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.