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Are mosquitoes bugging you? We love sitting on our porch looking out over the gardens and down the valley. But…there are almost always mosquitoes around. The Cariboo is well known for its “bug season”, which seems to hit its peak in June. Mosquitoes, black flies, horseflies…we have them all. So, we were intrigued when we heard about this Green-Strike Mosquito Preventer and headed off to their website to read about this system.
Here’s what we learned and our first hand review about their Mosquito Preventer system. Bottom line is, it works and gets a thumbs up from us! But read on to find out how this system works.
How the Green-Strike Mosquito Preventer Works:
Basically, the Mosquito Preventor works by using an attractant to draw female mosquitoes in to lay their eggs in the system. Then it dries out and kills those eggs, preventing that next generation from hatching. So, it won’t kill existing mosquitoes; rather, it kills the EGGS they lay.
Mosquitoes lay their eggs in water which is why it’s important to always remove standing water from your yard!
Here’s what you need to do to get this system up and running:
- Set it out early in mosquito season.
We didn’t get our Mosquito Preventer until mid July, but we sure still saw the benefits of using one! And next year, we’ll be sure to set it up early so we can better enjoy the benefits of no mosquitoes for the whole spring and summer.
- Place in a shady area (Bonus points for you if you can site it close to a pond or standing water)
This system mimics a pond or marshy area, which is where mosquitoes naturally lay eggs.
- Place the system OUT of the wind.
Mosquitoes would much rather lay their eggs in an area free of draft or wind, so keeping the system out of the wind will help attract even more females to the unit.
The Green-Strike Mosquito Preventor system includes everything you need to get going, even the batteries are included.
How to Assemble the Green-Strike Mosquito Preventer system:
It’s easy to assemble and set up the system. Just remove the top to get access to the filter, batteries, landing strips and the attractant. This is how it is packaged for shipping.
Stick the landing strips on, then insert the batteries. Reattach the lid and lock it, then fill the bottom reservoir.
Put the attractant in the bottom reservoir, wait 15 minutes, then attach the filter as the instructions show. Put the top piece back on top of the bottom and once the 15 minutes go by, turn on the system.
The system comes with a remote control.
The system automatically flushes every 3 days BUT you can change this setting, depending on the temperature and humidity of your area. You may want to flush the system more often if you live in a high temperature area.
When the automatic flush happens, the eggs go through the filter. This kills them and then the system begins again.
The mosquitoes may lay their eggs on these small white sheets, which are the landing strips. They may also lay them in the water, which is what we found happened.
Look what we saw when we opened the system after 2 weeks of operating….
See that? The filter trap captures and kills the eggs – look how many are in there. And we had definitely already noticed a decline in the number of mosquitoes buzzing around the porch.
We could really notice the smell of the attractant when we opened the unit!
We will have to replace the filter, landing strips and attractant periodically, but we can get them easily at retailers or buy the replacement kit online at Green-strike.
Our bottom line:
It works. We’re glad we got this system and we will be using it for the rest of the bug season here. Come next year, we will buy the replacement kit so we have a new filter, landing strips and attractant. We will set it up in May and enjoy a more bug-free summer!
And….we will enjoy our porch sitting time a lot more! Cheers!
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