Mosquito Magnet® Freedom
- Moving the Mosquito Magnet®.
- When should you use the Quick Clear Valve?
- What size CO2 cartridge to use with the Quick-Clear Valve.
- Why do I need to shake my Mosquito Magnet®?
- Why is placement so important?
- How to check if you have a good vacuum.
- Why you should NEVER force the gas valve to stay pressed in.
- The difference between the red and black regulator.
- Can I use a gas gauge that will let me know when my tank is empty?
Moving the Mosquito Magnet®.
Placement of the Mosquito Magnet® is very important for an effective mosquito catch. If you need to move your trap for lawn maintenance, you MUST disconnect the regulator from the tank and remove the tank from the stand. There is a good chance your tank will fall off of the stand if you move the Mosquito Magnet® with the tank attached. If the regulator assembly is damaged while you are moving the trap it IS NOT covered by the warranty and there is a charge to replace this part.
It is recommended that you use the Quick-Clear Valve before and after any prolonged storage period. We also recommend that the cartridges are used every single propane tank change If you have problems starting your Mosquito Magnet® or keeping the Mosquito Magnet® running this is the perfect time to use a cartridge.
This will prevent any contaminants from building up in the fuel system of the Mosquito Magnet®. These contaminants may build up over time, clogging the fuel system, and causing trap failure. For additional maintenance, you can use the Quick-Clear Valve after every tank change; this will help prevent problems.
Why do I need to shake my Mosquito Magnet®?
We recommend that you use our exclusive, Extra Large Co2 Cartridges to
1) Remove Residue from inside your Mosquito Magnet and
2) Keep your Mosquito Magnet operating at peak performance
We currently have an internet-only sale on these items. To see the limited time offer click here.
These can be purchased by calling toll free, 1.800.214.7721
Heavy Duty Quick-Clear Adapter
Extra Large Co2 Cartridge
Inside the Mosquito Magnet® there are catalytic beads that if they are not loosely packed and level the unit may not start. During shipping and/or times where the Mosquito Magnet® is idle or even moved from one location to another there is the possibility that the beads can become settled or uneven. When the beads become settled inside of the machine this can restrict the flow of propane through them and this will result in the machine not starting. If they are uneven inside the machine, the machine may start, but it may not heat enough to continue running and if it does, it will not produce enough CO2, and this will effect your catch rate.
To shake the Mosquito Magnet® disconnect the gas line where it connects to the Power Pack, stand on the side of the unit and with one hand on the green housing and one hand on the power pack shake it vigorously back and forth. Then reconnect the gas line and try to start up the Mosquito Magnet®
Placement of the Mosquito Magnet® is a key element in how it works. If it is not placed properly there is the potential for a low catch or no catch at all. Click here for further assistance with placement.
To check for sufficient vacuum you need to hold a piece of tissue, about half the size of a dime, under the opening of the trumpet-shaped part under the green housing. Place the piece of tissue about a half inch into the trumpet-shaped part. The arrows in the picture below show where to hold the tissue. Release the tissue, and it should get sucked up towards the trap. It may not get vacuumed all the way in through trap and into the net. Mainly you are looking to verify that there is air current moving in the right direction. The vacuum may not seem very strong, but keep in mind we are only trying to pull in a very tiny insect.
You should NEVER modify the trap to hold the gas valve down to start or keep the trap running. Doing this will bypass safety features that are built into the trap that can cause damage to the Mosquito Magnet® and possibly cause an unsafe operating condition. This is not covered under warranty. This gas valve is designed so that if the Mosquito Magnet® reaches an unsafe condition, it will automatically close the valve and stop the flow of propane into the trap, shutting off the unit. If the unit starts up and does not stay running, there could be an internal problem causing it to shut down.
When the Mosquito Magnet® was originally introduced, there weren't OPD valves on propane tanks. In the past few years, OPD valves have been placed on new propane tanks and old tanks can be fitted with this valve. In 2003 there were government regulations put into place, that make it mandatory for all tanks to have an OPD valve. If a tank does not have an OPD valve, the tank can not be filled. If you have a Mosquito Magnet® that has a regulator with a red cap then contact Mosquito Magnet® support for information on how to get a part with the new OPD style regulator.
It is not recommended that you use a propane tank gauge which is placed in line between the propane tank and the Mosquito Magnet® regulator, (similar to the one pictured). The Mosquito Magnet® requires a very precise pressure and flow of propane at all times. These gauges may restrict the propane flow and cause the trap not to function properly. These gauges have not been tested with the Mosquito Magnet®.
When our regulators and gas lines are built they are thoroughly cleaned to greatly reduce any contaminants in the system and to prevent clogging of any kind. There may be contaminants in the gauge, or in the O rings used in the manufacturing of the propane tank gauge. These contaminants may get into the fuel system and possibly cause a clog. This will prevent your trap from functioning properly and may eventually prevent it from starting.
The best way to know when your propane tank is empty is to mark on a calendar the day that you refilled the tank and restarted the trap. Then count 21 days from that date. That will be your maintenance and refill date. The Mosquito Magnet® uses less than 1 pound of propane a day and will consume a full tank in about 18 to 22 days.