Devices for Insect Control Geeks

Bug Zapper

Bug Zapper

For over 111 years, Popular Mechanics has delivered information to the new technology minded even before they were popularly nicknamed Geeks. Popular mechanics continues to highlight Geek Chic Gear which for insect control includes anything more sophisticated than a fly swatter.

Writer Kyle Roerink highlights the 6 Wildest Bug Zappers. Geeks are data driven and Roerink delivers the lowdown on Bug Zappers. The conclusion, Bug Zappers are versatile tools, that some find entertaining, but not the most effective mosquito control. The money quote:

Electronic bug zappers are versatile tools—they’re a great form of entertainment, a warning alarm for swarming insects (just listen for the zap) and a great source of outdoor light…..
To add to the bug zapper’s demerits, carbon dioxide is a more powerful lure for harmful insects than is ultraviolet light. So as zappers draw insects in, nearby humans become the focus of the feast.

Roerink interviews Professor Jonathan Day who recommends installing a fan that will create a breeze greater than 1 mph. Mosquitoes have more difficulty flying and locating hosts in a breeze. Combined with DEET a fan will provide more effective relief from mosquitoes than the common bug zapper. For a more effective solution move the party indoors behind the protection of window screens at dusk.

About jjneal

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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