Mosquito Magnet®
Attractants 101

What is Octenol?

Octenol (1-octen-3-ol)* is a naturally occurring by-product that comes from plants and some animals, such as oxen and cows, that ingest large amounts of vegetable matter.

Studies have shown that octenol, when combined with carbon dioxide, is highly attractive to many species of mosquitoes, no-see-um's and biting midges.

American Biophysics offers octenol, which when used in conjunction with carbon dioxide, enhances catch rates for the Mosquito Magnet®. Our research shows that octenol can increase the catch rates of no-see-u's by 3 to 4 times.

The octenol is in the form of a packet with a peel-off top that is inserted into the Mosquito Magnet®. It is recommended that the packet be replaced every 21 days.


How long does Octenol lasts?

The white octenol cartridge will not disintegrate, however the octenol will evaporate after 21 days after removing the protective seal and will no longer be effective. Replace the octenol cartridge every 21 days.

Can I use Octenol?

Most areas can use octenol, areas that have high populations of the Asian Tiger mosquito it is recommended that you do not use octenol. Asian Tiger mosquito is not as attracted to octenol as other species of mosquito. It is recommended that if you have the Asian Tiger mosquito to remove the attractant and clean out the attractant carrier with rubbing alcohol and run the trap with no attractant and wait 2 weeks to see if you start catching other breeds of mosquitoes.

To find out if you have the Asian Tiger mosquito contact you Local Mosquito Control Agency they should have data on what are the most prevalent mosquito pests in your area.


Octenol Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS).

Click Here to view the Octenol MSDS

Click here to view the full Octenol MSDS from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)


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