The Mosquito Mega-Catch

mosquito mega-catchBy David Ponce

With the summer here, I bet many of you would appreciate the Mosquito Mega-Catch, a lean, mean, mosquito murderer. It uses

a strip of octenol (to generate a scent that resembles breath), a UV bulb, and flashing LEDs (oscillating frequencies determined to coincide with spectral sensitivities of many mosquitoes).

When mosquitoes get close to the trap, the patented airflow system that disperses the attractant sucks the insects inside, where they are collected in a mesh catch bag or a liquid catch pan that is easy and safe to empty. In a USDA suburban test, our trap captured up to 1,200 mosquitoes in a single night and diminished mosquito populations over an entire acre.

So, not only are you ridding yourself of these suckers, you’re doing your neighborhood a service. And at $200 from Hammacher-Schlemmer, it’s not completely unaffordable.


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57 thoughts on “The Mosquito Mega-Catch”

  1. btw, you should not allow comments to be posted without moderation… otherwise spammers can post comments for search engine optimization.

  2. Consumer reports did a report on similar devices a couple of years ago. They actually did pretty good. However the difference those machines had from this one is that they had a propane tank on them to create the CO2 that really attracts the bugs more effectively than the non-combutsion based ones like this one.

    For the money I would spend in on one that uses a propane tank and octenol strips…not this one the uses a hokey led light and uv bulb. They bite the crap out of me all the time and I don’t have a led light or uv bulb.

  3. don’t believe it. Sorry. I purchased the exact machine last year for use in woody area in southern NH – and it was useless.

    Keep looking!

  4. Try the cutter yard spray for Mosquito. It goes on your hose and keeps them down for about 3 weeks. Only 10 dollars a bottle and you get 2-3 uses out of it.

  5. Leave the poor insects alone, I cant wait till the day where insects comes up with a device killing all humans within a camp or city, honestly what is the difference? they are Gods creation just like we are.

  6. I have some friends with a propane one on a marina dock and it works pretty well if used regularly (2 days a week). But as stated, the propane ones are more expensive.

  7. @Folgers

    yeah. i’ve been saying the same thing about bacteria and virii for years. for God’s sake, leave them alone! they are Gods creation just like we are. 3 cheers for polio, malaria, and bird flu!

  8. I really couldn’t resist…

    Just because creepy crawly things are the Lords creation does not mean that we do not have dominion over them. We are to subdue them and we do. The fallen angels (demons) are the Lords creaton as well, yet Jesus cures men afflicted with demons and sens the demons to the enternal flame… As you can see animals, insects, angels, and humans are not all created equal.

    In Christ,
    Erik Fritsch

  9. Have you ever noticed how mosquitoes SUCK YOUR BLOOD? Sounds to me like grounds for killing. Not all animals are created equal, and I don’t believe in unnecessary killing, but to the poster who thinks we should leave the mosquitoes alone: if you had to survive in nature, you wouldn’t with that attitutde.

    I think that a better option than this is to get a bathouse. A couple of bats will easily eat that many mosquitoes in a night, and it doesn’t mess up the food chain.

  10. Um… for those of you who are tree huggers and bible thumpers. Have you had a mosquito bit you on your sack? it’s really annoying (don’t ask how) and also Mosquitos don’t have souls. Why the hell are you preaching in a comment page about a mosquito trap? Oh yeah, Malaria is a bitch too…

  11. Also… if you were to go and suck blood from a bear or huge insect, you’d be dead in about 23 second. So basically, shut the hell up.

  12. “Your an idiot, If insects to fight back, I hope that your the first to go!”

    No, YOU’RE the idiot for not knowing how to spell YOU’RE.


  13. You are correct. Mosquitos don’t have souls.
    According to the Bible, people don’t “have” souls either. They “are” souls.

    (Genesis 2:7) 7 And Jehovah God proceeded to form the man out of dust from the ground and to blow into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man came to be a living soul.


