Just recently, a new breakthrough mosquito product appeared on the market and has already gained popularity. Let’s figure out how good and effective it is, what its disadvantages are and, more importantly, what people who have tried it say about the product. Chemical solutions scare me while natural ones are not effective enough and are short-term. So, with that in mind, I was looking for something innovative. Simple yet effective. Something like… the Spartan Mosquito Eradicator.
The idea is surprisingly simple — this is an environmentally safe solution that exploits mosquitoes’ weaknesses by using attractants they cannot resist. The ingredients include sodium chloride (11.48%), sucrose (88.34%), and yeast (0.18%). The only ingredient that does not come with the product is water. You will need to add it yourself.
Mosquitoes need water not only to drink but also to breed, which is why it is so potent as an attractant. Experts at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension note that mosquitoes prefer standing water, particularly if it stands for a week or longer. The effect of water is coupled with that of the carbon dioxide produced by a mixture of two other ingredients — yeast and sucrose.
As for carbon dioxide, biting insects are attracted by the odor of this gas because they associate it with the gas naturally exhaled by humans and animals. As Clément Vinauger from Virginia Tech explained, mosquitoes have sensors detecting this smell. It guides them where to fly to get the much sought-after substance — the blood. For those who are unaware, it is female mosquitoes that seek blood and bite because they need protein to be able to lay eggs. That is why carbon dioxide has such a strong impact on them.
Thus, after being lured into the tube, the bloodsucker drinks the water mixed with sodium chloride and then die in a while. That said, the Spartan is not a trap and, therefore, you will not need to deal with dead insects inside.
To my mind, the Spartan Mosquito Eradicator is nothing less than a breakthrough in pest control because it is a unique example of how natural ingredients can be made highly effective. So what are the key advantages of this product?
To begin with, take the Spartan tube and remove the cap. Fill the container with water up to the line. Cover the tube with the cap and shake the mixture to activate it. After that, remove the cap again and place the black cap for hanging.
Then, choose the right location. Keep in mind that in the case with the Spartan, the effectiveness directly depends on the placement. The manufacturer recommends shady and humid locations, preferably under trees, in shrubs, and near ponds.
Hang the tubes on the tree branches, about 6 feet above the ground. It is also important to place them with a distance of no more than 180 feet from each other to create a barrier and ensure full coverage. Make sure that the tubes are approximately 100 feet from where people gather to avoid attracting bloodsuckers to the wrong target.
Ideal placement time depends on the weather and climate in your region, but you can never go wrong if you install the tubes immediately after the first bites. If you do it later, the mosquito population will grow significantly and will be harder to control.
One of the users on the Texas Gardening Forum, Derek Dwight, says that he and his neighbors have tried the Spartan and the product does work. Derek owns about two acres by a pond and his neighborhood is swarming with mosquitoes. “These things are amazing. Now 3 of the 4 houses on the pond are using them, and we are almost totally mosquito-free,” he wrote.
Another user, who lives in a trailer in a semi-wooded area, notes that the Spartan seems to be “a more viable and consistent solution” than zappers. When compared to more powerful propane traps, this product does not attract birds, lizards, and other unwanted creatures, one more user argues. Still, some forum users are skeptical about the Spartan, saying that all this sounds unrealistic. But it is worth noting that they have not tried this product yet.
A Youtube user, Dusty Guy, has also used the Spartan and claims that it works. Oftentimes, he works on his projects in the backyard and mosquitoes used to fly around. Now, with the Spartan Eradicator in his yard, he can safely wear a short-sleeve T-shirt near green shrubs as there are no bloodsuckers anymore.
A user from the BBCBoards forum notes that initially he was skeptical about the Spartan but then he decided to buy a box of these tubes and was “extremely impressed” by the results. “Last year was so miserable here I was literally attacked but 100s every time I went out. This year I’ve only seen 1 mosquito despite all the rain this spring,” he wrote.
While mosquitoes are long-time enemies of human beings, a quick glance at the market of pest control products shows a disproportionate prevalence of chemical solutions. Why? Generally, they do work and this is what any expert would say. So why mosquitoes are still a problem for many of us? The thing is that chemical mosquito repellents force us to choose between the lesser of two evils — painful insect bites or toxic substances. Considering how many people have allergies and sensitive skin, it remains to be seen which evil is lesser. Especially when you have to spray yourself from top to toe… Anyway, there is no such thing as a healthy chemical repellent.
You would argue that the pest control market offers a variety of natural mosquito repellents and killers. Indeed, you have a lot to choose from. The problem is that most of them are of little effectiveness or short-term solutions. Plant-based repellents will not last long as their active ingredients evaporate pretty quickly. Mosquito repellent candles have a short range of action, with the effect depending on whether it is windy or still. Electric bug zappers are actually for bugs, not mosquitoes. According to multiple studies, they are useless for controlling mosquitoes, or even worse, they will attract more biting insects into your yard.