Mosquito traps are a great choice for avoiding mosquitoes and mosquito bites because they reduce the number of mosquitoes in the immediate area. In this way, they are more effective than e.g. mosquito repellents, mosquito light and mosquito coils.
Mosquito traps are usually based on electricity, gas or chemicals:
- For an average Danish garden, electric traps are usually the best choice
- In areas with many mosquitoes, consider a gas trap
- Chemical traps are not recommended as they are usually ineffective, but also toxic to humans, animals and the environment
Which mosquito trap should I choose?
We recommend the mosquito traps below because they are effective, energy efficient, quiet and relatively inexpensive:
We recommend these mosquito traps - buy more than one if you have a lot of mosquitoes
There are a number of different mosquito traps on the Danish market, but many of them are ineffective or completely ineffective. Some are based on chemical substances, while others use electricity or gas. This aspect is worth considering when choosing a mosquito trap, as the chemical substances can be harmful to other animals (and humans), while both electricity and gas are ongoing costs.
In most cases, however, electric traps are preferable because they usually provide sufficient protection against mosquitoes and are relatively inexpensive. However, you should always choose a trap with low power consumption, otherwise the running costs can be high.
Gas-powered mosquito traps
There are also gas-powered mosquito traps, which are far more effective than electric traps. The gas-powered traps emit small amounts of CO2 in the same way humans and other mammals do, which attracts mosquitoes. When they get close enough to the trap, they are sucked into it using a powerful fan. Inside the trap, the mosquitoes are killed.
Gas-powered mosquito traps are most commonly found in countries with high mosquito populations, such as Sweden. However, they have two major drawbacks; 1) they are expensive (prices usually start at 4,000 DKK) and 2) they use quite a lot of gas, which is also expensive in the long run. For an ordinary Danish garden, this type of mosquito trap is therefore a bit excessive.
Homemade mosquito trap
On the internet, you can find numerous websites describing how to make your own mosquito trap. The process is simple, but unfortunately also a waste of time as the trap doesn't work. The homemade mosquito trap consists of a large soda bottle with the top cut off and turned around in the bottle so that it works in the same way as a fishing net. The bottom of the bottle is filled with fermented sugar water, which supposedly attracts mosquitoes.
The homemade mosquito trap is ineffective because biting female mosquitoes are attracted to certain mammalian cues (e.g. scents, exhaled air, heat, etc.) - not fermented sugar water.
Considerations before buying
Before you buy a mosquito trap, consider the following:
- Alarm: The mosquito trap should not be noisy or make annoying sounds
- Lifespan: A mosquito trap should last for several years if you make sure to clean it regularly
- Energy: Although some of the more expensive traps have high energy consumption, you should always go for a trap with low consumption
- Solar cells: Mosquito traps powered by solar cells are usually inefficient
- Operation: Electric mosquito traps are usually simple to use, where gas-powered ones are often more complicated
- Cleaning & MaintenanceA good mosquito trap kills many mosquitoes and therefore it is an advantage if it is easy to clean
- Safety and security: Electric traps are generally safer than chemical traps, gas powered traps and mosquito coils
We recommend these mosquito traps because they are effective, energy efficient, quiet and relatively inexpensive