The 5 Best Mosquito Traps For Your Yard And Garden – Read This Before Buying

Summer is here, and that means mosquitos are out in full force. To enjoy your time outside, picking the best mosquito trap makes you feel more comfortable and gets rid of those pesky insects. There are dozens of different mosquito traps on the market, and their effectiveness, power, and coverage area all differ.

A swarm of mosquitos can turn any outdoor event into a disaster or turn your dinner outside into misery. While it is hard to control mosquitos, these traps can help you manage the invasion. While we do pick our choice for the best mosquito trap, any of these five choices will serve you well.


What You Should Consider When Buying a Mosquito Trap


Area Size

First, you should consider the area size you want the trap to cover. You might need more than one trap to cover your property. Determining area size also means you should look at their breeding sites and locations.

Most mosquito traps work best in a small area, which means some are not designed for a large, heavily infested backyard. To cover that area, you will need more traps to ensure you capture all of those pesky insects. Make sure you read the description of the trap and look at the manufacturer’s recommended area of coverage. Some traps claim to cover around 1.5 acres, and others only cover the area of a small patio.




Are there any safety hazards you should worry about if you place this trap in your yard? Traps that use propane generate CO2, heat, and moisture to attract the mosquitos to the treat. Propane does pose a fire hazard, so appropriate steps must be taken to negate these hazards. If you have children running around on your property, traps that don’t rely on propane have a lower safety concern.


Running Cost

Everyone considers the initial purchase cost of an item, but you have to consider the price to keep the trap running when you buy a mosquito trap. Some traps use propane tanks, and some could finish a tank in three to four weeks. Purchasing refills can be costly!

The other option is an electronic trap. These mosquito traps are cheaper to maintain and use, and most operate on a 12-volt system that uses less electricity than a standard light bulb in a lamp. Another great feature that reduces running cost is a programmable timer. These timers activate the trap during the peak mosquito hours throughout the day.


Start-Up Time

How soon does the trap start to work once you set it up in the right area? Some start working immediately, but that doesn’t mean they will trap all of the mosquitoes without hours or days. Most traps take six to eight weeks of continuous use to decrease the mosquito population in the area dramatically. Knowing this allows you to plan appropriately when to start using the trap, such as if you plan a backyard barbeque soon.


Type of Mosquito in the Area

Did you know there are over 3,000 different species of mosquitos in the world? Each species has different preferences, so you have to consider the species that is causing the problem. Select a mosquito trap that optimizes these conditions and will capture the maximum amount of mosquitos.



Mosquito Trap Placement

The last thing you should consider is the trap placement required to make that particular trap as effective as you need. Wind speeds and directions matter when placing your traps in certain locations. You might want to place several traps in different settings, which ensures more mosquitos are caught.

Most traps are meant for outdoor use only because they use CO2 gas plumes, propane, and other chemicals. If you want to use a trap inside, make sure you find one that specifically states it is for indoor placement! Indoor mosquito traps work well inside a small area, such as an enclosed porch, where they will catch a limited amount of insects. It is a short-term solution, but these traps tend to be cheap, portable and rely on light and heat to trap the mosquitos.

The 5 Best Mosquito Traps Reviews


The Flowtron BK-40D is a great choice for an outdoor insect killer. It is a multipurpose insect trap that kills a variety of bugs. The trap works by using ultraviolet light and electrified grid, which allows the insects to drop to the ground after they die. It is an organic way to get rid of the insects that swarm your yard.

However, this trap is quite a bit noisy because it electrocutes the insects on contact. The noise can be annoying, but the BK-40D is great for those who need a large coverage area and want a maintenance free mosquito trap.

You don’t have to worry about the Flowtron costing too much to run. It operates for pennies per day and offers an acre of coverage against insects.

What We Like

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    Maintenance free design,
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    Non-clog kill grill,
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    No chemical pesticides use,
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    Low-cost operation,
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    Kills a variety of insects.

What We Don't Like

  • Noisy operation,
  • Requires an electrical power source.


