If you live in the city or suburbs and your mosquito pest problem is in a backyard, chances are that backyard is less than an acre in size. Perhaps it has landscaped shrubs or bushes, and maybe even a fountain or small water feature. If you live in the Southern half, check the button-bar in the right column of this page, under Valuable Resources: “A Map of Mosquito Bait.”
Good news: the machine to buy would be the half-acre size. If your yard and your patio area are the same thing, consider an even smaller size (less than half-acre).
Buying a bigger one is okay if your the type of person who loves to be extra neighborly. A machine bigger than your own backyard needs means your neighbors will like you even more when fewer mosquitos show up in their yard, too.
KEY: Putting the machine in the best place in your yard. Go outside into your sitting area. Ask 4 questions:
- Do I have an area in shade most of the day? (Mosquitos love shade.)
- Do I have a collection of shrubs in one area? Or a stand of tall grass at the edge of the property?
- Do I have a water feature with standing water (And really love motionless water.)
- In my mosquito season, which direction does the wind come from most often as it enters my yard?
While in your sitting area, imagine for a moment your new mosquito killing machine is a bubble-blowing machine. Imagine that you’ve cranked it up to max and the bubbles in the prevailing wind forms a continuous fence. The bubbles always start at the machine and ride along on the wind, naturally.
Placing the machine DOWNWIND of you and between you and a threat area is the trick. Now place that imaginary bubble machine downwind of you in the yard so that its stream of bubbles is between you and the shaded shrubs/hedge (a threat) or a large area of tall grasses in yours or in your neighbor’s yard (a worse threat) or standing water (absolutely the worst threat). These threats are where mosquitos hide out until hungry. If you sit up wind from these threats, you are on the menu. INSTEAD, put the machine’s stream of vapor between you and the threat letting the wind do the work of carrying the vapor of bait towards the threat. Place the actual mosquito trap at a distance of 30 to 40 feet from your sitting area.
For example, if the yard is solid-board-fenced then pull the trap out as many feet away from the fence as the fence is tall, or, if you have shrubs or hedges then put it next to their shade about a foot or two out from dense shrubs or hedges. Never block the path of vapor such as putting the trap on the non-threat side of a hedge line. You always want the wind to “find and carry” the machine’s stream of invisible vapor from it and then towards the threat. Alternatively, if the threat is a raveen/gulley (lots of natural foilage) at the back line of your property and the wind crosses your property, you’re in luck. Place the machine so that the wind carries its vapor stream forming an invisible fence between you and that raveen (30 to 40 feet from your sitting area). From personal experience, this combination is one of the best placements.
Helpful Hints: IF picturing that is a problem, there’s help. On this web page, on the right hand column, find the button-bar labeled “Help with Placement.” You can maximize your investment by patiently following all the way through the manufacturer’s video guide. Keep playing around with each of the results until you begin to get the placement picture. Failing that, you can usually phone their 800 Help Line for assistance.
Electrical power: Included power cords are usually 50 feet and should be ample. If you need to use an extension cord be sure it is outdoor rated, then plastic bag (and water-proof seal bag with electrical tape) the machine’s plug at the extension cord. If using extension cords or electricity outdoors is making you nervous, choose one of the right-sized machines that are “cordless” and rechargeable.