    Definition: In the Bible, ?soul? is translated from the Hebrew ne?phesh and the Greek psy?khe?. Bible usage shows the soul to be a person or an animal or the life that a person or an animal enjoys. To many persons, however, ?soul? means the immaterial or spirit part of a human being that survives the death of the physical body. Others understand it to be the principle of life. But these latter views are not Bible teachings.

    What does the Bible say that helps us to understand what the soul is?

    Gen. 2:7: ?Jehovah God proceeded to form the man out of dust from the ground and to blow into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man came to be a living soul.? (Notice that this does not say that man was given a soul but that he became a soul, a living person.) (The part of the Hebrew word here rendered ?soul? is ne?phesh. King James Version, American Standard Version, and Catholic Challoner-Douay Version agree with that rendering. Revised Standard Version, The Jerusalem Bible, The New American Bible read ?being.? The New English Bible says ?creature.? The Holy Bible reads ?person.?)

    1 Cor. 15:45: ?It is even so written: ?The first man Adam became a living soul.? The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.? (So the Christian Greek Scriptures agree with the Hebrew Scriptures as to what the soul is.) (The Greek word here translated ?soul? is the accusative case of psy?khe?. King James Version, American Standard Version, Catholic Challoner-Douay Version, The Jerusalem Bible, The New American Bible, and The Holy Bible also read ?soul.? Revised Standard Version, The New English Bible, and Good News Bible say ?being.?)

    1 Pet. 3:20: ?In Noah?s days . . . a few people, that is, eight souls, were carried safely through the water.? (The Greek word here translated ?souls? is psy?khai?, the plural form of psy?khe?. King James Version, American Standard Version, Catholic Challoner-Douay Version, and The Holy Bible also read ?souls.? The Jerusalem Bible and Good News Bible say ?people?; Revised Standard Version, The New English Bible, and The New American Bible use ?persons.?)

    Gen. 9:5: ?Besides that, your blood of your souls [or, ?lives?; Hebrew, from ne?phesh] shall I ask back.? (Here the soul is said to have blood.)

    Josh. 11:11: ?They went striking every soul [Hebrew, ne?phesh] that was in it with the edge of the sword.? (The soul is here shown to be something that can be touched by the sword, so these souls could not have been spirits.)

    Where does the Bible say that animals are souls?

    Gen. 1:20, 21, 24, 25: ?God went on to say: ?Let the waters swarm forth a swarm of living souls* . . . ? And God proceeded to create the great sea monsters and every living soul that moves about, which the waters swarmed forth according to their kinds, and every winged flying creature according to its kind. . . . And God went on to say: ?Let the earth put forth living souls according to their kinds . . . ? And God proceeded to make the wild beast of the earth according to its kind and the domestic animal according to its kind and every moving animal of the ground according to its kind.? (*In Hebrew the word here is ne?phesh. Ro reads ?soul.? Some translations use the rendering ?creature[s].?)

    Lev. 24:17, 18: ?In case a man strikes any soul [Hebrew, ne?phesh] of mankind fatally, he should be put to death without fail. And the fatal striker of the soul [Hebrew, ne?phesh] of a domestic animal should make compensation for it, soul for soul.? (Notice that the same Hebrew word for soul is applied to both mankind and animals.)

    Rev. 16:3: ?It became blood as of a dead man, and every living soul* died, yes, the things in the sea.? (Thus the Christian Greek Scriptures also show animals to be souls.) (*In Greek the word here is psy?khe?. King James Version, American Standard Version, and Catholic Challoner-Douay Version render it ?soul.? Some translators use the term ?creature? or ?thing.?)

    Do other scholars who are not Jehovah?s Witnesses acknowledge that this is what the Bible says the soul is?

