Mosquito Catches/Repellers

Submitted: Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 14:53
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Hi all,
Heading up the east coast all the way up to Cape York starting April on a 6 month trip. Looking at what is the best options for mosquito's / sandflies.

Deet will be used, but i was looking at bug catches/zappers and wondering if they really do work.

After doing a bit of reading it seems the zappers are not much good.

I found information on 3 catches which i'm interested to know if anyone has actually tested out.

These are the:
Enviro Bug Control Trap
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Petrol Outdoor Exterminator
Click Here

BugEater
Click here
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Reply By: Member - Warfer (VIC) - Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 15:15

Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 15:15
Hiya Scoops

I reckon its been a bad year for the bugger on the Mornington Peninsula..That deet is a bugger when the sweat pulls it into your eyes...

You would'nt honestly spend $160 on that unit ???? Your out in the bush mate i cannot see if theres millions on mosquito's it would make any diff...

Ive been at Aussie Disposals to get me one of these

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Still waiting though...

Have you thought about one of these

T55 or T76

Sides fold down when it rains too..

Goodluck
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Follow Up By: Pete Jackman (SA) - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 14:45

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 14:45
When I saw T55 or T76 I thought you were referring to these:

T55:



Which would keep the mozzies out!

Cheers

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Follow Up By: Member - Warfer (VIC) - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 20:59

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 20:59
Look Pete i tell the bloody jokes here ! lmao..

Ok lets organize a trip away,you bring ya Tank and i'll make sure i get the flame thrower (use it for cooking the snags and steak too)...
Might be a good idea to leave the booze at home (to much callateral damage)...lol



Catch ya..


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Reply By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 15:18

Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 15:18
We got to Straddie at least 4 times a year and in summer the mozzies are really bad there. I plug my zapper in my inverter and move it about 15m away from us and we have no problem. The zapper zaps every 10 seconds or so on a busy night.

I always take it with me and it works a treat
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Follow Up By: Member - Warfer (VIC) - Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 15:28

Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 15:28
Hiya Troll

Thats interesting to me what brand zapper is it ????
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Follow Up By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 15:31

Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 15:31
Will check for you but I got it from Bunnings I think. I think they key is with these zappers is you need the ones that put out a bit of light to attract the buggers. One time I left the thing on the ground and there were thousands of little black bugs crawling all over the thing. They were to big to fit through though but it was pretty gross seeing them all crawl around.

We use the zapper at home as well and works well. They don't draw that much power either and works a charm on my 300w inverter.
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Follow Up By: Member - Warfer (VIC) - Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 15:38

Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 15:38
Thanks mate

I have one out the back and i thought i paid 80 bucks years ago and i am sure it was from bunnings too...

I noticed on the first link on the Enviro Bug it draws only 28w...

Last time i was away i noticed with just plain lights (torches,fuel) that some attract the bugs badly and others dont...



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Reply By: Axel [ the real one ] - Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 15:48

Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 15:48
BCF had/has a rechargeable fluro - torch - bug light , works ok if set up round 3-4 metres away , is not that robust however if not transported with the greatest of care. Ours lasted for 5mths out of our 6mth trip , refused to work when needed the most around the channels at Hinchinbrook .
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Reply By: Member - Jack - Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 16:19

Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 16:19
I bought one of those "blue light" things from Bunnings two weeks ago ... battery operated. Works quite well here at home and will consider taking it with me when next on the road. Just need an inverter to recharge it every couple of days.
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Follow Up By: Member - Warfer (VIC) - Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 17:39

Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 17:39
What size batts does it take jack !
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Follow Up By: Member - Jack - Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 19:55

Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 19:55
It's a sealed one ... once it dies you throw the whole thing away. I have been getting 3 nights out of each charge, running it between around 5pm and 10pm each night.

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Reply By: Patrol22 - Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 18:50

Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 18:50
I can personally attest to the value of the ThermaCELL Mosquito Repellent - worth every cent of the $50 they charge for them.
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 - Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 18:51

Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 18:51
...oh and you can also get them at Bunnings which is where I got mine.
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Reply By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 09:15

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 09:15
The Bugeater really does work, and it works with mozzies which don't seem to be attracted to the blue light wavelength used by others that have light attractors. You will need to use the more expensive tubes made by Bugeater however. I don't think any of the light attractor ones are much good for campsites. They attract everything for miles around, which in the tropics, is an awful lot. On the shadow side of objects, the bugs seem to take shelter. We find you need a couple of them so you don't get shadow areas under tables etc (just where your legs are). ie, the light attracts clouds of insects, then survivors cluster where there are shadow areas. Fine around a pool or at home. Bug eater is also much quieter and uses less juice than the zapper types.
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Reply By: Scoops - Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 08:43

Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 08:43
Thanks everyone for your responses. Sounds like it might be best to go with the ThermaCell unit which repels the buggers. Better for a camp site environment.

Cheers
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