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Outdoor Bug Zappers

We have a cheap outdoor bug zapper that plugs into a light socket, but it doesn't kill moths, so now we have dozens of moths hanging around the bug zapper.

I think I'm going to order this much nicer outdoor bug zapper:

vanelc_bug_zapper

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08SQLDRZN

 

I'm also going to order this outdoor timer so that I can have the zapper on during night time hours only:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079N9FW5B

 

The outdoor bug zapper is the best I could find on Amazon for less than $40, and the outdoor timer is the best I could find on Amazon for less than $20

 

What outdoor bug zapper do you have/recommend?

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just cut through the plastic grid to let them in, that’s what i did with my old trusty Flowtron Davie

For the same price you’ll have better quality

https://www.amazon.com/Flowtron-BK-40D-Electronic-Insect-Coverage/dp/B00...

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Are big hornets (asian hornet, ex) attracted to these lights/devices?
Around my parents home there are some of those, that start to appear. I wanted to know if such device is effective attracting and killing them.

Not that we want the closer, of course, but it would be helpful.

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Don’t do it. Bug zappers are inherently bad for insect populations. They are very poor at targeting pests and kill many beneficial species.

https://hortnews.extension.iastate.edu/1996/6-14-1996/bugzapper.html

https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/conservation/issues/bug-...

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captainkirk wrote:
Don’t do it. Bug zappers are inherently bad for insect populations. They are very poor at targeting pests and kill many beneficial species.

https://hortnews.extension.iastate.edu/1996/6-14-1996/bugzapper.html

https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/conservation/issues/bug-...


Thanks for the links captainkirk! Thumbs Up
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Yeah, they kill everything but mosquitoes.

‘Though in the house, they do a good job at gnasty little gnats that pop up out of nowhere.

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Bug zappers are like “walking the plank” for mosquitoes, unfortunately all other insects walk the plank too. Sad

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Okay this is what I’ve been using this summer when I’m out amongst the mosquitoes. It’s called Lavender essential oils! They hate the smell and never got bitten yet. Only thing is you’ll smell like your ready to go out on a date or something all day! Big Smile

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captainkirk wrote:
Don’t do it. Bug zappers are inherently bad for insect populations. They are very poor at targeting pests and kill many beneficial species.

https://hortnews.extension.iastate.edu/1996/6-14-1996/bugzapper.html

https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/conservation/issues/bug-...

Exactly this. Moth traps employ UV light to attract them, why would anyone want to kill them? The only time I see bug zappers here in the UK is in butchers shops where flies are attracted. A UV lamp draws insects.

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MascaratumB wrote:
Are big hornets (asian hornet, ex) attracted to these lights/devices?
Around my parents home there are some of those, that start to appear. I wanted to know if such device is effective attracting and killing them.

Not that we want the closer, of course, but it would be helpful.

My zapper works great on regular wasps. Have not yet seen any big hornets, just the regular black ones and red ones.

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puglife2 wrote:

just cut through the plastic grid to let them in, that’s what i did with my old trusty Flowtron Davie

Thanks for the tip!

I might end up doing that with whichever outdoor bug zapper I get.  :BEER:

 

EDIT:

Would sharp scissors be appropriate for cutting the plastic?

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raccoon city wrote:
Would sharp scissors be appropriate for cutting the plastic?

I think it will be too thick, use a side cutter Davie

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Years ago I lived near a little old widow lady. She kept a large number of turtles in the back yard. Like 50 of them.
She kept the males in a separate pen.
Didn’t want no unsupervised hankypanky going on.

She had some kind of bug zapper. There was always herd of turtles underneath waiting for the feast to fall from on high.

Their normal food was some kind of dog chow.
Most entertaining to see them come lumbering across the lawn when the dinner race was on.

We got us some characters in these here parts.
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This pond where we used to go and hang out and take pix, we’d bring/buy a loaf of bread. First turtles that would see me would come “running” (at least paddling) and practically come right up to me. As others would see me tossing pieces of bread into the water, they’d come paddling, too. Before you knew it, the whole pond was covered with little wakes trailing their nostrils’n‘eyes sticking up out of the water like little periscopes.

Red-eared sliders, they were.

Never saw them eat bugs, though. Used to have odos all over, perched on twigs sticking up from the water, etc.

Also those Jesus-bugs that would walk on the surface of the water.

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I ordered this outdoor bug zapper:

https://www.myvipon.com/product/8815942-Bug-Zapper-for-Outdoor-4200V-18W-amazon-coupons

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B095XV778V

 

I think it was $16.50 with a Prime account.

(I used my sister's Amazon account.)

 

It only has 4.3 stars currently, but if you look at the customer reviews for just this model, it is very impressive.

https://www.amazon.com/Outdoor-High-Efficiency-Electronic-Mosquito-Backyard/product-reviews/B095XV778V/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_viewopt_fmt?ie=UTF8&reviewerType=all_reviews&formatType=current_format&pageNumber=1

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I figured that those traps with CO2 emission + suction fan works best to attract mosquitoes.

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bibihang wrote:
I figured that those traps with CO2 emission + suction fan works best to attract mosquitoes.

Bingo! Mosquitoes are much more attracted to CO2 than uv.

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I set up the outdoor bug zapper and mechanical timer today.

