Dynatrap reviews

Since they don’t use propane, that means no need to buy and change cylinders, and best of all, no maintenance problems with clogged lines or failure of the propane to light–issues that trouble many other traps. You still need to plug them in, so you’ll need an outdoor outlet and an extension cord if you want hang the trap more than 7-10 feet from the outlet.

The Dynatrap DT2000XL is rated to attract mosquitoes for up to an acre of coverage–probably an over estimate, but it’s still more powerful than the smaller model. 
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The DT2000XL model is more expensive than the DT1000 model, but it’s bigger, with a stronger fan and bright light, and can attract bugs from farther away, with coverage up to an acre for the DT2000XL and a half-acre for the DT1000, according to the manufacturer.

If you’ve definitely decided not to buy a propane mosquito trap, this is the next best thing. I’ll list the pros and cons of the two models together, because they’re similar.

Dynatrap Pros

  • Its initial cost is cheaper than propane traps.
  • It doesn’t require the hassle and expense of replacing propane tanks.
  • It catches other bugs besides mosquitoes, though that’s not always good if they’re beneficial ones.
  • You can use it indoors or outdoors.
  • The only sound is the quiet humming of the fan and there’s no odor.
  • It’s safe for pets, children and the environment, since it uses no insecticides.

Dynatrap Cons

  • The big one: it doesn’t necessarily kill mosquitoes specifically, so you may get more moths or other things instead.
  • You’ll need to mount it about 5 to 6 feet off the ground. One model, the DT1200, comes with its own hanger, but otherwise, it needs a tree branch, post, wall, fence, etc. to hang or sit on.
  • If you use it outdoors, it may need some rain shelter to prevent water from getting into the collecting area.
  • It needs an outlet 7-10 feet away or an extension cord.
  • It’s tricky to empty without letting some bugs escape.
  • The claim that it emits an effective amount of CO2 has been questioned.
  • Like all traps, it needs placed in a good location, shady and sheltered, where mosquitoes can find it, but not where you’ll be bothered by them.

How It Works

The lights in the top of the trap emit warmth and ultraviolet rays, which attract mosquitoes as well as other insects, particularly moths at night. There are openings below the lights where bugs can fly in. Once inside, they’re sucked down by the fan’s air currents into the retaining cage below, where they’re unable to escape and die within a day.

Unfortunately, light and warmth are just two of the things that attract mosquitoes, since what they’re mainly looking for are people to bite. Carbon dioxide is what they really seek, since we and other animals emit it when we exhale. Mosquitoes know that if they follow that vapor trail, there will be a tasty animal on the other end, ready to be bitten.

To produce carbon dioxide, the Dynatrap uses a broad sort of funnel above the fan, coated with titanium dioxide (TiO2). The manufacturer claims that when the ultraviolet light reacts with the TiO2, “a photocatalytic reaction takes place that produces carbon dioxide.” This is the process it uses, instead of burning propane like other traps.

However, when the University of Wisconsin tried to measure the amount of carbon dioxide emitted, they reported that they detected none at all. One reviewer pointed out that the TiO2 surface would need coated with a source of carbon, like dust or dead bugs, in order for the process to make carbon dioxide. See the review here (scroll down to Dr. Marsteller’s comment). The reviewer also commented that the fan would draw in and disperse the carbon dioxide. Actually, that sounds like a benefit, since it would send out signals to mosquitoes farther away, and they would follow the vapor trail to its source. The source would be where the air exits, not up by the ventilation holes, but it would still be close. The big question, though, is whether the trap produces any, or enough, CO2 to make a difference.

The claim that a combination of TiO2 and ultraviolet light produce carbon dioxide is legitimate, since some air cleaners are based on the idea. They use it to remove organic pollutants from the air, and they’ve been tested to work. Their source of carbon is the dust and pollutants, which they turn into carbon dioxide, so a mosquito trap hung outdoors may draw in enough organic dust from the air to work. If the University of Wisconsin tested the trap in a very clean environment, that may explain the complete lack of CO2 emissions. However, even with a source of carbon, there’s still no assurance it produces enough carbon dioxide to be even noticeable to mosquitoes.

Does it Work?

But the main question is, does it work to trap mosquitoes? I have a friend who uses two of the DT1000 traps in her large backyard, and she reports that they definitely catch moths and wasps, and they also catch mosquitoes, though not as many as she would like. The catch rate improved when she moved one of them in front of a shady hedge where mosquitoes liked to hang out, but the number of mosquitoes was still lower than the number of other bugs. As an insect-catcher, it works, especially after dark, and is a much less annoying alternative to a bug-zapper light. In fact, Dynatrap markets it as an alternative to zapper lights, with the slogan “Stop zapping, start trapping.”

But if you want it as a mosquito-catcher, specifically, your results may vary.

Not Just Mosquitoes

If moths and other insects attracted to light all carried diseases and bit like mosquitoes, a trap that caught them all would be great. Unfortunately, the moths that get trapped are relatively harmless to pets and people, and other bugs may even be beneficial.

The caterpillars that moths produce can do a lot of harm to gardens and farm crops, though, so if you have a garden, catching moths still may be an added benefit. Unfortunately, some of the most destructive ones, like the European gypsy moth, don’t fly at night and aren’t particularly attracted to lights.

Some garden pests that are attracted to ultraviolet light include the adults of European corn borers, cabbage loopers and cutworms, according to the University of Florida IFAS Extension. They say that several mosquitoes are also attracted to light, but some of the Aedes mosquitoes aren’t, including unfortunately Aedes albopictus, the Asian tiger mosquito. So to attract and kill them, a trap needs to rely more heavily on CO2 or other attractants, which may be the weak point of the Dynatrap models, and why some people report better success than others, at catching mosquitoes.

If you don’t want it to trap larger moths or butterflies, one suggestion is to put a piece of coarse screen over the openings, so only mosquitoes and smaller bugs can get in. To increase its attractiveness to mosquitoes, some people also add octenol or other attractants to the trap container.

Maintenance

The bug container will need cleaned out maybe once a week. You unscrew it and dump the dead bugs out, but the tricky part is that there will be some recently-caught live bugs in there too. The company includes a Velcro strap you can use to cover the container, so the bugs won’t fly out when you turn off the fan, and they’ll die within a day and then you can dump everything out.

The lightbulbs need replaced when they burn out, maybe once every 3-4 months, though occasionally they’ll burn out sooner. They’re not all that cheap, especially if they burn out quick, but still much cheaper than propane and lures if they last several months.

Other than that, the main maintenance is brushing off the bug gunk from the funnel area where they enter the trap, which is kind of gross, but not too bad.


Dynatrap TD2000XL is the heavy-duty version of this trap style

This heavy-duty version of the Dynatrap Insect Trap has brighter bulbs that are supposed to last longer (6 months) but still aren’t cheap, a stronger fan, and a particularly useful device, a damper than automatically seals in any live insects when you turn the fan off, so they can’t escape. The manufacturer says it will attract insects from up to 30 feet, if placed in an ideal location, where it’s shaded from other lights and the bugs can see its light at a distance.

