Summer brings plenty of great ways to use dry ice, and we’ll be going over a handful of them on our blog over the next few weeks. This week we’re starting out with one of the most pressing uses for summer — mosquito traps. As we get closer to summer, temperatures are rising, and before you know it you’ll be covered in itchy, red mosquito bites. Not if we can help it! Stay tuned to learn how to keep the mosquitos away with dry ice.
Dry Ice Mosquito Traps
From West Nile, to the new Zika Virus, to just plain ol’ itchy, red bumps, we probably don’t need to tell you how annoying mosquitos are. People have been trying to shoo them for ages, with the likes of toxic pesticides or chemical-filled bug sprays. Zappers and glue boards work to an extent, but their efficiency is lacking. How about boosting their efficiency with a totally organic and chemical-free method in dry ice? Here’s how it works.
Most mosquito solutions either repel the bugs from you, or attract them to another location (where they’re usually killed). Dry ice traps fall under the latter category. It turns out that carbon dioxide, the gas emitted by CO2 sublimation, attracts mosquitos. Believe it or not, that’s part of how they find us — by the CO2 we emit when we exhale. While other CO2 solutions often burn propane and can be costly to continually refill, dry ice is a cheaper and greener source of the chemical compound.
By placing dry ice near other traps like electric zappers or sticky boards, you’ll notice significantly better results in your mosquito-trapping endeavors. Mosquitos use their antennae to detect the carbon dioxide, and their eyes to detect movement and light. If you have your zapper glowing or your adhesive board swaying in the breeze, in conjunction with your sublimating dry ice, you’ll be all set! Plus you get the added benefit of watching dry ice sublimate and spill cool-looking fog all over your patio or deck! No more itchy bug bites for you this summer!
Dry Ice Corp: A Dry Ice Supplier in Maryland
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