Consumer Reports: Top Mosquito Trap

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There's something new on the market that claims to help get rid of mosquitoes — that perennial summer pest. No, they're not zappers. They're called mosquito traps, and they claim to lure mosquitoes in by mimicking what draws these insects to people. But they're pricey, costing from 200 to 500 dollars. Consumer Reports just tested them.

The Traynor kids spend a lot of time playing outside.

"We're out here often, the kids are playing in the backyard, and we try to eat outside as much as possible."

But a swarm of mosquitoes can drive them right back in the house.

Consumer Reports just tested three new mosquito traps — the Mosquito Magnet Liberty, the Lentek Mosquito Trap, and the SonicWeb from Applica. A bug zapper was used for comparison.

All the traps warm up to simulate body heat, something that attracts mosquitoes. And the two larger traps burn propane to give off carbon dioxide. This mimics a person's breathing, another thing that's supposed to attract mosquitoes.

"Both of these machines use a fan to pull the mosquitoes into a mesh bag or a mesh cup where they dehydrate and die."

The smaller trap — the SonicWeb — uses sticky paper wrapped on a cylinder to catch the bugs.

"There is no fan to pull the mosquitoes in. They must land on the paper to be trapped."

The traps were tested in a sealed room with thousands of mosquitoes.

All the traps outperformed the zapper. And the two larger ones went even further, catching three times as many mosquitoes as the Sonic Web.

While no trap guarantees you'll never get bitten, Consumer Reports top choice is the Mosquito Magnet Liberty. But at 500 dollars, it's also the most expensive. Testers found its wheels make it easy to move around, and its frame is sturdy and compact.

Consumer Reports says be aware that mosquito traps need to be placed away from people to avoid luring mosquitoes to you. That means you may need a long extension cord. And children need to be kept away from these traps.

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