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1. Contech Electronics CRO101 Scarecrow
$229.99 list($299.99)
2. Mosquito Magnet 4000MM Defender
$529.99 list($695.00)
3. Mosquito Magnet 3100MM Liberty
$399.99 list($495.00)
4. Mosquito Magnet 3000MM Liberty
$3.99 list($2.75)
5. Bug Off! Adult Biting Insect Repelling
$999.99 list($1,195.00)
6. Mosquito Magnet 1100MM Pro
$79.00 list($89.00)
7. Scarecrow Motion Activated Sprinkler
$6.99
8. STINGER Insect Repelling Wristbands
$224.99 list($299.99)
9. SonicWeb Biting Insect Control

1. Contech Electronics CRO101 Scarecrow Motion-Activated Sprinkler
list price: $79.00
our price: $59.99
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Asin: B000071NUS
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: Contech Electronics
Sales Rank: 1247
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Runs for months and 'fires' up to 5000 times on one 9-volt battery
  • Eco-friendly and chemical free, use 2-3 cups of water per deterrence
  • Detects animals in a 1000 square foot area day and night
  • Easy to install move and store
  • A humane solution to unwanted intruders

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars This product works -deer go away
I bought this for my Mom in Michigan for Mother's Day. For the past five years she'd tried everything to keep the deer out of her flower garden - netting on the ground, fishing wire placed on posts about 3 feet off the ground... no matter what, some of the deer got in the garden. I'd told her about this product for several years, but she figured it didn't really work, I figured, let's give it a try. It has been installed for 3 weeks now, and the deer have yet to go into her garden (and they live on their property, so they are around). She just told me that some bulbs she planted 5 years ago are blooming for the first time ever - every year before they'd been eaten before they bloomed.

We'd highly recommend this product and she's about to order another.

One hint, get a good hose to go with this product, since the water pressure remains constant, you want a newer hose that can handle that pressure.

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth the investment!
Our problem is the neighborhood cats who are allowed to roam. They were ruining our garden, lawn, etc. We tried so many different things to keep them away, without any lasting success. The Scarecrow is fantastic! The cats (as well as other bothersome 'strays') stay away and they are not harmed in any way (except perhaps their pride)!

The Scarecrow is very well made--quite sturdy. Also, I had the Scarecrow on daily and the battery lasted for nearly two months.

I highly recommend this product--it is effective on more than just deer or rabbits!

Our flower beds and lawn are recovered.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Product That Really Works!
My husband and I were very disappointed to see that neighborhood rabbits had eaten our bean and pea plants to the stem after only two days of being in the ground. We wanted to keep the rabbits out of the garden area without chemicals, unsightly chicken wire, or traps. We purchased the scarecrow and absolutely love it! After replanting, our bean and pea plants are healthy and growing. The scarecrow seems to be doing its job of letting the rabbits know they are not welcome in the garden area. I have told friends and family about our happy results. I would recommend this item to anyone looking for a solution to unwanted intruders. ... Read more


2. Mosquito Magnet 4000MM Defender
list price: $299.99
our price: $229.99
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Asin: B000094YKM
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: American Biophysics
Sales Rank: 497
Average Customer Review: 3.25 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Protection up to 1/2 acre
  • Easy to Bury, low voltage (12v) power cord
  • Silent and odorless, 24-hour protection against mosquitoes, no-see-ums and other biting insects
  • No Flame
  • 1 Year Warranty

Reviews (32)

5-0 out of 5 stars If you have Asian Tiger Mosquitos
Don't use the Octenol cartridge for Asian Tiger Mosquitos because it repels rather than attracts them. Read and follow the placement directions.

After getting 6-15 bites by those nasty critters everytime I went into the garden and being held prisoner indoors for a few months, I decided to spend the bucks on the Defender. My husband was skeptical, but I was desperate.
Initially, it wasn't properly placed and I thought that I had made an expensive mistake. After we read the placement directions, viewed the CD and moved it to the recommended area of our yard, the Tiger mosquitos flocked to the Defender to dehydrate and die. We have won the battle with the Asian Tigers and now are using the Octenol cartridges to catch the everyday garden variety mosquitos.

We started using the Mosquito Magnet on July 1 and are very happy with the results. We still have some mosquitos and I get bitten every now and then, but I don't have to coat myself with OFF and I can enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine in the garden.

