Rated 3.3 out of 5 by 17
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by rdub Magnet is an Appropriate Name
I know why they chose the name magnet for this. When you get it going mosquito's line up to get inside. It is amazing! My backyard has a creek in the back and is usually unbearable when the warm weather starts. After having the magnet in the yard for a couple of weeks I can now sit back and enjoy the outdoors while I grill. I love this!
Some things to keep in mind when you set up your trap.
Mine was very finicky when it came to temperature. Make sure you have a shaded area you can keep it in. I tried to get it in a couple of different spots but when the heat from mid-afternoon came it forced the magnet to shut down. I had to put the trap in a shaded area, a little further away from my deck as I wanted but it still seems effective.
Follow the maintenance routine. I have a neighbor down the street who has one of these and he thinks the key to success is following the maintenance program. I have seen some bad reviews about this but based on my neighbor and my success I feel that maybe these people did not read the directions fully and maybe they are not performing the proper maintenance.
The company provides a lot of literature and help on their website. I have come to realize that when companies do this it is for a reason. My advice would be to buy one and follow the directions to the letter. It is worth the time tenfold if you have a mosquito problem.
June 4, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by MomFromOhio Completely unreliable
I bought the machine in early May and it worked well for 2 weeks catching lots of bugs. Since then I had low temperature and battery errors. After lots of troubleshooting they sent me a new battery. This did not fix the issue and then I had to sent it back to TN to be repaired.
I just got the unit back a couple days ago and it has the same issue. It will not run for even a full 24 hours after charging the battery.
I'm really frustrated that the machine is this terrible. This is way to much money to spend to have these issue and it worked really well during the 2 weeks. Check Amazon reviews. You will see much the same feedback, I wish I had before purchasing. :(
July 17, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by john Mosquito Trap
Well I have had this for a week. The assembly only took about 5 minutes. There are no screws or bolts; it just fits together. It does have a battery pack you will need to charge. (You will need to buy a Propane tank).
(It does also have a place to attach a chain or cable to secure it.)
Depending on the setting you have the machine on the propane is supposed to last up to one month.
Right now there are not a lot of Mosquitoes around because of the weather in Northern Virginia, However, I there were about 4 in the net after a couple days of use. This mosquito trap is suppose to help break the breeding cycle of the mosquitoes. i will just have to wait and see if it does or not. I will try to update this if anything changes.
May 22, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by RednexToyz Who's the man behind the curtain?
have mixed feelings on this product. The science behind the technology appears to have proven itself to work. We have minimal mosquitos this year to test this product on, however it does seem to be effective for the short period of time I have operated the unit thus far.
My concerns that others should be honestly aware of prior to purchase are as follows:
Operational cost – You will need to provide a 20# Propane tank for the unit to operate & this is not included. In regular operational mode according to the manufacturers ‘Operation Manual’, this tank will need to be refilled every 21 days (approx. refill costs in my area for this is about $19). Secondly, the Octenol bait attractant needs to be replaced, the net needs to be emptied/replaced and propane lines/system purged via the Quick Clear. I found a 2-month “Accessory Bundle” on the manufacturers site for $159 Regular price. This places the monthly operational cost, in regular operational mode, around $90. If you are able to reuse the bug bag for select months and operate in ‘Fuel Saving Mode’, the operational cost will decrease to approx. $40 per month.
Attractant- The unit comes with Octenol attractant. Lurex 3 attractant is designated for select areas in the US for best results.
Results- The ‘Operation Manual’ states that “Noticeable Results in 7-10 days & mosquito population declines in 4 weeks”. Due to a low mosquito population this year, I was not able to fully see noticeable results from my unit.
Battery Charging- Since the unit is cordless, the battery must occasionally be removed from the unit & brought indoors to charge. I am unable to make any comments at this point pertaining to the battery charge duration or longevity.
In conclusion, the science behind the unit appears to be valid however you must decide for yourself the value of the monthly operational costs to achieve a mosquito-less outdoor environment. I have rated the unit accordingly due in part to this being one of the only units on the market that attracts & captures mosquitos so there is no better/worse to compare it with.
