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Mosquito Magnet Review

Finding the right Mosquito Magnet model to fits your outdoor space can make or break its effectiveness, with some models designed specifically to accommodate larger yards. Finding a fair price on your chosen model is important as well because no one wants to go over budget when equipping their yard for the summer months.

Mosquito Magnet MM3300 Executive 9/10

  • What we like
  • Fuel-saving mode
  • Cordless, so you can put it anywhere, and the battery lasts all season on a charge
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Smart technology
  • What we dislike
  • Higher initial cost

Product Details

  • Cord Type: Cordless
  • Fuel Efficiency: 21 days
  • Battery Type: Nickel Metal Hydride

Our Review

While there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for mosquito trapping, the Mosquito Magnet MM3300 Executive comes as close as possible when it comes to providing you with the prime functions and specification you need to get the job done. While this model does run a touch on the expensive side, know that you are getting what you pay for in the MM3300 Executive.

Like other Mosquito Magnet models, the MM3300 Executive runs primarily on a standard propane tank. But rather than burning this propane for fuel, as you would with a grill, this model uses Mosquito Magnet’s patented catalytic converter to turn the propane into carbon dioxide (CO2) efficiently. With four different fuel saving modes, you’ll be able to stretch the life of a single cylinder up to 30 days – that’s a full month without the need to buy a new cylinder.

Perhaps the most enticing feature MM3300 Executive offers is its cordless construction. In other words, you can set up the MM3300 Executive wherever you need it in your yard without being anchored to a nearby wall or requiring a long daisy chain of extension cords. No matter where you place this model, though, you’ll be able to protect up to one acre around it from the threat of pesky mosquitos.

Also, the MM3300 Executive is unique in its inclusion of a rechargeable battery to serve as its primary power source. Current owners are also major fans of the MM3300 Executive’s intuitive interface, which includes a panel with information on how much charge is left on the battery and the propane tank, respectively.

As noted, the MM3300 Executive is one of the pricier mosquito control options from Mosquito Magnet. But even so, this model has a lot offer under its hefty price tag, making it a great pick for homeowners who are fully committed to seeing these biting insects eliminated from their property.

Mosquito Magnet MM3200 Independence 8/10

  • What we like
  • Operated by standard batteries
  • Disposable net
  • Wheels
  • What we dislike
  • Lacks fuel-saving technology

Product Details

  • Cord Type: Cordless
  • Fuel Efficiency: 21 days
  • Battery Type: 4 'C' Alkaline Batteries

Our Review

Though the Mosquito Magnet MM3200 Independence is a functional step down from the Executive model, it is no less capable of drawing in bothersome mosquitos and trapping them until they meet their fate. In fact, this model comes standard with an octenol lure, making it ideal for homeowners in the northern half of the US who are looking for a quick start-up process.

Even so, the MM3200 Independence does not come with its own propane cylinder, requiring you to buy one new or borrow one from your grill. In terms of using that fuel, the MM3200 Independence still manages to provide a good amount of fuel efficiency. During regular usage, this model can run on a single propane tank for up to 21 days. That’s lower than the Executive, but still an impressive amount of bug blocking time overall.

As its name suggests, the MM3200 Independence is a cordless mosquito trap that can be placed anywhere in the yard (like the Executive). However, the MM3200 Independence is slightly lighter and more compact than other cordless Mosquito Magnet models. This, in turn, makes it easier to move about with the need for assistance.

As a cordless mosquito trap, the MM3200 Independence logically includes a built-in battery to act as its primary power source. In this regard, this model gains a slight advantage over its competitors because it takes 4 D cell batteries. While this is more costly in terms of up keep, you aren’t likely to need more than one set a year, given how efficiently the MM3200 Independence uses its electricity.

This model’s slight decrease in overall functionality comes with a slight decrease in price, making this model more ideal for folks looking for a mosquito trapping solution on a budget. Even for its more affordable price, the MM3200 Independence is as reliable as any other Mosquito Magnet trap when it comes to minimizing the sting of mosquitos around your property.