You can use it indoors or outdoors. It comes with a 7-foot cord, but if that’s not long enough, you’ll need an extension cord marked “W-A” and tagged that it’s suitable for outdoor appliances. If you want to look at the manual, here’s a link to it in a pdf file: Dynatrap DT2000XL manual.

Reviews:

“It catches some mosquitoes, but not as many as I’d hoped. More moths. It’s easy to set up and does draw in the bugs though.”

“Over the years I’ve used every kind of trap except the big propane ones, and this has caught more by far than any of the others. The lights didn’t last as long as they said. After two weeks, they burned out and I needed to put in new ones. Other than that, I’m very happy with it.”

“It’s hard to keep some of the insects from escaping when you clean out the trap, since some of them are still alive. I haven’t noticed it’s reduced the mosquito population as far as getting bit, but there are always some dead mosquitoes in the trap when I clean it out, as well as moths and beetles.”

Read more Dynatrap DL2000XL reviews.


Dynatrap DT1000 is smaller, lighter, works on same principle

The DT1000 model is smaller and lighter than the other, with a less powerful fan. It’s about a foot high and 10″ in diameter, and weighs 3 1/2 pounds. The manufacturer rates it for a range of 1/2 acre, though that may be optimistic. The two UV light bulbs are also not as bright as the other model, and are supposed to last four months, though they may sometimes burn out much sooner.

Otherwise, the trap works on the same principle as the larger model, but will just draw insects from a smaller area. You can use it indoors or outdoors.

Here’s a link to the manual in a pdf file: Dynatrap DT1000 manual.

Reviews:

“One of the bulbs quit working in a week, but I replaced it and they’ve lasted about two months now. The container always has a fair amount of bugs, though mostly other things rather than mosquitoes.”

“This is much less annoying and intrusive than a bug zapper. I don’t really notice any increase in my electric bill, so the operating cost is only the cost of replacing the lightbulbs. I tried it without the lights, since some people say it works as well, but it only caught a few scattered ones, not nearly as many.”

“When this wasn’t catching many mosquitoes, I added an octenal lure to the bottom and it made a lot of difference. Don’t hang it near where you’ll be, because it does attract a lot of bugs around it, so choose a location where the mosquitoes will find it before they find you.”

Read more Dynatrap DT1000reviews.

Other Mosquito Trap Reviews

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The Verdict

The Dynatrap is a great innovation on the typical bug zapper. Though it's a bit more expensive than a zapper, it's worth the investment to protect your outdoor living space.

The Good

3 methods of attracting/trapping flying insects

No loud zapping, glue boards, or high voltage to worry about

Minimal ongoing maintenance requirements.

The Bad

Requires UV bulbs to be replaced every ~4 months or so

Requires an outlet to operate

When it comes to treating flying insects, airborne insecticides can only do so much. Sprays, foggers, and the like are easy for pests like mosquitoes to dodge and avoid. Traps and electronic bug zappers that use a lure produce the best results, and Dynatrap is a well-known brand in this department. 

A Dynatrap works by using UV light, CO2 emissions, and a fan to lure mosquitoes into a trap.

Flying insect traps come in many different varieties, some of which work well and some that do not meet expectations. This comprehensive review will explore all of the features of Dynatrap to give you a well-rounded view of the product to determine if it will meet your expectations. 

What Is a Dynatrap?

A Dynatrap is a flying insect trap with specific features geared towards catching mosquitoes.

Before getting into the specific features of the Dynatrap, it helps to know a bit about mosquito behavior.

Mosquitoes primarily feed on plant nectar and decaying organic matter if nearby. During the reproduction cycle, however, female mosquitoes need blood either from people or animals to complete the reproduction cycle. Since mosquitoes reproduce constantly, this is the reason for non-stop biting during the warm months of the year. 

There are many different methods to treat for mosquitoes in your yard, including mosquito misting systems, mosquito yard sprays, and mosquito foggers. All of these methods take work and involve spraying pesticides outdoors. A mosquito trap works differently by trying to lure the mosquitoes in, rather than attack them with pesticides.

How Does a Dynatrap Work?

A Dynatrap works by using 3 different features which is why you’ll sometimes see people call these products “Dynatrap3”.

A Dynatrap’s first attractant is a powerful UV light to which mosquitoes (and most flying insects) are naturally attracted. This light is only really effective at night time when it’s not competing with the sun, or in heavily shaded areas where mosquitoes like to spend most of the day.

The second lure for the mosquitoes is actually the paint of the trap itself. The paint contains “a Ti02 titanium dioxide-coated surface which produces CO2”. Carbon dioxide is the same gas that we exhale when we breathe which is the main factor in how mosquitoes find us to bite us. This is why mosquito repellents typically have a strong scent to them, to cover the CO2 scent.

The third feature of the trap is a fan which helps suck the insects into the trap cage where they will eventually dehydrate, being unable to escape. Mosquitoes are really weak fliers so most any fans are plenty strong enough for this purpose.

By combining these 3 features together, you get a flying insect trap that outperforms traditional traps.

Does Dynatrap Really Work?

All of these features sound great in theory, but does Dynatrap actually work?

In a research study by the Journal of the Florida Mosquito Control Association, it was found that a Dynatrap in which both UV light and CO2 emissions was more successful at luring and capturing mosquitoes than traps using UV light alone. 

All of the components of a Dynatrap work well with the other in reducing mosquitoes, but it can be said that the CO2 emissions are the primary stand-out feature of the trap. Mosquitoes search for carbon dioxide since this confirms a viable host for which they can extract blood. The insects are not intelligent enough to know the difference between a person and a machine. 

Once a mosquito lands on the rim of the Dynatrap, the air is strong enough to suck them inside instantaneously. Once inside the trap, they cannot escape and the insects die in about 24 hours. 

Traps that simply use UV light alone may be effective at luring the mosquitoes to the trap, but there is no guarantee they will land to be within the fan’s radius. 

What’s Included in the Box?

Each Dynatrap comes with the twist dome that supports the hanging loop and is what powers the trap on and off by twist, as well as the trap base that is connected to a power cord. There are no additional accessories needed. 

They do also include a small cleaning brush for when you’re cleaning insects out of the trap.

Other than that, there’s nothing else you really need. Just plug the trap in, and it will go to work. The UV light does “wear down” over time and needs to be replaced every 2-3 years.

What Insects Does a Dynatrap Kill/Trap?

Because of the presence of UV light alone, a Dynatrap will draw in practically any flying insect that lands on the base of the trap. This includes moths, flies, gnats, stink bugs, and wasps of all varieties. 

Where Can You Use It?

Dynatraps are made in multiples sizes and many will be labeled as indoor or outdoor based on what specifically they were designed for, but you can feasibly use any model either indoors or outdoors. The fan is ultra-quiet, and you would need to have your ears close to the product to hear the fan. 

If you want to use your Dynatrap outdoors, a large size model is likely your best bet. The outdoor models are labeled for the size of the property you’re trying to cover – 1 acre, half an acre, etc.

When placing the trap outdoors, you should try to keep it away from other dominant light sources like a porch light. Large models can draw in mosquitoes up to an acre in all directions. 

If you want to use a Dynatrap indoors, the smaller units are ideal. These units are compact and lightweight and can be placed practically anywhere. 

