Mosquito Magnet FAQ's

Mosquito Magnet FAQs

This list of Mosquito Magnet FAQs was compiled to assist you in the set-up, operation, trouble shooting, and basic use of Mosquito Magnet  Mosquito Traps. These frequently asked questions and answers will assist you in operating and maintaining your mosquito trap as well as all of its components season after season to ensure that you have the best chances of gaining mosquito control over your property, and that you are getting the best results out of your investment.

Mosquito Magnet FAQs

Frequently Asked Mosquito Magnet Questions

  1. Where should I place my Mosquito Magnet?
  2. About how long will my 20lb propane cylinder last throughout Mosquito Magnet operation?
  3. Why is it important to purge my propane tank before using it with my Mosquito Magnet?
  4. Why won't my Mosquito Magnet start up this spring?
  5. What attractants does the Mosquito Magnet use?
  6. At the end of the mosquito Season, how should I store my Mosquito Magnet for the off-season?
  7. How often should I operate my Mosquito Magnet for best results?
  8. How soon will I start to see results when using my Mosquito Magnet?
  9. Will my Mosquito Magnet catch other biting insects aside from mosquitoes?
  10. Are all Mosquito Magnet models cordless?
  11. Can Mosquito Magnet products be shipped outside of the US?
  12. How long do I have to register my Mosquito Magnet for warranty after I purchase it?
  13. My Mosquito Magnet it dripping with water.  Is that normal?
  14. Can my Mosquito Magnet be used in the rain or with sprinklers?
  15. What are the different Mosquito Magnet models?
  16. How much area does the Mosquito Magnet cover?
  17. Do Mosquito Magnet traps use a bug bag or a bug container?
  18. Can natural gas be used instead of propane to power my Mosquito Magnet?
  19. Can the Mosquito Magnet be connected to propane tank larger than 20lb?
  20. Can I use an extension cord on the models that use a cord?
  21. Where can I get my Mosquito Magnet repaired?
  22. Will the Mosquito Magnet get rid of all of my mosquitoes?
  23. Is the Mosquito Magnet harmful to me or my pets?
  24. Can I use the Mosquito Magnet indoors?
  25. Will one Mosquito Magnet mosquito trap be enough for my entire property?
  26. How long does the Octenol or Lurex attractants last?
  27. Are there other methods of mosquito control I should use in addition to the Mosquito Magnet?
  28. How does the Mosquito Magnet work?
  29. What makes the Mosquito Magnet the #1 mosquito trap in North America?
Mosquito Magnet FAQs

Answers to Frequently Asked Mosquito Magnet Questions

1. Question: Where should I place my Mosquito Magnet mosquito magnet traps

  • Answer: For best results when using the Mosquito Magnet to prevent mosquito bites and kill mosquitoes, the first thing that you should do is locate where mosquitoes are breeding on your property.  Once you have located the primary breeding area on your property, place the mosquito trap as close to the breeding area as possible but remember to keep it at least 30-40 feet away from your typical outdoor living area like a patio.  Place your mosquito trap in a shaded area that is not cluttered with tall grass, weeds, or other obstructions that might restrict the flow of CO2 emissions used as an attractant in the trap. For more information see our article on Mosquito Magnet Placement.

2. Question: About How long will my 20lb propane cylinder last throughout Mosquito Magnet operation?

  • Answer: You should get about 21 days of operation out of a full 20lb propane tank. You should always have a second full propane tank ready to replace the empty cylinder.  This will reduce downtime in the mosquito trap operation. t is recommended to not let the propane tank run entirely out as doing so can pull debris from the tank into the engine and clog the fuel lines.

3. Question: Why is it important to purge my propane tank before using it with my Mosquito Magnet?

  • Answer: Previously unfilled propane tanks can contain air, which will rise to the top when the tank is filled and prevent propane fueled mosquito traps from starting until they are purged. You can always ask the propane dealer to purge the tank for you so it's ready when you get it home.

