Are your traps not quite keeping the mosquitos away this summer? We have a solution to your problem! Mosquitos are attracted to the carbon dioxide exhaled by mammals. The mosquitos use their antennae to detect carbon dioxide and their eyes to detect movement and light to lead them toward their next warm-blooded target.

Use dry ice to make your next mosquito trap. Many mosquito traps can consist of nets, adhesive boards or electric grids and all rely on some sort of sensory stimuli to attract the mosquitos such as CO2, octenol, heat or light. Some use cylinders that produce CO2 (often by burning propane), however, these run out and become expensive to continue replacing. Dry ice is made of solid carbon dioxide and, therefore, makes the perfect “mosquito magnet.” Dry ice presents a less expensive, greener, more effective way to produce CO2 that lures those pesky insects into your traps. By combining the CO2 output of dry ice with your traps, you will catch a larger quantity of mosquitos and keep your patios and work areas much more comfortable.

Stop by one of our 40 distribution locations in the eastern two-thirds of the U.S. to get the dry ice you need. You will typically use a five-pound block of dry ice for a dusk-to-dawn trapping period. Click here to enter your city and state or your zip code to find the location nearest to you. We also want to make sure you are transporting and handling the dry ice safely to set up your improved mosquito traps. You can do this by reading the proper precautions to take on the “Safe Handling of Dry Ice” found here.

Once you have the dry ice you need, position it near and at the same level as your mosquito trap (typically about 6-8 ft. from the ground). As the dry ice sublimates, or turns from a solid to a gas, it creates the same output of a large mammal’s breathing, attracting the mosquitos right into your trap!

Try this mosquito repellant method at work and/or at home and let us know how it works!