The 10 Best Mosquito Traps

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There is little more annoying than the endless buzzing of mosquitoes when you’re trying to relax by your pool, out in the garden, or even indoors.

Beyond the noise and the annoyance, mosquito bites are also intensely unpleasant.

Luckily, you don’t need to suffer in silence. Today, we review 10 of the best mosquito traps to help you see off these tedious pests.

A mosquito trap lures mozzies in by mimicking the CO2 produced in our breath or by producing UV light. Once inside the trap, a fan draws the mosquitoes in further and they are captured by adhesive glue, an electronic zapper, or they simple starve, dehydrate, or drown inside the trap.

If you have no idea what you’re looking for when comparing mosquito traps, focus on these pointers and you’re in safe hands:

  • Indoor or outdoor traps: Indoor traps work well in small and enclosed spaces with a limited number of mosquitoes or other insects. All you need to do is set up and activate the trap, close the door, and you’ll see noticeable results within an hour. Leave the room while the trap is on, or the mosquito will be attracted to you rather than the trap. As a cheap and portable indoor solution, these traps are typically very effective. An outdoor trap needs to be much more powerful, and the goal of these traps is to control and cut down the number of female mozzies in the area. This triggers a decreased reproduction rate, eradicating the population over time. Most of these traps will take a month or two before you notice a significant difference
  • Type of trap: CO2 traps mimic the carbon dioxide we breathe out. The most powerful of these use propane gas. Heat and light traps use a combination of UV light and infrared light to attract mosquitoes. These work indoors and outdoors
  • Size of mosquito problem: If you have an infestation of mosquitoes, even the best trap will leave you wanting. For moderate mozzies populations, long-range traps using CO2 or a powerful attractant work best. For more minor populations, heat and light traps work well
  • Type of mosquitoes: With over 3500 species of mosquito worldwide, you should look for a trap designed to cope with your local species

Now, if you keep these simple pointers in mind, you should find navigating our collection of. The best mosquito traps is straightforward.

Think closely about the mosquitoes you need to deal with and their habits to get the most effective solution. Stick with any of the traps we review below and you can buy with your eyes wide open.

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I. The 10 Best Mosquito Traps

1. Our #1 Pick: DynaTrap Mosquito Trap

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Features

  • Type: Heat, light, and CO2
  • Weight: 4.34 pounds
  • Dimensions: 10.5 x 10.5 x 14 inches

First in line and our favorite of today’s collection of the best mosquito traps comes from industry specialist DynaTrap. This is the first of several entries today from this powerhouse brand with a stranglehold on this vertical.

This iteration of the metal mosquito trap is finished in a muted tungsten to blend in with your back yard. There are several other colorways if this doesn’t make the right fit.

The trap delivers three-way protection against a variety of garden pests, including:

  • Mosquitoes
  • Moths
  • Wasps
  • Biting flies
  • Asian beetles

The UV light baked in kicks out a warm light that attracts the majority of garden pests like mosquitoes. If this fails to draw the insects in, a secondary C02 lure should do the trick. Once engaged, a potent fan sucks the insects into the cage. They will die here of dehydration.

Using this trap really couldn’t be easier. It’s a corded electric appliance, so you’ll need to position it close to a power outlet. Once fired up, you won’t need any propane, and you are not compelled to use other attractants if this trap does its job in your back yard.

Perhaps the key selling point of this unit is the way it delivers all of this performance without any noise or buzzing, the last thing you want at a BBQ or garden party. Aside from the need for a power outlet nearby, there is nothing much else to knock about this great mosquito trap from DynaTrap.

Things We Like Things We Dislike
  • Robust ½-acre coverage
  • Decorative tungsten build
  • 3-way protection
  • Requires a power outlet

2. Katchy Indoor Insect Trap

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Features

  • Type: Air and light
  • Weight: 1.39 pounds
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 5.5 x 9.1 inches

If, like many of us, you are often menaced by mosquitoes indoors, there’s no need to suffer in silence, and there is no need to rely on harsh chemical sprays either. This neat heat and light trap from Katchy should cull the pest population in no time.

The manufacturer recommends running this unit for several nights in a row. Do this and you should notice a dramatic difference in nighttime bug bites.

This is another mosquito trap offering a three-way approach to pest control. As with all traps in this class, you get a UV light that attracts mosquitoes and bugs to the trap. Here, they will be sucked in by the powerful fan, and once inside they are trapped on the sticky boards.

So, if you want to keep bugs at bay without that constant buzzing and zapping, you’re in luck here.

Designed to work in any indoor space, from bedroom to basement to office, pop this little desktop unit just about anywhere and congratulate yourself for fighting back against those little biting menaces.