5-0 out of 5 stars Works great for me!
I read these reviews before I bought a Mosquito Magnet Defender, and, though there seemed to be some disagreement as to whether this machine actually works, I found that Consumer Reports liked it, so I decided to shell out the money to buy one.
I just set up the machine in my backyard on July 3 after reviewing the placement assistant on the included instruction c/d. It was very easy to set up (once I had the propane tank, it took about half an hour including 20 minutes warm-up time). Mosquitoes started swarming around the machine after it had been running for an hour. In three days I've emptied the trap twice. I counted over 100 mosquitoes each time (a tip: open the trap in a plastic bag to prevent the live mosquitoes from flying out). I'm sure I that's a fraction of the probably three trillion mosquitoes living on my half-acre lot, but - hey - it's a dent.
I could actually go out on the deck today (in the rain) and not get bitten. I'm looking forward to see how it works over the next month (how long the manufacturer claims it takes to break the mosquito breeding cycle).
At this point, I'm very happy with my Mosquito Magnet Defender.

5-0 out of 5 stars I Love This Thing!
The Mosquito Magnet is destined to be one of those indispensible items to have in-and-around anyone's home. This thing is terrific. Before I got my computer, DVD, and cell phone, I couldn't imagine life with them, now I cannot imagine life without them. So it is with the Mosquito Magnet.

I live in Maine, Mosquito and Black Fly Central. The bugs here are the size of small housecats, and are happy to hold you hostage until you pay a handsome ransom... of your blood. I researched bug-catching devices and bug killers galore, in Consumer Reports, all over the internet, everywhere. The Mosquito Magnet was hands-down the most-recommended item around. Amazon clearly offered the best deal. Free Shipping, $50 off my next purchase, and a free box of octenol cartridges. OK, I was sold.

The assembly was a breeze. Turned on the propane tank, plugged the thing in, and wahoo! I have had it for just three weeks, and upon emptying the bug box for the first time, it was absolutely packed with a solid brick of dead mosquitoes and blackflies! Ewww! Thousands and thousands of them! Unbelievable! Damnedest thing I ever saw! And everyone of those little buggers I "offed" was one less to bite me in the @ss. And more importantly, one less to survive thereafter, laying eggs and spawning the next generation of little fiends.

I have already noticed a dramatic decrease in ANYTHING buzzing about me while noodling around the garden and grill. This little darlin' works slick as snot on a doorknob! And my home is on a lake in the woods of Maine, with lots of fresh water and foliage everywhere for the little buggers to live in. Not anymore, thanks to the Mosquito Magnet. I was a skeptic at first (my wife, too, thought the money would've been better spent paying a high school kid 10 cents apiece to swat them one at a time!), but now having lived with it, I'm so thrilled that I'm telling EVERYONE about it!

A caution: When they say "Change the tank every 21 days", they mean it. I tried to weasel a few extra days out of the Rhino tank, and at the end of day 22, the propane tank was spent. Make sure you have a spare handy, so you can make a smooth transition. I've read about other folks' problems with gas flow and starting problems. No such problems here. It has worked perfectly in every regard.

The other deal is, I see no reason why you'd need the bigger, and much more expensive models. My property is about 5 acres of woods, but the little Defender is true to its name! Does a terrific job, and even the specs on the larger models fail to provide convincing data on why or how they should be superior.

You, too, will love this thing. It's crazy to spend umpteen thousands on a home, and then be held hostage by bugs such that you cannot enjoy it. The Defender is the best $300 you'll ever spend for your yard.

4-0 out of 5 stars So far, great!
I live next to conservation land, and my Mosquito Magnet has caught 1/2 of it's basket full of mosquitos in less that one 21 day cycle. Mosquitos hover around it all the time.

The only downside is that it was hard to get running the first time. It may require level ground (my first try was at a slight slant), and I had problems with getting it to feed from my propane tank.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't bother in Maryland
Used one of these for 6 weeks on the Eastern Shore of MD and didn't catch 6 mosquitos in that time. They don't tell you until you open the box that you shouldn't use the octenol if you have Asian Tiger mosquitos which is what we mainly have.

Out the price of 2 tanks of propane and a third spare tank I had purchased, but I returned the "magnet" to Hom. Depo. for a refund.

