Spartan Mosquito Pro Tech in a tree

Does the Spartan Mosquito Pro Tech attract mosquitoes?

This post evaluates the claim on the label, “mosquitoes will gather near them”. Per the company, it is the first step in how the device kills mosquitoes. I.e., the device needs to attract mosquitoes if it is going to work.

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Evaluating the claim

I used a security camera to record activity around the cap area. Here’s a photograph of how I arranged everything:

Spartan Mosquito Pro Tech with security camera

Below is a 15-second time-lapse to show that small insects such as ants were easily visible, even at night. I think they are Prenolepis imparis, which are 3-4 mm long —mosquitoes are larger and thus would be detectable even in flight.

On the day that began filming (September 2nd, 2020) I counted over a dozen mosquitoes (all Aedes albopictus) landing on my arms and legs within 30 seconds. According to the instruction sheet, the device begins to work instantly, as soon as water is added, so an hour of remote, video observation should be a sufficient amount of time to evaluate the attraction claim.

Spartan Mosquito Pro Tech begins working instantly

I collected continuous footage for over a week, ending observations on September 10th. The mosquitoes were still plentiful on that day.

Results

During 183 hours of footage, I couldn’t find a single mosquito on or near the device. Here are the contents. I also posted a photograph to iNaturalist.

Conclusion

Because the Spartan Mosquito Pro Tech did not attract any mosquitoes, it therefore did not kill any mosquitoes. If my results are generalizable to other yards, the device is worthless as mechanism of mosquito control.

It is noteworthy, I think, that Spartan Mosquito has not made public a single video of mosquitoes gathering around a Pro Tech (or an Eradicator) when it is deployed outside. My guess is that the company has tried many times to get such footage but has not succeeded in attracting a mosquito. It will be interesting to know whether they will be compelled to disclose their efforts in a court of law. I.e., because the company has formally claimed to the EPA that “mosquitoes will gather” around the Pro Tech, the company would be in substantial legal jeopardy if that statement turned out to be false. If that’s what is going on then it seems likely that the EPA Enforcement Office might coordinate with the FTC as well.

Footage

In case anyone might be skeptical of my results, I decided to upload all 183 hours of footage onto YouTube. I had to break it into 16 segments due to size limits on YouTube.

7 thoughts on “Does the Spartan Mosquito Pro Tech attract mosquitoes?

  1. Shanty Bob

    Thank you so much for this info. I was fixing to buy a mess of this stuff and decided at the last minute to check reviews. I appreciate you helping me to not waste my money on this crapola. Thanks again.
    I guess people think if its expensive it may work.

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  2. Deb

    We were going to buy it. I had hope-we have many animals here and my outdoor cats roam around in the grass. I thought it would be helpful. Now I am very sad, but won’t waste money. Is there a non toxic way to keep mosquitos away? We have an acre with a ditch that collects water in back of us, thus-always mosquitos.

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  3. Kevin in Frisco

    Hi Colin, thank you for taking the time to put together a thorough and documented review of Spartan’s products. I recently purchased a two Dynatrap3 LED traps. A small one for inside, and larger unit for outside. The patio unit was capturing mosquitoes and flys like crazy when I last checked on it. A plus is, very low power consumption, unlike the Flowtron zappers I been using 40/80 watt. You might want to do a review on these also. Keep them coming and best of luck to ya!

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