Bug zappers are devices that lure insects and electrocute them with a high voltage of current. These devices offer an easy alternative to many people who want to enjoy peaceful summer evenings in their backyard. You no longer have to run around with an insect swapper, nor do you have to spray your backyard with insecticide or other harmful chemicals. However, many people do not realize that these electronic devices do not really provide a clean and safe solution to ridding your backyard or campsite of insects. In fact, more often than not, bug zappers could be causing more problems for you. Enlisted below are some of the reasons bug zappers turn out to be ineffective.
#1: Use of Ultraviolet Light
Bug zappers generally use ultraviolet light to attract insects. However, the most troublesome insect we all target, the mosquito, is not attracted to ultraviolet light.
#2: Lack of Hygiene
When insects are electrocuted inside a bug zapper, their intestines are splashed out in a spray that could reach a couple of meters. This fluid contains bacteria and viruses that is inhaled by people in the vicinity, contributing to health problems. If you use the insect zapper at a camp where someone is preparing food nearby, this liquid could also end up in your dinner.
#3: Increase Insects in the Vicinity
Bug zappers, though ineffective mosquito traps, do attract other insects and bugs. So, when you use one of these devices, you are attracting insects from the vicinity to your backyard, and indirectly doing your neighbor a favor! You will end up with many more pests in your backyard than you started with. Many of these insects will not venture close to the bug zapper, and will make a home in the plants and shrubs they find.
#4: Unsafe Around Children
Insect zappers are not safe to use around children. Some of these devices are shaped like tennis rackets or other playthings, and an inquisitive child may decide to prod and investigate. Little fingers can get inside the protective mesh, resulting in an unpleasant shock.
#5: Unsuitable for Indoor Use
Use of bug zappers is not safe around combustible materials or power lines. The appliance can also be dangerous when used in wet weather.
Indoor use of bug zappers is extremely unhygienic. While this may seem like the ideal solution for keeping your home pest-free, you will end up with a fine splattering of insect parts on your walls and floors.
#6: Spread of Disease
Insect body parts are collected in the bug zapper. This is a breeding ground for many disease-bearing germs. You must regularly clean the bug zapper to prevent transmission of contagious diseases.
#7: Can Spread Deadly Viruses
On the rare occasion of a bug zapper electrocuting a mosquito, its intestinal fluids form an aerosol that is sent around. Mosquitoes may be carrying blood from other animals and people, and the intestinal fluid could potentially transmit very serious diseases.