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Spartan Mosquito Eradicator vs Pro Tech

Spartan Mosquito Eradicator vs Spartan Mosquito Pro Tech

Here’s a table comparing the two attractive toxic sugar baits (ATSBs) sold by Spartan Mosquito.

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
EPA-registered?noyes
Efficacy claim“kills up to 95% of mosquitoes”“kills mosquitoes”
Efficacy duration90 days30 days
Have claims been tested?yes (doesn’t work)no
Locations prohibiting salesCA, CT, IN, KS, MD, ME, MT, NM, PA, SD, UT, WA, DC, PRCA, (MD?)

If you see anything that needs updating, please let me know.

Notes

  1. Spartan Mosquito no longer makes the Eradicator but it is still available at some retailers.
  2. The company has said for years that it is working on selling refills but I don’t think it is. You can buy refills on Amazon.
  3. The 30-day guarantee clock for the Pro Tech starts the day you purchased the device (or the day it was delivered). So if you buy in bulk for future use, that’s something to keep in mind.
  4. Scientists have evaluated the Spartan Mosquito Eradicator and found no evidence it controls mosquitoes.
  5. Another team of scientists have determined that salt (the active ingredient in Eradicators) doesn’t kill adult mosquitoes.
  6. The American Mosquito Control Association does not endorse the Spartan Mosquito Eradicator.
  7. The Spartan Mosquito Eradicator is the focus of a $5 million class-action lawsuit.
  8. Here is my review of the Spartan Mosquito Eradicator.
  9. Here is my review of 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