Mosquito Magnet traps dominate the most credible professional tests, but the Mega-Catch Premier offers the advantage of not needing to burn propane, which means lower long-term costs. The Mega-Catch Premier mosquito trap uses the chemical octenol plus ultraviolet and LED lights to attract mosquitoes. A new combination lure containing both octenol and a lactic acid-based chemical similar to Lurex is another option. Once mosquitoes approach, they get sucked into the trap by a fan (there's a 60-foot electric cord for power). The manufacturer claims coverage of an acre. If you live in the southern United States, you may prefer the Mosquito Magnet Patriot (*Est. $300). Independent testing has found Mosquito Magnet traps baited with Lurex effective against the Asian tiger mosquitoes that are prevalent in the South.
We did not find any totally objective studies comparing Mega-Catch against Mosquito Magnet. One study by two researchers from the U.S. and Australia is found only the manufacturer's website, MegaCatch.com, so we downgraded this report's credibility. Still, there are essentially 40 or more positive owner reviews at Amazon.com and UberGizmo.com -- a decent but hardly scientific sampling.
Over 30 owner reviews give the Mosquito Magnet Premier an above-average overall rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Newer reviews tend to be more positive than older ones, perhaps due to the combination lure that's now become available. One owner writes, This trap obviously works very well, and is so much easier and more reliable than the propane powered ones. I'm delighted with it." Some owners report, however, that their Mega-Catch Premier trapped more moths than mosquitoes.
Review: Mega-Catch Premier Mosquito Trap (MCP800), Contributors to Amazon.com
There are about 10 user comments under a brief blurb -- some saying the Mega-Catch works OK, some saying it doesn't, but none really claiming it performs miracles.
Review: Mosquito Mega-Catch Hits One Back, Contributors to UberGizmo.com
In this article posted on MegaCatch.com's own website, researchers from the University of Florida and the University of South Australia compare nine commercial traps and one under development. They write that the Mega-Catch Premier "was the most effective mosquito trap, followed by a Mega-Catch experimental prototype the 'Alpha' and the Mosquito Magnet 'Defender'." We could not confirm the exact circumstances behind this study, however.
Review: A Comparison of Commercially Available Mosquito Traps in Cairns, Far North Queensland, Australia: An Evaluation of 10 Different Trap Designs, Scott A. Ritchie and Craig R. Williams, 2004