Backyard tiger mosquito control

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 general guidelines for optimum positioning of the trap, however, it is important to realize that every property has its own unique characteristics. So to find the best position with the highest catch rates, test different locations!

Generally we recommend

Don’ts

Dos

Do not place the trap into the sun.

Do not place the trao in windy areas.

Place the trap in areas with high humidity, e.g. near rain barrels and puddles.

Place the trap near or into shrubs and bushes.

Place the trap in shady areas.

No sunny location

No windy areas

Humidity

Shrubs

Shadow

Never place the mosquito trap in sunny areas.

Never place the mosquito trap in windy areas.

Resting areas of mosquitoes can also be areas with higher humidity.

Shady areas are a good place to position the mosquito traps.

Shrubs and bushes are a good place to position the mosquito trap.

When

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 as early in the year as possible, 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.

Where

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.

Overhanging plants and bushes often form an empty space underneath. 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.

Many bushes form inside a cave, that is ideal for the trap and also provides enough space - for the air currents as well as for the visibility of the visually attracting signals of the trap.

Do not place the trap directly on the deck. If you place the trap in shady places or bushes near the deck, you will catch the mosquitoes near their resting areas, before they reach the deck and bite you.

Don't place the trap directly on the terrace. If you place the trap in shady places nearby, you can catch the mosquitoes before they get active again, reach the terrace and bite you.

Resting locations

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 easily hide.

Breeding areas

Breeding areas for Aedes albopictus and Ae. aegypti are usually water holding containers such as rain barrels, saucers under outdoor plants, black corrugated downspout extensions, and unused buckets, pots and other containers around garden sheds. Placing a trap near larval habitats can be effective, however, always take care of choosing a position that is protected from the sun and wind!

Resting areas of mosquitoes can also be areas with higher humidity such as rain barrels, wells, drains, basements, etc.. They also like piles of wood, where they perfectly can hide.

Here some further examples for bad (left) and good (right) positioning of the mosquito trap:

This example shows a bad and a good positioning for the mosquito traps: The bad positioning directly on the terrace in the sun, the good positiong in the shady shrubs.
This example shows a bad and a good positioning for the mosquito traps: The bad positioning directly on the terrace in the sun, the good positiong in the shady shrubs.

To protect your pets from mosquitoes, don’t place the trap directly next to outdoor shelters, but a few meters away.

To protect your pets from mosquitoes, don’t place the mosquito trap directly next to outdoor shelters, but a few meters away.

Heavy rainfall

The trap will not be affected by normal amounts of rainfall, however it is best to place the trap in a sheltered location when possible. Naturally sheltered positions are, for example, under trees or shrubs, or any other covered area. Because mosquitoes avoid rain, and seek sheltered positions, catch rates can be higher in well placed traps.

Even though rainfall does not damage the trap, there are possible negative effects that might decrease the catch rate:
Heavy rainfall can 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. For this reason, it is always advisable to shelter the trap from heavy rainfall.