An important detail to keep in mind is that Dynatrap’s are powered solely by electricity. The power cord on most models is 6 feet long so it should reach most indoor outlets but if you need to place a trap some considerable distance outdoors, you will need to make sure you have a long and durable extension cord to run the trap. 

Where Should You Place the Dynatrap?

Proper placement of the Dynatrap is key. Many homeowners will mistakenly place the trap on the front or back porch where the main light will clash with the low-luminosity attractant of the UV light within the trap. 

It’s not practical to run the light during the day since mosquitoes typically prefer to search for human blood at night with dawn and dusk being the most active times. If you want to run the product during the day, hang the trap from a tree with ample amounts of shade underneath or in a dark garage if you have mosquito problems in sheds. 

It may also help to place the trap a good distance away from your home. If you are congregating outside, the mosquitoes will ignore the trap and head directly for you. Place the trap about 40ft away from the home with an extension cord to keep mosquitoes away from the home and drawn solely to the CO2 emissions of the Dynatrap. 

Additionally, height is also a key point to remember. Be sure and suspend the Dynatrap at least 3-6ft from the ground. Mosquitoes are not ground-dwelling insects, and their vision is typically not focused on the ground or anything smaller and lower to the ground than the height of a person or a dog for example. 

Mosquitoes are also such lightweight and weak fliers that they don’t like to venture too high in the sky so anything higher than 6 feet may not catch their interest.

Indoors, it is best to follow the same procedures and at least place a Dynatrap in rooms with little to no light sources. Always remember that if you are in the same room as the trap, you’re a competing source of CO2 so you may still draw their interest.. 

How Do You Clean the Trap?

Cleaning a Dynatrap is designed to be easy and quick. For quick cleaning, all you need to do is power down the trap by twisting it to the off position. Be sure and unplug the trap as well just to be safe. 

Twist the bottom retaining cage until it detaches from the top base. Depending on the model, such as most outdoor-themed models, there may be screws in place holding the retaining cage to the top base. If so, twist these off with a screwdriver to remove the retaining cage. 

Simply empty the dead insects and debris into a trash bag and use the included brush to scrape and brush any remaining debris into the trash can as well. Put the trap back together and this is all that is needed for basic cleaning. Be careful not to press down too hard on the cage screen to prevent puncturing it. 

Sometimes you may also need to clean the fan to remove dust or debris that builds up. For this process, the included brush should be used once you detach the retaining cage and have access to the fan blades. Be sure to remove all the dust and debris until the blades are clean to keep the blades running effectively. 

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Do I Need to Replace the Bulb?

The UV bulbs in most Dynatrap models should be replaced after every 3,000 hours of use, which is roughly every 4 months. If you live in an area with low to moderate mosquito activity, once per year should be enough to cover a mosquito season of approximately May-September.

Generally speaking, the replacement process will be the same for nearly all models with some slight structural differences. All you need to do is remove the screws holding the plastic guard over the bulb(s). Then, twist the old bulbs out and twist new bulbs in place and refasten the plastic guard. 

Product Comparisons

Let’s take a look at how a Dynatrap differs from some common zappers and traps that use different methods. 

Dynatrap vs. Bug Zapper

A bug zapper relies on UV light and accompanying lures and attractants to lure in mosquitoes to an electrical grid that zaps them with high voltage. These products can be effective, but there are a couple of problems that consumers frequently report with these products. 

First, bug zappers are noisy. Whenever any object hits the electrical grid, an incessant and loud zapping noise can be heard. This can be a problem for consumers that own dogs or other pets because the reaction pets have to the noise, is similar to the discomfort they hear when fireworks go off. 

This can also be incredibly annoying at night when you are sleeping. 

Second, depending on the range of voltage in a zapper, the products can be dangerous to the touch. 

A Dynatrap uses no electrical grid or voltage to kill mosquitoes and flying insects. Due to this reason, Dynatrap is much safer for use indoors and outside. 

Dynatrap vs. Mosquito Magnet

A mosquito magnet, like a Dynatrap, is a highly effective product for controlling mosquitoes. This product uses propane to create carbon dioxide through the process of controlled combustion. 

While there is no open flame, an electronic device combusts the propane, releasing a steady stream of carbon dioxide. As the carbon dioxide leaves the unit, it passes over the secondary attractant known as octenol.

The product then blows this mixture of carbon dioxide and octenol out of a central nozzle. At the same time, a powerful suction is created in a ring that sits around the output nozzle. This system, known as counterflow technology, puts the suction as close as possible to the attractant. 

Once the insects are sucked into the Mosquito Magnet they are deposited in a small net, where they slowly dehydrate and die. After about 24 hours, the mosquitos can be discarded into a trash can. Simply replace the net and the device will continue to catch more mosquitos, reducing the overall population. 

A Mosquito Magnet will be more effective at capturing mosquitoes compared to a Dynatrap and it will cover a wider range, but a Mosquito Magnet is much more expensive to buy upfront. A Mosquito Magnet also requires changing out a propane tank every month or so.

If you’re very serious about outdoor mosquito control then a Mosquito Magnet would be a better option if you’re willing to invest the money. A Mosquito Magnet cannot be used for indoor mosquito control, though.

Dnyatrap vs. Flowtron

Flowtron’s and Dynatraps are similar in design and model variation but completely different in terms of mosquito control. 

A Flowtron uses an electrical grid with various ranges of voltage to kill flying insects once they land upon it. We have already covered the problems and dangers associated with zappers, and a Flowtron is not much different since this is the main control mechanism the product uses. 

A Dynatrap is a bit more expensive when compared to a Flowtron, but many consumers appreciate the safety and quietness of a Dynatrap when compared to a bug zapper. 

Zappers are effective and they certainly work, but Dynatrap wins the comparison thanks to its effective attractant capabilities and safe trapping of flying insects to be disposed of later. 

Final Thoughts

In summary, a Dynatrap is an effective, safe, easy-to-use, and quiet product to consider for mosquito control. The product uses two attractants, UV light, and most importantly CO2 emissions to lure in mosquitoes and gnats to be sucked down by a quiet fan into a holding cage. 

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A Dynatrap is easy to clean and all you have to replace are the bulbs after every 3,000 hours of use. If you prioritize safety and a quiet product compared to the problems that can come with zappers and propane-powered devices, a Dynatrap is certainly a product worth considering. 

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About Dynatrap

Dynatrap Insect Trap Review

Dynatrap effectively manages your insect problem with their chemical-free, bug trapping and zapping devices

Known as the #1 bug-eliminating solution in North America, the brand’s easy-to-use, durable traps help you to get the most out of your indoor and outdoor spaces. 

If you’ve landed on this page, chances are you have an insect issue – or at least, know someone who does. Before you start shopping, we urge you to read through this Dynatrap insect trap review to discover details about the brand and their best-sellers. 

We’ll also include helpful customer feedback, information on promotions, and more, to help you better understand the brand and its product’s effectiveness. 

Overview of Dynatrap

Dynatrap Insect Trap Review

Mosquitos adore warmth and CO2: two elements that let them know giant feeding grounds (read: human bodies) are nearby. Humans emit CO2 in our breath and our bodies are warm with blood. We’re the perfect target. 

