How to use electric bug zappers

It’s summer, it’s the weekend and the weather is finally warm enough for you to watch the sunset from your own patio or garden, lounging in a comfortable chair and sipping from a glass of wine. It sure does sound like the perfect scenario, except that when you try to enjoy some peace and quiet the annoying buzzing of an inspect brings you back to reality: with summer also come insects galore. Whether they’re mosquitos, flies, bugs or months, they’re all just as bothersome and they’ll stop you from enjoying yourself. Sure, you could buy some spray-on bug repellant, but do you really want to apply all those harmful chemicals on your skin every few hours and cope with its pungent artificial smell?

Electric bug zappers are a cleaner, safer, more effective solution. Place them in your garden or wherever you want to relax and they will kill insects before they ever get a chance to detect your presence. These essential appliances are very affordable and anyone can learn how to use an electric bug zapper. Here are some tips to help you out!

How do bug zappers work?

Although there are design and build variations from one zapper to another, they all work on the same principle: they use UV lights to attract insects and, when insects come flying between the mesh grids, the device zaps them with a voltage that’s high enough to kill them. Normally, insects are attracted by CO2 and water vapors, but bug zappers use UV lights to lure them away from you and towards them instead.

Positioning the electric bug zapper

Turning on the device is simple, but first you’ll have to put it in the right place first. Depending on the recommendations of the manufacturer (always read the user manual!), you can either place the zapper right next to you or a few feet away (this is particularly the case with more powerful outdoor bug zappers).

Using bug zappers to get rid of mosquitos

Unlike other insects, mosquitos aren’t attracted by UV light, it has no effect on them, because they’re drawn to the carbon dioxide exhaled by us, as well as by the smell of our skin. Basic bug zappers will have no effect on them, so you have to buy one that comes with Octenol lure. This non-toxic substance emits CO2, attracting mosquitos, which then dehydrate and die

After you buy Octenol, make sure you place the zapper away from a large water sources such as lakes or ponds, because all mosquitos will go there instead of flying straight to the zapper. If you have small sources of water such as buckets, then be sure to cover them up to get maximum efficiency.

How to charge an electric bug zapper

This depends on what kind of bug zapper you are using. These are the most popular options:

  • Cord charging. When the device runs out, you plug into a socket to charge it
  • Replaceable batteries. You simply replace the batteries when the device stops working.
  • Solar-powered. You don’t need to charge these zappers, because they charge during the day using solar power, so they offer uninterrupted use.

Cleaning bug zappers

After a while, bug zappers need to be cleansed of insect residue. While it doesn’t sound like the most fun job, it can be made easier if you have a zapper with a washable collection tray. This way, you can just remove the tray, keep it under a jet of water and then put it back on.

Replacing the cartridge

On average, electric bug zappers can last you a good few weeks, but, after this time, you will have to either replace the cartridge or buy a new product. The lifespan of the insect killer depends on the conditions of use.