4/27/17

#DynaTrap Product Review: Killing mosquitoes without chemicals - the DynaTrap DT2000XLP

I was already researching this style insect trap/killer when I was offered a chance to receive the DynaTrap DT2000XLP to try in exchange for my honest opinions and thoughts - perfect timing! 




If there is a walking no-see-um and mosquito magnet, it's me.  Even with no perfumes, scents or flowery shampoo, they find me within 30 seconds of stepping outside and they begin their feast.

Being sick of spraying myself head to toe every time I want to spend 3 minutes outside, I had just told my husband a couple weeks ago I wanted to seriously start looking at the bug killers that are supposed to treat a whole acre and 'use propane or something'.  I had never wanted to look into these previously because I did not want the hassle of propane tanks, the cost of buying it or the added chore of checking and changing it!  But... I was getting desperate.

We have 5 acres of woods behind our house and they can host a lot of pesky biting insects.

  
Within days of mentioning this to my husband I got an offer to try the DynaTrap DT2000XLP.  I don't think you can quite understand my excitement!  I could not WAIT.  This was perfect timing.  And even better?  NO PROPANE!


Before I ever agree to try a product, I do some research,
and one of the main reasons I was so excited about 
the DynaTrap is that it does not use propane
or harmful chemicals.




This Dynatrap Insect Trap attracts and kills mosquitoes and other flying insects across 1 Acre. This insect trap is engineered for 3-way protection against mosquitoes and other flying insects. First, a UV fluorescent bulb generates a warm light, attracting insects. Then a second lure, an exclusive Ti02 titanium dioxide-coated surface, produces CO2 that's irresistible to mosquitoes. Third, a powerful yet whisper-quiet vacuum fan sucks insects into the retaining cage where they dehydrate and die. A damper closes when the trap is turned off to prevent insects from escaping.

How it works; simply explained in graphics.








When you purchase the product you simply take the pieces out of the box and stack them together. The bottom twists on and off easily.  (You remove the bottom to clean out the dead or dying insects.)  It is electric so you have to have access to an outlet, and it is preferable to be in the shade, around trees or bushes and even better if you can put it right by any standing water.

Our heavily treed and shaded area was behind our home but too far away to run an electrical cord so I chose the shady corner of our home where we have not only shade, but some shrubs and plants.  You need a way to hang it - I simply went to Lowe's and purchased a tall shepherds took for about $10.  You hang it up, plug it in... and that's all there is to it!

It mostly killed the pesky and tree-damaging gypsy moths the first 1-2 days (that I could tell) as mosquitoes and no-see-ums are really so tiny.  Mosquitoes dry up to pretty much 'nothing' so it's not easy to tell at first if it's working on them.  By the third day of it running I noticed I was out on the deck and around our patio trimming rose bushes and I wasn't getting bit by anything. 

Per their instructions you must let it run 24/7 for at least 1 full week to initially treat the area.  After the 5th day I was pretty thrilled with the results.  I noticed I was out on the deck, our patio or the front step for up to 30-40 minutes without being attacked by no-see-ums.  Normally I have about 30 seconds to 3 minutes before I'm back in the house so a half hour is unheard of.  By the end of our trial week I was ready to give this product a thumbs up.

PROS
  • Cuts down on insects around your target home area - especially gypsy moths and mosquitoes
  • Quiet - whisper quiet!
  • No propane or harmful chemicals needed
  • Only have to clean it out when the basket starts to get full (depending on how heavy your area is with insects)
  • Quick and easy to put together and hang
  • Can be out in the rain, sun, etc. just hang it and forget it.

CONS
  • Needs to have an electrical outlet/cords
  • The insects die by dehydration so you might have to spray the ones still alive if you are cleaning out the basket (so they don't fly away again) because it takes a few days for them to die
  • Doesn't seem to attract carpenter bees, wasps or other pesky, aggressive fliers - and I wish it would.







From what I've read the bulbs should last a season - about 4-5 months. My initial tests of this product are quite positive!  LOVE the no propane/no chemicals - ease of putting together - soft glow lighting - no zapping - no noise and easy clean up. After it had hung for a trial week I was able to see dead mosquitoes - SO excited to see the little disease and bacteria spreading pests in there.  I love the DynaTrap and am quite pleased with how it's working.

Thought:  With Mother's Day and Father's Day right around the corner this is a gift idea that 'keeps giving' long after the holiday is over and is one everyone can benefit from.

Available from many retailers including Sam's Club, Walmart, etc. as well as online through Amazon.  




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