Mosquito Magnet MM4100 Patriot Plus 6/10

  • What we like
  • Easy Setup
  • Most affordable
  • 3x larger bug bag"
  • What we dislike
  • Not cordless
  • No fuel-saving features

Product Details

  • Cord Type: 50-foot A/C power cord
  • Fuel Efficiency: N/A
  • Battery Type: Rechargeable

Our Review

Out of Mosquito Magnet’s several excellent mosquito trap offerings, the Mosquito Magnet MM4100 Patriot Plus stands out as being the most affordably priced. At under half the price of the Executive, this Patriot plus mosquito trap is the best option for homeowners who want to try out attractant-based mosquito trapping without putting a hole in their wallet.

If the MM4100 Patriot Plus suffers from any one major fault, it is its need to be plugged into a wall socket. Luckily, Mosquito Magnet recognized this fault and made it easy to supplement its weakness by providing a 50-foot extension cord with every MM4100 Patriot Plus. If you lay this long power cord out through your yard, be sure to tie some brightly colored tape to it or else you might forget it is there when you go to mow the lawn. Lawn clips are provided to help secure your 50-foot power cord.

As noted, the MM4100 Patriot Plus costs far less than other Mosquito Magnet models. So, logically, you’d expect it to cover far less space. Not so, as it turns out! The MM4100 Patriot Plus covers the same amount of space – up to 1 acre – as both the Executive and the Independence. As long as you place it away from shrubbery and other lawn obstacles, this model will cover your lawn with just as much CO2 and attractant as its cousins in the Mosquito Magnet line. The Patriot Plus also uses the patented CounterFlow Technology to give you maximum protection from pesky mosquitoes. There are about 174 species live just within the United States. With serious diseases like Zika and West Nile Virus, you can never be too safe.

Upkeep on this model is also generally lower, given that it doesn’t require batteries of any kind. The MM4100 Patriot Plus even features many of the same durable parts as its cousins, so you’ll rarely need to purchase Mosquito Magnet replacement parts. All in all, the MM4100 Patriot Plus is the cheapest mosquito trapping option available from Mosquito Magnet that still provides reliable, wide-spread performance for your mosquito-infested backyard.

How to Choose Mosquito Magnet Product Reviews

As their name suggests, Mosquito Magnet brand mosquito traps are lauded by their manufacturer, Woodstream Corporation, as being among the most effective methods for attracting, capturing, and killing bothersome mosquitos. While these bug traps remain a go-to solution for many folks who enjoy entertaining outside in the summer, they cost a pretty penny and feature an assortment of specifications that are well worth comparing.

For example, various Mosquito Magnet models are designed to attract and kill only certain mosquito species, making it imperative that you pick a model designed for your region of the country. By the same virtue, some Mosquito Magnet models are designed to run in virtual silence, allowing you to enjoy the fixture’s function without suffering from its noise pollution.

Finding the right Mosquito Magnet model to fits your outdoor space can make or break its effectiveness, with some models designed specifically to accommodate larger yards. Finding a fair price on your chosen model is important as well because no one wants to go over budget when equipping their yard for the summer months.

Simply put, it’s high time you compared and contrasted several of the best performing Mosquito Magnet models available today. These reviews will make that process easy, as each review includes clear descriptions of each model’s key specifications and features. Don’t forget to read about how Mosquito Magnet insect traps function, either, as this section holds a great deal of insight into how an effective model operates.

How Do Mosquito Magnet Traps Work?

Mosquito Magnet brand insect traps function using a proprietary attractant system that is designed to take advantage of a mosquito’s natural hunting capacities and uses it to lead them to their demise – all without biting you and your family. This process is far more involved than sticky fly paper and citronella candles, so it’s worth learning more about it before you jump in and buy a Mosquito Magnet of your own.

