The Moskiller can eradicate mosquitoes from your backyard without any chemicals

This would explain this product’s amazon reviews. 63% give it 1 star.

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About 15 years ago, Boing Boing advertised something similar to one of these out of the Neiman Marcus catalog, and I bought it based off that recommendation. It was pricey, but if it worked as advertised it would have been be well worth it. In a complete summer, not one mosquito popped up in the trap. Not a single mosquito.

I use Cutter backyard spray every month now and it’s much more effective.

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UV light based mosquito killing devices were shown to be ineffective by researchers a long time ago. I don’t know why Boing Boing is advertising one. They just don’t attract many mosquitos at all.

But, of course, the old screen-attached-to-the-back-of-a-fan trick works really well. And it’s cheap. And it’s easy.

Just one youtube video about making one. Enter “fan screen mosquito trap” in youtube.

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That’s about an 8’ radius. Not particularly wide if you ask me.

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Oh, but then it wouldn’t be free from those nasty evil “chemicals”, would it?

Admittedly, the world really doesn’t need more CO2 emissions.

a universal USB port

Shouldn’t that be “a universal SB port?”

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Neat, looks like this has even been commercialized: https://www.skeeterbag.com/

Boing Boing should sell these things instead.

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So no more humans? :slight_smile:

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The Centers for Disease Control calls them the world’s deadliest animal.

I’ve heard it said that mosquitos have killed 55 billion people.

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Exactly. The UV means this device will draw in a lot of other insects; benevolent ones, while missing most of the mosquitos without a CO2 concentrator.

You don’t need to generate CO2, just concentrate it. Have you ever made bread? Then you’ve generated more CO2 than this would.

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I think its more likely a “Universal BS Port”.

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Could it have anything to do with money?

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Indeed it could. And @Edgar_Carpenter, technically, BB is not advertising this product. It is merely renting page space to StackCommerce whose home page’s first message is:

Monetize in a way that makes you proud

Not sure what pride level BB has in these crapgadget adverts, but they do generate page views and lots of comment, so there’s that.

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$25 for a mesh bag and a couple of bit of wire seems a bit steep. Especially as they say you need a new one every year.
Making one’s own ought to be pretty easy. I wonder whether the ‘bag behind’ or ‘screen in front’ methods differ much in their efficacy.
Also, 20" box fans seem not to be a thing in UK. But cutting and sewing some mesh to whatever fan is to hand seems easy enough.

…Insert Bionic Man noise here…

There is a copy of Disney’s The Parent Trap laying around the house here, but it has failed to trap a single parent. Not a single one.

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I was thinking about a contraption that generating static electricity coul be use to destroy MOS transistors and ICs.

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Your wish is my whim.

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Neat trap; my concern is “bycatch” - non-mosquitoes caught in the trap. Do they catch bugs other than mosquitoes? I’d hate to find dead moths or other beneficial insects in the trap. And that’s why I won’t spray my yard for bugs. The bees and other insects that sprays kill would break my heart!

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