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Spartan Mosquito Eradicator vs Pro Tech

Spartan Mosquito Eradicator vs Spartan Mosquito Pro Tech

Here’s a comparison of the Spartan Mosquito Eradicator and the Spartan Mosquito Pro Tech. Both tubes are made by AC2T, Inc., a company based in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. You can find them at spartanmosquito.com and on Facebook.

ERADICATORPRO TECH
Active ingredientsodium chlorideboric acid
Inactive ingredients water, sucrose, yeastwater, sucrose, yeast
Hole size in cap11/64″11/64″
No. of tubes needed per acre24
Cost per tube ~$10~$12
Guarantee?none30-day
Refills sold?nono
Efficacy claim“kills up to 95% of mosquitoes”“kills mosquitoes”
Efficacy duration90 days30 days

Notes

  1. The Eradicator is no longer produced but can still be found in stores and at online resellers.
  2. The Spartan Mosquito Eradicator is not available for sale in CA, CT, ID, IN, KS, MD, ME, MT, NE, NM, NV, NY, OK, PA, SD, UT, VA, WA, DC, and PR (per Lights On Distributors, WPVS, and NPIRS).
  3. The 30-day guarantee clock for the Pro Tech starts the day you purchased the device or the day it was delivered. This means that if you buy in bulk for future use, you cannot get a refund if you decide the devices don’t work.
  4. The Pro Tech is not available for sale in California.

Please also see my reviews of Spartan Mosquito Eradicator and the Spartan Mosquito Pro Tech.

Distinguishing tobacco and tomato hornworm caterpillars

Tobacco hornworm (Manduca sexta) caterpillars have stripes (seven of them), so remember that by thinking of Lucky Strikes cigarettes (seven is a lucky number; stripes sort of rhymes with strikes). Plus the horn on a tobacco hornworm is usually red or red-tipped, like a cigarette. Tobacco hornworms also have black shadows on their stripes, and and tobacco gives you dark teeth and lungs.

Tomato hornworms (Manduca quinquemaculata) have eight chevrons (Vs), which you can remember by thinking of V8 juice, which is primarily tomato juice.

Here’s a graphic that summarizes the above:

Photographs of tobacco and tomato hornworm caterpillars

Here’s a larger photograph of a tobacco hornworm (7 stripes, red-tipped horn) covered with Cotesia congregata pupae.

Manduca sexta