Frequently Asked Questions

How many midges can I expect to capture?

The quantity of midges caught varies greatly, depending on your region’s infestation level and how it is placed on your property. In tests in Scotland as many as 2.5 million were captured in one night with one machine. In more urban areas, catch results may be much less. A good yardstick is “Am I being bitten?”

How soon will I see a difference?

The Mosquito Magnet will begin trapping female midges immediately if placed properly in your garden. You should begin to see a difference within a few weeks. Within 4-6 weeks the midge breeding cycle will be interrupted, drastically reducing the population in your garden. Noticeable results have been observed in as little as 5 days!

Is it possible to dramatically reduce the biting insect population in an area?

Yes. 90% of the midges biting you live within 100 metres of where you are. The other 10% are brought in passively by the wind. It becomes increasingly difficult for them to detect your carbon dioxide beyond 100 metres. As the females are trapped, the generations are eliminated, thereby interrupting the breeding cycle in that area. This usually occurs after 4 to 6 weeks of continuous use.

Is the Mosquito Magnet quiet?

Yes. The only moving part is the internal fan, which has the same sound level as a standard desktop computer fan.

Will the trap capture bees, moths, butterflies, ladybirds or other beneficial insects?

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

What maintenance is necessary to keep the Mosquito Magnet running effectively?

A 11Kg propane tank and the octenol cartridge should be replaced every 21 days: the systems all use just under 0.5 kg of gas per day. This equates to an operational cost of around £20 / month. (We recommend not allowing the tank to empty fully as gas impurities and the pressure drop can affect the performance of the machine). The net should be emptied regularly, before it is half full.

How long does the attractant tablet last?

The attractant tablet should last for approx 21 days use and should be replaced every 21 days.

How high are the CO2 levels emitted into the air?

Less than 0.5kg per day is emitted.

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.

What is octenol?

Octenol (1-octen-3-ol) is a naturally occurring by-product that comes from plants and some animals, such as cows, that ingest large amounts of vegetable matter. It is irresistible to midges who can detect minute fluctuations of CO2 and Octenol in their environment from 100 yards away.

How long is the delivery time?

Standard service deliveries within the United Kingdom are made with a delivery time of 3 working days. Please allow an extra working day for delivery to remote areas.

Please note that all orders MUST be signed for on delivery. If no-one is available on the first day to accept delivery, a card will normally be left through the consignee’s letter box advising an attempt to deliver had been made. The carrier will normally telephone before making another delivery attempt. Deliveries are attempted twice (first delivery day & normally next working day), thereafter parcels may have to be collected from the local delivery depot. Midge Guard cannot be held responsible for delivery delays caused outside of their control.

Can you deliver abroad?

We only deliver to addresses within UK including Eire.

Note: Any buyer purchasing a machine for use outside UK (e.g.holiday home) must discuss this with Midge Guard Ltd because non-UK regulators may be required.

Any buyer who wishes to purchase consumables or machines in UK for use abroad accepts that our products can only be delivered to a nominated UK address, and this must be provided at time of purchase. Machine warranties apply to UK & Eire and can only be exercised where the machine is:

a) Within its warranty period
b) Returned to UK for repair or maintenance at buyers cost
c) Upon repair or replacement the machine can and will only be returned to a nominated UK address.

Can I hire a Mosquito Magnet?

No. Unfortunately, Midge Guard has no Mosquito Magnets available for hire.

Planning a wedding or outside event?
Ask your event planner about Mosquito Magnets.

Please note: As the ‘midge machine’ works by disrupting the midge breeding cycle it requires 4 – 5 weeks running 24/7 to markedly reduce the midge population. Therefore, forward planning is paramount.
Constantly and diligently using Mosquito Magnets from May – Oct will see midge numbers crash, and more comfortable conditions prevail.

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