While most user reviews of this mosquito trap are pretty positive, we found some mentions of photoshopped images in the product listing. Do your due diligence here.

This might not be a complete bug killer, and it is not a substitute for proper pest control, but the trap should see off any mosquitoes, who will be drawn to the light of the trap rather than your skin.

Things We Like Things We Dislike
  • UV light fan
  • Sticky glue boards
  • Position anywhere indoors
  • Misleading advertising

3. DynaTrap Extra-Large Insect Trap

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Features

  • Type: Heat, light, and CO2
  • Weight: 10.9 pounds
  • Dimensions: 17 x 13.5 x 13.3 inches

Next up comes another entry from the Dyna-Trap stable with this oversized insect trap that provides you with protection against mosquitoes over a 1 acre area. This should be more than enough for most larger outdoor spaces.

The surface of the metal trap is coated with a titanium oxide treatment.

Mosquitoes and other garden pests are first drawn in by the CO2 released from this unit, mimicking the human breath that attracts these flying critters. There is also a UV light to lure in any stragglers, and once within the trap, a fan sucks the mozzies and other insects into the catch basket where they will perish, starved of nutrients and moisture.

What this means is that you can fight back against the intrusion of mosquitoes and other bugs without resorting to chemicals, and without that tedious buzzing and crackling some traps give off.

As long as you position this trap about 20 feet or so from any guests outside, you should keep bugs at bay without disturbing the party atmosphere.

Although the bulk of user reviews are positive, we found a sizeable number of complaints from consumers reporting more success trapping bugs other than mosquitoes. If mozzies are your main opponent, you should perhaps consider one of the other traps we review above or below.

Things We Like Things We Dislike
  • Dual UV bulbs
  • Ideal indoors or outdoors
  • Generous 1-acre coverage
  • Better with other bugs than mosquitoes

4. Flowtron Electronic Insect Killer

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Features

  • Type: Light and attractant
  • Weight: 4.85 pounds
  • Dimensions: 9.7 x 9.7 x 16.5 inches

As we push through our mosquito trap reviews, we have the Flowtron Electronic Insect Killer.

Now, this model features a killing grid powered by a high-voltage transformer. If you need a mosquito trap that’s whisper-quiet, this is not for you. If, on the other hand, you are being assailed by a vigorous mosquito problem, you may find the buzzing and crackling is price worth paying.

The trap comes with a 15-watt black UV bulb built in. To complement this light, an USDA-tested Octenol attractant will draw more mozzies toward the trap. You get a cartridge included with purchase, and you can expect up to a month of use before it needs replacing.

The only real grips we unearthed among a sea of glowing user reviews concerns the reasonably flimsy build, so handle this trap with care.

So, you’ll need to give due consideration to both the noise factor and the ongoing running costs of the attractant, not to mention its chemical nature. If none of these are deal-breakers, you’ll be investing in one of the best mosquito traps out there, so does it make the right fit?

Things We Like Things We Dislike
  • Grid designed to minimize clogging
  • Energy-efficient UV light
  • 2-year guarantee
  • Fairly flimsy build

5. Faicuk Light Trap

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Features

  • Type: Heat and light
  • Weight: 2.35 pounds
  • Dimensions: 14.69 x 8.78 x 6.18 inches

If you have been looking for a mosquito trap that doesn’t look like an eyesore, this understated unit looks more like a regular light fixture. How does it perform, though?

Well, you’ll benefit from protection against mosquitoes and other bugs over a coverage area of 900 square feet, making it more than a match for most indoor spaces. This sprawling coverage area makes the trap a great fit for commercial premises as well as homes and offices.

Not only does this mosquito trap look low-key, but it also runs without kicking out any of the noise associated with many electronic traps.

The light the trap gives off is subtle and adds to the ambiance in the room, while at the same time ensuring you get bitten less by mosquitoes.

Once the insects and bugs are drawn into the trap thanks to that ultraviolet light, they become trapped on the glue boards. This allows you to go about your business or sleep without that crackling sound of mosquitoes hitting an electronic killing board.

The main drawback we found among user reviews of this mosquito trap concerns lifespan, with several customers complaining about build issues developing after a few months. Setting this aside, you get an effective and efficient mosquito trap with a variety of applications.

Things We Like Things We Dislike
  • 900 square feet of coverage
  • Runs whisper-quiet
  • Decorative aesthetics
  • Lifespan issues reported

6. FENUN Fly Traps

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Features

  • Type: Light
  • Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Dimensions: 5.3 x 5.3 x 8.5 inches

FENU Fly Traps offers up a great insect trap that resembles a smart speaker at a glance. So, kiss goodbye to ugly and intrusive mosquito traps, and pop this striking unit just about anywhere indoors.

