What is the Best Mosquito Killer
Are you looking for the best mosquito killer?
Before we discuss the best mosquito killer, let’s first learn about these incredibly annoying, dangerous and frustratingly resilient insects.
Did you know that mosquitoes cause more human suffering than any other organism on the planet? Over one million people die from mosquito borne illnesses each year. Fortunately in the United States, diseases such as Malaria, a disease that reportedly kills one child every 40 seconds is well under control. However, mosquitoes are the cause and transmitters of many other debilitating illnesses that are alive and thriving in the US such as Dengue Fever, West Nile Virus and Zika Virus.
The temperature is on the rise and the spring rains are pouring. Have you prepared your house and safeguarded your family and pets from the most deadly animal in the world?
There is an enormous range of mosquito killers on the market today. How do you know you’ve chosen the best product for you and your loved ones? Well, we’ve done the research into each product and type available. We analyse the effectiveness, affordability, reliability, safety and quality of each product to bring you the most reliable and up-to-date information. We love talking mosquitoes and more importantly – repelling and killing them to assure your comfort and safety.
Use this site to find useful tips to prevent mosquitoes (and other pests) living and breeding around your property and find the best products to ward off and kill the critters before they get the chance to bite you or your loved ones.
Before we go into the best mosquito killer products available on the market for 2017, lets first look at some interesting facts about mosquitoes. The more we know about them, the easier it will be to kill them.
How long do mosquitoes live?
The average lifespan of a female mosquito is only several weeks and a male mosquito is approximately 1 week. However, the Aedes Aegypti mosquito (responsible for transmitting Zika, Dengue and Yellow Fever) when breeding indoors, may potentially live longer than the average. They prefer to breed indoors in order to protect themselves from varying climatic conditions, giving them a greater chance of survival.
What does mosquito larvae look like?
Within a week of an adult mosquito laying eggs, the eggs hatch, becoming mosquito larvae. They look like a small and hairy worm wiggling and dangling in the water. They live in the water for approximately a week constantly feeding on whatever organic matter is in the water.
How high do mosquitoes fly?
Mosquitoes typically fly less than 25ft from the ground. If they fly closer to the ground, they aren’t subjected to the wind conditions as much as they would be if they were flying higher. However, in saying that, there has been reports that the Aedes Aegypti have been found breeding in tree holes 40ft above the ground. They have also been found in apartments in Singapore on the 21st floor.
When are mosquitoes most active?
Peak activity for mosquitoes in the United States for most breeds is during dusk hours. However, there are approximately 175 mosquito species in the U.S and their activity levels and habits vary significantly. For example, the Aedes Aegypti prefers an indoor environment and is more likely to bite during the day (it doesn’t have to battle weather conditions inside the home). Conversely, the common house mosquito will avoid activity during the day to protect itself from sun exposure which can dehydrate and kill them and they commonly seek out damp, shady areas until dusk returns.
Do mosquitoes die after they bite you?
No, mosquitoes don’t die after biting humans, well they do eventually but not directly after one blood meal. If a mosquito is successful enough to bite multiple victims, they can lay eggs multiple times – as many as five clutches of more than 100 eggs.
What eats mosquitoes?
You will be glad to know that mosquitoes have their own natural predators that prey on mosquitoes such as bats, birds, lizards, spiders, fish and humans, we might not eat them but we can be their worst nightmare – especially a human armed with one of the best mosquito killers such as a dangerous mosquito fogger….look out mosquitoes!
Mosquitoes are incredibly resilient and adaptable and it would be extremely difficult to completely eradicate an entire species. Mosquitoes have been on Earth for millions of years and are likely to stick around for millions of years to come. You may be surprised to know that some mosquito species actually provide value in our ecosystems. Not only are they a nutritious food source to certain animal species, mosquito larvae also feed on carcasses of insects in the water making nutrients such as nitrogen available for the surrounding plant community. Some female mosquitoes even pollinate plants ensuring plant reproduction. Mosquitoes may serve a purpose, however their annoyance greatly outweighs their value and are the cause of death for millions of humans around the world; don’t feel guilty if you want to reclaim your outdoor residential area by killing off the mosquito population!
So let’s begin looking at the range of products for you to determine the best mosquito killer available and how you can make your home free of mosquitoes.
Silver Bullet Mosquito Fogger Review
- Used indoors or outdoors
- Strong and durable
- Extremely versatile – can be used on mosquitoes, fleas and mold
- Slightly more expensive than other foggers
The Silver Bullet Mosquito Fogging Machine is an exceptional product that is not only a great mosquito killer, but it also functions as a mold and mildew killer, sterilisation and sanitizer fogger and a flea fogger. The versatility in this product gives it a competitive advantage over other insect foggers on the market and is an all in one pest control solution.
