Mosquito Bait Pack Instructions
How the Trap Works
The OakStump Farms Mosquito and Flying Insect Trap is a long -term population control system. The natural attractant increases in activity over a 2-3 week period and will capture more and different types of insects as the mixture bait ages. Mosquitoes breed by laying eggs in water, where the larvae hatch and feed before pupating and emerging as adults. Some species of mosquitoes, especially those responsible for carrying diseases like encephalitis and West Nile Virus, are extremely particular about where they lay their eggs and the condition of the water. Female mosquitoes use an invisible pheromone marker to "tag" the best egg-laying sites, so that they can find their way back to lay eggs again. The OakStump Farms Mosquito Trap works by duplicating a well-conditioned breeding site that is marked with the exact egg-laying pheromones that the mosquito uses. Mosquitoes and other flying insects are fooled into entering the traps, where they drown in the water.
Proper water condition is essential for best operation, and it may take up to a week for the residual chemicals to disperse from the wafer. Use 4 cups of non -chlorinated or bottled water, or use the same amount of water from a natural source such as a ditch, swamp or rain water to fill the trap. Water already infested with mosquitoes will work best. Add a small drop of dish soap to kill the larvae. Place the entire packet of green pellets in the water and stir to disperse the pellets. Open the lure packet, and without touching the lure with your hands, drops it into the water. Leave the lid off the trap for the first day or two to assist in preparation. After 1 -2 weeks, mosquitoes and other flying insects will begin to enter the trap. Pest population reduction will occur over the next few months.
Place the trap 2-4 feet off the ground in partially-shaded, wind-sheltered areas. Place traps at least 10 to 20 feet apart. Place traps near permanent water sources such as ponds, swampy areas or other places mosquitoes might lay eggs. Remove any other sources of standing water, such as old tires, containers and blocked gutters and make sure ditches and drains are clear and flowing. Use 2 traps per regular sized yard, and 8 traps per acre. Use more traps in wet or swampy areas. Make sure that there is always at least 1 cup of water in the traps always. Leave traps out all season long. Be sure to empty, dry, and store traps at the end of the year. DO NOT WASH TRAPS OR PLACE IN DISHWASHER.
After 5 to 6 weeks, or if the trap becomes rank from dead insects, replace the water and the lure set, following the directions above. The water in the trap should be a tea color, not cloudy or moldy.
The Oak Stump Farms Mosquito Trap will attract a number of other insects besides mosquitoes. Mosquitoes entering the trap will leave small eggs, and egg rafts smaller than the size of a grain of rice. The eggs will accumulate in the bottom of the trap and can be found on careful inspection. Sometimes the eggs will hatch in the trap creating wriggling larvae. Adult mosquitoes will be found at the bottom of the trap as well as floating on the surface. Do not make contact with dead mosquitoes that have red bodies - they contain blood that could be contaminated with viral diseases.