If you’ve never used a bug zapper, you might be missing out on one of the easiest (and safest) forms of bug control. This simple invention is designed to both entice and eliminate common bugs from anywhere you are, leaving you undisturbed without using harsh chemicals.
Bug zappers are often underestimated as a solution to insect removal. They are a simple premise and have been on the market since 1934, but have been improved over the years. Pest Killed, an in-depth resource for pest prevention, pest treatment, and pest elimination recently reported on exactly how and why bug zappers work so well:
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A bug zapper is an electronic device whose purpose is to lure and kill bugs using electricity…
Fluorescent light bulbs are used to lure insects to the bug zapper. A bug zapper features a set of wire grids or meshes surrounding the fluorescent light. This grid is electrified and is the one responsible for killing the bugs.
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Bug zappers can be an effective form of bug control for moths, flies, and any other insect that is attracted to light. However, they aren’t a one-size-fits-all solution. Science Daily explains why bug zappers won’t work for mosquito problems:
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While the UV light in these bug zappers draws a wide range of insects, mosquitoes and other biting insects are more attracted to the carbon dioxide exhaled by people and pets. They’re also attracted to carbon dioxide that is passed through human skin. The main reason bug zappers don’t work is that mosquitoes are extremely sensitive to carbon dioxide.
They see the UV light in your yard, but once they pick up even the slightest trace of carbon dioxide from people, they change direction and zero in on the source of that odor. They are expert at detecting carbon dioxide at levels as low as 50 parts per million.
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There are some companies now including carbon dioxide emitters and even pheromone lures with the lights on their bug zappers to attract more bugs to their demise.
If they don’t work for mosquitos, what’s the point? Well, the experts at gadgets-review maintain that bug zappers can be an effective form of bug control, especially when used inside:
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For outdoor bug zappers, experts with the University of California come up with an idea of adding chemical baits to make the unit more appealing to pests. Besides, locate any sticky surface beneath to catch those insects that managed to avoid the trap. Still, when choosing an item, bear in mind that indoor bug zappers provide better protection and kill more target insects than outdoors ones. When using indoors, place it in areas with high mosquito traffic.
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Now that summer is here, it’s time to gear up with as much defense as we can get. Pest Killed provides three ways to choose the best bug zapper for your home:
Indoor Use vs. Outdoor Use
The first thing you’ll have to determine is where you will place the bug zapper. While both indoor and outdoor bug zappers are effective in killing bugs, each of them works best for the location it was designed for.
What Kind of Bugs are You Fighting?
Some types of bug zappers are not all-rounders. Some can’t get rid of bugs like mosquitoes. This is because mosquitoes are not attracted to light like most bug zappers. For these kinds of bugs, you will need to get a bug zapper with the right kind of bait to attract them.
Choose Your Style
As you will soon see, bug zappers come in different styles. From racquet type bug zappers that require you to swing and hit the bug to mounted ones to battery-operated bug zappers to USB rechargeable ones, the choice in style is endless. Pick the ones you are more comfortable with and the one you feel will be more effective in the situation you require a bug zapper.
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Bug zappers aren’t a replacement for professional pest control services, but they can definitely help keep things under control between treatments. Find the best one for you and soon the sound of bug zapping will soon be music to your ears during those enjoyable summer nights.