The best DynaTrap insect trap

Samantha Loomis

A female mosquito can lay as many as 300 eggs at one time, so it’s no wonder mosquitoes are the primary pest people are looking to eliminate from their backyards. Remove any standing water to prevent excessive breeding.

No one is happy when mosquitoes and other creepy crawlers come out to play, especially when they are interrupting family time outside. Constant buzzing and biting can quickly change the mood from content and tranquil to irritated and impatient. Instead of stalking your backyard with fly swatter in hand, simply purchase a DynaTrap insect trap. Don't go out and search for bugs to kill, let them come to you.

DynaTrap uses a three-way system to coax insects into their traps -- and out of your hair and off of your skin. Our favorite is the DynaTrap XL One-Acre Insect Trap, which protects you from an entire acre's worth of potential pests. Its effectiveness increases the longer it's used.

Considerations when choosing DynaTrap insect traps

Trap method

DynaTrap models use a combination of three pesticide-free methods to attract and kill insects:

Light: The primary way to attract insects. Ultraviolet light, in particular, is the most effective.
Carbon dioxide: A lesser-known way to attract insects, this mimics human breath and draws bugs to the unit.
Vacuum fan: A fail-safe for insect traps, the vacuum fan sucks the insect into the trap where it dies of starvation or dehydration, usually within 24 hours.


Outdoor usage is the common application for insect traps. You may sometimes encounter references to "inside" placement, but be aware that this is referring to screened-in porches, garages, or verandas, not inside your home. Specific models can be purchased for each location, but some will be able to be used in both locations interchangeably.


Coverage is an important consideration when looking to purchase an insect trap. DynaTrap's products offer coverage from a few hundred square feet to as much as an acre. Don't overestimate your coverage needs by too much, or you may end up drawing more bugs in from outlying areas. 

Hanging vs. standing? If you want a model that you can suspend from a hook or tree branch and place it generally high and out of sight, a hanging model is your better option. However, that also means more or less committing to a specific location, so if portability is a concern, a standing model may be better suited to your needs. Many standing traps have optional chains included, so they can be hung if needed.

DynaTrap insect trap prices

Depending on the seriousness of your insect problem, you will be paying anywhere from $25 to $215 for an insect trap. The greater the coverage area, the more the trap will cost.


Q. Are small wildlife in danger of being harmed by an insect trap?

A. No, the traps will not attract or harm small wildlife. And if a bird or squirrel were curious and wanted to investigate the device, DynaTraps do not use pesticides or electrical "zaps" like traditional traps.

Q. Do I have to clean the bugs out of my insect trap?

A. Yes, though how often will depend on the size of the trap and the area of coverage.

DynaTrap insect traps we recommend

Best of the best: DynaTrap XL One-Acre Insect Trap

Our take: If you're serious about eliminating pests, the one-acre insect trap is the way to go. If used consecutively for three weeks, you should notice an impact on the mosquito population in your yard.

What we like: The trap uses AtraktaGlo light, which is a light-enhancing diffuser that attracts insects without shining a harsh light.

What we dislike: Must be plugged into a standard 110-volt outlet, which may be difficult to find in a one-acre yard.

Best bang for your buck: DynaTrap Half-Acre Insect Trap

Our take: An essential for those with wraparound porches or large decks. The half-acre insect trap is weather-resistant and can be used both indoors and outdoors.

What we like: Includes a chain, which is useful to hang the trap in a tree or from an eave so it's out of your line of sight.

What we dislike: It's small and light, and even though it's weather-resistant, it could be blown away in a storm with strong winds.

Choice 3: DynaTrap Ultralight Insect Trap

Our take: A personal pest eliminator, the ultralight version of the insect trap covers an area of 300 square feet. Take it with you while camping, hiking, or relaxing on a lawn chair in the backyard.

What we like: Small enough for travel, pesticide- and odor-free, it can be used as a standing or hanging device.

What we dislike: Capture basket isn't too big, so it will need to be emptied regularly. Bulb is not replaceable, so when it dies, the entire unit must be discarded.

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