The Kapas 40W Outdoor Lantern has a slim, modern look that blends well with outdoor décor. If you have children or pets, Kapas is safe to use because it doesn’t use chemicals or sprays for insect removal. Kapas uses a 40W black light that attracts the mosquitos, then a high voltage, metal grid kills the mosquitos on contact.

All products have flaws, including this trap. The most obvious issue is the collection tray must be screwed out each time you want to clean the unit. That can make cleaning rather challenging.

Despite this flaw, the Kapas 40W is perfect for those who need about an acre of coverage and want a trap that is safe for their pets and children.

What We Like

  • One-acre coverage,
  • Protective outer mesh,
  • Black-light attraction,
  • Accessory brush for cleaning including,
  • Three-year warranty on the bulbs,
  • Kills smaller bugs, such as gnats.

What We Don't Like

  • Difficult collection tray,
  • Waterproof, but doesn’t perform well in the rain,
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    The company doesn’t sell replacement bulbs.


The Hoont Bug Zapper uses two, high-intensity 18-watt ultraviolet bulbs to attract insects to the trap. Once the insects make contact with the metal grid, they are killed instantly. This trap can kill an unlimited amount of insects. There are no chemicals used that could be concerning around pets or children.

The length of the cord is only 5 foot, so you will need an extension cord unless you have an outlet close.

Hoont comes with a wall mount so the trap can stay safely out of reach from kids and pets. It also can be free standing. Insects are trapped at the tray on the bottom of the unit, making cleaning out the trap easy. The trap provides coverage for a large area up to 1.5 acres of land. The Hoont is great for those who want an indoor and outdoor mosquito trap.

What We Like

  • Maintenance free,
  • Non-clogging, easy to clean electric grid,
  • Up to 1.5 acres of coverage,
  • Indoor and outdoor use,
  • Kills a variety of insects,
  • Safe to operate 24/7.

What We Don't Like

  • Requires an electrical outlet,
  • Noisy when it kills bugs.


The Trapro is a leading brand for mosquitos traps. It is the ideal solution to get rid of all the flying insects in your outdoor living space. The Trapro attracts the mosquitos with the unique, UV light and kills them instantly on a powerful, killing grid. That means it is free of toxic chemicals and pesticide free. All of the dead insects fall to the ground and decompose into the ground.

However, the Trapro is quite pricey, and it can be hard to find replacement parts for it.

If you want to place the trap and forget about it, the Trapro is for you. It has a built-in light sensor that turns on at dusk and off at dawn, so you never have to worry about turning it on and off manually.

What We Like

  • Chemical and pesticide free,
  • The output current is harmless to humans,
  • Protective enclosure to prevent humans, pets, birds and or wildlife from harm,
  • Maintenance free,
  • Rechargeable battery pack.

What We Don't Like

  • Very expensive,
  • Requires an outlet or extension cord,
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    Hard to find replacement parts.


The DynaTrap offers one acre of coverage against flying insects and mosquitos. It attracts, traps, and kills flying insects such as mosquitoes, Asian beetles, wasps, hornets, stink bugs, and more. The DyanTrap has a durable, all-weather construction that uses no pesticides to kill the insects. Best of all, it has a whisper quiet operation that lets you forget it is there.

The DynaTrap does use propane, which means you will have to refill the propane throughout the year. However, it is so quiet and works so well that it is an even trade.

What We Like

  • Noise-free with no zapping or buzzing,
  • 3-way protect that attracts and traps the insects,
  • No pesticides use,
  • All-weather construction,
  • Attracts a variety of insects.

What We Don't Like

  • Expensive compared to other units,
  • Have to refill the propane.

All five of these traps are great, but our top pick is the Flowtron BK-40W. We love the maintenance-free design that costs pennies to operate. Despite the noisy operation, the Flowtron offers an acre of coverage, making it worth the zaps. Plus, the price isn’t too high.

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Tina Martino

My passion is gardening. Along with my husband and children, each year we grow a garden large enough to provide our family of five with over half of our needed produce. Besides vegetables and a small berry patch, I also focus my attention on beautifying our home with strategically placed flowers, herbs, and flowering plants. Gardening is more than just a hobby; it is a way of life.

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