They shouldn't sell these things in states that they don't work in. ... Read more


3. Mosquito Magnet 3100MM Liberty Plus
list price: $695.00
our price: $529.99
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Asin: B000140B6I
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: American Biophysics
Sales Rank: 4632
Average Customer Review: 2.67 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 1 Year Warranty
  • Protection up to 1 acre
  • Self powered - no power cord required
  • Silent and odorless, 24-hour protection against mosquitoes, no-see-ums and other biting insects
  • No Flame

Reviews (12)

4-0 out of 5 stars Still a killing machine: 7 week update
Original review below: So far 2 propane tanks, 3 weeks each. The machine is virtually silent. I skipped using the CO2 "quick clear" cartridge as recommended after the first tank and the machine shut down 2 weeks into the second tank. Quick clear solved the problem. Our large yard has embedded woods, shrubs, wet areas and this year has been very wet. Bugs are out in force and the machine continues to catch loads of mosquitos and no-see-ums but less than a few weeks ago. I change the net when the fan is covered... about every other day. I wash out the old net after the contents stop moving. I treat it like a vacuum cleaner bag with the cleaner = more suction theory. Compared to our neighbors, our pool area is mosquito free. Placement is critical and must consider shade and the downwind CO2 dispersion. Would I buy another Liberty Plus? Probably not. Am I sorry I bought it? No. The technology works but I don't understand how the Liberty series is rated for 1 acre. I assume it generates a larger CO2 plume. In hindsight, for the money I think I'd rather have two $300 Defenders and set up a perimeter. Of course, that presumes the Defender kills like the Liberty. I'm going to move the machine and see if I can thin the biting population in a different part of the yard.

(original review) We've had the MM for 4.5 weeks and so far it's worked as advertised. It was a big bite in the wallet but it's allowed us and the kids the use of our backyard pool and deck through twilight for the first time in 6 years. It's under an apple tree for shade and it sucks in an incredible amount of mosquitos and no-see-ums from the nearby bushes and damp areas.
First propane lasted 3 weeks, as expected. The MM shut down once by itself but started right back up. I empty the net every 2 days. I recommend swapping the full net for an empty one because dumping out the squirming mass into a trash bag is a horror show. You can tie off the full net and let the active ones die. After all these years it's great to be able to enjoy the yard and it's sweet revenge on the biters.

3-0 out of 5 stars The First One Wasn't Working........
I received my Libery Plus on April 5th. I pulled it out of the box and everything listed in the instructions was included in the box (alaways nice) and the Liberty appeared to be a quality product. I had a newly-purchased propane tank that I immediately connected to the Liberty - I had high hopes for this machine!

The Liberty wouldn't start.

It failed repeatedly to complete the warmup cycle. I tweaked the prpoane connection, double-checked the battery and everything else that I could think of. My first call to tech support (after a 10 minute wait) resulted in a few more sugggestions from the rep as to what may be the problem with my unit.

I tried them all and the unit still wouldn't complete the start cycle. A second call to tech support verified that the igniter in my unit was not operating. Tech Support offered to send me a replacement unit without hesitation and didn't ask for a credit card number as some manufacturers try to do. They sent me a second one with no issues.

The second one worked as advertised though it hasn't been running long enough to catch anything yet. Don't buy one of these unless you are willing to chance a non-working unit as the quality control doesn't seem to be that good. If you do have problems you will find that Tech Support is top-notch.

4-0 out of 5 stars Works Great once you get it started
My mosquito Magnet is sucking down a bagful of sceeters every day. (I'm guessing that's about 1000 or more mosquitos per day). It has returned our back yard to us. Well worth the price and the struggle to get it running.

And it was a struggle to get it running; most of which had to do with the propane supply. They aren't kidding when they tell you to open the valve on the propane tank very slowly. I now do about 1/8th of a turn in 30 seconds. Once I did that, my starting problems came to an end. In my case, I also learned to open the valve only partially....Only to the point where I could begin to hear the gas flowing and no further. The Mosquito Magnet has a very sensitive regulator that will slam shut if too much gas presure is applied to it. This makes the machine think its connected to an empty tank. (That's my theory... for what's it's worth...I'm not an expert on propane and propane accessories)

If you are not the type of person who is willing to patiently twiddle with something until it works, you may not want this. I wouldn't call it a typical plug and play consumer appliance. Hopefully, they will develop it further so that it will be easier to start in the future.

