Do those UV LED fly killers work?

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Do those UV LED fly killers work?

Anybody used one of those little LED fly killers that are available on EBay? Do they actually work at attracting flys/moscitos?

 

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http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-ELECTRIC-FLY-INSECT-BUG-WASP-KILLER-ZAPPER-UV-LED-/140571040103?pt=UK_BOI_Restaurant_RL&hash=item20baafd967

 

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The big ones work just fine .

Around here we call them bug zappers . A neat trick some of us rednecks use is to hang one over a fishing spot with the bottom removed . The dead or crippled  bugs feed the fish , and keep a healthy population around for when you need to catch 'em .

I don't have any experience with LED zappers , though .

 

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Yeah I've seen those big tube ones work quite well, I've read the green ones are the most effective, can't find any decent reviews of those little LED ones tho. The fishing idea is quite clever, I'll mention that to my fishing mate, cheers Jack.

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They basically don't kill any mosquitos if that's what you asked (They kill various other flying insects though).

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It's rubbish and more. It does attract pretty much everything but female mosquitos which are the only really annoying ones. It's a biological hazzard and should be banned worldwide as it kills many instects that should not be targeted by this device. A great use of these devices might prove very detrimental in the local ecosystem and should be avoided if you don't find them effective for restaurants where all flying buggers are unwanted.

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They're gonna send you a green redcat with a black LED.

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Boaz wrote:

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LOL, possibly even a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Aphids

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Budgeteer wrote:

It's rubbish and more. It does attract pretty much everything but female mosquitos which are the only really annoying ones. It's a biological hazzard and should be banned worldwide as it kills many instects that should not be targeted by this device. A great use of these devices might prove very detrimental in the local ecosystem and should be avoided if you don't find them effective for restaurants where all flying buggers are unwanted.

 

You are correct when it's about those people who use them on their porch or something, that's a total waste.

But indoors, flying insects are just a pest and of no good to the ecosystem as they will most probably bang their head agianst a window for a day or so and then drop dead anyways. UV zappers are also of great use in places that prepare food, like my local pita shop. I'm very happy they have one aat a distance from where they prepare the food they sell.

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mfm wrote:

They basically don't kill any mosquitos if that's what you asked (They kill various other flying insects though).

Yes the Mosquitos are the main thing I would want to zap but may be worth it just for the others. I knew the tube ones work well as in restaurants, I was hoping the LED ones were as effective

As for the bug hugger Wink I take the point and accept the huge value Bees etc have, it would only be indoors and out of view from the outside (trust me I kill far more on the damn motorbike visor lol)

 

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leds will focus the beam out, you need a diffuser or something, at the other side incandescent uv lamp are cheaper and do the job, also do the 80% of led light with same watts

btw would be asy build something of that with a led

use that light zapper indoor with windows/doors open is masochistic coz will be more the bugs that come on your home of the fried ones, mosquito can be attracted by light but when close will feel your smell/lactic acid/carbon dioxide, coming to you to refuel for eggs xD

for my experience that UV zapper with the fun are a nice solution to put on garden at 10 mt from you, especially while eating

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Flea/tree hugger or not (Just you wait Boaz Smile ), there are really better ways to control this nonsense. By eliminating buzzing pests around our habitat were doing an ecosystem disaster without even knowing most of the time.

http://2.imimg.com/data2/UG/TI/MY-2954699/netlon-mosquito-net-ss-250x250.jpg

We had a severe mosquito legion on rampage in the past years. The solution was rather simple and very effective. Instead of poisoning the air with instant buzzing buggers killers we made a new home for a 12 member bat family.

Many were against at first but later on found no real issue with them. May not be pretty but they arent ugly at all once you see them up close a few times. Well the rubber lookalike wings are not to everyone taste but it's a almost cute mouse anyway (untill you see it open its mouth and squeeek)

Anyway, that worked surprisingly well in flying buggers conrtol in a totally natural way. Yo ustill get bitten now and than but it was 10000x better.

 

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I think you have a fair point Budgeteer (bug hugger was meant purely in jest) and I am all for a couple more bats around the area, the thing is once just one of the little buggers is in my house I want it dead, squatting can be pretty hard if you can even locate them, fly spray I'd rather avoid if possible but is presently my most effective tool, so the UV electrocution lamp would be perfect. I just want to kill the handful that enter my house.

 

Anyway back to topic, tubes are better and neither really get the female mossy anyway?

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For home this works nicely unless you really need something that is powered and emits some light.

Yay! lets make BZF! (bug zapping forum)

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I had a domestic version of the tube type, bought from Ikea, and it was indeed useless. The only time that flying bugs really, er, bug me (sorry) is in bed at night, and even then, it's only the mozzies I really have a problem with. Just dropping off to Z land and you hear that faint, faraway telltale drone Yell..

