Mosquitoes are not only annoying, but they can also be dangerous to health. These insects are not toxic, their bite is not fatal, but they can be carriers of various diseases such as malaria or the Zika virus. These infections do not occur in the wet area solely, as mosquitoes can migrate and spread these diseases to colder regions. Although the chance of getting infected decreases as we move away from the equator, it still exists.
These insects are everywhere, both in the city and in the woods, and they prefer to live next to water areas and in dense greenery. Except for mosquitoes, these are the locations where most people like to camp. Sometimes they are aware that mosquito swarms will keep them company, and sometimes they forget about that.
Mosquito repellents and traps should, therefore, be integral parts of camping equipment. Before heading out, check for some indoor mosquito traps at low cost. Better to spend a few bucks more than slapping and scratching your skin all the time.
The first thing to pay attention to when buying a mosquito trap is the area where you want to use it. If you are going tenting, it is enough for the unit to cover several tens of square meters. For larger areas, you’d probably need a bigger trap, and that’s not quite convenient to carry with you on camping.
The first option for short-term outdoor use is lamps with warm UV light, which attracts insects. Then they got burned or stuck to glue-cards (not poisonous). These devices don’t have any chemicals in them, making them environmental-friendly and safe to use.
The second and more effective option is carbon dioxide-based devices. These devices run on gas, which converts to CO2, which attracts insects (most often combined with fluorescent UV lamps), so they got trapped in nets.
Wireless or with Cord
An electronic trap with a cord is the right choice if you are camping in a campground where there are electrical outlets available. However, cordless models are a better option for tenting near the lake or somewhere in the woods, far from the urban areas.
If you prefer staying in nature, get a device that does not require electricity to operate. These appliances generally work on the principle of gas combustion and attractants – you just need a propane container. The latest models can even be managed through the applications on your smartphone.
Use Mosquito Traps Safely
Although you can prevent insect bites in many ways (as seen on this page), outdoor traps are one of the most effective and most convenient solutions to eliminating these pests. There is no specific instruction on how to handle these mosquito killers, but there are some guidelines when setting up.
Most models of these devices are safe to use, even when kids are nearby. Still, place them at a safe distance from the campsite, close to stagnant water or dense vegetation), but also at a safe height (due to children and wild animals). Don’t hang around the trap.
Don’t cover the mosquito killer when it rains, as most devices are waterproof. But put it in some shelter so that the wind and heavy rain will not damage it. Be careful not to place these devices near an open flame, or anything that may catch fire or explode (grill, propane bottle, electric power unit, or even a lighter).
Depending on the options that mosquito traps offer, the price ranges from a few tens of dollars to a few hundred for devices that use modern technology. Find the appliance that is easy to run and maintain; while on vacation, you certainly don’t waste time on fighting annoying insects.