If a little twiddling doesn't scare you and you are ready to buy, but are torn between the two models "Liberty" and the "Liberty Plus" , get the the Liberty Plus. I had a Liberty last summer and it got fried sometime during our numerous power outages (there were about five caused by storms). It seems the mosquito magnet needs to have its internal fan running for about 1/2 hour after it shuts down. If it doesn't, it will burn up on the inside. Since the Liberty is connected to household current, the fan goes off whenever power is interupted. This does not allow the machine to cool off and thus it becomes damaged. The Liberty Plus has a battery operated fan and is therefore not subject to this kind of failure. In addition, you need to plug it in only once at the beginning of the season to charge it up. When its operating, I'm assuming that the fan is somehow run by propane. The battery is just for start ups and cool downs.

I am sort of peeved that I didn't realize that my first machine got fried until after the waranty was out (Isn't that the way it usually works?), But when machine worked, it worked so well, that I was willing to buy another. I guess you could say I'm a sucker----a sucker for a mosquito free back yard. That's what Mosquito Magnet has done in my case.

1-0 out of 5 stars DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY
I've had the Freedom 2000 for several years now. I have had multiple problems with it and I figure it has caught about one mosquito for each tank of propane I have bought. I have seen a total of about 7 unlucky mosquitoes captured in a year.

I didn't even bring it out last year because I figured I didn't want to spend any more money on propane. It turns out that my wife has a friend of a friend that works for American Biophysics and she said they were awesome, so I figured I would try it again.

After trying it again, I still think it is a complete waste of the $900 I spent on it.

Complaints:
1) It takes 3 or 4 tries over several hours to get it running.
2) It mysteriously shuts down.
3) It doesn't consistently run the fan fast enough to suck even a tiny piece of tissue paper up the horn.
4) I was paying for an attractant for a whole year that actually repelled Tiger mosquitoes.
5) American Biophysics sticks to their one year warranty, so if you buy one, get them to buy it back before the year is up. They are unyielding after 12 months!!!!

Funny enough after talking to several of their tech support people over the last few days, they realized that my MM is a piece of junk and offered to let me part with some more money to get a replacement--Uh, I may look funny, but I didn't just fall off the turnip truck!!!

I'd recommend buying a hose-end bottle of insecticide and spraying your yard. This ended up working much better than the MM.

1-0 out of 5 stars Avoid this Product
You should avoid Mosquito Magnet products. They are poorly made. They catch a handful of mosquitos, but not enough to make a difference. They are very expensive, and require constant add-on purchases. Use Deet or screened porches instead. ... Read more


4. Mosquito Magnet 3000MM Liberty
list price: $495.00
our price: $399.99
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Asin: B000094YKL
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: American Biophysics
Sales Rank: 3800
Average Customer Review: 2.81 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 1 Year Warranty
  • Protection up to 1 acre
  • Ideal for large yards, in-ground pool areas and small commercial applications
  • Silent and odorless, 24-hour protection against mosquitoes, no-see-ums and other biting insects
  • No Flame

Reviews (27)

4-0 out of 5 stars My two cents
I purchased this unit in June from Home Depot. It took 2 hours to assemble (and I'm pretty good at assembling things). It wouldn't complete the warmup cycle properly so I called their tech support line. The wait wasn't too bad for me but the result was that I had a defective unit. I opted to return it to the store rather than wait for the replacement. I complained to the manager about having wasted two hours and another trip to the store and he knocked off $25 bucks on the second unit. I complained because I had read several reviews from people that have received defective units and I think the dealers need to get a message that customers are not happy with quality of the merchandise from this company. Anyway, second unit has been working fine. It did start catching mosquito right away and I noticed a difference within a few days. It's quite fun to check the trap each day to see how many of the little blood suckers are in there. It is hard to get an accurate estimate because the do bunch up and dehydrate but you can see several still buzzing around inside the net and you can point at them and say - HA! For me, the results are proven by less mosquitoes biting or flying around me so I don't worry about counting. My other complaint about this thing is cost. You're dropping a pretty penny for this unit and then don't forget to add on the cost of the tank and the propane - another $40-$50. The propane lasts for 21 days and then you have to refill the tank. You are also suppose to replace the octenol cartridge which run you $20 for 3 (that's less than a three month supply), plus they tell you to buy CO2 cartridges (3 for $10) and run that through the system every second tank. So, doing the math, say a tank refill every 21 days runs you $15 (and that's cheap right now), $7 every 21 days for octenol, $1.50 for CO2, plus electricity - you're looking at upwards of $25 every 21 days in extra hard costs to keep the thing running. That's $35-$40 a month if you like to break it down that way. With that said, if that doesn't scare you off then give the unit a shot. It does make a difference. I won't say there are no more mosquitoes or no-see-ums but I can regularly go out in the yard for a few minutes and come back inside without any bites when before that would not have been possible. It's just hard for me to believe this company charges so much for this thing and then half of them don't work. That aggravates me, but mosquitoes biting my son aggravates me more.

