Did you know that worldwide there are some 3000 different species of mosquito? And currently 176 species in the United States? The use of the word "mosquito" is of North American origin and dates back to the 16th Century. What we'll all agree on is that they're annoying. They interfere with work and can spoil leisure time. But it isn't just people that can fall victim to mosquitoes, they bother farm animals and are capable of transmitting disease to both humans and animals. This review will take a look at the best mosquito killers for use in the USA. If you're travelling abroad to areas with known mosquito areas that transmit disease, you should take advice for specific measures (including for example anti-malaria medicine).
This review is concerned with mosquito killers, not mosquito repellents. We will go into more detail about repellents with some top tips as it's good to know. In terms of mosquito killers there are several types on the market; mosquito traps, mosquito misting systems, mosquito bating systems. Our top three cover a range. We have a UV light killer for indoor use, a UV light killer for outdoor use and a product that kills mosquito larvae if you have a standing water issue.
( 4.4 out of 5.0 )
Electronic Indoor Insect Killer Zapper
( 4.4 out of 5.0 )
Flowtron BK-40D Electronic Killer
( 4.2 out of 5.0 )
There are certainly numerous options available to you when it comes to managing a mosquito problem. Killing is just one of them, but it can be a very necessary action. Infectious diseases are now spreading geographically much faster than at any time before. International air travel and eco-tourism have seen the spread of West Nile Virus into the USA. Malaria, Rift Valley Fever, Chikungunya Virus and Dengue Fever are but a plane flight away, and, with good reason people are becoming more concerned about the threat that mosquitoes could pose her in the US.
At the time of writing, there is great concerns over the Zika Virus. The World Health Organisation have stated that the disease, spread by mosquitoes is known to circulate in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific. Although the symptoms are actually relatively mild, there are great concerns over complications the virus may pose. There seems to be a link between pregnant mothers contracting the Zika Virus and their babies being born with microcephaly. Certainly babies born with microcephaly in Brazil, have been found to have the Zika virus in their brains. Microcephaly is a devastating birth defect that sees babies born with a smaller head than normal. When the mother is pregnant if she is exposed to certain toxins (from things such as drug and alcohol abuse but also it is currently suspected, the Zika virus from a mosquito bite), her baby could be born with microcephaly. The infant will suffer from a range of issues such as delayed motor and speech functions and mental retardation. And it is feared that it is only a matter of time before the mosquitoes carrying this virus, spread to the USA. And there's no prevention, no inoculation and no cure. So the only way to fight such dangerous viruses that mosquitoes carry, is to kill the mosquitoes.
Really, if you're in an area with mosquitoes you need to take them seriously.
So when looking at mosquito killers you need to think about where you want to act, and the source of the problem. It isn't just about killing the mosquitoes. You will realistically never be able to kill all mosquitoes that could bite you. You need to think more broadly about the problem. Here are some ideas to consider:
Let's go into a bit more detail on each of these points.
This is where the mosquito killers come in. We've featured two out of our top three (the other being a mosquito larvae killer). These are plug in devices, either for indoor or outdoor use. The mosquito (and actually any flying insect) is attracted to the UV lights and once they get to the grid they're zapped.
A mosquito repellent is a great idea. Make sure you get one that has been registered by the Environmental Protection Agency. This means that it will have been reviewed, approved and pose minimal risk for human safety when applied. There are different approved options such as:
Did you know that wearing light colored, loose fitting clothing helps against mosquito bites in the USA? Studies have shown that some of the 174 mosquitoes living in the USA are more attracted to dark clothing and most can readily bite through tight-fitting clothing or loose weave clothing. When you can, go for long sleeves and long pants.
A lot of mosquito problems are likely to come from water-filled containers that you can help to eliminate. Did you know that all mosquitoes need water to breed? So to stop them breeding, just get rid of standing water around your home and residence. And get your neighbours to do the same!
Our top three don't include mosquito drainage and deterrents. And while these are very important parts of preventing mosquito bites and the spread of disease, they don't actually harm the mosquitoes at all. This review focuses on getting rid of the problem. It isn't easy, but with an all around-approach using the "Defend, Deter, Dress and Drain" methods outlined previously, you can make real progress towards a mosquito-free home life!
This works really well inside your home. Winged insects of all sorts will be attracted to the UV lights and zapped and collected in the washable tray. A great product, safe to use around children and pets. Good chemical-free pest control.
Incredibly effective and very quick results. Winged insects can't keep away!
It isn't a big problem, but it would be good if this until could also work outdoors.
Any mosquito problem needs to be faced from all angles. And whilst draining water whenever you can is vital, it is not always possible. Mosquito bits can be safely scattered in standing water and they will kill all mosquito larvae within 24 hours.
It's easy, safe, fast-working and will kill mosquitoes before they're old enough to bite. It works using Bti (Bacillus thuringiensis subspecies Israelensis). This is a bacteria that is registered with the EPA. It is harmless to humans, pets and livestock, birds, fish etc., and indeed to adult mosquitoes. It will though kill all mosquito larvae before they get a chance to hatch.
The residue can clog a small drain if used in a pool/fountain. Easy to unclog, just something to be aware of.
Much like our first placed product, this is about killing adult mosquitoes. This time however, the Mosquito Killer has been designed to work outdoors.
It works great to keep an area outside mosquito free.
We found that the grid did clog a little. Canned air or an air pressure hose cleans it really well.
All of our top three products are great and serve different needs. Not everyone will have a standing water issue. But if you do, our second place product should probably be your first placed product! The indoor and outdoor mosquito killers in first and third place are both excelled. We went with this order, because we consider being able to sit inside your home without fear of being bitten a priority. We recommend each of our top three, as well as the other mosquito prevention guidelines outlined in this article. Good Luck!
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