Frequently Asked Questions

Why do mosquitoes bite humans and other mammals?

Female mosquitoes look for you and your family (including your pets) to bite so they can get blood to lay their eggs. Male mosquitoes feed on nectar and don't bite us.


What attracts mosquitoes and other biting insects to us?

Our breathing! The combination of carbon dioxide (CO2), moisture, and heat that results from exhaling attracts the female mosquitoes.


Why are some people bitten more than others?

Once mosquitoes find a group of people, they use short-range attractants such as breath or scents emitted from the skin to determine who they are going to bite. Research shows that different species of mosquitoes are attracted to different scents. Mosquito Magnet® offers both Octenol, which simulates the breath, and Lurex3, which simulates skin emanations, to attract a broader range of mosquitoes.


What makes the Mosquito Magnet® the best choice for controlling biting insects?

The Mosquito Magnet® is the leading long-term solution scientifically proven to safely and effectively reduce mosquitoes and other biting insects. Only Mosquito Magnet's® patented Counterflow technology and specially formulated attractants will help you drastically reduce the mosquito population in your yard.


How does the Mosquito Magnet® work?

The Mosquito Magnet® attracts biting insects by mimicking human breath. As the biting insects approach the trap, they are vacuumed into a net where they dehydrate and die within 24 hours. After weeks of continuous use, the mosquito population in your yard is virtually eliminated.


Will the Mosquito Magnet® bring more mosquitoes into my yard?

No. The mosquitoes that are biting you are already breeding and living in your yard. Once those mosquitoes are captured by the trap, the population will begin to decline.


Which biting insects will the Mosquito Magnet® capture?

The Mosquito Magnet® attracts and captures only female blood seeking insects such as mosquitoes, no-see-ums, black flies, and sand flies. Lurex3 is our exclusive attractant designed to catch the Asian Tiger Mosquito and other hard to catch species.


Will the Mosquito Magnet® capture bees, moths, butterflies, ladybugs or other beneficial insects?

No. Blood seeking insects have receptors in their maxillary palps (mouths) that sense carbon dioxide. Non-blood seeking insects, without these receptors, are not attracted or harmed.