1-0 out of 5 stars Problematic
Don't waste your money; unless you have a lot of it to waste. I have the Freedom model and have had it for two seasons. It works great for a couple of months, depending on placement of course if you've read up on these things. But after that it won't start. The first season I was still under warranty and sent it back. They sent me a rebuilt one after about two months and after mosquito season was over. So I lost two months of use. So with my rebuilt one, which now had a clear valve, I was optimistic this season. Deja vu! Same thing happened. It would not start after a couple of months. And now my warranty is up! PS: They won't answer angry emails. Their service is bad as well!

1-0 out of 5 stars Bad Quality product, 2 year life or less, good when works
I now own three American Biophysics Mosquito Magnets. The oldest one I have is two years old and cost me about $900 to purchase. The two year old unit no longer works, so AB technical support wants to sell me a replacement part for $500 or you can buy a new unit, after returning the Power pack, for $425. What a racket. Build an expensive product that doesn't last more than 2 years and then charge a lot to fix or agree to buy another unit that also has shoddy quality. I agree it catches the mosquitos that they claim when it operates properly. But because of the cost of the units and their limited life I would not recommend this product unless you have a lot of money to burn.

5-0 out of 5 stars It works in New Hampshire!
I read all of the reviews for a whole year before we invested in this unit. Its been about 4 weeks now, I can't tell you how many ,thousands, of mosquitos and deer flies this unit has grabbed! We love it, it works for us! Read the directions carefully and it will work for you too! It says 4-6 weeks before you see a difference, and we are just starting to be able to go out in the pool at night and not get attacked! Now how can we get rid of our wasps? They are nesting everywhere this season!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Expensive, but it works
We had been debating the Mosquito Magnet since the summer of 2003. It was a wet spring in New England in 2004 and in May when my mother-in-law drove her car up in midmorning (not peak misquito time) and I saw 2 dozen of the blood suckers throwing themselves against her car hood I started to worry. I looked at my 18 month old son, wondered how he was going to play outside with out being dunked in DEET, and then went online that morning and ordered one.

We have 4+ acres of land, mostly woods so the empty all your standing water advice is not helpful to us. The area around the house is clear and is about 1 acre. We located it on one side of the house, about 10 feet into the woods, which I think helped the catch ratio since misquitos prefer shade.

RESULTS: Within 24 hours I noticed a difference in my front door area. I could be outside during the day with my son and never see a misquito. At dusk I would see some and eventually get bitten, but I wouldn't be swarmed like I had been previously. After 3-4 weeks there was definately a reduction in the local misquito population. Everytime we checked the net there were too many misquitos flying around to count. When we empty the net bag out every 2-3 weeks there is a mass of dead, dried out misquito bodies about the size of my fist. (Impressive, considering a dead misquito really doesn't tak up a lot of space.)

WHAT IT MEANS FOR OUR LIFE: We have two dogs an a child, so the door is always being opened and shut. Last year there was ALWAYS a misquito in the bedroom. Now we get one once a week, maybe. My son has one bite on him now, I'm not even sure he got that in my yard. He can go weeks without a bite. We can sit out on the deck in the evening, an impossibility before. In general I am enjoying my yard much more this summer.

DOWNSIDE: It is expensive, and you have to buy propane & the attractent every 3 weeks. The company is clearly run by a bunch of engineers, and the instructions & set up reflect that. So if you are non-engineerish, get an engineer geek you know over and offer them a 6-pack of beer to set it up. I friend of mine had problems with hers and when she called the company they said she shouldn't use the propane tanks that are from those "swap tank" places, since the lines are not fully purged of air. Air in the line is a frequent cause of problems with the device.

