If you love entertaining outdoors, but mosquitos and flies regularly invade your seated area right during cocktail hour, then it might be time you upgrade from the old citronella candles and coils and invest in a bug zapper.
These electric pest-control devices use bright lights to attract flying insects — like flies, mosquitoes, and fruit flies— away from your main dining areas before zapping them when they come into contact with the light. While they might sound a little savage, they’re a highly effective, odourless solution to your mosquito/bug problem. That also means you no longer have to wear tropical scented bug repellent if you don’t want to.
Bug zappers come in a variety of different designs, including light bulbs, lanterns, and swatters, and can be made for indoor and outdoor use, or both. When looking for a bug zapper for your home, it’s important to consider what kind of usage it’s designed for, the coverage area and the power source needed to operate.
Now, since there are quite a few options on the market, we decided to dig up some of the best-reviewed bug zappers on the internet if you’re tired of feeling like you’re being eaten alive.
The best bug zappers to fry those bitey flies and mosquitos
AVITONG Pro Bug Zapper
Keep insects at bay with the Avitong Pro Bug Zapper. This particular zapper packs a real one-two punch in terms of how it operates. It’s a zapper in the traditional sense whereby the 20W high-intensity ultraviolet lamp attracts all flying insects before zapping and killing them.
However, this one is also fitted with a non-toxic attractant to help boost its efficiency. Perfect for outdoor use, this particular bug zapper offers about 80 square metres of coverage when plugged directly into a power outlet.
QUASH UV Light Bug Trap
The QUASH UV Light Bug Trap works a little differently from traditional bug zappers. It’s designed to lure the bugs in with the gentle UV lights before trapping them with the no escape fan and sticky glue pad.
Performing without harsh chemicals or electrical zaps, it’s perfect for indoor use and covers all areas up to 30 square metres.
ERAVSOW Bug Zapper
While this bug zapper is marketed towards campers (it’s a beauty for tents), it can also be used in indoor/outdoor entertaining areas. It’s designed with five ultraviolet LED lights that make up a full 360-degrees to lure mosquitoes in.
It’s also non-toxic, harmless to pets and kids, plus it can last for up to 16 hours at a time. Most reviewers recommend setting it up outside before dinners and events to give it time to take effect as results are not instant.
Where to buy: Amazon ($33.18)
Gecko 10W Insect Zapper
Enjoy pest-free, bite-free entertaining with the Gecko 10W Insect Zapper. It’s perfect for zapping mozzies, moths and other flying bugs so you can focus on cooking the BBQ, pouring drinks and catching up with friends and family.
The power-saving UV lamp draws the little buggers in while the handy tray catches any bugs who have gone too close to the light.
Night Cat Electric Mosquito Fly Swatter
We threw this one in purely because it looks like a good time, and it’s on sale right now.
The electric bug zapper racket is designed with a 3,000V output voltage, so it’ll instantly zap bugs like mosquitos, fruit flies, wasps, insects, and even a spider once the target touches the electric mesh. According to the brand, 5 to6 hours of charge should give you 20 to 30 days of bug swatting action.
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