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The Electronic Mosquito Insect Zapper and I - A Bug Review!

Updated on May 16, 2013

Yup - I'm a certified fly killer...

I have a pretty good reputation here as a what I'm about to share with you may shock and dismay you. To be transparent though, (don't you just love that word!) - all of you deserve to know the real truth about me.

I'm a fly killer....Or at least a wannabe fly killer...

It's true.

This week I became a cold blooded murderer - and my accomplice in crime is the Electronic Insect Bug Zapper.

Many previously winged creatures have met their demise this week because they were zapped right out of the sky - residing in insect heaven where they will never lose their wings again..

Please forgive me but the bug zapper did it!!

Don't taze me Bro!

Mosquitos can carry nasty things like the West Nile Virus.
Mosquitos can carry nasty things like the West Nile Virus. | Source

Revenge is sweet...

So yeah I'm a certified fly killer and honestly, I have no remorse. For some reason we have had a particularly bad season of flies, yellow jackets, snails and spiders. In desperation, we went out a couple weeks ago and bought almost $50.00 worth the pest control, 2 electronic insect zappers included (I think my husband bought the bug zappers more to amuse me more than anything) For me though I saw a guaranteed way to take the pesky creatures right out of the sky - ZAP!

My husband was a little surprised when we got home and the first thing I did was tear open the package to the electronic bug zapper. He gingerly took the bug zapper out and armed it with 2 D batteries. As I stared wondrously at the design of the bug zapper, I thought who could go wrong with a bug zapper in the shape of a tennis racket? It occurred to me that I could kill 2 or 3 birds (or flies I should say), with one stone:

1) get rid of the stupid flies in my backyard

2) exercise at the same time

3) take out my fly aggressions in a healthy way (hey I'd just about had it with these stupid flies, OK?)

So I carefully read the instructions of my new "lethal fly weapon" - and prepared for battle with little flies dancing in my head. (My husband had a slightly worried look on his face... I think he was a little concerned at my zeal to use this electronic weapon) After threatening to zap me with the bug zapper, he finally handed it over and out I went


My husband bought a bug zapper too...

So to tell the whole story I have to admit that my husband had actually sneakingly bought a bug zapper for himself also (he had decided that this would be great sport for us in the yard - some real bonding time I suppose) So out comes electronic bug zapper number 2 and my husband and I proceed to the backyard...

You know those times in life when you wish you'd had a camera to take pictures but missed it...but you still have the picture of what happened vividly in your head?

Well here is the visual that I won't forget...My hubby and I laughing while swatting away at the air under the porch. We must have looked like two complete idiots complete with our little electronic tennis racket shaped bug zappers in hand. The crazy thing was though that the electronic bug zappers behaved NOTHING like we had expected. Honestly we had expected some loud zaps and sizzles (God forgive me for that) but instead all we got was a bunch of stunned flies laying on the ground in various throes of paralysis.We managed to get a few loud pops and zaps - but overall we were very let down by the ineffectiveness of our electronic insect bug zappers. No real zap here to speak of... I think the flies must have been laughing their butts off at us!

In total fairness to the big zapper, I even tried it again this morning.

I had a yellow jacket literally pinned to the ground and he DID NOT DIE.

If anything I just really pissed him off (I thought for sure this bug zapper would work on the bigger insects)

No once again.

Apparently the insect/fly/yellow-jacket/hornet has to be hit in just exactly the right spot to catch the "grid". And yeah BTW the packaging said not to let anyone under 8 use the bug zapper- who the H'''L is going to let a 9 year old use a bug zapper anyway?? geez....

So the electronic insect bug zapper goes back to the store...

So in conclusion these tennis racket electronic bug zappers are going back to the store (No wonder they were on clearance for $2.99) This particular electronic bug zapper was a bug bust...and a waste of time and money. I'm sure there are more effective bug zappers out there but don't waste your money on this one. You'll be disappointed!

UPDATE: I have decided to keep the bug zappers. My 29 year old son had too much fun with it this morning. For some reason he seems to be quite good and agile at zapping the little pests. Plus we had some good laughs out of it so for novelty reasons alone they will stay.

(Dorsi Diaz is a freelance writer and publisher - for more about electronic equipment be sure to check out her next hub on how her husband "tested" out his stun kidding)


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    Sara Johnson 3 years ago from United States

    Pretty good list of zappers. I have the Aspecteck kitchen bug zapper; this summer, it did pretty good against our minor fly infestation. Now that it's Fall, it seems to have cleared our kitchen - although a word of warning: it's quite loud.

