Attractants 101 - Mosquito Magnet

Attractants 101


Increase your catch rate up to 10 times!!

Using an attractant is critical to the performance of your Mosquito Magnet®. Once mosquitoes sense the carbon dioxide from the Mosquito Magnet®, they need secondary mosquito attractants , Octenol, R-Octenol or Lurex3™, to hone in on the trap.

The choice of which Mosquito Magnet® attractant to use depends upon where you reside in the U.S., since certain mosquito species are found in certain regions of the country. Learn more about our Octenol mosquito attractant below.

Octenol - General Facts


What is it?

Octenol is an EPA registered secondary mosquito attractant that mimics human breath. It is used in Mosquito Magnet® traps to attract biting insects including mosquitoes and no-see-ums. Made in the U.S.A.

Why should I use it along with the Mosquito Magnet® trap?

Mosquito Magnet® Octenol vs. C02. By adding the attractant Octenol to mosquito traps, you can increase your catch rates by up to 10 times! Mosquitoes are not only a nuisance; they may transmit mosquito borne diseases that are a serious health threat to people and pets. It will lure biting insects to the Mosquito Magnet® trap and away from you and your family. Buy Octenol liquid attractant so your mosquito trap can work at maximum efficiency.

What Does It Attract?

Octenol attracts most mosquito species, including salt marsh mosquitoes, as well as no-see-ums and black flies. The insects are attracted by the Octenol and are drawn to the Mosquito Magnet® trap where they are captured, then dehydrate and die.

Which Mosquito Magnet® attractant is right for you?

Those who live on the coast or Northern regions of the U.S. and Canada should use Octenol to attract mosquitoes, no-see-ums and black flies.

There have been recent spottings of the Asian Tiger mosquito in Northern regions. If you have tried Octenol as lure for mosquitoes and are still getting bit, try Lurex3™.

How Often Should The Cartridge Be Replaced?

How long does Octenol last? The Octenol cartridge should be replaced every 21 days. After 21 days of use, the cartridge appears the same; however, it will no longer be effective as the Octenol attractant will have been released.

The catch rate will be reduced if the mosquito Octenol attractant is not changed.

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R-Octenol - General Facts


What is it?

R-Octenol is an EPA registered secondary attractant that mimics human breath. Much like Octenol, it is used in Mosquito Magnet® traps to attract biting insects including mosquitoes and no-see-ums. However, the active ingredient in R-Octenol lasts for 30 days- lasting 40% longer than regular Octenol! This attractant for mosquito traps is made in the U.S.A.

Why should I use it along with the Mosquito Magnet® trap?

What attracts mosquitoes best? The attractant R-Octenol increases your catch rates up to 10 times! Mosquitoes are not only a nuisance; they may transmit mosquito diseases that are a serious health threat to people and pets. It will lure biting insects to the Mosquito Magnet® trap and away from you and your family.

Because R-Octenol lasts for 30 days, it is ideal for Executive Trap owners running their trap on Mode 4, as the propane tank also lasts 30 days in this mode.

What Does It Attract?

R-Octenol attracts most mosquito species, including salt marsh mosquitoes, as well as no-see-ums and black flies. The insects are attracted by the R-Octenol and are drawn to the Mosquito Magnet® trap where they are captured, then dehydrate and die.

Which attractant is right for you?

Those who live on the coast or Northern regions of the U.S. should use R-Octenol to attract mosquitoes, no-see-ums and black flies.

There have been recent spottings of the Asian Tiger mosquito in Northern regions. If you have tried R-Octenol and are still getting bit, try Lurex3™ attractants for your mosquito traps.

How Often Should The Cartridge Be Replaced?

The R-Octenol cartridge should be replaced every 30 days. After 30 days of use, the cartridge appears the same; however, it will no longer be effective as the R-Octenol will have been released.

The catch rate will be reduced if the attractant is not changed.


Lurex3™ Mosquito Attractant


What is it?

Lurex3™ is a patent-pending mosquito attractant that mimics naturally occurring human skin scents or odors known to attract mosquitoes.

This EPA-registered product is the only attractant developed for the Asian Tiger Mosquito. It has been designed for use with all Mosquito Magnet® Traps.

Made in the U.S.A

What does it attract?

Lurex3™ attracts mosquitoes, particularly the Asian Tiger Mosquito, a day biter, and other species that may transmit mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile Virus, Encephalitis and Heartworm.

Our studies have shown that Lurex3™ out catches Octenol by 3:1 on the Asian Tiger Mosquito.

The insects are attracted by the carbon dioxide and the Lurex3™ and are drawn to the Mosquito Magnet® trap where they are captured, then dehydrate and die.

Which attractant is right for you?

Those who live in the Southern regions of the U.S. and in Hawaii, where the main types of biting insect pests include the day-biting Asian Tiger Mosquito and other mosquito species as well as no-see-ums and black flies should use our lurex, known as Lurex3™ mosquito attractant.

Coastal areas in the Southern regions, however, should use the attractant Octenol.

There have been recent spottings of the Asian Tiger mosquito in Northern regions. If you have tried Octenol and are still getting bit, try Lurex3™.

Why should I use it along with the Mosquito Magnet® trap?

The addition of Lurex3™ increases the catch rate of your mosquito control system. Mosquitoes are not only a nuisance; they may transmit diseases that are a serious health threat to people and pets.

The Lurex attractant, known as Lurex3™, will lure biting insects to the Mosquito Magnet® trap and away from you and your family.

How Often Should The Cartridge Be Replaced?

The Lurex3™ cartridge should be replaced every 21 days. After 21 days of use, the cartridge appears the same; however, it will no longer be effective since the Lurex3™ mosquito attractant will have been released.

The catch rate will be reduced if the attractant is not changed.

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