HOW STUFF WORKS
QUIZZES

FOLLOW US
The Ultimate Mosquito Magnet Quiz
by Staff
Mosquitoes not only buzz and bite, leaving you with an itchy, red mark. Take this quiz to learn about the wonders of the Mosquito Magnet, a simple contraption which can help you eliminate mosquitoes from your home.

What is the main disease carried by mosquitoes in tropical regions?

  • malaria
  • West Nile Virus
  • dengue fever

What is the best way to prevent getting bitten by a mosquito?

  • Use DEET to deter the mosquitoes.
  • Use citronella candles to confuse the mosquitoes.
  • Kill the mosquitoes.

Why do mosquitoes need blood?

  • to breathe
  • to reproduce
  • to digest

What do mosquito sensors detect in order to find blood?

  • carbon dioxide
  • oxygen
  • sugar

Which animal is a perfect mosquito trap?

  • a duck
  • a cow
  • a spider

Since a real cow does not make a practical mosquito trap, an artificial cow trap has been created that includes:

  • a poison
  • a swatter
  • a vacuuming system

How is carbon dioxide created in a mosquito trap?

  • with propane
  • with silver
  • with octenol

What is used to break down propane into carbon dioxide and water in a mosquito trap?

  • a flame
  • a catalyst
  • electricity

The catalyst used in a mosquito trap is a ceramic coated in which material?

  • gold
  • silver
  • platinum

What material is used in a mosquito trap to create the plant chemical signature?

  • octenol
  • propanol
  • ethanol

Which group of mosquitoes is attracted by octenol?

  • non-native tiger mosquitoes
  • native American mosquitoes
  • Anopheles mosquitoes

Mosquitoes that are attracted to the trap get sucked into the trap by a fan that acts like a vacuum cleaner. What happens to them once inside the trap?

  • They are poisoned and die.
  • They dehydrate and die.
  • They are crushed to death.

What may cause a mosquito trap to be ineffective?

  • incorrect placement
  • incorrect attractant
  • both of the above

Where should a mosquito trap be placed in relation to the mosquitoes' breeding place?

  • upwind
  • downwind
  • on the same plane

How long does a mosquito trap need to be in place in order to have a significant effect?

  • one day
  • one week
  • four weeks