Jeremy Hirsch, inventor of the Spartan Mosquito Eradicator

Spartan Mosquito v. Colin Purrington

AC2T, Inc, a Mississippi company valued at over $100 million, is suing me in Federal court over my review of the Spartan Mosquito Eradicator. The device is a plastic tube filled with sugar, salt, yeast, and water and is purported to act as an attractive toxic sugar bait. Box claims that device will eradicate (kill) approximately 95% of mosquitoes in a yard for 90 days — the company does not release efficacy data, but claims it possesses them. My opinion is that the devices don’t kill mosquitoes, and the above review explains my reasoning. The owners, Jeremy Hirsch and Chris Bonner of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, seem particularly upset that I shared my review with state pesticide officials as well as federal regulatory agencies (EPA, FTC). The suit was brought to bankrupt and silence me, so it’s a SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation).

Here’s the first part of my motion to dismiss the lawsuit:

“In this lawsuit, Spartan seeks to use its superior financial resources to silence a former college professor who has been exercising his constitutional rights to petition his government and advocate on an important environmental and public health issue: the effectiveness of commercially available mosquito control devices. In Mr. Purrington’s opinion, based upon his personal evaluation of Spartan’s product and his scientific knowledge, Spartan has made false and misleading claims about the efficacy of its product, thereby violating federal environmental regulations and potentially endangering public health. Most of the statements that Spartan cites in the Complaint reflect Mr. Purrington’s efforts to reach federal and state officials with information about Spartan’s misleading and false claims concerning the efficacy of its product. The remaining statements reflect Mr. Purrington’s efforts to raise public awareness of the matters about which he is petitioning, describe his own opinions, or contain facts that Spartan does not, and cannot, deny are true. Applicable law does not provide Spartan with a valid claim against Mr. Purrington under those circumstances. Notably, even if Spartan could show that Mr. Purrington should be liable for his statements, Spartan fails to plead facts that would suggest it has incurred even a cent of damage to its business to justify its claims. That omission suggests that Spartan has sued merely to intimidate Mr. Purrington rather than to recover any demonstrable damage to its business. For those reasons, Mr. Purrington respectfully requests that the Court dismiss the Complaint in its entirety, with prejudice.”

The full brief is here (PDF). All the documents for the case are listed here:

I can send PDFs of any of the above if you have an interest.


Scientists in Florida concluded the Spartan Mosquito Eradicators do not work.

Scientists confirm that salt doesn’t kill mosquitoes.

Spartan Mosquito, Jeremy Hirsch, and Bonner Analytical Testing Company are being sued for false advertising and fraud.

25 thoughts on “Spartan Mosquito v. Colin Purrington

      1. Jonathan Ayres

        While I appreciate your stance and support free speech I have to tell you that after 60 years, YES 60 years of intense natural gardening in Texas, hot humid mosquito infested, I have over 110 species of plants and 1000 sq ft of vegetable beds——After 60 years of mosquitoes and spending thousands on devices and sprays, this is the FIRST YEAR of my life with NO MOSQUITOES!!!
        I installed 5 tubes of Spartan on my 1 acre plot and within 4 days I had NO MOSQUITOES!! NONE!!
        I am college educated, both my wife and myself have University degrees, hers a Phd and I am also a Master Machinist. We have ZERO reason to lie or inflate. This is what happened and we are stunned to say the least. Regardless of what you think, this works.
        And there is a list of dozens of neighbors who tried this Spartan product with exactly the same results.
        So good luck with the lawsuit—they have no right to suppress your writing—BUT beware that you are on the wrong side of the effectiveness issue. Spartan Mosquito Eradicator works and is incredible.
        You may follow up with at any time if you wish—Manchaca, TX

        1. Will

          I feel the exact same way. We live on 6 acres in rural North Carolina and prior to finding Spartan last year, we were looking to move due to the mosquitoes. This is the second year I’ve used them and they work exceptionally well. We literally have NO mosquitoes. Ive purchased and given them to friends and family as well. If Spartan loses, im not sure what we will do. Ill have to attempt to make the mixture myself.