The trap comes in a trio of colorways – black, white, or blue – so you can match your trap to your décor, a choice you don’t get with much of the opposition.

Using the trap couldn’t be much easier and you have everything you need to get going right out the box. All you need to do is hit the catching button to activate the trap. There is also a light button onboard, allowing you to rotate through 7 different wavelengths of ultraviolet light, maximizing the likelihood of enticing mosquitoes and flies toward the trap.

While the manufacturer claims this trap simulates human heat, this claim is baseless. You are getting no heat at all from this unit.

Once inside the trap, all insects and bugs are trapped on the sticky glue boards. You get 10 of these provided, and you’ll then need to ensure you always have some in stock if you want to keep mosquitoes at bay the easy way.

Rated at just 5 watts, this trap will use almost no electricity, and you get a 5-foot power cable to give you plenty of leeway with placement.

Things We Like Things We Dislike
  • Compact and portable
  • Super-simple to use
  • Variable light wavelengths emitted
  • Weak fan

7. Flowtron Electronic Insect Killer

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Features

  • Type: Light and attractant
  • Weight: 4.34 pounds
  • Dimensions: 10.5 x 10.5 x 14 inches

As we near the end of our search for the best mosquito traps, we present another iteration of the Flowtron Electronic Insect Killer.

Now, the core difference between this model and the one above concerns the coverage area: this model will only protect you against mosquitoes over a ½-acre area. If you have a larger outdoor space to deal with, consider the beefier brother above.

The black light emitted by the high intensity UV bulb baked in should lure insects and bugs toward the trap. Rated at just 15 watts, you’ll draw down very little electricity to achieve this.

This trap is only suitable for use outside, so if you need an indoor mosquito trap, explore one of the several other options we review today.

A chemical attractant called Octenol comes bundled in a cartridge that should last a month or so. You’ll then need to source replacements, so factor this into your buying decision and costing.

Once the bulb blows, you can quickly and easily replace this tool-free.

Backed by a 2-year limited warranty and offering you protection against the menace of mosquitoes for a few cents a day, what are you waiting for?

Things We Like Things We Dislike
  • Decent ½-acre coverage
  • Runs on 15-watt bulb
  • Non-clogging grid
  • Outdoor use only

8. Gardner FlyWeb Classic Fly Light

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Features

  • Type: Heat and light
  • Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Dimensions: 14.4 x 5.9 x 2 inches

Next in line is another plug-in mosquito trap, this time from Gardner. How does the FlyWeb Classic shape up, then?

Firstly, the unit itself is very compact, giving you a trap you can easily fit into tight spaces almost anywhere indoors.

Coverage is impressive with mosquitoes drawn in over an area of 600 square feet. Whether you need to fight back against mozzies at home, in the office, or in a small commercial outlet, Gardner delivers a fitting solution here.

Unlike some traps which take weeks to kick in properly, you’ll benefit from this trap right out the box.

All you need to do is peel off the cover from the adhesive glue card and then wait for the high-intensity UV light to lure in any insects and bugs plaguing you.

With no chemical spray and no annoying zapping, this unobtrusive mosquito trap is ideal for use in almost any indoor space.

This is another trap that works to more effectively kill flies and other insects than mosquitoes, so consider looking elsewhere if it is primarily mosquitoes you’re looking to exterminate.

Things We Like Things We Dislike
  • Compact, space-saving trap
  • 600 square feet of coverage
  • Round-the-clock trapping
  • Better for flies than mosquitoes

9. DynaTrap Insect Trap

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Features

  • Type: Heat and light
  • Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Dimensions: 10.25 x 10.25 x 12 inches

As we inch to the end of our best mosquito trap reviews, we have a superb all-natural approach to pest extermination from DynaTrap. What do you get for your money here, then?

The metal trap looks very much like a conventional outdoor light, so it won’t spoil the aesthetics of your garden.

Inside the trap is a high-intensity UV light, perfect for drawing in any mosquitoes, flies, and other insects in your yard.

Once attracted by the light, a quite but powerful fan sucks the unsuspecting insects inside and onto the glue boards. Here they will die, starved of nutrients and moisture. This saves you from that background annoyance of crackling and buzzing as insects meet their maker.

The benefit of this approach to pest control is that you don’t need any chemicals or pesticides at all, and you won’t have the noise issue associated with some electronic zappers either. Most importantly, though, you won’t end up going indoors because you have been bitten to pieces by mozzies.

