Setting out traps is the most efficient way to attract, trap, and monitor insect problems. Traps disrupt the insects’ reproductive cycle and are the very first step in identifying and developing controls for pests.
Insect traps usually use food, visual lures, chemicals, and pheromones as baits. There are different kinds of insect traps, including light traps, adhesive traps, flying insect traps, and a whole lot more.
One of the famous brands in the insect trap industry is DynaTrap. Generally speaking, DynaTrap products work on the same principle as others, but they come in cheaper.
They do not use propane; instead, they use warmth and carbon dioxide (CO2) to attract insects. That being said, you do not need to buy or change cylinders anymore. You also do not have to deal with common trap issues like clogged lines or failure of the propane to light.
Today, we are going to review the DynaTrap DT2000XL insect traps. This model is the biggest, strongest, and brightest insect trap available in DynaTrap’s line-up. We will take a look at its features, pros, and cons to help you decide if this is the one you should get.
The DynaTrap DT2000XL works in a three-way protection system. First, it works as a UV fluorescent bulb that produces a warm light to attract insects.
Second, its surface is coated with titanium dioxide (TiO2) to catch mosquitoes’ attention effectively. Lastly, it comes with a whisper-quiet vacuum fan that draws the insects into the trap’s retaining cage, where they are left to be dehydrated and eventually die.
This device can withstand all types of weather condition. Even its power button is weather-hardened. It is safely protected by a rubber covering to protect the device’s electronics.
The DynaTrap DT2000XL also comes with a built-in fuse against power surges. In case there are any interruptions on the electrical energy, the trap automatically slams so insects cannot escape.
This device does not require a lot of attention when it comes to maintenance. You can clean the bug container at least once a week.
All you have to do is simply unscrew and throw the dead bugs away. However, make sure the recently caught live bugs do not escape. You can use the Velcro strap included in the package to cover the container. This way, bugs will not easily fly out.
Light bulbs can last between 3 and 4 months. The lifespan depends on your use. Prices of these light bulbs do not come cheap. However, they are less expensive than propane and lures.
As mentioned earlier, the DynaTrap DT2000XL uses warmth and ultraviolet rays to attract mosquitoes and other insects, especially moths during nighttime. However, mosquitoes are not particularly attracted to that.
Instead, they seek the scent of CO2. DynaTrap utilizes a broad funnel above the fan coated with TiO2. When TiO2 reacts with ultraviolet lights, a photocatalytic reaction occurs to produce CO2.
The DynaTrap DT2000XL can cover a larger space area. A piece of this device can manage no less than an acre, that is, 400 square meters. That coverage is two times bigger than what water models of DynaTrap can cover.
Since the device can attract insects from up to 30 feet, ensure that it is positioned in an ideal location. It should be placed in an area where it is shaded from other lights, and the insects can see its light from afar.
Our general impression for the DynaTrap DT2000XL insect Trap is positive. It is really effective in trapping and killing insects.
However, since it can attract almost any kind of insects, even harmless ones are included. To avoid trapping butterflies, you can place a piece of coarse screen over the opening.
We particularly love the fact that we can already ditch the use of propane or attractant. However, we found that some people added chemicals like octenol to the trap container to increase its attractiveness to mosquitoes. We will leave the discretion to you, of course.
Overall, you can easily set up the DynaTrap DT2000XL, and its operation only requires a shoreline power. Thanks to this, we can now enjoy the warm, summer nights outside our home without worrying about insect bites. BBQ night, anyone?