The Dynatrap, created in 2010, cleverly mimics these elements by way of warm light and a titanium oxide surface that pushes out CO2, drawing mosquitos and other insects to their impending demise. 

Acquired in 2019 by Woodstream Corp, a global manufacturer of pest control products, Dynatrap was started in 2006 by Juan Rocha, part of Dynamic Solutions Worldwide. 

Over the years, thanks to Dynatrap’s effectiveness, they’ve made their way into big stores like Costco, Walmart, and Home Depot.

The brand’s headquarters are located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where they also manufacture the insect traps. 

Before we jump into some important details about the brand’s products, this Dynatrap insect trap review will give you a quick overview of their pros and cons: 

Pros

  • Variety of insect trap methods – vacuum, zappers, etc.
  • Versatile products: the Dynatrap 3 way trapper uses three methods to lure in and get rid of insects
  • Chemical-free and does not require Octenol 
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • Deals and promotions available
  • Free continental US shipping on orders over $45
  • Available in Canada

Cons

  • Some users report the traps do no kill many bugs
  • May take a few months to show results
  • Does not ship internationally 
Dynatrap Insect Trap Review

We know bugs play an important role in our ecosystem, but swarms of mosquitoes can ruin our outdoor BBQ, fire pit, or late-night swim. Plus, they’re essentially feasting on our bodies and possibly transferring diseases. We can do without that, thanks. 

The Dynatrap insect and mosquito trap lures them and sucks them into its basket where they then get dehydrated and die in like 24 hours. Sounds brutal, but hey, it’s survival of the fittest. 

In this Dynatrap insect trap review, we’re going to take a look at the brand’s most popular insect traps, in regular, XL, and 1/2 acre sizes. 

Dynatrap Insect Traps Review

We’ve all experienced that one property – whether it’s our own or a family member’s – that’s overrun by mosquitoes, while another lot only sees a few insects. 

We also don’t all have the same size property. While the powerful 1/2 acre trap is great for small homes with smaller needs, those with larger acreage or thick swarms should opt for bigger sizes. 

This Dynatrap insect trap review will discuss three of the brand’s best-selling options below. Each trap comes with two UV bulbs

Dynatrap Full Acre – Black Insect Trap Review 

When you’ve got a lot of space to protect, the Full Acre – Black Insect Trap can be your hero, baby (cue, Enrique). It offers wide coverage of your property and can be hung anywhere

This product works in windy and rainy weather, too, so you won’t need to keep bringing it inside with every squall that passes. Just be sure to put it somewhere that it won’t take on too much water because it does need a little coverage in wet weather. 

This Dynatrap 1 Acre trap is a set it and forget it tool. It doesn’t buzz or give off zapping noises like other versions do. It’s a quiet predator and it’s hungry for insects. 

Weighing 10lbs, this $200 skin-saving device is currently on sale for $180

Dynatrap 1 Acre XL Mosquito And Insect Trap – Black Review

Some properties require bigger defense systems. Maybe you live near a swamp or perhaps you live somewhere tropical where water collects in local foliage. Mosquitos breed in water, and while they aren’t the only insect the Dynatrap XL takes out, they’re likely the most frustrating. 

These handy DynatrapDT2000XL devices also lure in flies, wasps, and moths, three bugs that can be equally annoying, scary, and a potential threat to your blossoming vegetable garden. 

The 1 Acre XL Mosquito and Insect Trap – Black catches more insects than the last model we discussed in this Dynatrap Insect Trap review. You’ll also have to empty this trap less frequently, but that won’t affect its ability to draw in more bugs. 

Protect your property with this Dynatrap mosquito trap for $200.

DynaTrap® 1/2 Acre – Insect Trap Review

With summer comes bugs. If you’ve got a small backyard, then the 1/2 Acre – Insect Trap will do the trick. It’s easy to set up, so all you need to do is plug it into an outdoor power outlet and let it do its thing. 

While the machine itself lasts for years, you may find that over time – about 4 months – you’ll need to get yourself some Dynatrap replacement bulbs. 

This small, but equally as deadly, Dynatrap 1/2 acre device should be emptied every 1-2 weeks depending on your bug problem. 

Luring in beetles, stink bugs, wasps, moths, and all manner of flies that bite, this helpful Dynatrap DT1050 would normally be yours for $124, but it’s currently on sale for $99

Dynatrap Bulbs Review

Every 3000 hours, or about 4 months, you’ll need to change your Dynatrap bulbs. Doing so is super easy and the brand sells them right on their website. 

We’ll talk you through two of their bulbs below that fit into the devices mentioned in the previous section of this Dynatrap insect trap review. 

DynaTrap® 26W UV Replacement Light Bulb Review 

A perfect fit for the Dynatrap DT1775 and DT1750 models, these light bulbs are what makes the device so useful.

By creating a warm, inviting glow and heating up the titanium coating on the trap, bugs swarm to this tool like moths to a flame – it’s the same principle, really. Insects love warmth and CO2, and fire produces both of those things.

This 26W UV Replacement Light Bulb is $13.

DynaTrap® 4W UV Replacement Light Bulbs – 2 Pack Review

Stock up for the coming season with the 4W UV Replacement Light Bulbs – 2 Pack. 4 watts is super low, but it’s all the Dynatrap DT0500 needs to draw bugs in. 

This Dynatrap insect trap review must note that even if your bulb is still glowing, its ability to attract buggies lessens with time, so be sure to change your bulbs appropriately. 

Light things up with the pack of 2 Dynatrap refills for $13.  

Does Dynatrap Work?

Dynatrap Insect Trap Review

We checked out Dynatrap bug zapper and trapper videos to see how the devices performed in a real-life situation, and boy, were we impressed. 

Witnessing what appeared to be mosquitoes being sucked right into the trap was pretty cool, and the huge amount of dead ones at the bottom shows us that this product really works

There have been many accounts from customers who report how well these traps work. Read the ‘What Do Customers Think?’ section further down in this Dynatrap insect trap review to see what they had to say. 

How Long Does Dynatrap Last? 

Dynatrap Insect Trap Review

The machine itself is designed to last for years if properly cared for. As for the bulbs, you’ll need to replace them every 2-4 months, or at the time specified in each product’s user manual. 

The brand recommends changing bulbs every 3000 hours. If you have your device plugged in 24/7 that equates to about 4 months of use. If you plug it in for only a few hours per day, it could last all year. 

Can I Leave My Dynatrap Out In The Rain?

Dynatrap Insect Trap Review

Yes! The Dynatrap has been designed to withstand the elements – but it does need a little protection. 

It’s covered enough that the odd sprinkle won’t hurt it, but a full squall will, so be sure to position it somewhere that has coverage like a veranda or on a table covered by an umbrella. 

Who Is Dynatrap For? 

Dynatrap Insect Trap Review

Bugs are everywhere. In the city, the country, and even islands. They love the outdoors but often come inside looking for shelter, food, water, and a safe breeding ground. 

Dynatrap is for anyone who struggles with bugs on their property or in their home and wants to eliminate them. The brand makes trappers and zappers for both indoor and outdoor locations, so anyone with a flying insect problem can benefit from their handy tools. 

Comparison: Dynatrap vs. Flowtron 

Dynatrap Insect Trap Review

Dynatrap may be a household name, but there are other brands on the market that do the same thing. What makes this one so unique? Is it all in the marketing or does our featured brand truly offer something others don’t? 

