Correct positioning and application are important factors for an effective mosquito control
Only if the traps have the correct positioning and run continuously throughout the mosquito season, they will efficiently and permanently decrease the mosquito population.
There are some rules for the optimum positioning of the trap. However, please consider that every region has different mosquitoes, and every property its own, often unique characteristics. Therefore: In order to find the best position, and to get the highest catch rates, test different locations!
Generally we recommend
No sunny location
No windy areas
The trap should be put out when the average temperature has risen above 15° C (60° F). Above this temperature, adult mosquitoes fly actively. It is best to catch the mosquitoes now, before they have a chance to reproduce and lay their eggs. It is important to make sure that the ventilator of the trap runs 24 hours a day.
The goal is to catch the mosquitoes before they reach you. Therefore, it is important to choose a position near the resting areas of the mosquitoes. During the day, mosquitoes spend their rest periods in shady, wind-protected hedges or shrubs. If you place the trap here, you can catch the mosquitoes before they reach and bite you.
Many bushes form a hollow room on the inside. This is an ideal location for the trap if it provides enough space, both for the air currents and for the visibility of the trap.
Do not place the trap directly on the terrace. If you place the trap in shady places or bushes near the terrace, you will catch the mosquitoes near their resting areas, before they reach the terrace and bite you.
Resting places of mosquitoes can also be locations with higher humidity such as wells, drains, basements, etc. They also like piles of wood where they can hide perfectly.
Breeding areas like damp biotopes, rain barrels, puddles, or flower pods are good indicators for choosing a position. However, always take care of choosing a position that is protected from the sun and wind!
Here some further examples for bad (left) and good (right) positioning of the mosquito trap:
To protect your pets from mosquitoes, don’t place the trap directly beside the hutch, but a few meters beside it.
The trap will not be affected by rainfall, yet a sheltered position has positive effects on the catch rate. Naturally sheltered positions are, for example, under trees or shrubs, or any other covered area.
Even though heavy rainfall does not damage the trap, there are negative effects of it that might decrease the catch rate:
Mosquitoes avoid rain, and prefer sheltered positions. Hence, in sheltered positions the catch rate can be higher.
Heavy rainfall might disrupt the airflow by clogging the pores of the cover. This causes a reduction in the suction power of the ventilator, and also a reduction of the catch rate. Therefore, ensure that the trap is sheltered from heavy rainfall.