The Silver Bullet Fogger boasts a powerful motor enabling a 40ft expanse of spray, whereas competitor outdoor foggers disperse on average 30ft of spray. This bug fogger has been designed and built with incredibly robust but lightweight materials to ensure consumers are getting an ultra durable and heavy duty product when purchasing one of the best mosquito foggers in the marketplace.
The Silver Bullet is an Ultra Low Volume (ULV) cold fogger, and is operated using cold fogging techniques (for more information on the various types of foggers, click here). The chemical solution used in the Silver Bullet Fogger will be discharged into a very fine mist (rather than a gas) allowing the tiny droplets to disperse into confined, inaccessible and hard to reach areas. The benefit of a cold fogger as opposed to a thermal fogger is the ability to use it indoors as well as outdoors.
Almost any chemical solution can be used in the fogger depending on what you are trying to target, including oil, cedar, water based and insecticide solutions. If you are using it as a mold fogger with a concrobium mold control solution, it’s recommended it be used in conjunction with an ozone or hydroxyl generator to achieve the best results. Click here for more information on ozone generators. Note: ensure you use a respirator when operating a mosquito fogger.
RESULT: If you are looking for versatility and durability that comes at a relatively affordable price, look no further than the Silver Bullet ULV Fogger to effectively kill mosquitoes, noseeums, fleas and other flying insects. This gets my vote as one of the best foggers and definitely one of the best mosquito killers on the market.
Burgess Insect Fogger Review
- Lightweight, convenient and portable (no electricity required)
- High quality, made in the USA
- Cheap to run (powered by propane)
- Provides up to 6 hours of protection and can penetrate into dense and damp foliage where mosquitoes live
- Cannot be used indoors
Designed and made in the United States, the Burgess Propane Mosquito Fogger is a powerful mosquito killing machine and as the name suggests is powered by propane canisters. Many thermal foggers require electricity for their use, however, the Burgess Bug Fogger is portable and does not require any electricity for it to be powered, allowing you to use it wherever and whenever the need arises (note: the Burgess fogger is for outdoor use only). It can be used before any outdoor entertaining event and it can even be taken camping.
The benefit of this propane fogger is the fact that it uses far less insecticide than conventional mosquito sprays which reduces any negative environmental effects. It uses a 14.1 oz. tall style or 16.4 oz short style propane cylinder and one tank contains enough power to provide approximately 2 ½ hours of continuous fogging.
How Does The Burgess Fogger Work?
The propane gas is first ignited which heats a coil. When the fogger trigger is pulled, it pumps the carrier solution through the coil which is heated and vaporizes the insecticide into a fine mist with microscopic particles. These particles float through the air and can travel up to 5000 square feet in less than 10 minutes. They can penetrate hard-to-reach areas, into shrubs and dense foliage killing mosquitoes and noseeums on contact.
What is the working duration?
One application of the Burgess yard fogger will protect you and your loved ones for up to 6 hours and humans and pets can enter the treated area once the fog has dissipated (usually within 5 minutes).
For best results, the Burgess outdoor fogger should be used with Black Flag, Cutter or Repel fogging insecticides. Click here for more information on fogging insecticides.
RESULT: Mosquito foggers are very effective mosquito killers and the Burgess Outdoor Fogger is the best mosquito killer in terms of value for money and the results produced.
Thermacell is a company commanding a large footprint in the mosquito repellent market and rightly so. Thermacell manufacture unique products that are proven to combat mosquitoes, black flies and noseeums. Their products have been put under rigorous scientific testing by the United States Department of Defense, and have been found to be effective in mosquito, black fly and noseeums prevention. Thermacell products are the preferred appliance used by the United States Army in combat theatres such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait. Lets take a look further at their most popular and effective products available on the market.
Thermacell products are portable and easy to operate and are suited to those where portability and affordability is at the top of their list. If you are a regular camper, hunter, hiker or general outdoor enthusiast, the Thermacell lantern or portable device is for you. If you are a keen gardener or outdoor entertainer and you prefer not to invest and/or operate a mosquito fogger or large mosquito trap, and want a lower cost solution, Thermacell products are for you.
Thermacell Portable Lantern Review
- Water resistant
- Cordless, portable and lightweight
- Provides 300 lumens of light, capable of running for up to 50 hours
The Thermacell Mosquito Lantern was only launched in 2015 and is relatively new to the market. Thermacell have taken an innovative approach when developing this highly versatile device that is unseen in its competitors in that it can be separated into two independently functioning halves: one half being the mosquito repellent and the other half a bright light. It provides 300 lumens of light and up to 50 hours of run time, both of which are more than most competing lantern products on the market.
