Mosquito Trap FAQ's
- How soon should the Mega-Catch™ Mosquito Trap begin to kill mosquitoes?
While the Mega-Catch™ mosquito trap will begin to catch immediately there is any mosquito activity in the vicinity, 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.
- Will my Mega-Catch™ Mosquito Trap get rid of all mosquitoes in the area?
No. There is no single silver bullet to get rid of mosquitoes. The best you can do is devise an effective mosquito control plan for your area using the best available control strategies including one or more Mega-Catch™ Mosquito Traps.
- How often do I need to operate my Mega-Catch™ Mosquito
Before you commence using your Mega-Catch™ Mosquito Trap note the time of day when mosquito activity is greatest. If, for example, this is in the morning and the evening then you should set the trap (using the Programmable Timer) to operate at these times. Where your mosquito problem involves night time biters, we recommend operation of the trap between 7pm and 11pm and 4am and 8am. If mosquito activity is all day then you may need to operate the trap 24 hours per day until the mosquito population declines. The Alpha trap is designed to run 24/7.
- Is the Mega-Catch™ Mosquito Trap harmful to me or
No, the Mega-Catch™ Mosquito Trap is perfectly safe for outside use around humans and pets provided it is operated in accordance with the instructions in the operation manual.
- Can I use the Mega-Catch™ Mosquito Trap indoors?
Yes, but we recommend that you first remove the Mega-Catch™ Octenol Fragrance Strip because of its odor. The Ultra Mosquito Trap should not be used indoors unless you first disconnect the CO2 gas release system and remove the CO2 gas cylinder. The Alpha is designed to be used indoors and outdoors.
- How many traps should I buy for around my house?
This depends on the size of your property. Generally we recommend one or two traps depending on the number and location of mosquito breeding areas on your property. In optimum conditions, an Ultra trap can attract mosquitoes from up to 150 feet away, a Premier XC trap from up to 120 feet, Premier trap from up to 100 feet and an Alpha from up to 90 feet.
- Will Mega-Catch™ Mosquito Traps catch biting flies?
In addition to mosquitoes the Mega-Catch™ Mosquito Trap will catch sandflies, black flies and biting midges (no see-ums) and many other types of biting insect.
- Can I stop my Mega-Catch™ Mosquito Trap catching moths?
The Mega-Catch™ Mosquito Trap (Ultra and Premier XC Models only) incorporates a low intensity U.V. Bulb which emits light at a frequency our research has shown to attract certain mosquito species. Unfortunately it can also attract small quantities of non-target species like moths. If this is a problem the U.V. Bulb can be switched off at by touching the “U.V. Tube” button on the Programmable Timer.
- What's the best lure to use in my trap?
Different mosquito species respond in different ways and there are so many variations in their behaviours and in the things that attract and repel them. The Mega-Catch™ 3000 (Combo Lure), is designed to capture the widest range of mosquito species including the Asian Tiger - that ferocious hard to catch daytime biter.
- How long do the Mega-Catch™ Octenol Fragrance Strips last and how effective is
Mega-Catch™ Octenol Fragrance Strips should be effective for up to 30 days depending on weather conditions. Octenol can improve the rate of capture of some, but not all mosquito species. Some species may not be attracted to Octenol so it pays to experiment with the mosquitoes in your environment.
- How do I stop the insect residue building up to the point
the fan stops?
Clean the fan carefully following the instructions in the operation manual. Leave it to dry and then coat the inside fan housing and the tips of the fan blades with a coat of TEFLON based dry lubricant spray. This will reduce the insect residue build. Repeat the process each time you clean the fan.
- How do you hook the trap onto the stand?
Hold the trap in an upright position so that the top of the trap is next to the hook on the stand. Then swing the bottom of the trap outwards (thru an arc of about 45 degrees) and you will see that the top of the trap will fit thru the gap in the hook. This is a design feature to prevent the trap falling off the stand accidentally.
- What is the easiest way to get the skirt onto the trap?
The easiest way is by pulling it down over the top of the trap. But first make sure you undo the hook and loop fastening on the skirt.