I’ve had a lot of trouble in the past with the theories and the costs of mosquito control systems. Not to mention the fact that I’ve never been entirely convinced of their effectiveness.
When I first moved to the country the bugs drove me to distraction. I was either wearing a bug jacket, lighting candles and picks everywhere I could or I was researching and testing the next latest and greatest mosquito control device that manufacturers unleashed onto the market.
We started with a bug zapper – you know the ones, they are your parents’ generation of a lantern styled device where you’d hear the bug frying as it hit the bulb. The trouble with these is that they not only kill the mosquito and other biting bugs, they also attract and kill beneficial and beautiful bugs such as moths and fireflies.
That device alone made me want to give up the quest of mosquito control. However, living in ‘bug country’, watching my animals huddle in the barn on the worst of days, and being completely fed up with feeling as though I am a prisoner in my own house, I’ve started thinking differently about these bug control systems.
I had other doubts as well. The first of which was that my research led me to understand that there are hundreds of breeds of mosquitoes in this world – how would I be sure that the unit on the shelf (selling for hundreds of dollars) was going to kill the breed that’s taken over my backyard without upsetting the eco-balance?
Then I watched a CBS Morning Show last year.
The CBS Morning Show featured a mosquito control system called the Mosquito Mega-Catch.
Now I’m old enough to know not to trust television segments, so I headed online for independent reviews and any conducted research study I could find. What I found both amazed and educated me.
The Mega-Catch had been extensively tested by bug experts that had no affiliation with the company and was found superior for cleaning up your area of the biting nuisances (including the other bad bugs: black flies and no-see-ums).
The Mosquito Mega-Catch was tested:
- by a wide variety of independent research teams;
- in a variety of settings (from cabin to suburban to swamp land properties);
- on a variety of mosquito breeds (they actually did a "release and count" in tented acreage in one of the studies);
- and tested numerous mosquito control systems both side by side, as well as the Mega-Catch operating on it’s own.
All the research was rather fascinating and now I know far more about mosquitoes than I had ever wanted to know…
The best part? The control system that works best was only $249 retail.
That is the cheapest price I found anywhere – and I even researched used systems on eBay. Actually there are a few sellers on eBay carrying this product for $20 less than retail, but you’ll end up paying more on shipping and warranties could be a real hassle. Better to get it from the source or a reputable store with a full warranty.
The source I chose is one of the oldest catalog retailers in the US (established in 1848). If anything goes wrong with your order, delivery, etc. they really step up with customer service – they state, both on their catalog and their website, that "if a product fails to meet your expectations, for any reason, you can return it for a full refund…".
Update on Our Mosquito Control
I bought it and I love it. Once every two weeks I have to maintain it (rinse out the collection cup and replenish the water supply) and it has worked wonders. The horses and dogs are happier, we are happier, and our company has a more enjoyable stay when they come for dinner or a weekend.
Because we have had such success with it
Every year for the last 6 years, the Mosquito Mega-Catch will go on back-order. The manufacturer just can’t seem to keep up with demand once people talk to friends or family about the effectiveness of this system. I saw it coming. I knew that as soon as everyone found out about this system it could become harder to get your own.
If you’ve waited too long and the unit is sold out and biting insect control has become important to you – you have children or pets that you care about or West Nile Virus has been discovered in your area, you might want to try Amazon – but I’ll warn you right now, you’ll be paying up to $500 for the same system. I don’t know how twice the price can be justified other than the cost of scarcity – I do believe the unit is worth that much for the peace of mind it will give you, but why pay $500 when you could have purchased for $249?
Mosquito Mega-Catch for Canadians
As you may already know I am located in Canada. So while I was researching control systems for Canada I also shopped around for best prices for Canadians. Our lovely Customs Service dings us hard on the wallet whenever we order anything from the USA. For instance, last month a friend from Colorado sent me a gift – a $50 juicer from WalMart USA. When the gift arrived I was presented with a 55 Canadian Customs Invoice at my door – just for the joy of receiving a gift from the US!
That’s a charge I can live without. There is currently one Canadian dealer for this system. But when I calculated Canadian to US exchange rate, the Canadian distributor’s delivery fee, a higher starting price on the unit and no promotional discount, I determined that the unit would cost me an extra $90 to order from a Canadian rep.
How can this be, especially given the Canadian Customs robbery? Well Hammacher has a customs broker that charges (and pays to the government) a flat rate per item coming across the border. (And it’s far cheaper than receiving a gift, that’s for sure!). Order yours today, save money and get more out of your outdoor living spaces this summer.