Placement can also be tricky. If you have a big house and are surrounded by breeding grounds you almost need two for both sides of the house, but we do make do with just one. We did have to move it once to get the best coverage. It obviously isn't cheap, but I haven't found a better alternative. ... Read more


5. Bug Off! Adult Biting Insect Repelling Wrist Band
list price: $2.75
our price: $3.99
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Asin: B0000537HK
Catlog: Health and Beauty
Manufacturer: Bug Off!
Sales Rank: 6618
Average Customer Review: 3.83 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

Don't let annoying mosquitoes, gnats, black flies, "no-see-ums", and other annoying insects ruin your enjoyment of the great outdoors.  Simply remove the Bug-Off Insect Repelling Wrist Band from its reusable container and slip it around your wrist or ankle and its' secretly formulated aroma will reduce the annoyance caused by these unfriendly pests.

The Bug-Off Insect Repelling Wrist Band is perfect for:

Gardening, Cookouts, Picnics, Outdoor Sporting Events, Hiking, Camping, Fishing, Auto Races and anywhere else you want to enjoy the great outdoors.

Bug-Off is non-toxic, ozone safe, will not stain clothing and is waterproof.  There is nothing to apply, no liquid mess, long lasting...safe around kids, pets and adults.

Made in China

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Features

  • Please read all label information on delivery
  • Remove the Bug-Off Insect Repelling Wrist Band from its reusable container and slip it around your wrist or ankle
  • Secretly formulated aroma repels airborne pests
  • Non-toxic, ozone safe, will not stain clothing, and waterproof
  • Safe around kids, pets and adults

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a product I feel good about ...
This is a product I feel good about using. Instead of using a chemical like DEET (known to have side effects), this product uses essential oils. (It's always great when a company takes the initiative to make a product friendly to both humans and the environment!) Furthermore, as an avid gardener, I had numerous opportunities to experiment with this product,. It worked like a wonder. I strongly endorse this wristband for anyone who enjoys spending time outdoors. A truly fine product.

3-0 out of 5 stars I really wanted to love this product. I ...
I really wanted to love this product. I hate spraying myself with insect repellent, so a simple bracelet was a great solution. I really wanted to love the Bug Off! Wrist Band, but I didn't. I wore it outside for several evening walks and bugs didn't bother me, so it may be quite effective. But the very strong citronella odor was very annoying. If you don't mind walking around smelling like a citronella candle, then this might be for you. I think I'll wait until they come out with the odorless version.

3-0 out of 5 stars This product seemed to help me although I'm ...
This product seemed to help me although I'm not usually a big target for bugs. My husband, whom bugs like, didn't see a lot of difference when he wore it. I like anything that doesn't involve spraying stuff on me -- so the concept is good.

4-0 out of 5 stars This product was a lot easier to use ...
This product was a lot easier to use than sprays or lotions. It was very convenient and very effective. I'll continue to use this product. I'd also like to try it on my children, since mosquitoes are terrible this year.

4-0 out of 5 stars I think this product actually worked! So many ...
I think this product actually worked! So many insect repellent products make claims that aren't true. This one lives up to its claims. The mosquitoes are terrible here and I had no problem with them as long as I was wearing this bracelet. The odor is a little strong at first, like a citronella candle, and the bracelet is a little chunky. But overall, considering it kept the bugs away, I'd say it's a great product and I'll buy others for my family. ... Read more


6. Mosquito Magnet 1100MM Pro
list price: $1,195.00
our price: $999.99
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Asin: B000140B5Y
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: American Biophysics
Sales Rank: 17816
Average Customer Review: 1.56 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Two-year warranty
  • Significantly reduces the mosquito population in your yard; covers up to 1-1/4 acres
  • Mimics a human by converting propane to CO2, heat, and moisture with its patented catalytic conversion technology
  • Silent and odorless; doesn't affect beneficial insects like butterflies, bees, or moths
  • Noticeable results are achieved in 7 to 10 days

Reviews (9)

1-0 out of 5 stars Nice piece of garden art...failed in the first month
This is a great concept to battle the mosquitos. Unfortunately, it is not reliable enough to do the job. My MM ran successfully for the first tank of propane. Then, I replaced the tank, used the CO2 quick-clear cartridge according to the instructions, and restarted the unit. After the 10-minute warm-up period, the MM shut off and indicated a start-up error. I tried again. And again. And, yes, again. I used 3 more C02 cartridges (there went $15 in a puff...well, 3 puffs) and bought a brand new propane tank (another $50). Still no luck. I checked the MM tech support and learned that the mfr recommends against propane 'swap' tanks (Blue Rhino, PPX, etc.). Well, that wasn't in the instructions anywhere, so now I'm out 2 new swap tanks at $50 each. I refilled a standard tank...still no luck. I called Amer. Biophys. and got a 'super secret' restart procedure to reset the internal computer. Still no luck. I have now shipped the unit back to AB and they are sending me a replacement, which I have no doubt is a refurbished unit someone else returned. So, after spending several hundred dollars, I am getting a used unit which, if experience is any indicator, will not last much beyond the warranty period, if that. WORST OF ALL, I have spent the mosquito-ridden summer fiddling with this contraption and GETTING BIT. If you want a piece of crappy plastic garden art, the Mosquito Magnet is perfect. If you want to avoid mosquitos, $400 will buy you a lot of Deep Woods Off!

