Every summer, mosquitoes come back in force and spoil our summer evenings on the terrace, when they do not simply invite themselves into our homes. In addition to their shrill buzz, they sting us and leave us with unpleasant, stinging memories. While there is a wide range of products designed to eliminate or hunt them, not all are created equal. The mosquito repellent lamp is one of the most popular. But is this type of device really effective? Let’s do a check in.
The mosquito repellent lamp and its operating principle
In summer, mosquitoes are out, just like us humans who like to enjoy our outdoors until more hours! Still, it’s hard to stay calm when the first buzzes are heard and the bites start.
You should know that mosquitoes are relatively clever, since they feed with great discretion. In order not to be seen – and therefore to avoid ending up crushed – they inject an anesthetic substance into our skin at the same time as they pump our blood. If we usually don’t feel them stinging us, we are then tempted to scratch for the next few days, because this substance that makes the sting painless causes the inflammatory reaction and the famous pimple that accompanies it.
Mosquitoes are primarily attracted to the carbon dioxide that our skin and our breathing give off. They are also fond of certain odors of sweat. Since all of this is linked to the hormones that inhabit us, we are not all equal when it comes to mosquitoes and some humans attract them – alas for them – more than others.
There are several types of mosquito repellent lamps, but the most common is the ultra-violet light model. Mosquitoes are attracted to the light scattered by the UV lamp and are then electrocuted by the electrical resistance of the device. Some models are equipped with a vacuum cleaner that collects dead mosquitoes and stores them in a small bin that should be emptied regularly. The devices can be connected to the network or can be recharged by solar collector.
There are also photocatalytic mosquito repellent lamps. These new devices work by mimicking human respiration by releasing carbon dioxide. The mosquitoes, attracted, are then captured and held captive in the lamp.
Mosquito repellent lamps do not emit chemicals or toxic products and are designed to work outdoors, on a patio or in the garden, and indoors, preferably in a veranda. They present no danger to humans, even if touched while in operation.
They are simple, easy to use and practical devices, since it is enough to plug them into an electrical outlet or to recharge them with solar energy. On average, mosquito repellent lamps have a range of about 4 meters, which makes it easy to protect a garden furniture table when you are enjoying your terrace.
Is the mosquito lamp effective?
As we have said, mosquito lamps have an average range of 4 meters. It is therefore important to take this into account, since we cannot demand greater efficiency in terms of radiation.
Within this field of action, the lamps demonstrate a certain efficiency, but on condition of opting for a high-performance model. It is indeed essential to invest in a powerful lamp and to avoid the first prices. Tests revealed that newer models that use photocatalytic technology appear to perform the best.
However, this efficiency should be qualified. Indeed, if mosquito lamps attract these little unwanted pests, they generally only represent a small percentage of captured insects. Unfortunately, the devices do not sort and attract a large number of other flying insects. Flies and midges are especially collateral victims of these machines, as well as moths and bees! In addition, most of the models have no effectiveness on the dreaded tiger mosquitoes. Consequently, by wanting to eradicate mosquitoes to spend quiet evenings, we run the risk of eliminating mainly insects that are useful to our ecosystems.