Mosquito Traps attract, then either trap or kill, mosquitoes. The general idea is to reduce the number of questing mosquitoes that would otherwise be afflicting the community. Mosquito Traps can significantly reduce or even collapse local mosquito populations by decreasing the number of egg-laying females through their capture.
Mosquito Traps utilize some form of attractant that lures the host-seeking female mosquitoes to a capture or killing device. In some cases, mosquitoes are captured via an impellor fan that suctions them into a net, where they desiccate while other trapping systems use a sticky surface to which the mosquitoes adhere when they land. Still others utilize an electric grid to electrocute mosquitoes drawn into contact. Attractants used are generally variations on a common theme of imitating the mammalian scents and body heat that provide host cues to questing female mosquitoes.