Living With Waltzing Mosquitoes

As I noted in a previous post, Bug Zappers are heavily marketed to the public as a way to kill mosquitoes. Some of them have catchy names with catchy advertising. For example, the bug zapper in the ad below is sold “down under” and called the “Gecko” after a lizard known to hang about lights and feed on the insects attracted to the light. The allusion is apt. The quality of mosquito control provided by geckos and the Gecko are probably comparable. The advertising uses the Johann Strauss tune, Blue Danube as the CGI mosquitoes swarm the Gecko and waltz into its electric arc.

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Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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1 Response to Living With Waltzing Mosquitoes

  1. Anonymous says:

    A 2002 article published in the Purdue News, notes the efficiency of bug zappers and mosquitoes. In it, entomology professor Ralph Williams discusses what students and people living in West Lafayette can do to protect themselves from mosquitoes. Over the subject of bug zappers, William brought up a study conducted at Notre Dame University that concluded that zappers don’t reduce the mosquito biting population, but actually make it worse. Williams claims, this is because while the light attracts mosquito populations, the amount of mosquitoes it attracts are more than it can kill leaving more mosquitoes on the property. Also female mosquitoes would probably be more interested in feeding than focusing on a light.

    For more information check out the article
    https://news.uns.purdue.edu/html3month/020522.Williamskillmosquit.html

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