Here are all my posts that mention the Spartan Mosquito Eradicator or the Spartan Mosquito Pro Tech. The company is suing me for my 2019 review (#1). If they hadn’t sued me I likely would have only a single post about the company, which very few people would ever read. But I don’t like bullies and I don’t think large companies should be allowed to use lawsuits to silence critics, so I added more. Please share.
- Spartan Mosquito Eradicator (review)
- 15 mosquito-control strategies that don’t work
- Spartan Mosquito v. Colin Purrington
- Spartan Mosquito Pro Tech
- Class action suit over Spartan Mosquito Eradicators
- Experiments on Spartan Mosquito Eradicators
- Yeast-based mosquito control devices
- Does the Spartan Mosquito Pro Tech attract mosquitoes?
There’s likely a fun story here. Owner of sandwich franchise becomes head of $100 million company that sells tubes of sugar water to kill mosquitoes. Here’s his pitch:
“We’ve come up with the most economical, easiest, most effective mosquito-control measure pretty much in the world” — Jeremy Hirsch, inventor of the Spartan Mosquito Eradicator (source)
Then he lashes out with SLAPP when naturalist/blogger from Pennsylvania (me) points out the obvious that device is a complete scam. Company then hires lobbying firm behind Brexit to get a “new and improved” tube approved by EPA (see #4). And it’s not over: in 2021 the class-action lawsuit (see #5) will likely subtract $5 million from Spartan Mosquito’s coffers, not counting the legal fees that are probably already in the millions. Will the FTC get involved like it has for other mosquito-control scams? Does the EPA care it’s been snookered?
Contact me for more details. There’s also extensive coverage of Spartan Mosquito on Twitter (99% of it from me). And the American Mosquito Control Association‘s Science and Technology Committee prepared an extensive report on the company and its devices.
To get a quick feel for the inventors and founders of Spartan Mosquito, here’s a Twitter thread featuring Jeremy Hirsch and Chris Bonner.