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Are Bug Zappers Effective Against Mosquitos?

“Mosquitos.” That is the answer to the common trivia question, “what animal has killed more humans than any other?” It’s not dogs. It’s not snakes. It’s not even other humans. Mosquitos are considered a scourge of the earth, and some scientists have openly wondered if they are a necessary part of the world’s ecosystem, or whether we should find a way to eliminate them altogether.

But for now, they exist, and for those in Phoenix, Tempe, Peoria, Surprise, Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa, and throughout Arizona that struggle with biting pests, it’s not uncommon to want to find a quick and effective way to eliminate mosquitos on your property.

What About Bug Zappers?

Easily available in local hardware stores, many property owners look to bug zappers as a fast way to try to eliminate mosquitos. Bug zappers create a light that attracts bugs and then shocks the bugs using a low-level electrical current. Placing these outside of your property starts to attract and many types of insects within a local area.

Many bug zappers advertise that they are effective for mosquitos, but unfortunately, they are not. This is due to a number of different issues:

  • Mosquitos are not generally that attracted to light. They prefer CO2.
  • CO Mosquito inserts are not very strong and only last a few days.
  • Bug zappers tend to stun bugs more than they kill them.

Indeed, bug zappers actually tend to kill more beneficial bugs than they do mosquitos, and some experts believe that these bug zappers may actually make more pests come to your property because they’re attracted to the light during the night.

Alternatives to Bug Zappers for Mosquitos

It would be great if bug zappers were effective against mosquitos. But because they tend to kill beneficial insects rather than biting ones, and because they do not do a good job of either attracting or killing mosquitos, it is highly recommended that you avoid them – at least for your mosquito problem.

Instead, consider calling Green Home Pest today. Our team uses some of the newest, most effective solutions for eliminating mosquitos, and can help make sure that you and your family struggle with fewer bites throughout the summer. If you are interested in learning more about our mosquito control services in Arizona, please do not hesitate to call today at 480-526-9487.

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