To help answer those questions, we checked out Flowtron, a brand that appears to be quite similar to Dynatrap. Let’s take a closer look. 

Immediately upon landing on the Flowtron website, we noticed that it’s pretty simple. It’s not as visually appealing as Dynatrap’s, but a website isn’t what’s important – effective products are. 

Browsing their online inventory, we found several products that are on parwith the bigger brand’s items. 

We’ve put the Flowtron Galaxie PowerVac head to head with the Dynatrap Full Acre Black Insect Trap to see how it holds up. 

Space-age looking, the almost 3-foot, $200 Galaxie PowerVac comes with its own stand and uses an axial fan to suck insects in and trap them. 

Like the $200 (on sale for $180) Dynatrap, this device requires an outlet to run and attracts bugs by way of UV light. The product description also states that it lures bugs in thanks to its shape, scent, color, as well as some “other” forces. 

But unlike our featured brand, this bug vacuum requires something called Octenol Mosquito Attractant to function – a separate cost of about $60

Your first purchase will come with a free cartridge of this attractant, but after that, you’ll need to buy replacement bulbs and attractant to make your machine catch bugs. 

Does this substance make the Galaxie PowerVac more effective? According to some reviews we found kicking around the web, perhaps not. It looks like Dynatrap’s more simplistic approach offers better results – and you don’t need to dish out the extra dough. 

Dynatrap Reviews: What Do Customers Think?

Dynatrap Insect Trap Review

It’s one thing to read a product’s description, but truly valuable information about an item is found in the customer comments section. That’s why this Dynatrap insect trap review needs to pull back the curtain and have a look at what real users have to say about the brand. 

We’ve rounded up ratings for a few of the brand’s indoor and outdoor products found on Amazon, and listed them below to help give you an idea of how users enjoy them:

  • Dynatrap 1/4 Acre Outdoor Mosquito Trap – 3/5 stars, 29 ratings
  • Dynatrap Flylight Indoor Insect Trap – 4.5/5 stars, 2,548 ratings
  • Dynatrap Twist On/Off 1/2 Acre Trap – 3.5/5 stars, 137 ratings
  • Dynatrap Indoor 300m Trap – Midnight Blue – 3.5/5 stars, 13 ratings
  • Dynatrap DT1050 Insect 1/2 Acre Trap – 4/5 stars, 5,236 ratings

Because we covered the DT1050 in this Dynatrap insect trap review, we decided to take a peek at what customers had to say about it on Amazon. Before we get to the comments, have a look at the rating snapshot:

  • 5-stars: 58%
  • 4-stars: 16%
  • 3-stars: 10%
  • 2-stars: 5%
  • 1-star: 11%

84% of customers gave the DT1050 over 3 stars, showing that the majority think it’s an average-to-excellent device. What makes it so great? Apparently, it really works. 

Customers say that they’ve been able to go bug spray-free and can sit out on their porches without getting bitten by a single mosquito. 

One extremely long review told customers just how well the trap works, writing that “mosquito season hasn’t happened this year,” thanks to running the Dynatrap for a full 12 months. 

So if it’s so effective, why the 16% 1-2-star ratings? Well, not everyone experiences such drastic results. 

One Dynatrap insect trap review reads, “I have had this outside in my yard, turned on, for the past 5 days and there [are] 2 bugs in it. Literally 2.” This would be disappointing, to say the least, as after reading so many positive reviews, you’d hope the same would happen. 

We buzzed on over to the BBB to see how the brand held up in terms of customer service. We often turn to this customer-centric source to alert us of any warnings or repetitive issues

Fortunately, the brand has an A- rating and just 17 complaints in the last 3 years. It’s clear that this brand is pretty good at resolving issues in a timely manner. 

Satisfied with our customer service findings, CostCo became our next target for vital Dynatrap information.

The wholesale store stocks several of the brand’s traps, but we looked at the Dynatrap 1/2 Acre Tungsten Insect and Mosquito Trap With 2 Replacement Bulbs

With a 3.7/5 star rating and 1,474 reviews, we dug through to find some helpful comments about this product’s effectiveness. 

Before we get into the feedback, check out the product’s rating snapshot below from 1474 customers:

  • 5 stars: 53%
  • 4 stars: 18%
  • 3 stars: 10%
  • 2 stars: 7%
  • 1 star: 12%

Seasoned users came back to let others know how well this product works, it just needs timeto kill off the larger, breeding mosquitoes (the main reason people buy the system). 

Of the sound, one Dynatrap insect trap review read, “it’s quiet and doesn’t make that loud zapping sound like the old bug zappers.” That’s good to know, as being alerted about the death of each bug may be exciting to some, it can get irritating if constant. 

The majority of 1-star reviews say that the device is really great at attracting moths, but not mosquitoes.

 In terms of the function of the machine itself, one commenter wrote that “There is a fan that runs and in the two months I’ve had the unit the fan has seized 3 times due to insects attaching and drying on the blades and surrounding area.” 

The issue with this is that to clean the blades you have to dismantle the entire machine. We didn’t read any other comments like this, but it’s good to note potential issues. 

Overall, it looks like Dynatrap has a slightly higher than average rating. For some, it works miracles, and for others, it does barely anything. 

We will point out that the brand (and customers) have said the device takes time to work, and if used for an entire season, come next year, you’ll notice a decrease in bugs and mosquitoes. 

Is Dynatrap Worth It?

Dynatrap Insect Trap Review

We’ve seen how the Dynatrap works and read many accounts of its effectiveness, and because of those two things, we think it’s worth the buy

By some accounts, the trap isn’t effective against mosquitoes, but we’ve read many that say it drastically improves their numbers the following season. 

If you’re not completely sold on Dynatrap, they do offer some great deals and their devices come with a 1-year limited warranty

Dynatrap Promotions & Discounts 

Dynatrap Insect Trap Review

Right now, the brand has a sale running for a few of their products, but there are also a few other offers we came across throughout this Dynatrap insect trap review:

  • Free shipping on orders over $45
  • Reward points with every purchase
  • Get 10% off when you sign up to the mailing list

Where To Buy Dynatrap

Dynatrap Insect Trap Review

Dynatrap is a pretty big brand, so their products are found within some of the biggest retailers in North America:

  • Bed, Bath & Beyond
  • Costco
  • Home Depot
  • Walmart
  • Amazon

And, of course, on dynatrap.com

FAQ

Dynatrap Insect Trap Review

Where is Dynatrap made? 

Dynatrap is proudly made in the USA. The brand’s factory is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

How often do you empty a Dynatrap? 

Usually every 1-3 weeks, but it depends on how many bugs you have in your area. 

How do you maintain a Dynatrap? 

Technically, you don’t need to do much for your Dynatrap to work, other than changing a lightbulb every 4 months and emptying the bug reservoir every 1-3 weeks. 

What is Dynatrap’s Shipping Policy?

Dynatrap offers free ground shipping for orders over $45 headed to destinations within the continental US. The brand ships to the entire US as well as Puerto Rico, but shipping fees apply. 

