Frequently Asked Questions

How long should a 20-pound propane tank last?

A full 20-pound tank will last approximately 21 days. It is not recommended to let the propane completely run out. We recommend having a second full tank on-hand to swap to reduce downtime.

Can I use natural gas instead of propane?

No. Mosquito Magnet traps are designed to operate with propane. In cases where pure propane is not available then a mix of propane and butane may be used. In no circumstance should natural gas be used.

Can I use a gas gauge on my propane tank?

A gas gauge can be used as long as the gauge is connected directly to the tank and then the regulator from the Mosquito Magnet is connected directly to the other end of the gauge.

Why do I need to purge my tank?

New, previously unfilled, propane tanks can contain air, which will rise to the top when the tank is filled. This air may prevent the Mosquito Magnet from starting until purged. When purchasing a new tank ask your propane dealer to purge the tank.

Can I use an extension cord as a supplement to the Defender or Liberty model?

The use of an extension cord is not recommended.

My Mosquito Magnet is dripping water, is that normal?

Yes. The liquid you may see dripping from your unit is condensed water vapor. This is a byproduct of the catalytic conversion of propane and oxygen to carbon dioxide and water vapor and is caused by atmospheric temperature differentials. This will not impede the operation of your unit in any way.

Can a compressor be used instead of Quick Clear cartridge?

The Quick Clear cartridge is recommended for regular cleaning of the fuel line. The use of compressed air is NOT recommended and can cause damage to the trap. Use of compressed air instead of QuickClear cartridge will VOID YOUR WARRANTY.

Can my Mosquito Magnet be used in the rain or with sprinklers?

The Mosquito Magnet is designed to operate under normal moisture conditions, including rain and sprinklers. However, use caution that your sprinkler or hose does not target the unit directly as this may cause damage to the unit.

How do I determine the best location for my Mosquito Magnet?

Place your Mosquito Magnet at least 30-40 ft away from the people areas (pool, deck, etc) and as close to the breeding areas (bushes, water) as possible. The trap should be located upwind from the breeding areas so the mosquitoes will find the plume of carbon dioxide. For more on placement, click here.

What types of insects does the Mosquito Magnet catch?

The Mosquito Magnet attracts and captures mosquitoes, black flies, no see-ums, and midges. Using our Lurex3 attractant will also attract and help capture the Asian Tiger mosquito where it is prevalent. Links to attractant page

How should I clean the net?

The Mosquito Magnet net can be cleaned by emptying and rinsing with water. Nets should be replaced regularly to ensure proper vacuum. Nets that are clogged, torn or damaged will limit the traps ability to capture insects. We recommend replacing the net at the start of each season.

When should I start my Mosquito Magnet?

Blood-seeking insects such as mosquitoes and no-see-ums start becoming active when the temperature reaches 50 degrees for several days. Eggs and adults that have survived the winter will begin hatching or become active as the weather warms up. The closer the temperature gets to ideal (high 70's and 80's) the more mosquitoes will be active. Capturing the new insects before they begin populating your yard and laying more eggs is the best approach.

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