    ?There is no dichotomy [division] of body and soul in the O[ld] T[estament]. The Israelite saw things concretely, in their totality, and thus he considered men as persons and not as composites. The term nepe? [ne?phesh], though translated by our word soul, never means soul as distinct from the body or the individual person. . . . The term [psy?khe?] is the N[ew] T[estament] word corresponding with nepe?. It can mean the principle of life, life itself, or the living being.??New Catholic Encyclopedia (1967), Vol. XIII, pp. 449, 450.

    ?The Hebrew term for ?soul? (nefesh, that which breathes) was used by Moses . . . , signifying an ?animated being? and applicable equally to nonhuman beings. . . . New Testament usage of psyche (?soul?) was comparable to nefesh.??The New Encyclop?dia Britannica (1976), Macrop?dia, Vol. 15, p. 152.

    ?The belief that the soul continues its existence after the dissolution of the body is a matter of philosophical or theological speculation rather than of simple faith, and is accordingly nowhere expressly taught in Holy Scripture.??The Jewish Encyclopedia (1910), Vol. VI, p. 564.

    Can the human soul die?

    Ezek. 18:4: ?Look! All the souls?to me they belong. As the soul of the father so likewise the soul of the son?to me they belong. The soul* that is sinning?it itself will die.? (*Hebrew reads ?the ne?phesh.? King James Version, American Standard Version, Revised Standard Version, The New English Bible, and Catholic Challoner-Douay Version render it ?the soul.? Some translations say ?the man? or ?the person.?)

    Matt. 10:28: ?Do not become fearful of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul [or, ?life?]; but rather be in fear of him that can destroy both soul* and body in Gehenna.? (*Greek has the accusative case of psy?khe?. King James Version, American Standard Version, Revised Standard Version, The New English Bible, Good News Bible, Catholic Challoner-Douay Version, The Jerusalem Bible, and The New American Bible all render it ?soul.?)

    Acts 3:23: ?Indeed, any soul [Greek, psy?khe?] that does not listen to that Prophet will be completely destroyed from among the people.?

    Is it possible for human souls (people) to live forever?

    See pages 243-247, under the heading ?Life.?

    Is the soul the same as the spirit?

    Eccl. 12:7: ?Then the dust returns to the earth just as it happened to be and the spirit [or, life-force; Hebrew, ru?ach] itself returns to the true God who gave it.? (Notice that the Hebrew word for spirit is ru?ach; but the word translated soul is ne?phesh. The text does not mean that at death the spirit travels all the way to the personal presence of God; rather, any prospect for the person to live again rests with God. In similar usage, we may say that, if required payments are not made by the buyer of a piece of property, the property ?returns? to its owner.) (King James Version, American Standard Version, Revised Standard Version, The New English Bible, and Catholic Challoner-Douay Version all here render ru?ach as ?spirit.? The New American Bible reads ?life breath.?)

    Eccl. 3:19: ?There is an eventuality as respects the sons of mankind and an eventuality as respects the beast, and they have the same eventuality. As the one dies, so the other dies; and they all have but one spirit [Hebrew, ru?ach].? (Thus both mankind and beasts are shown to have the same ru?ach, or spirit. For comments on verses 20, 21, see page 383.)

    Heb. 4:12: ?The word of God is alive and exerts power and is sharper than any two-edged sword and pierces even to the dividing of soul [Greek, psy?khes?; ?life,? The New English Bible] and spirit [Greek, pneu?ma?tos], and of joints and their marrow, and is able to discern thoughts and intentions of the heart.? (Observe that the Greek word for ?spirit? is not the same as the word for ?soul.?)

    Does conscious life continue for a person after the spirit leaves the body?

    Ps. 146:4: ?His spirit [Hebrew, from ru?ach] goes out, he goes back to his ground; in that day his thoughts do perish.? (The New American Bible, Ro, Yg, and Catholic Challoner-Douay Version [145:4] here render ru?ach as ?spirit.? Some translations say ?breath.?) (Also Psalm 104:29)

    What is the origin of Christendom?s belief in an immaterial, immortal soul?