Orders that are in stock typically ship out that same day if placed before 2 pm EST. Dynatrap offers the following shipping methods:

  • Standard: 1-6 business days 
  • 2-Day: 2 business days 
  • Next-day: 1 business day

Shipping fees are calculated at checkout. 

What is Dynatrap’s Return Policy?

If you’re unhappy with your purchase, you can return it within 30 days of receipt. To do so, fill out their Online Form to get a Return Goods Authorization number. You must get this number before you send your item back, or else Dynatrap will not be able to issue a refund. 

To qualify for a refund, all returns must be:

  1. In original condition
  2. With their original packaging
  3. Unused

How to Contact Dynatrap

We hope that you found all you came looking for and more in this Dynatrap review. If you still have questions, feel free to reach out to the brand by:

  • Phone: 1(877)403-8727
  • Filling out the Contact Form on their website

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Hello, readers! Are you getting tired of spraying and scattering God knows what kinds of anti-insect solutions all over your body and property? I am, and I’ve been shoveling the market to find the alternatives that will not only be promising but really effective.

Yes, mosquitoes can be extremely dangerous for our health. They are known to transmit Malaria, different kinds of infection-borne fever, dengue disease, and many other illnesses that pose a real threat. And, in order to secure ourselves and our loved ones, we have to use all kinds of repellents. But shouldn’t there be a more comfortable way to deal with them?

Well, I believe I have some good news for you. I’ve prepared helpful DynaTrap reviews that are about to revolutionize your pests prevention strategies and help you get rid of them both inside and outside the house.

Now, if you’re eager to learn what this DynaTrap is about, then follow me through this article. Maybe, this product is what you’ve been so desperately looking for all this time!

Contents

DynaTrap Review

Overall Score: 4.8/5. A decent product that works just as advertised.

DynaTrap Insect Eliminator — the Ultimate Treatment

While browsing the Internet, you might come across a multitude of electric devices that are said to be mosquito and gnat repellents, varying in sizes, prices, power supply, etc. I’d like to simplify the research for you and suggest DynaTrap as the best solution.

DynaTrap ratings score very well on all major retail platforms (mostly starting from 4.7/5 stars), though its price is slightly higher than for other appliances. And I can assure you, the trap is just the job and is worth it.

How Does DynaTrap Work?

The product consists of two main technological components, i.e. harmless UV radiation and a carbon dioxide fumigator. The UV technology acts as a strong bait for mosquitoes, gnats, and other winged beasts.

Mosquitoes find UV bulbs extremely attractive due to one good reason. They avoid direct sunlight because it’s harmful to their water balance, and it can eventually kill them. Whereas blue light is softer and doesn’t pose much threat to them, so they use it for navigational purposes.

On the other hand, CO2 acts as a disguise for the appliance. It poses as an actual carbon-dioxide-producing blood source for them since this element is emitted abundantly by humans and animals. These elements make a perfect trap.

How Effective Is It?

Many DynaTrap insect trap reviews claim that it provides a three-sectioned treatment for pests that spreads from the ground to the mid and high air. This ensures full area protection with the coverage of around 44,000 square ft.

Besides alluring insects to its bulbs, the trap is equipped with a vent that instantly drags by-fliers inside, where they are affected by heat and, eventually, die. The rapid and frequent motions of the vent are hardly noticeable and don’t cause any disturbance to the people or animals nearby.

Unlike many others, the product has proven useful against more than just mosquitoes, but also bees, flies, beetles, moths, etc.

The Price

The price for this item is variable. It bounces from $80 to $160 depending on the prototype you’ve chosen. I personally consider it quite reasonable since you’re paying not for a short-time solution but for an effective appliance that guarantees long-time safety and peace for your whole property and family.

The Application Process

Using the device is not rocket science. It should be simply placed in potentially swarmed areas, either inside or outside the house. The position is recommended to be at the approximate center of such a site so that it has an even coverage.

The battery-operated DynaTrap allows you to connect the device to normal outlets without any adapters. It’s resistible to any weather conditions and isn’t influenced by rain, hail, wind, or snow.

After the basket is filled up with insects, the container is easily opened with a gentle twist and can be cleaned with simple wet-wipes or other cleaning supplies.

trapped mosquito sitting on the mesh

The Safety

Based solely on hi-tech technologies, the trap excludes any use of dangerous chemicals and pesticides used in mosquito control. Thus, making it completely innocuous for lawns, plants, and vegetation. You don’t have to worry about any harmful impact on children or pets since it’s completely friendly to your whole neighborhood. On the other hand, it’s better to keep the little ones away so that they don’t start playing with it.

Pros:Cons:
  • covers a larger area than most e-traps;
  • resistible to all weather conditions;
  • easy to clean;
  • non-chemical.

DynaTrap DT1050 Review — a Stylish Solution

This honorable item is a smaller version of its DynaTrap big brother. Possessing the same properties as DynaTrap DT2000, it makes a great complement to gardens, lawns, and patios as a decorative insect trap that won’t drag any unwanted attention to your insect problem. Due to its reduced dimensions, the product is cheaper than its larger prototype and is a great option for all kinds of households.

Though it has a more limited coverage area (approx. 22,000 square ft), it works as efficiently as expected. The device is also equipped with a long enough cable and a plug that fits perfectly in a normal-sized outlet.

Resistible to any weather conditions, the trap is suitable for horse barns, chicken coops, and other medium or small-size premises. And again, just like with the rest of DynaTrap products, this utility is harmless and doesn’t pose any threat to either humans or animals. Just make sure that kids and pets don’t fool around it as the equipment is quite fragile.

Pros:Cons:
  • sized specifically for small areas and premises;
  • stylish and smart;
  • disguised as a path light.
  • might require bulb changing every 3-4 months.

DynaTrap Insect Trap with a Water Tray — Works for and Instead of You

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A pole-fixed mosquito trap from DynaTrap is another chance for your garden or lawn to stay protected with a top-notch design and modern technology. This option is already equipped with a 44-inch holder that covers a wider area, thus ensuring a 4-way treatment of the property.

The surface is covered by a long-lasting titanium alloy that makes it durable in a humid and cold environment, as well as prevents corrosion and rust. Its fast and barely noticeable vent causes no major disturbance, but a low humming noise.

dynatrap in garden

Moreover, a water tray, which is included in the product’s packaging, collects rainwater and acts as an additional bait for egg-laying pests. The stand makes it placeable anywhere on the leveled ground, e.g. near path lights, doorways, garden houses, or simply on the lawn.

Pros:Cons:
  • equipped with a holder;
  • has a water tray acting like another bait;
  • made of titanium preventing corrosion.

Tech Basis of Mosquito Traps

dead insects inside dynatrap

Alternatives to out-dated hazardous traps that involve UV technologies have conquered the market in the last 10 years. Their use has proven efficient as a substitute to noisy and chemically infused prototypes that often did more harm than good if they were effective anyway.

Modern traps are usually contrived by utilizing similar technologies, though their properties and use specifications may vary. This makes it difficult to fit the actual user’s needs without knowing technical and manufacturing details. So, here’s a list of the most frequently used technologies for mosquito traps:

  • UV light is a core technology for the majority of traps. Blood-sucking insects are limited in their vision spectrum and must scavenge sites for bright and constant light sources. They use them for enhancing their space navigation, as well as coordinating their flight from point A to point B.