Mosquitos have a strange MO. They're attracted by light, although it seems that only in the dark do they become active and start buzzing around. After years of suffering and experementing, what I've found pretty much foolproof is to make sure, as far as possible, that all lights anywhere near the bedroom are off, and that a low ish light somewhere else, (spare room, say, or kitchen) is on for at least an hour before bedtime. Then I close the entrapment room door and go to bed. This method has been so effective that I don't usually need to close the bedroom door behind me. Also, I haven't needed to buy the screen doors that I thought I'd need. Wish I'd discovered this method years ago..

Although, just a thought. I live in the UK, and our pest level is way lower than for many of you. Not sure how effective this would be against hundreds of the little @#%$**ers.

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mfm wrote:

They basically don’t kill any mosquitos if that’s what you asked (They kill various other flying insects though).


I think you are wright.Mosquitoes,not often,other insects,many.
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This is a necro thread. But, for people who want to kill mosquitoes, you want a CO2-emitting trap. Light-based traps kill pretty much everything EXCEPT mosquitos and like someone said, they are a waste to use outdoors. When used outdoors, the light-based traps actually kill the bugs that eat mosquitoes.

The light-based traps work fine indoors, particularly on flies, though.

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This is a necro thread.

Yes, necro’d by an enterprising spammer who goes by “andrew379”.

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The old blacklight powered bug zappers work just fine. No idea about these new LED ones.

A long time ago, one time we had 100+ mosquitoes all flying around the light just outside the entryway of the house. It was pretty disturbing to have to walk under them to get inside.

We got a bug zapper and within a day or two it had killed every mosquito. The light just attracted the mosquitoes. The electrically charged grill over the light is what killed them.

Incidentally, bug zappers are a sanitation hazard. Apparently each time a mosquito gets zapped it sprays potentially hazardous bug juice over a wide area.

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Firelight2 wrote:
…Apparently each time a mosquito gets zapped it sprays potentially hazardous bug juice over a wide area.

Any reference/link about that?
I always have an electric racket handy, which is a big help in getting read of mosquitoes in a room…
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They might work for flies, they certainly don’t for mosquitos. They fly in on your CO2 breath and use IR from your body warmth for final approach. They’re not bothered with or by UV Big Smile

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Firelight2 wrote:
A long time ago, one time we had 100+ mosquitoes all flying around the light just outside the entryway of the house. It was pretty disturbing to have to walk under them to get inside.

We got a bug zapper and within a day or two it had killed every mosquito. The light just attracted the mosquitoes. The electrically charged grill over the light is what killed them.

Mosquitoes are not attracted to traditional bug zappers and light, only CO2. However, UV light does attract those bugs that look like mosquitoes – midges as well as many other bugs. So, if you put up a bug zapper, all those insects you see swarming it are not mosquitoes unless you have a CO2 emitting trap.

The below link references 4 different studies which showed that these lights are really ineffective at killing female mosquitoes.
https://www.thoughtco.com/do-bug-zappers-kill-mosquitoes-1968054

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What I said
Thank you for providing sources. I find that a good ceiling vent, silently turning but displacing a lot of air is highly effective in both keeping one cool and disrupting their navigation and flight.

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Yeah we’ve noticed that airflow confuses both flies and mosquitoes. Both appear to hunt using their sense of smell so running a fan throws them off. At our last kid’s birthday party, we ran a fan in the room with all the food with the fan pointing out to another room. We found that almost all of the flies flew to the other room (the direction the fan was pointed). Also works great in bedrooms at night if there are mosquitoes.

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Bug zapper combine with CO2 works for this guy

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I’ve never heard of a simple way to get read of mosquitoes. Other bugs traps and ultra sounds don’t work, plants and chemicals have a very limited range and efficiency outside… Although a couple big fans can help a lot, the only efficient devices i’ve heard of are CO2/pheromone/IR traps which are somewhat complex, often cost above $1k and need servicing – and i’d like to see how good they are in the open.

I wouldn’t be surprised budget DIY similar CO2 traps would come up on YT or else… and then chinese copies on BG, GB and others. Some may well work? We’ll see.

PS: RobertB post beat mine on the DIY part! Beer

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patmurris wrote:
I’ve never heard of a simple way to get read of mosquitoes. Other bugs traps and ultra sounds don’t work, plants and chemicals have a very limited range and efficiency outside… Although a couple big fans can help a lot, the only efficient devices i’ve heard of are CO2/pheromone/IR traps which are somewhat complex, often cost above $1k and need servicing – and i’d like to see how good they are in the open.

I wouldn’t be surprised budget DIY similar CO2 traps would come up on YT or else… and then chinese copies on BG, GB and others. Some may well work? We’ll see.

PS: RobertB post beat mine on the DIY part! Beer

These Mosquito Magnets work incredibly well. My Brother had one. But you’re right, they are expensive. Not the kind of thing you want to leave running 24/7 either. More for if you entertain at your house, fire it up a day or two before the party and the mosquitos are gone.