13 of the Best Bug Zappers for Summer 2020
Looking to avoid mosquito bites and flies on your food this summer? Here’s how to get rid of annoying pests once and for all.
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Your pesky pest problem
Summer’s finally here and, unfortunately, as we’re trying to relax, mosquitoes and other bugs will be trying to feast on us. The pest problem is one of those inconvenient things that we always seem to forget about at the start of the season and never quite seem to know how to tackle. Well, we have a solution for you—a whole bunch of them, in fact. We rounded up the best bug zappers and assorted repellents to keep your yard and the rest of your home pest-free, so that this is truly the most wonderful time of the year. While you’re at it, make sure you don’t have these 13 things in your home that attract pests.
Flowtron Electronic Insect Killer
Every bug zapper on the market swears that it’s the best, but this one actually has more than 5,000 positive Amazon reviews to back up that claim. The Flowtron uses nontoxic UV light, and it works within a one-acre radius (yes, you read that right), so it’s best for big backyards. It also has a patented non-clogging grid, making cleanup a lot easier. An important note: This product should only be used outside, but you can try these 10 chemical-free ways to get rid of pests inside your home.
Eravsow Bug Zapper & LED Camping Lantern & Flashlight
Let there be light—and bug zapping! If you’re going to be camping, hiking, or taking part in other adventurous outdoor activities this summer, be sure to consider portable devices to ward off bugs. This ultraviolet LED lantern will provide a 16-by-16-foot mosquito-free zone, and its lithium battery ensures that it remains working for up to 16 hours. And that’s not all: This waterproof bug repeller also has flashlight and SOS white-strobe modes for your non-bug needs, cutting down on what you need to pack and giving you a lot of bang for your buck. In case you were wondering, these often-tried remedies won’t ward off mosquitoes.
Aspectek Upgraded 20W Electronic Bug Zapper
Come to me, my pretties. Sadly, the Aspectek doesn’t actually say that, but that’s definitely the gist, as it lures mosquitoes, flies, and other insects to their demise with its UV lightbulbs. Just hang it, turn it on, and forget about it until the pests are gone. While you’ll still have to clean out the plastic tray that collects the dead bugs, the electric grid is self-cleaning.
Black Flag Handheld Fly Zapper
You know when you just can’t get that one annoying and very persistent fly that won’t leave you alone? Well, that little bugger will meet its match with this “racquet zapper.” For use indoors or outdoors, all you have to do is swing it and hit the pest in question with Black Flag’s 2750 volts of power. And you can’t go wrong for the money, especially since this budget-friendly option has received more than 2,600 positive reviews on Amazon.
Thermacell Radius Zone Mosquito Repeller Gen 2.0
Thermacell’s mosquito repellents made our list a few times, as you’ll see, and for good reason. Each is specifically designed for your particular needs, instead of providing a one-size-fits-all solution. This one is best for small areas, like a patio or deck. Wirecutter found it to be the most effective solution they tested against bugs and added that it lasts for hours, has an automatic shutoff timer, and features a rechargeable lithium battery, making it super easy to use.
Pure Garden Solar Powered UV Bug Zapper
Who says that bug zappers have to look like bug zappers? These solar-powered beauties double as outdoor decor, lining and lighting your walkway or garden with low-voltage LED bulbs, while still getting the job done with their UV-light technology. Here are more ways to get rid of the worst garden pests naturally.
Neatmaster Ultrasonic Pest Repeller
Not into zapping bugs? An ultrasonic pest repeller may be the answer to your problems. The Neatmaster uses bionic wave, electromagnetic wave, and ultrasonic wave technology to ward off bugs by disturbing their nervous systems, sending them running from the area. You’ll find three modes: the green light emits bionic wave for light infestation; the blue light emits electromagnetic wave for medium infestation; and the red light emits ultrasonic wave for high levels of infestation, which is the only one of the three that humans and pets can hear.
Ultrasonic Blue Pest Repeller Portable Plug-in Control (4-Pack)
Tell bugs to bug off with this portable plug-in pest repeller. According to the manufacturer, it uses “high-frequency changeable ultrasounds and vibrations by rotation,” which deter pests. It also claims that this “electronic device with a dual ultrasonic chip for stronger impact effectively covers up to 1300 sq. ft. (80–120 sq. m). The result will be reached after continuous usage within three to four weeks.” Use one of these unique (and very effective) tips for how to keep mosquitoes away.
Thermacell Armored Portable Mosquito Repeller
This mosquito repeller is a wearable device that you can clip to your belt, so you can stop swatting those annoying bugs while you enjoy outdoor activities. The device creates a powerful invisible barrier against mosquitoes, and it features a built-in LED light that monitors performance and informs you if the fuel runs out.
Thermacell stands by its products with a one-year satisfaction guarantee; a responsive customer service team is also always ready to answer any questions. Plus, Thermacell products have been evaluated by the EPA for safety and effectiveness. Here are another 10 chemical-free ways to get rid of household pests.
Katchy Indoor Insect Trap
This insect trap uses a UV light to lure bugs under the fan, which then sucks them into super sticky glue boards. It’s a solid choice for an indoor device that keeps bugs from bothering you and your family. Here are 11 things mosquitoes don’t want you to know—that will help prevent bites.
Thermacell Patio Shield Mosquito Repeller
Ideal for when you’re entertaining outside, this Thermacell bug repeller uses proven technology to fight off pests for up to 12 hours at a time, creating “an invisible, scent-free zone of protection from mosquitoes.” Its highly effective repellent mats turn white when it’s time to replace them. Check out this list of the 12 most dangerous bugs you need to avoid.
Simba Lighting LED Bug Repelling Yellow Bulb
This bug-repelling bulb is great for those looking for an attractive pest repellent. Mosquitoes, flies, and insects are not attracted to 2000K amber light, so you can illuminate your front porch, patio, and other outdoor spaces with a warm glow while keeping the pests far away.
SolaMist Mosquito and Insect Misting System
Keep yourself safe from bugs with SolaMist. It’s a 12-gallon portable unit that draws energy from the sun and uses a 16-watt solar panel to kill mosquitoes, spiders, and wasps. The residential system is completely non-toxic and environmentally safe, while the instant spray feature conserves your concentrate. While you’re at it, check out these other essential products for people who hate bugs.
Bite Helper Bug Bite Itch Neutralizer
If you can’t beat the bugs, you might as well stop the aftermath! This one isn’t actually a bug zapper, but there’s a good chance you’ll need it anyway at some point this summer, especially if you head out of your mosquito-free zone. So, how does it work? The Bite Helper delivers concentrated heat and vibration to the bite. This boosts blood flow and circulation to get rid of irritation and itch quickly and effectively. While you’re waiting for this to be delivered to your doorstep, check out these 12 home remedies for bug bites that actually work.
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