The UV feature is designed to act as a fake light source that is to lure large groups of insects towards it. This provokes an increase in their concentration in a certain area, which leads to a more sophisticated catch.

  • The most efficient traps are normally equipped with bait. Its purpose is to ensure the highest possible efficiency of alluring mosquitoes towards a light source. The most popular substances used for provoking mosquitoes’ attention are Octenol or CO2.

The first one has been losing its widespread use due to recent studies that expose the low potential of the component in fishing mosquitoes. Moreover, the element is sometimes considered hazardous as it’s a derivational combination of light chemicals.

On the other hand, the latter has proven its unequivocal capacity to work as an attractant. The substance simulates a natural CO2 source that deceives insects.

  • Vents or other sucking-in devices are an in-built must-have of environmentally-friendly traps. They create a low-frequency vortex that drags the pests inside, leaving them caught in the device.

After an insect has been dragged inside, a combination of heating appliances is activated. The majority of considerably effective traps have some kinds of technologies circulating hot air inside the trap. They work as natural, non-hazardous mosquito killers that cause the intruders to overheat and dry up completely.

uv-light behind the mesh

Other important features of traps are their power source, durability, and expected effectiveness.

  1. Since an e-trap is designed for multifunctional use without any location limitations, reasonable manufactures always provide their device with a long-enough cord so that it can be placed both indoors and outdoors.
  2. When connected to a power source, it’s essential for a trap to be covered in all-weather-proof materials. But many famous brands have the tendency to forget about this detail, leaving their product highly sensitive to water.
  3. If you happen to find a sophisticated trap that claims to be able to deprive you of any insects within the first instances of activation, don’t buy it. It’s most probably a horrendously composed ad and a waste of money. For you to see any results of a good trap, it takes from two to six weeks of constant activity. It takes time for a device to allure enough insects so that the results are noticeable for a human.

The array of insect trapping products is versatile in these components, combined one way or another. For instance, this DynaTrap mosquito trap review displays that the product meshes reliably most of the active and potent technologies that make it one of the best on the market.

Related Post: Best Outdoor Mosquito Misting Systems

DynaTrap and Others

Since all brands use the same technologies, you must be thinking that they should have evenly competitive products. That’s not exactly true, and here are some good examples.

DynaTrap vs Mosquito Magnet

The main disadvantage of the Magnet unit is that it doesn’t seem to be very eco-friendly. It requires a sufficient amount of Propane, which is strong, but it’s quite harmful to people and animals. Also, there have been multiple reviews claiming that the machine would break down in less than a season of use.

DynaTrap vs Flowtron

Though I consider the latter very useful for fighting insects, it has two major flaws that deter me from buying it again. First, it’s extremely energy-consuming due to its strong light emissions. Second, after two or three hours of working, it overheats so much that it’s easy to get a thermal burn if you touch it.

Mega Catch vs Mosquito Magnet

Right, so the Mega trap gives me a lot to think about. It’s effective and quite long-lasting. But there is a tiny problem, it’s huge as compared to DynaTrap or Magnet. Moreover, it doesn’t really work to its full capacity unless it’s equipped with a CO2 container, which, unfortunately, doesn’t come with the package.

FAQ

mosquito flying in front of the mesh

How Does DynaTrap Work?

It works by emitting UV light and carbon dioxide as baits, followed by a vent sucking in insects. In the end, the pests are roasted by the strong heat inside the device.

Related Post: Best Tiki Torch Fuels to Repel Mosquitoes

Is DynaTrap Effective Against Severe Infestation?

Yes, indeed. The trap can also be useful against fleas, bees, stink bugs, etc.

How to Clean DynaTrap?

You can get rid of the trapped insects by gently twisting the container that will give you access to the buffer. You can apply both dry and wet cleaning.

Where Should I Place My DynaTrap?

It can be placed anywhere around the household. The preferred position is generally in the middle of an infested area.

The Bottom Line

There you have it, one of the most detailed reviews on DynaTrap insect trap. Remember, it’s not about the product itself, it’s about knowing what you’re looking for and being able to determine your priorities when fighting back against mosquitoes.

I hanker to hear what you think about this device. Have you used it before? Or, you’re just browsing for possible options? Feel free to comment down below!

References:

  • DynaTrap Products: How Does It Work? (Woodstream Corporation):
    https://www.dynatrap.com/how-it-works
  • Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation (U.S. Food & Drug Administration):
    https://www.fda.gov/radiation-emitting-products/tanning/ultraviolet-uv-radiation
  • Pesticides Used in Mosquito Control (Oregon State University National Pesticide Information Center):
    http://npic.orst.edu/pest/mosquito/mosqcides.html
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As the years have gone by, a lot of us have realized that when it comes to getting rid of bugs and pests, pesticides and zappers are becoming less effective.

The insects are mutating to resist these chemicals, and they have grown stronger to the point where they are absolutely unaffected by many types of repellents.

And as the population of mosquitoes and other vector or pathogen carrying bugs are on the rise, the need for a new and improved bug killing device has never been so desired.

Hello! I am Heather, and when it comes to my family’s safety, I seldom leave any stones unturned. And that is precisely why I have brought my readers a review on a bug catcher that uses a particular mechanism to trap and kill insects.

The DynaTrap is as unique as it is effective against bugs, and today I would like to tell you about all of its features that makes it a must-have for your backyard.

Dyna Mosquito Trap Reviews Oct 2021: What makes it so unique?

dynatrap 3 reviewsWhere most of the bug killing devices depend on insect zapping mechanism to function, the DynaTrap, on the other hand, primarily works towards trapping the bugs.

This is an unusual mechanism, and depending on the DynaTrap model, you’ll be able to protect your family from 300 sq ft. up to an acre of property without the aid of any harmful pesticides.

With DynaTrap installed, enjoying backyard activities such as barbecues and ring toss games will never feel so free of bugs and mosquitoes.

DynaTrap works much better than bug spray and tiki torches as well. Tiki torches or any other similar bug repellent devices use citronella oil, which only keeps the bugs away and not kill them. This can be quite harmful to your family in the long run.

I used to be a very big fan of tiki lanterns in the backyard, especially when it came to repelling bugs and giving my kids a safer playtime. However, continually refueling them every now and then became increasingly cumbersome, and I soon needed a convenient alternative.

I heard about the DynaTrap online, and after going through some of its reviews, I decided to give it a try myself.

Why is there a constant need for better anti-bug devices?

The fact that more and more harmful diseases are on the rise is not a new story. And along with the older pathogens, newer ones such as the Zika virus has recently emerged, which too spreads from vector to vector.

The Zika virus causes mild symptoms in adults but can cause severe deformities in babies. And according to some of the news outlets it has of late been spreading throughout Texas, Arizona, and California.

West Nile virus is another one that has spread in California, and it causes symptoms such as fever and brain infections. It can then lead to permanent memory loss and neurological problems in children.

As a mother of two, I always worry about how to keep my kids safe from such viruses and vectors. Pesticides and bug sprays used to work wonders, but as time went by all these carriers have grown quite resistant to them. And the viruses too have evolved to such an extent that the previous antibiotics do not work on them anymore.

