Answering the most popular questions on bug zappers

Written by Henry Young. Posted in Home & Garden

 

Everyone agrees that there’s nothing more frustrating than spending your summer nights out on the patio fighting mosquitoes that are constantly trying to bite you. No matter how good the anti-mosquito solution you bought from your local store is, it seems that it just has no effect against these tiny, yet annoying insects. This is when bug zappers come in to save your summer nights and help you enjoy some quality time outdoors with your friends and family. However, there are still many people who either haven’t heard or haven’t tried these devices and they have many unanswered questions related to these bug zappers. The article below will try to provide answers to some of the most frequent questions on this topic.

What are these zappers made of?

Many people who have heard about the existence of these devices are of the opinion that bug zappers are made out of the poorest quality materials, but they couldn’t be any more wrong. The truth is companies that produce these bug zappers do invest a lot in the quality of the materials used in the manufacturing process, because they want to provide people with the best products. Even though the most common material used is usually plastic, it is of the highest quality. Besides, one of the main reasons why they opt for plastic is that they don’t want to make the device weight a tone, in order to be easier for the user to transport it and install it wherever they want and need.

How do these bug zappers work?

There is no complex “science” behind this device as many people might think. In fact, once the bug zapper is turned on, it emits some fluorescent light, which is meant to attract annoying mosquitos, flies and other insects towards it. When they touch the zapper, they get “zapped”, to put it simply – electrocuted – and they are eventually killed. As simple as that.

How efficient are they?

According to people who have already been using bug zappers for quite a while, these devices are extremely efficient, because you don’t have to worry about annoying insects during the hot season anymore. You can sit back on your lounge chair or sofa on your patio without throwing your hands here and there in the intent of trying to get rid of biting insects.

What about charging?

There are different types of bug zappers available for sale on the market and they all come with their own advantages and disadvantages. When it comes to charging though, you can find bug zappers that have external batteries that need to be charged at a power outlet, in which case the device is probably more powerful and has a wider coverage area and you can also find bug zappers that charge their batteries when they are placed in direct sunlight. The latter ones are obviously a much better option because they are environmentally friendly.

But are they safe? Even around children?

It’s probably the “zapping” part that scares people the most and holds them back from investing money in these bug zappers. However, it is important to note that these devices couldn’t do as much harm to a person or even a pet as they do to insects, because the voltage is quite low, which means that the only thing that people or pets will feel in case they touch the bug zapper is a slight pinch. Just to be sure that no such things happen, it is best you place the zapper somewhere higher where it’s difficult for small children or pets to reach.

The sound these devices make when they are turned on may be another thing that makes people change their minds and not buying a bug zapper, but the truth is that sound is the result of that electric field and light the device generates, which are not at all dangerous. The product is designed by experts and it doesn’t emit any bad odors or radiations as some may think.

Can it be used in wet or damp environment?

It is best to avoid letting the bug zapper outdoors when it rains, in order to avoid any further malfunctions. After all, there are no mosquitos when it’s raining, so there is no need to keep the bug zapper on the patio in this case. If it gets wet or you forget it in a damp environment, it is recommended you let it dry for a couple of hours. If you mistakenly drop it into the swimming pool however, let it dry for a couple of days. Some bug zappers available on the market have their components dipped in wax in order to prevent such shorts from water. If the product doesn’t work after a few days of drying, you may have to replace it with a new one.