||Just a few years ago, American Biophysics
Corporation developed the breakthrough Mosquito Magnet, a uniquely
engineered trap, which operates 24 hours a day in order to capture day
biting as well as night-biting insects like mosquitoes, black flies and
sand flies. With the increased cases of the West Nile Virus, lyme
disease and other viruses, it was only a matter of time before the
Mosquito Magnet would be introduced.
The company's patented Counterflow Technology allows the Mosquito
Magnet to emit a flow of carbon dioxide, heat and moisture, simulating a
human's breath, to attract biting insects. Once the insects are attracted
to the unit, they are vacuumed into a net where they dehydrate and die.
The unit operates off a 20 pound propane tank that does not require
batteries but has a 50 foot electrical cord that is plugged into a
standard electrical outlet. The electricity is converted into a low
voltage that is safe for children and pets.
"Our team of engineers and scientists were able to develop a trap that
makes our innovative technology affordable to everyone, from first-time
homeowners to retirees," said Ray Iannetta, president and chief executive
officer of American Biophysics. "Since we introduced the first Mosquito
Magnet in 1999, homeowners have inundated American Biophysics with
requests for a less expensive, yet highly effective model. Our goal was
to be sure we could meet their requests without compromising our signature
trap's tried and true efficacy."
Because no pesticides are used, the Mosquito Magnet is environmentally
friendly and controls up to one acre of property. Non-biting insects like
ladybugs are not attracted to the unit. When American Biophysics
Corporation studied the effects of the Mosquito Magnet, they concluded it
collected nine different species of insects
"The Mosquito Magnet caught an average of four times as many mosquitoes as
the other traps in the tests, including the surveillance trap most often
used by the government for disease studies," Iannetta said. "Besides the
Mosquito Magnet, the traps tested included ones baited with either light
or carbon dioxide and the so-called Shannon trap, a trap that is baited
with humans. The tests were conducted in areas that hadn't been sprayed
and are known o have large populations of mosquitoes."
After just six to eight weeks, when the unit is placed where insects breed
near foliage or water, you will notice a rapid decrease in the amount of
mosquitoes around the home. A female mosquito produces nearly 300
offspring in its four-week lifespan. For example, if 1,000 females are
trapped, 300,000 potential offspring will be eliminated.
When testing was being done in the Florida Everglades, the Mosquito Magnet
trapped more than 100,000 mosquitoes per night.
For more information on the Mosquito Magnet, which retails for $495,
contact them directly at 401-884-3500 or visit their website at
can be purchased from Home Depot, Ace Hardware and several other dealers
listed on the website.
2240 South County Trail
East Greenwich, RI 02818
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