    ?The Christian concept of a spiritual soul created by God and infused into the body at conception to make man a living whole is the fruit of a long development in Christian philosophy. Only with Origen [died c. 254 C.E.] in the East and St. Augustine [died 430 C.E.] in the West was the soul established as a spiritual substance and a philosophical concept formed of its nature. . . . His [Augustine?s] doctrine . . . owed much (including some shortcomings) to Neoplatonism.??New Catholic Encyclopedia (1967), Vol. XIII, pp. 452, 454.

    ?The concept of immortality is a product of Greek thinking, whereas the hope of a resurrection belongs to Jewish thought. . . . Following Alexander?s conquests Judaism gradually absorbed Greek concepts.??Dictionnaire Encyclop?dique de la Bible (Valence, France; 1935), edited by Alexandre Westphal, Vol. 2, p. 557.

    ?Immortality of the soul is a Greek notion formed in ancient mystery cults and elaborated by the philosopher Plato.??Presbyterian Life, May 1, 1970, p. 35.

    ?Do we believe that there is such a thing as death? . . . Is it not the separation of soul and body? And to be dead is the completion of this; when the soul exists in herself, and is released from the body and the body is released from the soul, what is this but death? . . . And does the soul admit of death? No. Then the soul is immortal? Yes.??Plato?s ?Phaedo,? Secs. 64, 105, as published in Great Books of the Western World (1952), edited by R. M. Hutchins, Vol. 7, pp. 223, 245, 246.

    ?The problem of immortality, we have seen, engaged the serious attention of the Babylonian theologians. . . . Neither the people nor the leaders of religious thought ever faced the possibility of the total annihilation of what once was called into existence. Death was a passage to another kind of life.??The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria (Boston, 1898), M. Jastrow, Jr., p. 556.

  14. Dan, that was fantastic! Rather a bit more work than these wankers really deserve but nevertheless, I thank you!

    Now then, speaking as someone who’s been hounded by skeeters all his life and who’s terribly sick of being a human pincushion, I say KILL THE LITTLE BASTARDS!

  15. Looks like a vagina to me.

    You’ve not seen many vaginas, have you?

    Back on topic, not sure spending nearly $800 to kill the pesky mosquito attacking me while I sleep is truly worth it. I think I’ll stick with my trusty can of Off.

  16. This is the most awesome thing ever, I can’t wait to purchase this sucker and let it lose in Muskoka, kill those damn mosquitos! Mahahahaha. Similarily it looks like those proton packs from Ghost Busters

  17. Useless. I bought one of these last year for my backyard, after my Mosquito Magnet stopped working. Thought I got a deal on a new one for $175. Waste of money. Did a real good job at catching moths, terrible job with mosquitos.

    Save your money and buy a mosquito magnet — they do work. However, while I think extended warranties are a waste of money, get one with a mosquito magnet. They seem to fail after their 1 year warranty runs out.

  18. The reason this doesn’t work as well as a Mosquito Magnet is that it uses octenol but not CO2. The other problem is that certain species of mosquito don’t key on octenol – there’s a warning in the MM docs that octenol repels the asian tiger mosquito and possibly several others. My MM is humnming along and has sucked up a bag so far this spring. Wish I had several more around the place to build a virtual mosquito wall.

  19. Mosquito’s spread disease. You retards that say leave them alone…it’s all fun and games until it’s you that’s dying of some unknown disease. You all suck at life.

  20. Hey Dan, seems like you got a little too tied up reading and quoting archaic writings and the interpretations of those archaic writings to form an opinion of your own. And although you consider the bible to be filled with truth, don’t forget that other intelligent people consider it to be filled with lies.

    For Christ’s sake Dan, I just wanted to read about the mosquito killing machine. Save the preaching for your like-minded, bible-thumping, god-fearing, conformist-christian church buddies.

    To return the favor, I’ll offer you my viewpoint on christianity — see how you like it:

    If Christ comes back, kill him again.

