Backyard barbeques often have a downside. As soon as the sun sets, swarms of mosquitoes and other winged pests descend upon your party. How do you keep them away?
Oftentimes, this can involve attacking them from different angles. You may want to invest in a non-toxic essential-oil based bug repellent, which you can apply directly to your skin. This is something you might want to use as your first line of defense, instead of DEET. There are growing concerns this chemical carries potential health risks.
Also, you can erect a “killing field” with an insect zapper.
These zappers, however, can vary widely in price. So you may want to compare different types of zappers to see what’s best for you. You’ll probably be able to find a model that does the job, covering an equal area of your yard, without buying the highest-end model on the market. What I’m showing here is a zapper that seems more than adequate for the average homeowner.
Flowtron Electronic Bug Zapper
The Flowtron Electronic Bug Zapper is sold with different-sized bulbs for varying areas of coverage. It’s designed only for outdoor use. The model shown below is meant for an area of one-acre.
Many people, apparently, hang their zappers on metal poles in the middle of the yard, a little away from the patio or the deck. One obvious reason for doing so is because bugs are attracted to the device, so, if you’re sitting nearby, you could be in the midst of a swarm.
Also, as the bugs are electrocuted, you probably don’t want to be sitting too close.
The Flowtron BK-40D bug zapper is powered by electricity, so you’ll need to use an outdoor extension cord. The device emits ultraviolet light, which helps to attract the insects. These devices are designed to be used with special mosquito attracting scent packs, which last about a month. The zapper is made to be easy to clean.
The Flowtron zapper is also available in a smaller size, designed for half-acre coverage, as well as a larger size that will attract bugs in an area of 1.5 acres.
Women who are pregnant or nursing should ask a doctor before using products with essential oil. Always do a small test patch before applying essential oils to your skin.