To cut the plastic, I'll need side-cutting pliers, so I just ordered these:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RW8VTSX

Once I receive those, I think I'll be set for this little project.  :BEER:

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Oh, c'mon you don't need that bug zapper bro. Why don't you have some fun and do it the old fashion fun way....Spray Paint, Flames and Fire!! Heeee Haaawwwcoollaughing I do it on occasion if I see a big batch of mosquitoes hanging out in some damp dark area. Sneak up on them, steady and aim, flick the Bic and watch the show!smile

 

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I cut a whole bunch of thick plastic with the side-cutting pliers.

Even though I wore a glove, I pinched my skin in one spot, so part of my finger is in some pain.

I set up the bug zapper, and it should automatically turn on later tonight.  :THUMBS-UP:

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bibihang wrote:
I figured that those traps with CO2 emission + suction fan works best to attract mosquitoes.

Exactly right. My brother lived on 40acres in the woods. Right in back of his house was a swampy area and a beautiful trout fishing river just beyond that. Mosquitoes were so bad, you literately couldn’t sit outside past 3pm without being swarmed. He bought a Mosquito Magnet machine. After running the machine for about 4 or 5 days, there were no more mosquitoes, and we could sit out on the deck all night in tee shirts and shorts without getting bit.

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Trust me, I’d get bit.

They’d bus in skeeters from other counties if they had to.

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Why the fear of moths? I just don’t understand this.

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Speaking of moths, there were 2 big fat juicy ones caught by a large spider at the fruit tree within the last week or so. It was bigger than the spider which is gonna make the spider real full. In fact, she was so full, the next day it was still there in the corner waiting for dinner time. I took a close look at the moth and you can see the bite marks and the moth juice oozing out. This along with the nightly web-spinning because of damage to the web during the day. I checked last night and there was another moth along with a bee caught in the web.:-)

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Frostcream wrote:

Why the fear of moths? I just don't understand this.

Who said they were afraid of moths?

It wasn't in this thread.

Anyway, the bug zapper is close to the front door, and if it doesn't kill moths, it just attracts moths, and then tons of moths get in the house, which is annoying.

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Have you guys heard of this stuff?

https://www.consumerreports.org/insect-repellent/how-to-use-permethrin-o...

I bought a gallon of it and sprayed all my clothes after getting eaten alive out mowing the grass one night. Kills the little b@stards when they land on you. I even sprayed my backpack, socks and shoes, etc.

After that I put on Picardin or deet if I’m going hiking

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RobertB wrote:
bibihang wrote:
I figured that those traps with CO2 emission + suction fan works best to attract mosquitoes.

Exactly right. My brother lived on 40acres in the woods. Right in back of his house was a swampy area and a beautiful trout fishing river just beyond that. Mosquitoes were so bad, you literately couldn’t sit outside past 3pm without being swarmed. He bought a Mosquito Magnet machine. After running the machine for about 4 or 5 days, there were no more mosquitoes, and we could sit out on the deck all night in tee shirts and shorts without getting bit.


Good stuff. I have watched about this machine on Youtube several years ago and the amount of mosquitoes it caught was satisfying to watch lol, but it is too pricey and it’s not available in my country. I am using something similar to this (not this brand exactly, but very much similar) at indoor and the results is quite good already. Maybe I should try putting a opened soda bottle beside it, see if it could lure even more mosquitoes into it with the increased CO2.
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bibihang wrote:
RobertB wrote:
bibihang wrote:
I figured that those traps with CO2 emission + suction fan works best to attract mosquitoes.

Exactly right. My brother lived on 40acres in the woods. Right in back of his house was a swampy area and a beautiful trout fishing river just beyond that. Mosquitoes were so bad, you literately couldn’t sit outside past 3pm without being swarmed. He bought a Mosquito Magnet machine. After running the machine for about 4 or 5 days, there were no more mosquitoes, and we could sit out on the deck all night in tee shirts and shorts without getting bit.


Good stuff. I have watched about this machine on Youtube several years ago and the amount of mosquitoes it caught was satisfying to watch lol, but it is too pricey and it’s not available in my country. I am using something similar to this (not this brand exactly, but very much similar) at indoor and the results is quite good already. Maybe I should try putting a opened soda bottle beside it, see if it could lure even more mosquitoes into it with the increased CO2.

It also uses a secondary attractant called “Octenol”. But yeah, you go to empty the bag, and there is literally 10’s of thousands dead mosquitoes

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Wow this looks amazing. How often do you have to change/refill the propane tank? Is it noisy? Any blinking annoying lights?

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Mosquitos are attracted to UV light only when they are not hungry.

I live in a village and here mosquitos are never hungry because they have plenty to feast on.
And I have a few very cheap UV lamps from aliexpress that attracts & traps them in a box using a fan. I always find mosquitos in there.

But I gave the same lamps to my mom that lives in a city and never caught a single mosquito there!
And I expected that because city mosquitos are crazy hungry!
Sleeping there is always a pain in the ass because even if I have one mosquito in the room it’s almost impossible to sleep and you cannot catch it. City mosquitos are smart asf.
But village mosquitos are very dumb and you can catch that easily even in the air

CO2 traps catch hungry mosquitos too, but they are way too expensive

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I do kind of wish it didn’t need to be plugged in. You want it as far from your house as possible right? My yard is a half acre

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