  21. What ta Frak are this people doing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    the dieses come from people, ones the FDA stops producing them less deceses will go around.
    all these nonsence about deeses.
    there is sprays, and camp fires. and the strong survives. Bustards……..

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  24. I have a cottage in the woods in Northern Michigan, and I’ve come up with a recipe that works fairly well:

    First of all, I use a Mosquito Deleto (one of those CO2/Ocental jobbers) and two or three Coleman Mosquito Inhibitors (little fan-propelled units that have a little pool of some kind of repellent). So you set up the Mosquito Deleto far away from you (to attract ’em) and the Inhibitors clowse to you (to repel them).

    Finally, the icing on the cake is something called Dr. T’s Mosquito & Gnat Scat which is a mix you sprinkle on the ground which is composed entirely of garlic, peppermint, and clay powder. Sounds hippy-dippy, but I’ll be damned if it isn’t the A-#1 best way to have a mosquito-free week up north. Best part: instead of smelling like chemicals it smells exactly like an Italian restaurant. In fact that’s what we call it: Italian Restaurant.

    “Hey, did you sprinkle the Italian Restaurant around this year?”

    “I sure did!”

    “Gee whiz!”

    (what we would sound like if we were either retarded or from the ’50s.)
    For extra stupid measure I take garlic pills (in your local vitamin aisle) starting about a week before I go up north. Dunno if it helps, but it doesn’t seem to hurt.

    Feel free to comment and say “That doesn’t work” and I will feel sorry for you for being wrong.

  25. JUNK … junk … junk … I work at american biophysics, maker of the mosquito magnet, I worked in the call center for 3 years and now im doing the web sites and in IT now … and YES the mosquito magnet WORKS.

    And .:DataWhat?:. mentioned the Coleman Mosquito Inhibitors, and the other colemen products are COPY CATS of the mosquito magnet. Colemen took our old Freedom model and reversed eng. it and sold it them selves … we sued them and that is now a differnt product completly.

    mosquito magnet is the industry leader in hte industry. get one .. they work

  26. This place is trippy! From mosquitoes to souls? Do mosquitoes have souls Dan?

    My home is an insect no~kill zone. Paper wasps are safe in my yard as well as any other insects.

    It is so sad that westernized culture has been trained to view unsects as undesirables. All the pest control poisons that are released into the environment can’t be ethologically healthy for the earth over the long run.

  27. The problem is that mosquitos are part of an ecological system. Wipe them out and you mess up the ecological equilibrium of the area/world. Believe it or not, but messing up the eco system hurts us too, in a very real way.

    Also, koodos to the very rightious christian who said that insects and “animals” should be subdued by the human race. That is exactly the position that Hitler took when he established death camps for jews/homosexuals/blacks/etc and when US was enslaving people ’till 1865. All it takes is to think that something, anything, is naturaly lesser/inferior to you, and you can apply that to everything else.

  28. Dan, you’re clearly a Jehovah’s Witness, I presume you’re using the WT library CD-ROM and copying and pasting the info? Hope you’re not counting time though… lol.

  29. I have the Coleman brand Mosquito Deleto that uses propane to lure mosquitos to a highly-sticky surface which they get trapped and die. For three years, I’ve caught thousands of grass clippings and leaves, but no goddamn mosquitos!

