Top Bug Zappers in 2020 – Buyers Guide


Flowtron Electronic Insect Killer

A simple yet efficient bug zapper that has a non clogging killing grid, guaranteed to reduce flying insect pests!


Crioxen Indoor Plug-in Bug Zapper

Simply plug it into a wall outlet and enjoy a great indoor zapper solution that protects up to 500 square feet! 

Do Bug Zappers really work?

Bug zappers are great for eliminating flying insects, but do they really work? Well it depends what you are using them for. If you are using them to significantly reduce the insect population of your yard then they are amazing.

If you are using them to only eliminate biting bugs they are not as effective without an attractant.

According to Alberto Broce, a professor of entomology, “zappers only kill a small percentage of insects that are annoying or damaging to human health.”

The word annoying is quite subjective, I personally find any flying insect to be annoying especially when it keeps landing in my sitting area and flying around me constantly. In this case a bug zapper works like a charm. If you want it it to truly be effective against mosquitoes you will need to use an attractant with it.

Do bug zappers work in the day and should I leave it on all the time?

Bug zappers use light to work so they are not as effective during the day since they have to compete with the sun. Frankly, no light source is strong enough to compete with the sun.

Where is the best place to put a bug zapper?

Bug Zappers by design attract insects to them, so you will want to place the bug zapper at least 25ft away from the place you plan on spending your time. 

Can you leave a Bug zapper out in the rain?

You will need to check the manufacturer’s recommendation for the most accurate answer, however, in general any bug zapper made for outside use are also weather resistant. 

You should definitely be aware of any extension cords you having running out to your bug zapper and keep the plug and socket out of the water.

Do bug zappers attract mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are more attracted to carbon dioxide than they are too UV light.

How can I attract mosquitoes to my bug zapper?

If you want to attract mosquitoes to your bug zapper you will want to use a mosquito lure such as Octenol or Lurex3. 

Octenol is a chemical that is found in human breath and sweat that is quite effective at attracting most mosquitoes.

 Lurex3 mimics “naturally occurring human skin scents” and is especially effective at attracting “Asian” tiger mosquitoes. Unfortunately, it can only be used with the Mosquito Magnet Trap.

What is the best bug zapper for mosquitoes?

Any bug zapper that can use an attractant will work great as a mosquito killer, however, our personal favorite is the Flowtron Electronic Insect Killer.

Best Outdoor Mosquito Zapper

The Flowtron Electronic Insect Killer is great for ridding your outside living area of mosquitoes and other flying insect pests. It uses a 15-watt high intesity ultraviolet bulb to attract flying insects to it. Best used with a Octenol attractant, or more simply put a mosquito lure.

    • Non Clogging Killing Grid
    • Multiple sizes that cover anywhere from 1/2 acre to 1.5 acres.
    • Weatherproof polycarbonate construction.
    • Two-year limited warranty
  • Can be loud when a bug is killed
  • Very bright

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Best Indoor Mosquito Zapper

The Crioxen indoor bug zapper is a perfect way to rid the inside of annoying flying pests. 

    • Covers up to 500 square feet per unit.
    • Simple plug and play solution
    • Easy clean up with the built in tray 
  • Not as effective as an outdoor mosquito bug zapper.