Dynatrap Natural Attractant Mosquito Trap

Dyna Trap Mosquito Trap Winner of an IENA award for invention, the Dynatrap DT1000 uses the highly-effective combination of heat, light and CO2 to attract insects (same method as the $200-$400 machines) - without the use of chemicals or propane. This trap can be used indoors or out (recommended).

The Dynatrap mosquito trap is surprisingly small and compact and affordably priced as well!

The Dynatrap now offers several other traps in the 1/2 acre 1000 series. All function the same way as the DT1000 but have various additional features:

  • DT 1050 - Twist to turn on or off. Has a damper to prevent insects from escaping when shut off. Comes with a chain to use to hang it.
  • DT 1100 - A more decorative, wall-mountable trap, available in a choice of 4 different colors.
  • DT1200 - Comes with a stand and a rainwater catch tray. High-capacity catch net optional
  • DT1250 - Like the DT 1050, but with a stand. Has no rainwater tray.

There is also the larger and more powerful DT 2000 XL.

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Details:

Review and Field Test Results

Attractant(s) Used: Combines an effective combination of light, warmth and CO2 (carbon dioxide).
Capture method(s): Uses suction from a quiet fan to pull insects into the easily-emptied retaining cage.
Additional features: Generates CO2 and warmth by using 2 fluorescent bulbs and a titanium dioxide (Ti02) coating, instead of chemical attractants or Propane like other catchers.
Price range: $99-$149.99
Supplies needed:None.
Cost of supplies: N/A
User feedback: Overall, good - this one is a winner!
Comments: Compact size, durable construction, innovative technology - covers a larger area than comparably-priced units. Chemical-free and odorless operation. Short bulb life is a minor annoyance - we recommend investing in a spare set of bulbs (about $12) and a good extension cord.

The DynaTrap is one of our top mosquito control picks!

Hands-On Review and Photos

dynatraop in box

There are several models in the popular Dynatrap product line - we chose the DT1200 for our review and testing because it seems to be one of the most popular.

The DT1200 is the basic Dynatrap with a stand and a water tray. The stand holds the trap around 4' off the ground (it's most effective to situate the "capture" area of a mosquito trap between 3' and 6' off the ground.) The water tray generates a little humidity and makes the trap even more attractive to these water-breeding insects.

What's in the box?

  • a) The trap and two metal tubes which form the pole. These are attached via the cord - you cannot (as far as we could tell) use this unit without the stand.
  • b) The base
  • c) A connector to attach the pole to the base
  • d) Tools - a cleaning brush and a small Phillips-head screwdriver
  • e) Instructions, tips for use, warranty card. The product has a 1-year limited warranty.
Unassembled dynatrap dt1200

First Impressions

The Dynatrap is a serious, rugged piece of equipment, intended to run outdoors 24x7. Construction is heavy ABS plastic, with a sturdy, metal-screened catch-bin and a no-nonsense fan. The base is substantial and heavy - it may not stand up to gale force winds, but it won't blow over in a breeze.

There are holes in the top of the DT1200, which allow rainwater to fill the water tray. Other Dynatraps have a solid top.

top of dt1200

Assembly and Use

dynatrap dt1200 in use

While the other Dynatrap models are good to go right out of the box, the pole-mounted models require some minor assembly.

1) Pull the power cord through the lower section of the pole. The power cable is permanently threaded through the two sections of the pole - you need to pull it as far as possible through the opening at the bottom of the lower section before you can snap the two pieces together. It took a little tugging to get it started, but after that the rest of the cord pulled through easily.

2) Snap the two sections of the pole together

3) Lay the trap and pole on it's side and insert the end of the pole through the base

4) Secure the pole using the connector provided.

Then just turn it right-side up, plug it in and press the "on" switch.

The unit has a 2-conductor cord with a 2-prong polarized plug. The power cord extends about 10' from the base. Since if possible you should place a mosquito trap 20'- 40' from your patio or activity area, you may need an extension cord. Be sure to use one rated for use with outdoor appliances.

