Published on July 14th, 2011 | by Greg0
DynaTrap: Bugs Be Gone
It’s patio season- even in San Francisco, where summer might usually entail a warm fleece jacket. We still like to grill, sit outside, and bask in the sun whenever we get a chance. And the bugs, of course, like to bask with us. If you’re having trouble with mosquitos, biting flies, and/or Asian beetles, there’s a solution you might want to consider.
The DynaTrap DT1100 looks pretty attractive- if you don’t look closely, you’d mistake it for a lamp. And though we used it outdoors, it’s also safe for indoors use. You don’t need to do anything but plug it in- no refills, cartridges, candles, liquids, or bait are required. The nifty new design offers a few features that put it well above most other bug zappers and repellents that we’ve tried. For starters, it mimics human breath by emitting CO2, while the UV light is pleasantly warm and attractive to the annoying buggers. Once lured in, the fan sucks them in and traps them in a small lower compartment that serves as a cage.
That means no loud noises or disturbing your time outside with annoying “pop, crackle, zap” noises. And no weird odors. You’ll need a handy power outlet- no batteries, and thus no picnics unfortunately. A wall mount bracket it included, but not totally necessary. And a nifty stand is available, though we didn’t try it out. Our only real concern was the bulbs- they are meant to last four or so months, and cost about $11 to replace the pair. Available in a dark green, we would’ve liked to see other colors. If bugs are a concern, this is a good bet- solidly built and easy to use. Buy online or in stores for about $120.