4. Question: Why won't my Mosquito Magnet start up this spring?

  • Answer: The most common reason your mosquito trap won't start in the spring is most likely due to spiders, bugs, wasps, or other insect crawling into your trap while not in use and building a nest or web thereby clogging the system. Always put your mosquito trap away when not in use and wrap a plastic garbage bag tightly around the trap head to keep unwanted insect out. Another problem is the flame blowing out. The orifice that supplies gas to these mosquito traps is very tiny and over time can accumulate enough residue to clog sufficiently to start going out. Try using a Quick Clear CO2 Cartridge to clear the engine fuel orifices. Moisture buildup can occur inside the engine if the trap has been stored in a damp area. Try setting the mosquito trap in the sun for a while to heat up and clear any moisture from the engine. This could take several hours to dry out.

5. Question: What attractants does the Mosquito Magnet use?

  • Answer: Mosquito Magnets traps use clean burning propane after it is processed through catalytic combustion to create warm CO2 and moisture, which are used as attractants. They also use octenol to attract most mosquito types including no-see-ums and salt marsh. Octenol is most effective when used in mosquito traps along the coast and in the Northern region of the US. Mosquito Magnet traps are also Lurex compatible. Lurex is also a secondary attractant that mimics skin emanations and attracts hard to catch, aggressive day-biters like the Asian Tiger Mosquito. Lurex is most effective when used in mosquito traps in the southern and southeastern regions of the US.

6. Question: At the end of the mosquito Season, how should I store my Mosquito Magnet for the off-season?

  • Answer: At the end of the mosquito season, clean out your Mosquito Magnet, disconnect the propane tank, and wrap a plastic garbage bag tightly around the trap head and regulator hose to keep unwanted insects out. Insects can build webs or nests that will clog the engine or fuel lines. There are also fitted covers available for certain Mosquito Magnet models.

7. Question: How often should I operate my Mosquito Magnet for best results?

  • Answer: To target mosquito control throughout the entire day and night, the Mosquito Magnet is designed to operate 24/7 for round the clock protection. Start using your Mosquito Magnet at the first sign of mosquitoes.  Catching and killing mosquitoes early on in the season will help interrupt the breeding cycle before they populate.

8. Question: How soon will I start to see results when using my Mosquito Magnet?

  • Answer: Although the mosquito trap will begin to catch immediately, there is other mosquito activity in the vicinity so it may take as much as 6-8 weeks of use to reduce local populations to the point that breeding cycles are interrupted. Subsequent re-infestations will occur after rain and it may take moving the trap a few times around your yard to find the most effective spot for the trap.

9. Question: Will my Mosquito Magnet catch other biting insects aside from mosquitoes?

  • Answer: Yes.  The Mosquito Magnet will also trap all types of midges, mosquitos, gnats and other biting insects that are attracted to animals or humans.

10. Question: Are all Mosquito Magnet models cordless?

  • Answer: No, all Mosquito Magnet models are not cordless. The Mosquito Magnet Executive is cordless and uses a custom rechargeable battery. The Mosquito Magnet Independence is also cordless and uses 4 C batteries to operate. The Mosquito Magnet Patriot uses a 50 ft. power cord and comes with burying clips to bury the power cord underground. The power cord on the Mosquito Magnet Patriot is thin and easily buried.

11. Question: Can Mosquito Magnet products be shipped outside of the US?

  • Answer: No. Mosquito Magnet products can not be shipped outside of the United States.

12. Question: How long do I have to register my Mosquito Magnet for warranty after I purchase it?

  • Answer: Product Registration must be completed and mailed to the manufacturer within 30 days of your purchase.

13. Question: My Mosquito Magnet it dripping with water.  Is that normal?

  • Answer: Condensation on the outside of the Mosquito Magnet is perfectly normal and may occur on very humid days. The drips you see on the outside is simply water vapor. This is a byproduct of the catalytic conversion of propane and oxygen to carbon dioxide and water vapor and is caused by atmospheric temperature differentials. This will not impede the operation of your unit in any way.

14. Question: Can my Mosquito Magnet be used in the rain or with sprinklers?

  • Answer: Mosquito Magnet mosquito traps are designed to operate under normal moisture conditions, including rain and sprinklers. However, use caution that your sprinkler or hose does not target the unit directly as this may cause damage to the unit. If severe weather conditions are predicted, remove the mosquito trap and store it out of the weather.

15. Question: What are the different Mosquito Magnet models?

  • Answer: Mosquito Magnet currently offers 3 different models including the Executive, the Independence, and the Patriot. The Liberty, Liberty Plus, Defender, and Pro models have been discontinued.