It is operated by 4 D-cell batteries and also contains a battery life indicator so you know when the batteries are due to be changed.
The Thermacell Lantern is lightweight, portable and water resistant and is the perfect accessory for camping trips and other outdoor activities. Similar to the Thermacell Portable Mosquito Repellent Device, the lantern comes with 3 insect repellent mats and a butane cartridge – a must have on your next outdoor adventure.
Thermacell Mosquito Repellent Review
The Thermacell Portable Mosquito Repeller is a highly effective, lightweight and portable product packed with features for warding off irritating mosquitoes and no see ums.
Firstly, it is portable. Take it hiking. Take it camping. Take it hunting. Take it on picnics. Use it on your patio when entertaining. Use it in the backyard when gardening. There is virtually an endless list of uses for what many consider the best mosquito repeller on the market. It provides a 15 x 15 foot mosquito barrier that keeps mosqutioes, black flies and noseeums at bay for approximately 12 hours, allowing you to enjoy the outdoors anywhere and anytime.
The secret to Thermacell’s effectiveness is its innovative technology in the use of allethrin repellent, a synthetic chemical that mimics a natural repellent found in chrysanthemum plants. Allethrin mosquito repellent is generally safe for humans and has been registered and approved by the United States EPA.
This portable mosquito repeller comes with 3 repeller mosquito mats (containing allethrin) and one butane cartridge. The butane cartridge is used to warm up the mat which lasts for approximately 4 hours. The mat does not emit any unpleasant odors and is safe to use around children. Once the mat begins to run out of allethrin, the colour will slowly change from blue to white as the repellent vaporizes.
Thermacell products do not contain DEET and do not require open flames which makes Thermacell products a great option when using mosquito repellents around children.
Thermacell refills are readily available and easy and affordable to purchase and the mosquito mat contains pockets to keep your refills in.
If you aren’t seeking the best mosquito killer and would prefer to only repel the mosquitoes, then this product would have to be one of the most versatile and effective repellents on the market.
The benefit of using a mosquito trap over a mosquito fogger is the minimal human effort required to operate it. Mosquito traps typically use a mosquito lure such as Octenol which mimics the human breath to attract and trap the mosquitoes in where they die. It really is a set and forget device so the biggest consideration you will need to address when purchasing a mosquito trap is the location of where your trap needs to be set up for maximum effectiveness. Identify areas around your home that either have standing water where mosquitoes breed, or dense foliage where mosquitoes live and ideally this is where you will need to place the trap.
Once you have your trap set up and you feel like it’s not working as effectively as you hoped, try another location. Factor in wind conditions and direction as mosquitoes may choose to fly upwind, downwind or crosswind in their search for a blood meal. Mosquitoes much prefer damp, shady areas as opposed to sunny spots, so keep that in mind when setting up your trap.
A mosquito trap is the preferable option for anyone who spends time outdoors, has access to electricity and prefers a set and forget device.
- Can be used indoors and outdoors
- Pesticide and odor free
- Low cost to run
- Less portability as electricity is required
Dynatrap is a well known name in the Mosquito Killer market – and for good reason. Dynatrap manufactures incredibly effective insect catchers by capitalising on a mosquito’s first love – Carbon dioxide. The Dyna Mosquito Trap contains a Ti02 titanium dioxide-coated surface that produces CO2 that mosquitoes and noseeums are drawn to. Once the mosquitoes and noseeums come into range of the co2 mosquito trap, they are sucked in to a cage by a powerful, yet quiet vaccum where there is no escaping. It comes in two sizes: the Dynatrap DT1775 (1 acre) and the Dynatrap DT1050 Flying Insect Trap (1/2 acre). It is sturdy and durable in construction and easy to clean and maintain.
RESULT: A “set and forget” device with minimal human effort required that is safe, pesticide free, odor free and effective.
- Cordless, can be placed anywhere
- Combines CO2, octenol, lighting, warmth and TacTrap™ to lure mosquitoes and noseeums in to the trap
- Powered by LPG Gas
- Easy to assemble
- Comes with a one year warranty
- more expensive than other mosquito killers
The Blue Rhino Skeetervac Mosquito Trap is the King Kong of Mosquito Killer Machines on the market! You know that you can trust and rely on a Blue Rhino product as they have been the leaders in outdoor living products in the United States for many years.
The Skeetervac Mosquito Eliminator uses a variety of methods to attract mosquitoes and noseeums and are listed below:
- Skeetervac uses Octenol, an EPA registered attractant that mimics human breath (for more information on Octenol, click here). Studies suggest that mosquito zappers and traps that use Octenol can increase catch rates up to 10 times.