In the suburban town that I live, mosquitoes are by far the biggest threat to my family. They spread diseases like Malaria, Dengue, Yellow Fever and Encephalitis, which can be quite deadly in their most virulent forms.

Besides eliminating the breeding ground for mosquitoes such as pools of water, fallen leaf piles and cracks in home exteriors, homeowners need to invest in a proper bug trap as well. And this is where the DynaTrap comes in.

Specific bug solutions like pesticides and pest strips can be very effective against mosquitoes, but they can also have harmful effects on humans. So, I would suggest that you go for pesticides as a last-ditch measure when all else fails.

Is the DynaTrap better than a bug zapper?

The trap comes with a 10-foot long power cord and can be effectively left “on” all the time. Just plug it in and forget about it. And unlike the standard insect zappers, I found the DynaTrap to be absolutely noiseless, and it did not keep my kids awake at night while functioning.

Bug zappers have a terrible reputation when it comes to dealing with mosquitoes. As mosquitoes are not attracted to UV lights, they hardly ever approach the zapper, making them useless in dealing with the pathogen-carrying vector mosquitoes.

I learned that the female Anopheles mosquitoes are some of the biggest disease carriers, and when searching for blood, they find it by following the scent of carbon dioxide.

They are also attracted by certain other factors like sweat, perfume and body odor, but carbon dioxide is the major one. DynaTrap uses carbon dioxide to attract and trap these mosquitoes.

Its retaining cage is very easy to remove and clean, and for those who live in a bug infested area, DynaTrap also offers a large-capacity net as an additional upgrade.

DynaTrap: The Features

Mechanism

dynatrap xl reviewsThe DynaTrap has a 2-in-1 function where it uses both ultraviolet light and carbon dioxide to trap and kill all sorts of bugs and pests.

While the UV light works towards attracting insects such as flies and gnats, the specially coated disc, on the other hand, produces carbon dioxide to attract mosquitoes and other biting insects. Additionally, DynaTrap also catches bees and stinging insects in the daytime.

After attracting all these bugs when they get close to the machine, the DynaTrap unit sucks them up into the trap. The suction fan is amazingly silent, and as there is no zapping done, the machine doesn’t produce any burning smell.

The retainer is see-through, and you will be easily able to identify when you need to empty the trap.

Design

As the DynaTrap has a very lightweight and compact design, you will be able to set it up anywhere in the backyard, but always remember to place it at least 3 feet off the ground.

Moreover, unlike its other propane bug trap competitors, the DynaTrap is not as expensive and is incredibly easy to maintain. Propane traps need to be continually re-filled as the machine runs out of fuel very fast and that stacks up on the expenses in the long run.

Their tank size is typically that of a large gas grill, and for the propane trap to work optimally, you will be needing a replacement attractant which is not at all cheap.

Another amazing aspect of the DynaTrap is that you will be able to use them indoor as well, which is not the case for many zapper models and propane trappers.

Its compact and portable design makes it effortless to take apart and then reassemble.

Maintenance

In terms of maintenance, all you have to do is clean the fan, and if the bulb goes out, replacing it involves just one screw. The tram is surprisingly durable and can withstand almost any season conditions, especially the monsoon.

What are some of the cons of DynaTrap?

dynatrap 1 acre reviewsMost of the drawbacks concerning the DynaTrap have to do with minor inconveniences that can be worked around rather than being major problems and issues.

Doesn’t instantly kill

One of the most popular concerns among customers is that the DynaTrap traps every bug. It doesn’t segregate between what it should trap and what it shouldn’t, hence there might be cases when it can accidentally suck in beneficial insects.

Moreover, as the trap doesn’t instantly kill the bugs, but rather starves and dehydrates them to death, there may be chances that some of them are still alive when you remove the retaining cage to clean it.

Solution: A way around this is to partially cover the trap with a plastic bag, and then blast the insides with hot air with the help of a blow dryer. Though it might seem like a lot of work at first, which even I thought was the case, I got used to it rather quickly.

Another alternative would be to buy an extra retaining cage. So, when the time comes to clean the one in use, you can remove it from the trap by covering its mouth and then insert the new one in. This way you can just wait out for the bugs to die rather than holding a blow dryer for a long time.

Short Extension Cord

For specific backyard designs and structures, the extension cord of the Dynatrap may not be long enough. Placing it far away from the house is not possible, and there may be issues with the device covering the whole yard if it’s too big.

Water Collection and Attraction Capabilities

Though the DynaTrap can operate really well in the rain, its retainer, on the other hand, can collect water very quickly. And this collected water can act as a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other insects.

Solution: You can either try and hang the DynaTrap under sheltered areas or get a DynaTrap model that has a built-in-moat. So when the moat fills out with water and mosquitoes, try to use it as a standing water nest, and the fan on the trap will automatically suck them into the retaining cage.

Moreover, some customers have felt that the attraction level of carbon dioxide emission is not all that great. Well, DynaTrap allows extra attractant addition slots to improve the effectiveness of the trap.

The device should work admirably as long as the attractant has octenol in it. And if you’re worried that the trap will suck in larger non-mosquito insects because of the extra attractant, you can always cover the opening with a mesh.

But when removing the trap, try and make sure that the UV lighting is protected from any sort of moisture, as the light is the part that is always the first to get damaged.

Doesn’t have a satisfying zap sound

This is more of a personal preference than a problem, really. Some of the customers in the product forums have complained that they miss the zap and sizzle like sound effect of an insect getting stuck into the zapper.

As the zappers have been an integral part of the suburban household for many years now, hearing the insects sizzle have been a source of great comfort for many.

But for me, it was a great convenience that the DynaTrap hardly makes any noise, and as zappers don’t affect mosquito in the slightest, the DynaTrap was an all-around win-win investment for me.

Warranty and Replacement

dynatrap flylight reviewThe DynaTrap has a wide range of models which mainly differ in size. The bigger the device, the higher the attraction level and trapping potential.

Each of the designs comes with a one-year limited warranty. The parts of the DynaTrap are easily detachable and replaceable.

From their store and website, you can also purchase replacement fans, retaining cages and motors, or even try and trade up to a large-capacity net.

However, keep in mind that as there are a lot of DynaTrap models, the parts will vary with each device as well. So, when replacing a part, be aware of the model that you possess.

Pros

  • Uses carbon dioxide to attract insects, hence it is a more reliable method of trapping bugs
  • Kills a variety of bugs by starving them of food and water
  • Specializes in dealing with the pathogen-carrying vector mosquitoes
  • The device can be conveniently used inside the house or in the backyard

Cons

  • Doesn’t kill the insects it traps instantly and there may be chances of a few escaping during the cleaning process if precaution is not taken
  • The extension cord provided with it is rather small

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Conclusion

To kill a lot of bugs at one go, a lot of homeowners today are demanding a product that is as hassle-free as possible. As zapping and scented torches are no longer an optimal choice, the DynaTrap has grown significantly in popularity ever since.

Its working foundations are purely based on scientific findings, and honestly speaking, it’s really hard to argue with that.

I hope you found my review on DynaTrap useful today.

Till next time!

Sours: https://www.healthyhousekeeper.com/dynatrap-mosquito-trap-reviews/

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