Trapping Tips – Keys To Success

Here’s helpful advice about placing and maintaining your Mosquito Magnet® trap, using attractants to increase your catch rate, and more. Also in this section are some frequently asked questions. These keys to success will keep your midge control system running at peak performance 24 hours a day and make all the difference in having a fun summer in the outdoors without battling these biting pests!

Trap Placement

To maximize the success of the Mosquito Magnet it is important to correctly place your trap so that the midges will be drawn to the Mosquito Magnet® instead of you. For optimum results, we would suggest you consider the guidelines below.

1. Determine where the midges are breeding
The Mosquito Magnet® must be positioned between the midges breeding areas (standing water, bushes) and people areas (patio, deck) in order to capture midges at their source, before they get to you.

2. Place the trap away from people areas
Place the trap as close to the breeding area and as far away from the activity as possible. Typically, 30-40 feet is far enough from human activity.

3. Place the trap upwind from the breeding area
Midges fly upwind looking for a meal. After a female midge bites its weight is doubled and it will float back downwind to the resting area.

4. Place trap in an open area
CO2 is heavier than air therefore it stays close to the ground. The midges will follow the CO2 plume to the trap. If it’s placed in high grass the flow of the plume will be impeded and the midges won’t find it.

5. Place the trap in the shade
Midges don’t like direct sunlight. Consequently, on overcast days and especially in the early morning and as the sun sets, midges come out of their resting places.