- LED lighting is used to mimic motion (which mosquitoes can detect within 30 ft) to lure mosquitoes in.
- Blue Rhino uses patent pending technology called TacTrap™ which uses contrasting colors to attract mosquitoes and other flying insects towards a powerful fan. The TacTraps™ are replaceable and are sold in addition to the mosquito trap.
- The Insect trap converts propane to CO2, which is the most irresistible mosquito lure.
- Mosquitoes love warm mammals and use their well-developed heat sensors to detect the warmth. Skeetervac uses UV light to mimic the warmth emitted by humans and other mammals to draw the mosquitoes and noseeums in.
- Once the mosquitoes and noseeums have been lured in with the Octneol, lighting, warmth and the TacTrap ™, they are sucked in by a strong and powerful mosquito vacuum into the mesh cup receptacle.
- Almost every mosquito in a 1 acre vicinity will be attracted by one or more of the above lures and once sucked in to the mosquito vacuum, they will be caught in a mesh cup, where they will dehydrate and die. The mesh cup can simply be emptied when full of dead mosquitoes, noseeums and other pesky flying insects.
Note: the Skeetervac mosquito trap is so effective, you will be emptying the mesh cup on a regular basis!
RESULT: If you want to disrupt the mosquito breeding cycle on your property this is the best product for you – between this and the Mosquito Magnet Patriot, it would be a battle to see who takes out the prize for the best mosquito killer on the market!
Mosquito Magnet Patriot Propane Mosquito Trap
- Provides 1acre coverage
- Easy set up and user friendly operation
- Durable construction using heavy duty plastics and marine grade materials
- More expensive than other mosquito traps
After 20 years of research into mosquito killing, Mosquito Magnet has built a reputation for developing innovative and highly effective mosquito killers. The Mosquito Magnet Patriot is no exception and this particular mosquito trap has been designed to mimic the way large mammals attract mosquitoes by emitting carbon dioxide, heat and moisture.
Included with the mosquito magnet is the extra long 50ft, 12v power cord which is long enough for you to place the trap away from family entertaining areas but also long enough to place it close enough to problematic mosquito breeding areas. The Patriot model is the least expensive of the Mosquito Magnet products and a number of the Mosquito Magnet traps feature cordless design and if you prefer a cordless option, click here to review other Mosquito Magnet models.
For best results, it is advised that the co2 mosquito trap is running 24hrs a day in order to disrupt the mosquito breeding cycle. Within approximately 2 weeks, you should begin to see results.
A key feature of this propane mosquito trap is the self contained rigid net which is larger than previous Mosquito Magnet models. The benefit of the extra large net means that you don’t have to empty it as frequently. It is recommended that you change the net every 21 days.
An added benefit of the mosquito magnet is the quick and easy set up. A simple three steps is all that is needed before you are able to switch it on for it to begin working immediately.
Mosquito Magnet utilizes CounterFlow Technology which converts propane into co2, mixing it with the right amount of heat, moisture and attractants to draw mosquitoes in. The vaccum finishes the job and they are sucked in to the net where dehydration and death occurs.
In order to keep your mosquito trap performing at an optimal level, it is important to maintain it. If you are running your trap 24hrs a day, ensure you replace the propane tank, attractant and rigid net approximately every 21 days.
RESULT: We rated this product as the best mosquito trap for 2017 and is arguably the best mosquito killer on the market today. If you are searching for the best mosquito traps, our mosquito trap reviews.
We haven’t provided a comparison table in this guide because it is impossible to compare a device that serves a different need and different purpose. We hope that our mosquito killer guide has helped you to determine what sort of mosquito control device you need whether that is a mosquito fogger, mosquito trap or a mosquito repeller.
The questions worth asking yourself are:
Would you like to repel or would you like to kill mosquitoes?
Would you like your device to be portable so you can target specific areas around your property or would you like to have it set up where you don’t have to worry about moving it around?
What is your budget? Are you prepared to spend more to get the best solution to your mosquito problem or would you prefer a low cost alternative?
Only you can answer these questions, however, we have selected the top mosquito killer/repellers across the range of products including traps, foggers and repellers.
Use the tabs below to select the best product for you.
If your preference is a mosquito repellent rather than a mosquito killer, then a Thermacell product is your best choice.
If your preference is a set and forget device that requires minimal human effort and you want to maximise your kill rate as much as possible the Skeeter Vac Mosquito Eliminator is your best choice.
If you prefer portability over a fixed device so you can specifically target problem areas, a mosquito fogger such as the Silver Bullet ULV Fogger is the best choice.
All of the products listed in this product guide represent fantastic value for money, however if affordability is important to you, then the Burgess Propane Fogger is your best choice as it is a great low cost solution.