As winter ends in much of the United States there are millions of people anxiously awaiting BBQ weather. The only thing is, so are the mosquitoes that have freshly hatched out all across the country, and they’re looking for a fresh meal too. You can go through all of the various prevention methods, but if your neighbors have old tires laying around full of water, you’re going to have some mosquitoes. One of the best ways to get them before they get you is to install an electric bug zapper. They work tirelessly to attract and kill hundreds of bugs per day. Here are some tips for choosing the best bug zapper.
Bug Zappers Work Best If Left On Overnight
These machines don’t use very much electricity since the bulbs are of the fluorescent kind and very small. Plus the zapper function only uses a tiny bit of current when it makes a kill. So the best thing for a bug zapper is to leave it on over night to do it’s job killing all kinds of bugs. For that purpose, look for a machine that has a photocell timer switch.
That’s a tiny sensor that will automatically turn your zapper on at dusk and back off when the sun rises. There’s not much use keeping it on during the day since the internal light won’t be able to attract any insects in the bright sunlight.
A Large Grid Can Accept Larger Insects
While moths and other larger bugs are not as troublesome as flies and mosquitoes, they can be a nuisance. If you get a bug zapper with a good sized grill, the larger insects will be able to fly through it and get zapped.
You’ll also want to make sure that you can purchase replacement UV bulbs as well. If you’re going to leave your bug zapper on all night long, for best results, then the bulb will burn out every few years. Look for a guarantee that covers the number of hours and then figure how many hours per day, times the number of days to determine how long it will last.
If You’re Far From a Plug, Get The Battery Operated One
If you like to take your bug zapper camping then make sure you find one that has batteries. The best, of course, is rechargeable if you’re using it around your home. But for out in the woods then replaceable batteries will be the only way to go.
And, when out in a campground, it’s sometimes necessary to have several bug zappers, one for each corner of your campsite. In some campgrounds you can get eaten alive if you don’t have a good bug zapper combined with repellent at the same time.
The key to getting rid of mosquitoes and keeping them down is killing the females early in the season. Without females, there won’t be any eggs laid and after awhile you’ll notice a huge drop in the population of mosquitoes around your home. The more hours per night you can leave your bug zapper on the better long-term bug kill you’ll get for the entire BBQ season.