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    LaurenLL 6 years ago

    Thanks for this blog.

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    Dorsi Diaz 6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @benjamin) lol... I hope that only refers to killing bugs It WAS quite funny. Thanks for stopping by and glad you enjoyed the read!

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    BenjaminB 6 years ago

    Lmao bonding time killing flies together. they do say the family that kills together stays together Dorsi. When I was a young teenager living on Carolina Beach,NC my old step dad would get so tired of the flies that he would pay me 25 cents a piece for them.Too bad the reality show phase of society had not kicked in yet or I could have been the first to have a Fly Bounty Hunter show.

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    Dorsi Diaz 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Dan) I've noticed that we have had a lot of flies too this year...thanks for stopping by and reading.

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    Dan Clark 7 years ago

    Flys are bad this year in California it has not let up even in cold collers in supper markets we still find Glueboars full of flys we put a new board in it on Monday by thursday it cant fit one more fly on it and we do yse blueboard fly lights it is silant fly catcher no zapppp do you no flys are acttracted to UV light hope we can be of some help i have studyed flys for 29 years

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    Dorsi Diaz 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    oscillationatend) Thanks for stopping by and reading. Glad you aren't "bugged" by too many Have a great summer!

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    oscillationatend 7 years ago from a recovering narcissist.

    I want the tennis racket. That's awesome.

    Here in South Cali we don't get many squitos. Sometimes flies..but mostly it's been moths here lately.

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    Dorsi Diaz 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Well summer is here and I think it's time to pull out the electric tennis racket bug zappers again....

    thanks everyone who came by and enjoyed a good laugh.

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    Dolores Monet 8 years ago from East Coast, United States

    Dorsi this is a hoot. We had one laying around for awhile and of course people started whacking one another. My sister had one of the big ones - living in the country you just couldn't sit outside. Then a luna moth wound up frying in it. Have you ever seen a luna moth? Well, that was the end of the bug zapper.

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    Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

    I hate flies, too. My kids love to try to kill themf or me.

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    Iphigenia 8 years ago

    Sounds like you had fun - there's a plant that is popular here in France that replels flies etc - can't remember it's name, but it works; So no killing fields on my terrace - but the plant does not reple mosquitos. Now the little buzzers only bother me when my daughter isn't here. I never get bitten by them - but they buzz all night long in search for prey if she's away. When she's home I'm fine - they feed on her. Her bedroom ceiling is smeared with her blood from he mozzies she splatted. i did suggest that she wipe the smears - but she didn't - I think it gives her pleasure to see them mount up in number.

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    Jmell 8 years ago from El Paso, Texas, USA

    What a fun Hub Dorsi! I'm not a pro at tennis by far, but this sounds like fun!

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    Dorsi Diaz 8 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Bob: I'll have to try that. Anything is worth a try at this point.

    Susan: I don't know what's wrong with my cats with regards to flies.They have failed me.

    Jama: I love those bigger ones. As soon as I can afford one I'm getting one. I love that zapping sound.

    Triplet mom: Do you think you can find out your friends recipe? Perhaps you could even write a hub on it ?

    UPDATE: I have decided to keep the bug zappers. My 29 year old son had too much fun with it this morning. For some reason he seems to be quite good and agile at zapping the little pests. Plus we had some good laughs out of it so for novelty reasons alone they will stay.

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    Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

    I have one of those old fashioned fly swatters. Cost about 30p and works with some effort :)

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    Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

    I have a friend that makes bug juice in a bowl. Not sure of the ingredients but they all come running (flying) for it and never leave.

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    Joanna McKenna 8 years ago from Central Oklahoma

    A neighbor had one of the zappers that hang in the backyard. Many summer evenings we'd sit out there and listen to the sound of flying insects being stupid enough to fly "into the light" (figuratively and literally)! Heaven, for us at least, would've been having a couple of the tennis racket versions too, even if it took a well-placed sandal to finish off the little buggers. Better to send flies and mosquitoes to Bug Heaven than have them crawling on our potato salad and sucking our blood!

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    Susan Keeping 8 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

    Lol, great hub. It sounded great to start with and I was getting all excited :) I have a fly catcher...a cat named Boo.

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    I just have a chat with the bugs and they pretty much leave me alone. :-)