A mosquito zapper is an electronic device that uses attractants trap insects and kills them via electric shock. The electric shock is usually mild but very fatal to the mosquitoes. The exterior casing (housing) of a mosquito zapper is usually made from plastics or metals that are electrically grounded. It is usually shaped like a lantern, a rectangular cube or cylinder. The housing design protects children and pets from touching the electrical grids. Fluorescent light bulbs are used to attract insects. Wire grids surround the light bulbs and are electrified to kill mosquitoes. A transformer usually 120 volts to 2000 volts charges the wire grids.
Plug in Mosquito Zappers
These zappers are the most common and necessitate using an extension that can work at a long distance. To trap mosquitoes, bright UV light is used to produce attractants. They are very effective and efficient that when used overnight, big clumps of dead mosquitoes can be seen by morning. The effectiveness of a plug-in zapper depends on its size. That is, the bigger the device, the more the illumination and the more insects are killed. The device can be used both indoors and outdoors as long as safety measures are undertaken. It is advisable to keep the zappers away from the reach of children and pets to prevent electric shock. The zappers should also be placed in areas away from other light sources which will cause distractions to mosquitoes. When a mosquito is electrocuted by the device, burning smell is produced.
Solar Powered Zappers
These zappers depend on sunlight to work. They can be efficient when eliminating mosquitoes but have tendencies of quickly depleting if not properly charged by sunlight. It is environment-friendly and cheap as it reduces the use of electricity but requires a lot of patience. Solar panels are used as part of the housing for the device. On sunny days, it works best compared to rainy or windy days.