die.
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Old 02-18-2006, 09:39 PM
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I have the mid tier Mosquito Magnet, it cost about 4-500 bucks.

I suppose it kinda sorta works, It catches no-seeums by the thousands, lots of mosquitos too. It has to be helping, and we seem to get bit less when it is up and running. Occasionally, I go outside and just get attacked, that causes me to go check the Magnet, it is usually off when the skeeters are suddenly bad. Maybe it's just wishful thinking too though.

The idea is that you gradually wipe out all the local breeding population of mosquitos.

I live just a couple of houses from Sea-Shore state park though, so I don't think I will ever put a dent in the skeeter population, there are always more.
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Old 02-18-2006, 10:39 PM
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I looked at those but decided to hang Bat Boxes around the perimeter (1/2 acre) of the Mardi-Gras Compound.....after the boxes were occupied we noticed a decrease in the little flying syringes, also is cool to watch the bats start working at twilight........
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Old 02-18-2006, 11:36 PM
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Thanks for all the input folks, really appreciate it as usual.

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Old 02-18-2006, 11:40 PM
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brother in law lives on the water/marshlands just south of Savannah. He has the mosquito trap that was sold at Sam's last year. It works great and was about $400 Whenever I visited I did not get a single bite from a mosquito or noseum. That is saying a lot since my nickname has been "The mosquito Magnet"
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Old 02-18-2006, 11:42 PM
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I got a mosquito magnet last summer,cranked it up almost at the end of the season and was diapointed in the rsults. It did catch some, but seemed like the sticky paper catched more insects than the propane trap. Maybe I didn't have it in the right location. Some folks swear by them, but to be honest, after you've spent all summer getting bit by the squito's, there is nothing more satisfying than hearing them fry to the tune of 120 volts. Spend the 200 bucks for bug zappers on your porch. Here's where I got mine....
http://www.mosquitomagnetdepot.com
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Old 02-21-2006, 01:04 PM
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Last year I purchased a mosquito deleto(LP with attractant and vacuum) from Lowes. Since it is at my house I never really noticed a difference, but all of my neighbors said they could tell a difference from their houses to mine.
As stated previously, follow the instructions on location and I don't think you will be disappointed.

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