  30. I read a lot of reviews before I went out and bought a mega catch premier. All the reviews raved about how good it worked and how many mosquitoes it catches. After the very disappointing results I have had with mine, I am starting to think that it?s nothing but sales people writing these reviews. Let me start by saying in May I bought my premier and was looking forward to taking back my patio on warm summer nights. I read all the instructions, and did what I was supposed to do. I used the octenol lures with little to no results. The mosquitoes where out there I have the bites to prove it but the only thing I catch is moths and nats mostly due to the black light bulb, which in mine was burned out in less then three weeks. I had to go buy a new bulb and now a month or so later this black light bulb is burned out. You get maybe a month out of a black light but they don’t tell you that. Mega catch should send you a new bulb with every two pack of octenol you buy. I use the water method and I have read reviews where people state that they change the water once a week. I know that is a load of crap because in the summer heat with a fan blowing on the water you get maybe two days of usage before the water is evaporated. I leave mine on all day and night when the weather is dry. Now I will admit that the mosquitoes that I have here in New Jersey are tiger mosquitoes and that the octenol doesn?t work on them. In other reviews I have read that if you use the scent that mosquito magnet makes for tiger mosquitoes it does a hell of a job. Well I bought a three pack and used two in my machine with no results at all. Then there are these four little LED?s that flash in a rotating fashion that I have become convinced the only thing attracted to that is a human as he watches the different colors flash and spin. Now that my black light bulb is burned out again I won?t be catching any moths or nats. Without them, I won?t be catching anything. I would like to know who conducted these tests because it has to be a total load of crap. Hell I can say I will fly to the moon next week but it doesn?t make it so. The kicker is that I cover my machine when it rains out so I don?t have mine on 7 days a week. Only when the weather is dry, which in the summer is most of the time. This is because Mega Catch can?t do me the courtesy to answer a simple question that I emailed them with a month ago. I wanted to know if I could leave my machine on in the rain but have never received a answer so instead of seeing it short out I just cover it so it doesn?t get wet. So I guess I don?t even get a complete month out of a black light bulb. I really had high hopes for this device but am so let down by poor performance that it sickens me. I wish I could send it back but I have a better chance of catching 10,000 mosquitoes in one evening?.not.
    To those of you who are sitting on the fence wondering if you should buy this machine, do yourself a favor and look somewhere else. I can?t say if there is a machine out there to stop your mosquito problem, I can say it?s not the Mega Catch Premier. If someone finds a device that really does work, I?d be willing to give it a serious look.

  31. Tekjock…I have a Liberty Plus Mosquito Magnet that is on it’s 3nd power head already. Sure it works…when it’s functioning. BTW…customer support took 3 weeks to resolve my issues.

  32. I bought the Mega Catch premier with high hopes of ridding the hordes of mosquitos at my cottage in Ontario Canada. After 2 days of continuous operation it had only caught a couple of dozen. I called the help line and they told me to remove the octenol strip since apparently some mosquitos are repelled by it. After another couple of days it had managed to catch close to 100. The next few days the catch went back down to just a dozen or so a day. The mosquitos are so bad where I located the trap that you can not breath through your mouth without inhaling them, yet this unit can only catch a few each day. I killed more mosquitos by swatting them when I was checking the trap than the trap had caught in a 24 hour period. After a 10 day 24/7 operation trial I have pulled the plug on it and I am returning the unit. It simply does not catch any where near enough mosquitos to make any impact on their proliferating population. Cool idea but it just doesn’t work.

  33. We have 3 Mega-Catch units and found they worked well in coastal AL. They catch mosquitos, no-see-ums and yellow (deer) flies. We use the water pail rather than a bag as our catch method and change it out weekly. We haven’t noticed that adding octenol helps very much. The oldest unit has a CO2 tank, the others don’t. 1 20lb tank of CO2 lasts a whole summer. The problem is that the electronics fail much too soon and then you have to get replacement parts.

  34. I have had my mega catch for 1 month and feel it has been a total waste of $400.00 .This unit looks smart with the rainbow lighting and black lites but proves ineffective at doing the job its supposed to.I will be returning it this weekend

  35. Jag skulle samla alla dessa blodsugare på samma ställe och ELDA dem,för att det är vad dem förtjänar.Dem gör ingen nytta på jorden!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. Well yes I really believe that people don't have souls either. This is why I wanted to give everyone a new testament and other religious things, with the only hope that they will manage to change after a while. I really look forward to see that happening.

  37. Well yes I really believe that people don't have souls either. This is why I wanted to give everyone a new testament and other religious things, with the only hope that they will manage to change after a while. I really look forward to see that happening.

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