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 CO2 to 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.