Tag: Bug Zappers
If you do not wish to use poison sprays, your most important choices to kill mosquitoes around your home are likely to be either some type of Bug Zapper, or some sort of Bug Fan. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Bug Fans, they are just fans of different sizes, with a web of some type on the output. The notion is that any flying insect little enough to experience the input of a fan, will be hauled into the internet where they will dry out and die. Some Bug Fans are special function, and are usually modest. The very expensive larger types will have carbon dioxide and odor emitters, to attempt to attract mosquitoes into the input end. How these additional components help, if the fan is blowing air from the input of the enthusiast, is a tiny mystery.
Bug Zappers usually have a black light bulb surrounded by an electrified grid. Bugs trying to get near the light bulb will be electrocuted-Zapped- by this grid. I have used these products for more than 30 years, and believed they were doing an acceptable job. I had read reports of many unique studies that concluded that the bugs zapped were largely not the biting female mosquito. 1 study stated that less than 1 percent of the insects killed were female mosquitoes. How they could distinguish between the many insects after zapping is a small mystery too, but these are scientists- so anything is possible. Check on the Top 17 Best Bug Zappers .
My own experience was that the allegedly clog evidence grid could get clogged with dead bugs that seemed like mosquitoes. I’m not trained to have the ability to tell a deceased female from a dead man mosquito. I did notice that this accumulation of dead appearing mosquitoes could increase in size around the outside of the clog, until it would cover the whole grid. This just occurred when the mosquitoes were thick, and when I would wash out the grid I would leave a little clog, as these seemed to be somewhat of an attractant. I presumed some carbon dioxide or odor was being discharged by the dead bug clog, which enhanced the efficiency of the Zapper. However, whatever they were murdering, they did not kill anything during the day time.
So while all these studies suggested that the Zappers were not murdering the biting mosquitoes, seeing what seemed to be mosquitoes around the grid left me dismiss their outcomes. Killing bugs at night but not during the day, was better than not killing in any way. What did bother me was even though I was killing something which seemed like mosquitoes, they were everywhere. I could not sit on my porch with two Zappers heading outside in my yard. The people would eventually subside, something that of course occurs obviously even without killing any.Read More »