May 24, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by PThomas The good, the bad and the ugly
I've always had a mosquito problem in my backyard. It's gotten so bad that it makes it difficult to enjoy my backyard during summer parties. I've tried everything from candles to tikki torches, but nothing has been effective. I've tried using insecticide spray and it's been hit or miss. The downside with insecticide spray (besides spraying poison on my lawn) is that there is no way to measure how effective the spray really is. I don't know if the reduce in mosquito bites is due to the spray or because of other factors.
The mosquito magnet provides measurable results. You see how many dead mosquitoes are caught in the net and know that the population is slowly dying down. To be honest, I was skeptical at first. After running the machine the first night, I noticed about a dozen dead mosquitoes and a few other bugs trapped inside. After 2 weeks, There were about 200 dead mosquitoes inside.
The directions say that it will take 5 weeks to make a noticeable dent in the mosquito population but I've noticed less bites than before I've started.
The only drawback with the mosquito magnet is the cost. Not only is the initial cost a little on the high end, but you will also need to spend money on propane, octenol and replacement nets. If you have a serious infestation and are worried about contracting diseases such as West Nile, the mosquito magnet is a great investment that provides measurable results.
June 6, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by jw29 Only had it a week and its broken
When I first set up the mosquito magnet, it worked great. My mosquito problem seemed solved. But, I just bought the Mosquito Magnet Executive Trap 9 days ago and it is already broken. I called the company 3 times today and although they have been extremely friendly in trying to help me trouble shoot, they have been unable to determine the root of the problem. They say when you buy this, that you have a 1 year guarantee, but they said that I have to drive it 10 miles to a place to have it looked at. I thought that a 1 year guarantee would mean that if something goes wrong during that year, they would have to go out of their way to fix it, not me. But I was wrong. This is turning out to be an $800 headache for me. I do not recommend buying this product or any other product from the company, unless you have plenty of free time to drive your mosquito magnet around the state!
July 9, 2011
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by ToddB Couldn't get to work - very finicky propane requirements
After almost a month of trying to get this unit to work (with support) I gave up.
Although it has a gas pressure regulator, it's apparently VERY sensitive to how far you open the valve and how quickly. Makes no sense to me.
I made multiple attempts at clearing it with the cartridges.
I tried two tanks.
I tried so many times to get this running that I had to charge the battery twice.
All I ever got was the ATTENTION indicator.
Very disappointed because the mosquitos are terrible in our yard and we can't even sit out back at night.
July 4, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Razor Not the cheapest alternative, but probably the best
I have been using the Mosquito Magnet for just over a month exclusively on the energy saver setting (more on that later) and the results have been amazing. I didn't have a huge mosquito problem, however tiny "gnats" (I believe the MM web-site refers to them as "no-see-ums") were unbearable in my yard, at almost any time of day. I was a bit skeptical how effective the MM would be on these tiny little buggers, but after just one day the trap was almost filled with these things.
Setup - Have to admit I was worried this would be difficult. Completely opposite. Took all of about 15 minutes & no tools required.
Battery - requires one charge which should last the entire season (according to the owner's manual). If not, and I haven't needed to recharge yet, you just pop the battery out and plug in - you don't have to move the entire unit.
Energy Saver - has four energy saver settings which shut down the unit for a selected amount of hours each day and night. A light sensor on the unit determines the "time" to shut the unit down at the best time of day/night (i.e. when mosquito's are least active). I planned on starting my experience using the most energy efficient setting and I don't see any reason at this point to increase the run time.
Cons - of course the propane tank needs to be re-filled every 21 - 30 days (depending on the energy setting used). There is also an attractant that is recommended that needs to be refilled in a similar time frame. Additionally, the bug net will periodically need to be replaced as well. All three are easy / quick to replace, however the cost of operation is thus ongoing. Note that MM does have a subscription discount program on their web-site, however for some reason it keeps crashing when I try to sign up. So I just ordered replacement attractant from HD.
Overall - I don't think there is a better alternative on the market, and if you want to take your yard back, and can afford maybe $1 per day to run the unit (for propane and attractant) than go for it. I'm on roughly 1/2 acre of land, some of it wooded, and have seen a huge improvement.
June 26, 2013