Backyard tiger mosquito control

Why upgrade to carbon dioxide (CO2)

If you live in a suburban or urban setting near low lying areas that are subject to flooding, and you are mainly bothered by mosquitoes in the evening, the cause of your problem is probably floodwater mosquitoes, and not tiger mosquitoes. In this case, it is necessary to add COto the BG-Mosquitaire trap to increase capture rates for these mosquito species.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the most important attractant for the majority of blood-sucking insects including mosquitoes. The gas is a key attractive element of human respiration and present in the breath of humans and animals.
Almost all mosquitoes (e.g., house mosquitoes or the floodwater mosquitoes, which also occur in masses) are dependent on carbon dioxide as an attractant. This is the reason why Biogents BG-Mosquitaire mosquito trap can be operated with CO2 to widen the spectrum of captured mosquito species. For tiger mosquitoes, the catch rates can be even multiplied.


Adding CO2 to the BG-Mosquitaire trap

The BG-Mosquitare trap is effective in collecting the tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) and the dengue or yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti). Carbon dioxide is an attractant that is routinely used by mosquito control professionals to enhance their mosquito surveillance efforts. So by adding CO2 as a supplemental attractant you can increase the variety of species and total number of mosquitoes that will be collected by the trap. In other words: Using CO2 allows you to target certain pest species (floodwater mosquitoes) that would otherwise be under-represented in your trap catch.

BG-Mosquitaire with CO2 upgrade set
The emission of carbon dioxide turns the BG-Mosquitaire into a trap for a wide range of mosquito species, including floodwater mosquitoes. It also further improves the catch rates for tiger and dengue or yellow fever mosquitoes.

BG-Booster CO2

Using our COupgrade set, the BG-Booster CO2, you can add carbon dioxide as a supplemental attractant. The set allows you to connect a CO2 gas cylinder to a specialized emitter nozzle which is designed to optimize the dispersal of the gas. The amount of CO2 emitted can be adjusted according to the local and seasonal mosquito situation with the specialized pressure reducing regulator. We recommend a flow rate of 1.1 lbs (0.5 kg) /day (red marker on the display of the pressure regulator) for normal to high mosquito nuisance.

Note for the set-up of the pressure regulator onto the CO2 cylinder:
Please make sure that you attach the small white sealing ring of the pressure reducing regulator for the CO2 cylinder before screwing it onto the cylinder. Otherwise, the CO2 can escape unhindered within a very short time.
The sealing ring is located on a small hook directly on the pressure regulator.

CO2 Upgrade-Set

BG CO2 Timer

We recommend releasing the gas only at times of peak mosquito activity and shut it off when mosquitoes are not flying as much. By releasing gas on a fixed schedule, you can greatly extend the time between refills. This can be accomplished either manually turning on and off the gas at the tank, or automatically using the BG CO2 Timer. The timer connects between the gas manifold and the trap and uses a 9V battery-operated timer to switch on and off your CO2 flow. You can program up to 2 distinct release intervals each day to correspond to dusk and dawn activity patterns.

Ordering and Prices

If you are located in the US, the CO2 upgrade set can be ordered fast and conveniently in our US webshop. Benefit from short delivery times and low shipping costs!

Biogents US webshop

If you are located outside the EU or the US, please order via e-mail or fax:
fax: +49 941 569 921 68

or get in touch with our distributors all around the globe.

Prices can be found in the US webshop.

CO2 gas cylinder

In order to supply the trap with CO2, a commercially available 20 pound or larger CO2 gas cylinder is recommended. The CO2 gas cylinder is not included in the CO2 upgrade set.  CO2 cylinders can be purchased online, from local compressed gas dealers or homebrew supply shops. Cylinders can be refilled at a number of locations including: compressed gas dealers, fire extinguisher service companies and paint ball supply dealers.