Electric bug zappers are a must if you live in an area with poor pest control or if you plan on going camping and don’t want insects to be an issue. However, given the way they work, these products can come across as dangerous and raise some safety issues. Here are the electric bug zapper safety tips you need to keep in mind to avoid the rare, yet potential health hazards.
Are electric bug zappers safe?
First of all, it should be mentioned that electronic insect killers are much safer than other household pest control options such as fumes, sprays and bug repellants, because the latter simply give off too many toxic chemicals and they can seriously harm your health. If you have asthma, allergies and respiratory issues, they are not suitable for you.
On the other hand, electric bug zappers, when used correctly and according to the manufacturer’s instructions, are safe. They only emit UV light, so you’re not exposed to anything harmful.
Placing the bug zapper at a safe distance
The first thing you should look for in the instructions manual, before setting up the zapper, is the recommended distance from human activity. Some products are really powerful and kill insects with a voltage similar to a cattle fence, so you don’t want to be near them.
Also, if the device stays turned on for a long time and kills a lot of insects, then the air will be filled with residue from them and it’s not healthy to breath in that residue.
Make sure you look the recommended distance and you’ll be safe!
Can electric bug zappers be used indoors?
Yes, they can, but only if that is mentioned specifically in the product description. Most of the time, bug zappers for indoor use have a smaller effective range and a lower voltage, so they’re not dangerous. They can be placed in your house (bedroom, living room, attic), so that you can rest without worrying about bugs, or even inside commercial properties such as hotels and office spaces.
Do not place outdoor insect killers indoors! It is very dangerous and you could hurt yourself!
The importance of a protective casing
One of the hallmarks of a safe electric bug zappers is the addition of a protective casing. This is small enough so insects can get through, but acts like a shield between you and the UV lights. This way, if someone comes in contact with the device by accident, they won’t get hurt.
This feature is essential if you know that children or pets could get near to the insect killer. Although it will raise the price a bit, safety is not something to compromise on.
Last, but not least, if you have guests and turn on the electric bug zapper, make sure you tell them where it is so they don’t accidentally touch it.