Several users complain about the short lifespan of the bulbs, as well as the reasonably high cost of replacements. You should do your due diligence here to avoid ending up with a nasty surprise.

The trap is designed to cover areas to ½ acre, so works best in smaller yards. If you have a larger outdoor space to consider, we review some more substantial traps above. If, by contrast, you’re looking for a mosquito trap to go inside the house, check out final trap review below.

Things We Like Things We Dislike
  • UV light and powerful fan
  • Striking design
  • No pesticides or chemicals required
  • Bulbs burn out quickly

10. Kensizer Fruit Fly Trap

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Features

  • Type: Sticky traps
  • Weight: 13.4oz
  • Dimensions: 8 x 6 x 0.6 inches

Not everyone wants a bulky electronic mosquito trap indoors, and not everyone is prepared to resort to chemical sprays inside the house either. Avoid both of these issues by investing in these simple but efefctive fruit fly traps from Kensizer. As an added kicker, they are also highly effective for trapping any rogue mosquitoes.

In fact, the effectiveness of these sticky traps can become a disadvantage. If you have lots of bees and lizards in your garden, for instance, you may find they come on a cropper on these traps, so think closely if you’re planning to use these traps outdoors.

Each of the sticky traps can give you up to 2 months of protection. Obviously, the adhesive nature of the trap will degrade over time, and you may find you need to replace the traps sooner than 2 months.

You get 30 traps in each pocket-friendly pack, making this a very economical method of fighting back against mosquitoes.

Traps are both waterproof and resistant to the sun’s UV rays, so as long as you factor in the risk to other wildlife in the garden, you can comfortably use these mosquito traps outdoors, too.

Kiss goodbye to a wide variety of insects with this basic but efficient sticky trap from Kensizer.

Things We Like Things We Dislike
  • Traps last for 2 months or more
  • Waterproof and sun-proof
  • Double-sided adhesive
  • Can also trap lizards and bees

II. FAQs

1) How do mosquito traps work?

The best mosquito traps are simple but highly effective. Most operate on the same principle. Mosquitoes and other insects are drawn to the trap, attracted by UV light, CO2, or chemical attractants. Once near the trap, a fan sucks them inside. Here, they either die of starvation, or they drown in a water pool. With an electronic trap, mosquitoes hit a killing grid. Mosquitoes are attracted to the CO2 you exhale, as well as octanol, a chemical released when you sweat. Mozzies can also feel the heat warm-blooded animals produce, and they are sensitive to some light frequencies, UV in particular. Make sure to place an outdoor mosquito trap downwind for best results.

2) What extras do I need alongside a mosquito trap?

You’ll need a power outlet for any electronic mosquito traps. Some powerful CO2 traps call for propane in order to produce the carbon dioxide. You will also need to replace consumables like CO2 cylinders and attractant. While you don’t need an insecticide, using a mosquito trap in tandem with a fogger or spray will deliver superior results.

3) How much does it cost to run a mosquito trap?

A propane-fueled mosquito trap should cost you less than a dollar a day to run, while most electronic traps cost a few cents a day. The UV bulbs they use are very low wattage despite the high-intensity light produced. A single trap should significantly reduce the mosquito population over a 1-acre coverage area.

4) How soon does a mosquito trap start working?

Mosquito traps will start trapping insects immediately, but you may need to use the trap for up to 2 months before you see a pronounced drop in the mozzies population. Rain will also cause re-infestations, so remain on your guard. You may also need to move the trap around the yard until you stumble upon the most effective location.

5) Do mosquito traps actually work?

The honest answer is that it depends. Variables like the location, the size of the pest population, and the habits of specific species will all impact the effectiveness of an outdoor mosquito trap. If you are unfortunate enough to live near major mosquito breeding grounds, or there is a serious infestation, even the best mosquito traps will come up short. Sometimes, traps even attract more insects from further afield, inflaming the problem. Most indoor traps are reasonably effective and you can get away with leaving these switched on when you are out to minimize any inconvenience while killing off as many mosquitoes as possible.


III. Conclusion

We hope anyone who arrived at Wild River Country today concerned about how to find the best mosquito traps now has plenty of options to fight back.

The most important element of your buying decision concerns choosing the right kind of trap. Some make lots of buzzing and crackling, while others run whisper-quiet. Beyond that, you’ll need to consider whether you want a trap for use indoors, outdoors, or both. We review plenty of traps in all these styles and more.

Now, with the holiday season already warming up, we are hard at work to bring you more informative guides and more impartial product reviews daily. Whether you want to kit out your own home and garden, or you’re looking for gift ideas, we bring you great content daily, so bookmark our blog and see you very soon!

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