1-0 out of 5 stars A defective product
Yes, this product is GREAT when it works. We used it successfully for two years, here in mosquito-plagued Vermont. But like some of the other reviewers, our fan did not work this year, and we have received no help from American Biophysics, except that we could spend $600 for a newer version of this product ...!

With many competitive products out there, at less than half that price, there is no way we will buy from American Biophysics again. (Any we also have tried to be in touch with the people who run this company, through personal contacts. Well, they didn't even acknowledge our emails and letters)

1-0 out of 5 stars Great, when it works...
Purchased a MM Pro in the summer of 2000. Worked great for two years, then in July of 2002, it wouldn`t stay on. Called customer service a few times, did everything they tole me to, but eventually they sent me a new power unit under warantee. That lasted a little more than one year; in 2003, we started having problems with it again. Called customer service today (July 5, 2004 -- no wait for service rep). Did what they asked. Appears that the muffin fan is dead. Asked about replacing it -- they don`t have any parts information. Not under warantee, must replace head for $350 or "upgrade" to Pro 2004 for $600. I asked them about reliability -- they said the new Pro is more reliable; don`t know if I want to spend $600 to find out.

2-0 out of 5 stars Works for a while...
Purchased a MM Pro in the summer of 2000. Worked great for two years, then in July of 2002, it wouldn`t stay on. Called customer service a few times, did everything they tole me to, but eventually they sent me a new power unit under warantee. That lasted a little more than one year; in 2003, we started having problems with it again. Called customer service today (July 5, 2004 -- no wait for service rep). Did what they asked. Appears that the muffin fan is dead. Asked about replacing it -- they don`t have any parts information. Not under warantee, must replace head for $350 or "upgrade" to Pro 2004 for $600. I asked them about reliability -- they said the new Pro is more reliable; don`t know if I want to spend $600 to find out.

I also bought a Defender last year from Home Depot. Still working this year. I use a bicycle pump instead of a CO2 cartridge on the quick-clear valve. Works every time.

Overall I give the concept 5 stars -- when they're running, these guys suck up lots of mosquitos. But I give the implementation one star -- when they go on the fritz, which at least the Pro units seem to do in one or two years, they're an expensive lawn ornament.

5-0 out of 5 stars ELIMINATES mosquitos when it actually works
5 stars - it really does catch 'em
1 star - didn't last more than one summer...read on...

This is a review of the older version PRO model (1 acre coverage) which I purchased back in '02 while living in MA. I give it 5 stars b/c back then during the summer when west nile was rampant, it really did catch every single mosquito in the neighborhood!

My friends like to take my wife and myself along on camping trips b/c we are their mosquito repellent - bugs just love us for some reason. I've been on week long fly fishing trips where I've sustained 100's (YES, I've counted) of bites on my arms and neck and my buddies had NONE! Even walking the dogs in the evenings, out in the yard would leave me ridden with bites.

After purchasing (reluctantly, given the (...)) the unit, life changed that summer as we didn't get one single bite. Life was good and our neighbors even thanked us b/c they too noticed a difference.

BUT, since that summer, the unit has had difficulty starting and for the past year and a half, has been inoperable here in VT. Visiting the American Biophysics website tech support area for information and examining their new models which incorporate a quick-clear cleanout feature has made me realize that these 'orifice obstructions' were so prevalent, a design change was warranted. Unfortunately, my 'older' model did not have this feature and since it was not under warranty, I would have to pay about $400 to get a refurbished unit!

Now, after having paid $1200 for a bug catcher, this infuriated me. To make matters worse, my wife has just received her first set of bites and has threatened to dismember my extremities if our newborn baby gets bit!

So, while I await a response from the president of the company, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I just spent 5 hours taking the 'power pack' apart, cleaning every orifice and conduit and after much swearing and bruised knuckles, managed to get the darn unit operating again! I just spend 10 minutes outside (got about 15 more bites) to make sure the 'suction' was working. I will know tomorrow if it actually was fixed.

