Bug Zapper Facts and Fiction Bug Zapper Facts and Fiction

ne of the most popular devices used for insect control is the bug zapper. Most people consider bug zappers safe and efficient because they see the results for themselves. However, there may be more disadvantages to the use of these electronic insect killers than most people realize.

Fiction

Bug zappers attract and kill many flies and mosquitoes in its vicinity.

Fact

Bug zappers use ultraviolet light to attract insects, which are then trapped in an electric grid and electrocuted. This mechanism kills many insects, and people are often impressed by the count of dead insects in their bug zapper. However, most of the insects killed are harmless insects like beetles, or pollinating insects that are beneficial to the environment. Mosquitoes are not attracted to the ultraviolet light in the bug zapper. Studies have found that less than 1% of the insects killed were mosquitoes. Of this minuscule number, only half were the female mosquitoes that bite and spread disease.

    Fiction

    Bug zappers offer a clean, mess-free solution for insect control.

    Fact

    When an insect is electrocuted in a bug zapper, its body explodes, spreading a mist of intestinal fluid and body parts around the area. The intestines of most insects are home to millions of disease-carrying bacteria and viruses. When the insect’s body bursts open, the intestinal fluid and other body parts fly around the air. Most of this mist is targeted within a couple of meters away from the insect buster. Bug busters are mostly used at picnics and camping sites, where food is mostly around. The insect mist may land inside the food and cause many health problems.

      Fiction

      It is a good idea to use a bug zapper inside the house, so that any mosquitoes or flies that get inside are killed.

      Fact

      Use of bug zappers is not recommended in any enclosed spaces, because you will end up with a splattering of insect intestinal liquid and bacteria on your walls and surfaces.

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