First and foremost, consider who a Mosquito Magnet executive mosquito trap is targeting. While its name gives us the obvious solution, these insect traps are actually designed to pull in only female mosquitos. This is because only female mosquitos bite, doing so in order feed their egg production.

As such, a Mosquito Magnet is both targeting these female mosquitos because of their tendency to bite and because of their imminent reproduction. If it works, a Mosquito Magnet is able to cut down on both the current and future generation of mosquitos living in your area. It’s basically like automated pest control.

When it comes to function, Mosquito Magnet traps function by imitating the several qualities that female mosquitos are “smelling” for when they are hunting for their blood-filled pray. Specifically, female mosquitos lock onto plumes of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the air as these generally indicate the presence of living, breathing animal worth biting.

In order to imitate this factor, Mosquito Magnet traps put out CO2 – as a plume or in bursts – to lure hungry mosquitos in. After the mosquito has been drawn to the attention of the trap, the Mosquito Magnet lures the blood-sucking bug into its trap chamber through one of several specialized attracting agents, including octenol, lurex, and lactic acid.

Each of these scents – all of which are certified as non-toxic to humans by the EPA – provides olfactory feedback to the mosquito, causing them to dive into the trap as if it were a prey animal. From there, the mosquito has no means of escape, leading to its eventual demise.

It’s worth noting that not every type of attractant is effective on every type of mosquito. Certain breeds are more common in certain regions of the country, requiring you to choose your attractant cartridges carefully. Folks living in the northern half of the US should use octenal cartridges to combat their mosquitos (as well as black flies and no-see-ums) while the southern half of the US should reach for lurex cartridges for best results.

Also, location is absolutely key to implementing an effective Mosquito Magnet trap system. After purchasing a Mosquito Magnet device, you should always place in your yard such that its output CO2 and attractant will be carried downwind and throughout your yard. Also, be sure to place the trap away from major obstacles and at least 30 to 40 feet away from buildings and outdoor social spaces (such as a pool deck or patio).

Mosquito traps of this variety are actually even more complicated once you dig beneath the surface. This article contains even more information that will help guide you towards selecting the best model for your region.

Mosquito Magnet Parts

As with any device that is left outdoors in the hot summer sun, your Mosquito Magnet may eventually need a spare part to replace something that has cracked or warped. While this is not likely due to their sturdy construction, it is always best to be knowledgeable about where you can acquire such replacement parts so that your mosquito defense system isn’t down for too long.

In general, Mosquito Magnet parts can be acquired from a variety of places, including your local outdoor furnishing store. However, the best prices on these parts can be found online through online retailers or even the Mosquito Magnet website proper.

The most common Mosquito Magnet parts needing replacement after a season or two are the main power cord and the attractant cartridge tube. In both cases, name brand replacement options are readily available and can be installed without the need for extra tools. Note that replacing these items in a timely manner helps optimize your catch rate and break the mosquito breeding cycle.

As with any electronics, you should be wary of off-brand replacement parts for your Mosquito Magnet. This is doubly the case with the specialized power cords and batteries used in these models, which are tailored to provide the precise amount of power needed for their respective models. Off-brand cords and batteries are prone to overheat, which could damage the larger appliance if the excess heat leads to sparking.

Conclusion

When it comes down to it, buying a mosquito trapper shouldn’t be a spur of the moment purchase. While every model from Mosquito Magnet promises great results using its proprietary combination CO2 and a regional attractant, you should always take time to compare the leading models in the market before settling on one that fits your needs and your budget.

After purchasing your new Mosquito Magnet insect trap, you should notice a significant decrease in the number of blood-sucking bugs floating around your property. But if you’re still find a fair number of these pesky bugs hovering around your backyard, considering checking your property for potential mosquito habitats. Identifying these can really help you cull the number of newly-hatched mosquitos living in the woods and plains around your home.