So, my summary:

The science behind the product is sound - it really does catch every biting pest out there. I've saved the season's catch in a large glass jar and just about disgusted every person I showed it to.

Given the tiny orifice (I mean smaller than a needle point) used in the combustion chamber and the 'dirty' nature of propane fuel, there is a tendency to have claudications that may compromise function.

Out of warranty repairs are costly - the options given by customer service appear to favor upgrading to a new machine - makes you feel terrible that all your hard earned money has gone to waste.

Taking the power pack apart is quite difficult (I do not recommend this unless you are adept and comfortable with tools) especially when the fasteners are of odd sizes, likely to thwart tampering by persons like me.

The newer models that incorporate the quick-clear feature may perform better but uncertain of product support if a failure was to occur. Most of the newer models also incorporate a better ignition system - the older one required holding down a button for about 5 minutes before the machine was operational - any accidental release (say, if your thumb went numb) would usually require starting the procedure over again.

Despite the limitations, I hope to purchase another unit - just too many mosquitos in VT!

Cheers!

Dave. ... Read more


7. Scarecrow Motion Activated Sprinkler
list price: $89.00
our price: $79.00
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Asin: B0001A9TDS
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Scarecrow
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Features

  • Uses only 3 cups of water per detterence
  • Environmentally friendly / humane
  • Covers 1200 sq. ft both day and night
  • One 9 volt battery will last 4-5 months
  • Cost less and is less obtrusive than fences or netting - Won't wash away like chemicals

8. STINGER Insect Repelling Wristbands KK-4

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Asin: B0002674DS
Catlog: Lawn & Patio
Sales Rank: 2261
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Features

  • All natural ingredients
  • Long-lasting wristband (up to 180 hours) in its own reusable container
  • Easy to use, just slip it on your wrist or ankle and it's ready to go
  • Waterproof, non-toxic, chemical free and safe on the skin

9. SonicWeb Biting Insect Control
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B000066T7R
Catlog: Lawn & Patio
Manufacturer: Northern Fulfillment Services Company
Sales Rank: 2143
Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (7)

1-0 out of 5 stars Lasts one season
The first season I used the sonicweb I felt it alleviated the mosquito problem. After storing it in the garage for the winter, it lasted only one week into its second season. Lucky for me it was still under warranty. I sent it back and received a new one, which stopped working after two weeks. By not working I mean electrically dead, no sound, no pulse, no lights. It was an expensive. mistake.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother
I tried the SonicWeb last year and sent it back within the first 3 weeks. To their credit I did get a full refund. The thing didn't attract mosquitos. There were a variety of flying bugs that trapped, but it appears this was due more to their accidently flying into the thing randomly vs. being attracted. After week #1 I had maybe 30 bugs in total trapped. I ended up buying a Mosquito Magnet and am happy with it. Within a day it trapped 10 times the mosquitos than the SonicWeb did in a full week.

4-0 out of 5 stars Works in NH- Better than Mosquito Deleto!!!
We wanted to try and rid our yard of the pesky and disease carrying blood suckers! The first machine we bought was the Mosquito-Deleto. That machine caught one or two a day, along with a few house flies, and a couple of curious bees.
We returned that machine and bought the SonicWeb. (during this time we found out some machines work better than others in certain areas of the country.)
The SonicWeb worked GREAT !!!!! After a few weeks we were able to go outside and enjoy the yard. In fact this year we're doing improvements/changes that we'll be able to enjoy all summer.
Try it. If it doesn't work, try another brand. Summer evenings don't have to be spent swatting and spraying.

1-0 out of 5 stars Just Fly Paper .....dressed up like R2D2
Not really worth the cash. Bought it hoping to make our annual outdoor party more bearable. Used it for 3 weeks before the party to put a dent in the mosquitos population before the big night. It collected many insects but few mosquitos (less than 15.) The night of the party you couldn't even tell any difference from the previous 3 years. I really hoped this would have worked.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sonic Web WORKS!
Have used this machine for 2 mosquito seasons, and it REALLY WORKS! After a recent tropical storm in Florida, the mosquitos were hatching like crazy. This little machine has trapped and killed literally THOUSANDS of mosquitos around my yard. We can enjoy our back yard again!! Thank you, SonicWeb... ... Read more


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