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Practically all Bug Zappers as well as bug bulb Traps utilize a black light bulb, and at least a purple tinted light bulb, to attract pesky insects to the machine. How effective are they? University studies have shown the Zapper they tested killed hardly any female mosquitoes. Under two % of the insects killed were female mosquitoes. The way they could tell how much the fried bugs have been is a bit of a mystery, however, these guys went to college for this.
My experience with Bug Zappers goes back around 30 years. They all would be zapping away at night, although I was still getting bit by mosquitoes. When something which looked like a mosquito would learn to build up a level on the zapping grill, this particular layer would grow nightly. I theorized the old bugs stuck on the power system had been heating up as well as releasing CO2, attracting far more mosquitoes to their death. It is difficult to tell exactly what a dead fried bug is, although the people sticking to the advertised non stick grill for sure looked as mosquitoes. I in addition observed moths as well as other non biting bugs interested in the black colored light, and sometimes getting past the outside grill and becoming fried. They have been the people that is going to earn an extended, obnoxious sizzling sound, and also launch a puff of smoke.
I put little faith in the University studies that said I certainly was not killing a growing number of actual biting mosquitoes. I also knew that to truly reduce the mosquito population, I had to wait a couple of weeks for the people which I murdered to separate the reproduction cycle adequate to create a notable difference. The trouble with this particular sort of thinking is that the life cycle of a mosquito is simply a two weeks. In case you’d a sizable explosion of mosquitoes, like after heavy rains, they will be absent in a few weeks anyway without having done anything, unless they had been constantly breeding.
Using a Bug Fan, you can view the particular bugs you get while still alive, making identification simple until they die and dry out to dust. In order to evaluate the efficiency of utilizing a black light, I ran 2 identical Bug Fans, one with a black light attached to the back, plus one without. The black light used was a CFL bulb, cost around five dolars, inserted in what is generally known as a “trouble light”, cost around $15. The CFL bulb is the curled compact fluorescent light sources, which have a lifetime of 10,000 hours or more. These’re in addition produced in the older technology of filament, which do not work nearly as well, and have a life time of perhaps 1,000 hours, and make use of several times more electricity. For a comparison, the black colored light bulb for a Zapper is generally around $15 20, plus they seldom lasted an entire season.
My results were surprising, in case you believed the black lighting attracted mosquitoes. I caught all about the exact same in both Bug Fans, with the non-lighted Bug Fan catching generally simply just mosquitoes. The Bug Fan with the dark light caught many more times the volume of bugs. Moths, gnats, small black type flies, little flying beetles, along with other bugs I didn’t realize were flying around my porch ended up in the net each night. Now, when the bugs are quite heavy, I run one particular Bug Fan with a black light, in addition to the others without. Each morning when I take a look at the nets, I know that I’m putting a dent in the mosquito population, since I can easily see the people that flew onto the porch of mine. I could also see the results when I sit outside. The mosquitoes, gnats, and various other flying bugs are greatly reduced or perhaps eliminated immediately, without patiently waiting for their life cycle to stop.
To conclude, while a dark light does not necessarily entice mosquitoes, it doesn’t repel them either. It can attract other flying bugs, which is good, and makes the owners of Bug Zappers feel good about the purchase of theirs as they notice it zapping all night. Since not any of these insects would looked into helpful, ask for a black light, get a Bug Fan, and clear away the insects.