16. Question: How much area does the Mosquito Magnet cover?

  • Answer: All Mosquito Magnet models including the Independence, the Executive, and the Patriot all cover up to 1 acre of land.

17. Question: Do Mosquito Magnet traps use a bug bag or a bug container?

  • Answer: All Mosquito Magnet models including the Independence, Executive, and Patriot all use self-contained nets or bug bags.

18. Question: Can natural gas be used instead of propane to power my Mosquito Magnet?

  • Answer: No. Mosquito Magnet mosquito traps are designed to operate with propane. In cases where pure propane is not available then a mix of propane and butane may be used. In NO circumstance should natural gas be used.

19. Question: Can the Mosquito Magnet be connected to propane tank larger than 20lb?

  • Answer: No. It is not recommended that you connect a tank bigger than 20lbs to your Mosquito Magnet because it will cause internal problems with the igniter and switch and the warranty would be voided once it is returned for repair.

20. Question: Can I use an extension cord on the models that use a cord?

  • Answer: Use of an extension cord is not recommended.

21. Question: Where can I get my Mosquito Magnet repaired?

  • Answer: For service on your Mosquito Magnet you can call the manufacturer at 800-953-5737 Monday-Friday 8:30-8:00 PM EST and Saturday 8:30-5:00 PM EST. There are also independent Mosquito Magnet repair facilities available which can be found online by searching for "Mosquito Magnet Repair".

octenol 22. Question: Will the Mosquito Magnet get rid of all of my mosquitoes?

  • Answer: No. While the Mosquito Magnet is a very effective method of capturing and killing mosquitoes, it should only be a part of your overall mosquito control efforts. Additional measures should also be taken such as the elimination of mosquito breeding areas or treatment of these areas with mosquito bits or mosquito dunks. Other effective measures include using a mosquito mister such as the AllClear Mister which kills and repels mosquitoes, Mosquito Barrier spraying to repel and kill mosquitoes, and of course mosquito repellent. See our mosquito control section for more information.

23. Question: Is the Mosquito Magnet harmful to me or my pets?

  • Answer: No. Care should be taken when handling the Octenol or Lurex attractants by washing your hands afterwards.  Otherwise the Mosquito Magnet and the attractants are not harmful to adults, children, or pets.  Obviously children shouldn't be playing with or near the mosquito trap since mosquitoes will be drawn to that area.

24. Question: Can I use the Mosquito Magnet indoors?

  • Answer: No. The Mosquito Magnet models are designed to be used outdoors and need a well ventilated area due to the propane combustion process. For indoor use see the Mega-Catch models, the DynaTrap, and the NOsquito mosquito traps.

25. Question: Will one Mosquito Magnet mosquito trap be enough for my entire property?

  • Answer: That depends on the size of your property, the nearby mosquito breeding areas, and mosquito population in your area. All Mosquito Magnet models are rated to cover 1 acre.  However, if you have a lot of mosquitoes you may need additional mosquito traps and you should consider implementing additional mosquito control systems.

lurex 26. Question: How long does the Octenol or Lurex attractants last?

  • Answer: Octenol and Lurex mosquito attractants should be replaced every time you replace the propane tank, approximately every 21 days.

27. Question: Are there other methods of mosquito control I should use in addition to the Mosquito Magnet?

  • Answer: While the Mosquito Magnet is a very effective method of capturing and killing mosquitoes, it should only be a part of your overall mosquito control efforts. Additional measures should also be taken such as the elimination of mosquito breeding areas or treatment of these areas with mosquito bits or mosquito dunks. Other effective measures include using a mosquito mister such as the AllClear Mister which kills and repels mosquitoes, Mosquito Barrier spraying to repel and kill mosquitoes, and of course mosquito repellent. See our mosquito control section for more information.

28. Question: How does the Mosquito Magnet work?

29. Question: What makes the Mosquito Magnet the #1 mosquito trap in North America?

  • Answer: Mosquito Magnet traps have more than 15 patents on their technologies and are a scientifically proven method of mosquito control. The CounterFlow technology is a good design for disbursing the attractants, luring mosquitoes close and capturing them.

We hope that this list of Mosquito Magnet FAQs has served its purpose in answering all of your Mosquito Magnet questions and will continue to help you in all of your present and future Mosquito Control efforts.