- Step 1: Check the housing Examine the bug zapper's housing. It should not allow children or pets to touch the electrified grids inside.
- Step 2: Check the light source Make sure the light source will attract the insects you are trying to get rid of -- not harmless ones.
- TIP: Bug zappers use mercury, neon, or ultraviolet light sources. Many insects see ultraviolet light better than light in the visible spectrum.
- Step 3: Consider mosquito attractants Buy a mosquito zapper that also emits a mosquito attractant if you want to eliminate mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are not attracted to ultraviolet light.
- Step 4: Check the wire meshes Select a design that has two wire meshes surrounding the light source.
- Step 5: Check the voltage Choose a design that delivers enough voltage to kill the insects you wish to eliminate. Some bug zappers have a voltage output of 2000 volts or more.
- FACT: The first bug zapper was patented in 1934.
You Will Need
- Safe housing
- Light source
- Mosquito attractant
- 2 wire meshes
- Adequate voltage