10. Dynatrap 1/2 Acre
This Dynatrap 1/2 Acre (about $110) has a two-pronged approach to skeeter elimination, since it uses both a UV light and a titanium dioxide coated surface to lure insects into its retaining cage, where they dehydrate and expire. It even offers a sleek and sophisticated styling.
- Can be operated 24-7
- Rugged hanging loop
- Better at attracting moths
9. Blue Rhino SkeeterVac
The Blue Rhino SkeeterVac (appx. $329) uses propane to emit CO2 and attract your biting nuisances, trapping them with a vacuum and sticky paper once they’ve reached the machine. As with all CO2 models, it should only be used outdoors for your safety.
- Helpful security spikes
- Propane tank not included
- Should be more durable for the cost
8. Summit Mosquito Dunks
You can stop your problem before it starts with Summit Mosquito Dunks (about $11), which you place into standing water to kill larvae for up to 30 days. As a bonus, they are safe for pets and wildlife, so you don’t have to stress about accidental poisoning.
- Come in packs of 6 or 20
- Extra-long shelf life
- Won’t help with existing bugs
7. Cypropid Trap Lamp
With just a glance at the Cypropid Trap Lamp (appx. $32), you might think it’s a humidifier or some other appliance, but it’s actually a USB-powered UV light model that’s compact enough to sit right on your desk. In fact, at less than 2 pounds, it’s even pretty portable.
- Includes usb cable
- Auto on-off mode available
- Not as effective as some others
6. Dynatrap XL
The Dynatrap XL (about $188) seems to provide mixed results, as some people swear by it, while other users can’t get it to kill mosquito one. It’s relatively quiet and sturdy, however, and doesn’t require any refills of expensive or toxic chemicals.
- Long 7-foot cord
- Dehydrates rather than zaps insects
- Pricey for the effectiveness
5. Aspectek Electronic
The Aspectek Electronic (about $36) draws insects in with its UV light, just like many other models, but unlike the others, it doesn’t have the unsightly bug zapper aesthetic. It’s got a removable waste drawer that’s a snap to remove, too.
- Screen prevents accidental contact
- Handy chain for hanging
- Also great for fruit flies
4. Hot Shot No-Pest Strip
If you’re worried about keeping the insects at bay in an area you only use occasionally, like a shed, then the Hot Shot No-Pest Strip (appx. $6) is an option to consider. It releases a vapor that protects for up to 4 months, but you shouldn’t breathe this for more than 4 hours a day.
- No electricity required
- Completely odorless
- Not for use inside the home
3. Mega-Catch Pro 900 Ultra
If you’ve got the cash to spend, the Mega-Catch Pro 900 Ultra (appx. $899) brings high-tech skeeter slaughter to your yard with its ability to mimic sensory signals and draw in bugs from around 150 feet away or closer. There’s also the option to add a CO2 cylinder.
- Arrives fully assembled
- Stimuli settings are adjustable
- All-weather casing
2. Thermacell Armored
Although the Thermacell Armored (around $30) is more repeller and less trap, it’s nevertheless a fine option for creating a 15-foot protection zone without spraying chemicals all over your body or dealing with smoking candles. Each fuel cartridge lasts for up to 12 hours.
- Quiet and won’t disturb sleepers
- Sturdy rubberized exterior
- Good for hunting and fishing
1. Katchy Black Supernova
You won’t have to worry about breathing in chemicals with the Katchy Black Supernova (appx. $40), a UV light option that features both a fan and a glue board to keep insects from flying away once they’ve been lured in. Plain and sleek, it won’t stick out like a sore thumb, either.
- Comes in black or white
- Just about 9 inches tall
- Covers up to 320 square feet