The fan on the DT1200 runs silently and the ultraviolet light, while fairly bright, is not unpleasant. There is no discernible odor.

dynatrap close up showing fan

Cleaning and Maintenance

You will want to empty the catch bin frequently. To do this, simply turn it counterclockwise to unscrew it from the rest of the trap. Note that our instruction manual neglected to mention the small retaining screw on our unit which was holding the bin in place! Normally, the catch bin unscrews with very little effort. If yours doesn't want to budge, check for a small screw near the top of the bin and remove that first.

The fast-moving fan blades will send some "debris" from larger bugs into the top of the trap above the fan blades. To clean this part (or to replace the bulbs) you need to separate the fan housing from the upper part of the trap. There are 4 screws holding the two halves together. Removing them would be easy-peasy, except that the screwdriver they give you is just a skootch small for the screws they use. And on the 1200, the 4th screw is in an awkward spot directly in front of the bend in the pole - it's impossible to remove it with a long-handled screwdriver and a little tricky even with a shorter handled one.

Fan underside

Still, taking the unit apart was fairly simple. Putting it back together took a bit of trial and error. There are no visual cues to tell you when the screws are properly aligned, and on the 1200 you also have to fit the top section of the pole into the "roof" of the unit. Eventually we were able to re-assemble it successfully, but a couple of alignment marks on the two sectopms of the trap would have made things so much simpler. (Tip: Get a white china marker and make your own.)

interior of dynatrap

Comments

Overall, the Dynatrap appears to be a quality piece of equipment that is easy to set up and use. Routine cleaning is simple, the only thing that gave us problems was disassembling and reassembling the trap, as you would do for major cleaning or to change the bulbs. This process should be much smoother on the 1000, 1050, 1100 or 2000, or any other models where you don't have to deal with interference from the pole. Not to nit-pick, but it would also be nice if the screwdriver they gave you was a better match for the screws they used!

But the important question is: Does it work?

Dynatrap DT1200 Test ResultsField Test Results - Dynatrap DT1200

To see for ourselves if the Dynatrap insect traps really work, we conducted a field test, using the Dynatrap DT1200.

Test Details


Location: Suburban NJ. Test was conducted at the edge of a wooded lot and within a few hundred yards of river. This location is known to have both evening and day-biting mosquito species.
Weather Conditions: Temperatures in the low to mid 80's, little to no wind, low humidity.
Time of year: Early June.
Length of test: 12 hours (11AM to 11PM)

Test Results

Within a half hour of setting up the trap, we had our first "victim", and it was ... a mosquito!

The trap continued to catch mosquitoes sporadically throughout the afternoon. Throughout the test, we observed a large number of flying insects in the vicinity of the trap. A good reminder to place mosquito traps well away from your activities!

As expected, captures increased towards dusk.

After dark, the trap began to accumulate moths and beetles. None of the beetles got into the catch bin, but several large ones congregated in the (empty) rainwater tray - apparently unable to figure out how to escape.

A number of moths (and presumably some mosquitoes) got away when we shut off the trap and ended the test. Throughout the test we noticed that the mosquitoes dehydrated and died pretty quickly compared to other insects, even ones of a similar size.

And here's a picture of the catch bin the next morning. As you can see, there are mostly mosquitoes and quite a few of them at that. We counted more than 4 dozen. We were pretty impressed, given the length of the test!

mosquitoes caught in dynatrap

Conclusion

As the saying goes, "Your mileage may vary." There are thousands of different species of mosquitoes - what worked with our mosquitoes may not work with yours. But based upon what we saw running this trap for just 12 hours, the Dynatrap certainly appears to do a very effective job of catching them.

The box claims this trap is also effective for stink bugs. We didn't catch any during our test, but since stink bugs are attracted to light reflecting off water, a full water tray might do the trick.

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Specifications:

Dimensions: 12.75 " high, 10" diameter
Weight: 3.5 lbs.
Power Source: A/C - 7-10' cord (depending on model).
Coverage: Up to 1/2 acre.

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