        2. Will

          I feel the exact same way. We live on 6 acres in rural North Carolina and prior to finding Spartan last year, we were looking to move due to the mosquitoes. This is the second year I’ve used them and they work exceptionally well. We literally have NO mosquitoes. Ive purchased and given them to friends and family as well. If Spartan loses, im not sure what we will do. Ill have to attempt to make the mixture myself.

        3. Mike

          Can you set up a camera to show mosquito’s around the device – especially going into the device? I tried to do so with mine and I never saw a mosquito – just flies and gnats. I wanted to believe mine worked and I thought I was the only one that didn’t get results despite following the directions exactly, but then I found this site and I’m now convinced its a scam.

          1. Mike

            I’m afraid I didn’t keep the video. I used a Nest Security Camera which took good high definition video but under my plan the video only was kept for 5 days (& I did it in August). With the motion detection on the highest settings it flagged every fly and bug I saw and it had infrared at night, so that would be a good option if you do more experiments. I’m pretty sure I could have clipped and saved the video, but I just didn’t.

  1. nightsmusic

    You’ve got to be kidding me! I know you’re not, but how ludicrous! You’re entitled to your opinion as is anyone else who has used them. Makes me wonder if they sue anyone on Amazon or any of the other sites that sell their product as well when the review is less than stellar. I’m so sorry.

  2. Ingrid

    I encourage you to find a way to keep and document the Amazon reviews now. I had a parallel experience and suspected the plaintiff pressured Amazon to remove negative reviews (or possibly the individual reviewers?) because they disappeared. I have a friend who is a lawyer at the EPA in Atlanta who I talked to in my mosquito-spray research. I am appalled at how much power the pesticide companies have! Please keep us posted with the progress (as you are able) and continue to make us aware of what we may be able to do to help you.

  3. McGreggor

    Colin, I agree. After having 4 of these in my yard for two mosquito seasons (keeping them refreshed with the attractant), I concur that there was no drop in our mosquito population.

    1. Colin Purrington Post author

      Did you ever contact company for support? “Deployment Specialists” at Spartan Mosquito invariably blame the consumer, telling consumer that they clearly must have deviated from the directions on insert. Or they blame the local water. Etc. Company apparently has a group of people in Texas that are trained in the “Ma’am, you have to follow the directions …” routine. It’s really fascinating.

  4. maxwell marshall

    Hi Colin, just one guy’s experience: my spartan eradicator is full of dead flies and mosquitos, so I’m not sure you are correct that it doesn’t work… maybe my results are a fluke, or maybe your results are a fluke. Either way, I’m not sure if you’ll be able to prove whether they work or not unless someone does an empirical controlled study. Either way, I hope you weather this lawsuit; sounds nasty.
    -max marshall

    1. Colin Purrington Post author

      Also, if you are using them now, would you mind recording an hour of video for me? I’d love to see evidence of mosquitoes flying around the devices. The company makes frequent warnings that they attract clouds of mosquitoes. I’m skeptical.

    2. maxwell marshall

      Correction: after reading some of your other material on this website about how these things attract other species (but not mosquitos), I reexamined my eradicator and found *only flies*. Sorry for the hasty post!

      -max marshall

  5. Will

    We live on 6 wooded acres in rural North Carolina. We bought the house in early spring prior to mosquitoes coming out. For 4 years we have been literally eaten alive and were in the process of looking for another home to move to when I found the mosquito eradicator. They began to work immediately and we purchased a total of 10 tubes each of the last two seasons for the two or so acres surrounding our home. We have no mosquitos….AT ALL….NONE! Maybe we have a different species or maybe you didn’t deploy the tubes correctly but for many of us, these are a life saver. If we lose the ability to purchase the eradicator from Spartan, ill try to replicate the formula myself but if they doesn’t work, ill be forced to move. I sincerely hope you lose….you can’t possibly speak for every person in every area with every type of mosquito. They work for use like NOTHING else has….there is no other reason for us to have no mosquitoes


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.