The first rule of destroying mosquitos is to avoid harming beneficial insects (like honey bees, butterflies, etc.). The second rule is that the method being used should be safe for the environment, including you. The third and most important rule is that the method should be effective — it should actually work. Dynatrap’s DT200XL Insect Trap carries all three rules and then some.
The DT200XL is designed for outdoor use, so obviously it’s made durable and weather resistant. But since people are going to be nearby, there can’t be any harmful fumes or gases. The way it goes about its business comes from two things: it uses an ultraviolet (UV) light to attract the insects along with the the release of invisible and non-smelling CO2 gas coming off a Titanium Dioxide-treated surface. This creates a warm, attractive aura that brings the insects over.
Its lantern shape makes it ubiquitous and a good fit for use outdoors — attach it to a pole via the top mounted tab (3-6 feet away from where people are congregating), or place it on the floor. Either way it needs to be plugged into a wall outlet using its own or an approved extension cord Then you’ve an acre of protection (yes — 43,560 square feet). Once positioned and turned on, listen closely to hear the small fan that sucks in the insects once they get close, but after a bit the sound will become background noise. There’s no zapping noise or violence — once sucked in the insects dehydrate and die.
And for those who worry that if turned off all the insects will escape, there’s a built-in damper that closes when power is cut off to prevent any such escape. Clean it off with a cloth, remove the cage about once a week to empty it out, replace it and that’s that.
The DT200XL Insect Trap comes with a 7 foot cord, weighs 7 pounds and retails for $209.00 (the UV light is rated for 3,000 hours and is user replaceable). It is a bane to mosquitoes and other nuisance flying insects like pantry moths, flies and Asian beetles That’s bad for them, but good for you.