Summer is on its way, and so are bugs. Given that Covid-19 has meant we’ve been stuck indoors a lot more than usual over the last year, there’s no doubt you’ll be basking in the sunshine, soaking up the vitamin D and flinging open the windows as much as possible and as soon as possible. However, with all of this outdoor goodness comes bug badness, unless you have one of the best bug zappers.
As we congregate in friends’ backyards to sip a brew or two or seven (you do you), there’s still something we have to worry about that doesn’t involve catching a virus from your closest homies — bugs.
Flies, bees and mosquitos love life in the summer, they buzz around as you eat your breakfast, chill by the pool, take a nap or try to settle down for the evening. They’re everywhere, and they’re annoying. Wanting these winged creatures to simply bug off extends far beyond summer, as they confidently continue to zip around well into November.
Bug zappers work through a rigid process of attraction and elimination. They’re a great way to control the bugs in your home for the following reasons:
- No mess – One of the best things about bug zappers is that they can be totally mess-free. The bugs are usually collected in a trap at the bottom of the device for easy emptying when it’s time to dispose of its victims. Some alternative styles of zappers, such as the ZAP IT! Bug Zapper, don’t have this feature, so if you’re using one inside the house then be sure to keep an eye on where the bug falls once zapped.
- No chemicals – Unlike many insecticides, bug zappers do not use chemicals to kill. They rely on electricity to execute and therefore are a chemical-free way to keep the area around it rid of bugs.
- No smell – Although citronella is a bug deterring scent enjoyed by many, not all bug sprays and candle smells are a welcome addition to the home. Bug zappers are a smell-free way to eliminate bugs. Other than the ultraviolet light which is designed to lure the bugs in, you’ll hardly notice they’re there.
Here are a few of the flyings bugs the best bug zappers can eliminate:
No one wants a summer of bugs. So, it’s time to get yourself a bug zapper to show those pests who’s boss. Buying one now will be a game-changer this summer and beyond. There are tons of different bug zapper options to choose from, so read on, and check out the 17 best bug zappers we could find.
1. Hemiua Bug Zapper
With over 18,000 reviews and a 4.5-star customer rating, you can be confident in the capability of the Hemiua Bug Zapper. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, the lantern-like case enables 360-degree trapping and zapping. A useful hook is integrated into the top of the bug zapper to allow for easy carrying and hanging. Plus, the tray in the base enables a user-friendly emptying process when enough bugs have been collected.
2. GLOUE Bug Zapper Light Bulb
Who would have ever thought that we’d be living in a world that could merge your average indoor ceiling lightbulb with the power of your go-to bug zapper? We never thought it was possible, but damn, we’re more than glad it is. If you have a serious bug problem inside that needs some extra attention, look no further than the GLOUE Bug Zapper Light Bulb. It’s designed with three different functionalities depending on your needs — a dual bulb and zapper-on option, a bulb-off and zapper-on option and a bulb-on and zapper-off option. Therefore, even if your bug issues come to an end, you can still use this bulb as a regular lightbulb in and around your home. When zapping, the bulb doesn’t trap bugs inside but instead releases them to the surface directly below through the slanted design in the bulb’s zap chamber.
3. ZAP IT! Bug Zapper
We love this bug zapper so much that we just had to write an entire story about it. We hate to say it because we kind of feel bad, but this thing is so much fun. Unlike the prior choices, there is zero luring involved with the ZAP IT! Bug Zapper. When you see a pest buzzing around nearby, simply hold the button down, swing in its direction and that sucker’s a goner. This bug zapper uses 4,000 volts to ensure each swing will be the first and last try for the bug you’re aiming to kill. The racket is safe to touch due to the exterior triple-layer safety mesh and because it’s only activated when the button is held down, you don’t have to worry about any kids or pets getting harmed. There is a super bright LED light for nighttime usage that will help you detect bugs more quickly, too.
4. ZALIK Bug Zapper
Looking for a bug zapper under $25 that’ll get the job done like any other bug-killing alternative? Then you need the ZALIK Bug Zapper. Like many others on the list, this zapper uses a UV bulb to lure in any nearby insect only to immediately electrocute them upon their misguided arrival. Dead insects are collected inside the bottom tray, so it’s easy to clean when required. It’s great for indoor and outdoor use, but remember not to leave it out in the rain. Plus, as one of the smaller devices, it’s more portable and a handy option if you need a little extra firepower for a barbecue or a weekend camping trip.
5. Faicuk Handheld Zapper Racket
BEST HANDHELD SET
The Faicuk Handheld Zapper Racket is ideal for having on hand in multiple areas of the home so you’re always armed and ready. With three layers of mesh, the racket is able to hit and zap bugs as soon as you swing the device in the right direction. An indicator light in the handle of the racket shows when it’s ready for use while the large, 35-inch head allows you to aim and hit as you would with a tennis racket. Powered by two AA batteries, Furthermore, the pack contains two rackets, each of which is powered by two AA batteries and can be used either indoors or outdoors.
6. Loytio Bug Zapper
Lure and kill both indoor and outdoor bugs with this hanging bug zapper that emits a 4,200-volt electric shock, ensuring it gets the job done with just one zap. Though powerful, it doesn’t waste electricity. In fact, it saves you up to 20% of electricity when compared to some other bug zappers available. It also has the ability to last for over 30,000 hours, which is around three-and-a-half years of continuous use. When it’s time for cleaning up, the lower half which collects the dead bugs can be removed, meaning you can dump, rinse and replace the tray with ease.
7. Aspectek Upgraded Electronic Bug Zapper
Having bug problems both in and outside of the house? Well, they’re no match for the Aspectek electronic bug zapper. Lure and kill flying insects in spots ranging from your living room to your backyard and get the same results every time. It’s simple to install and can either sit or hang from its metal chain. There is a plastic and removable tray at the very bottom for when you need to clean out the dead bugs. Like many of our other choices, it’s also completely safe to touch. Note: if you’re choosing to use this bug zapper outside, make sure you don’t leave it out in the rain because it is not waterproof.
8. KATCHY Indoor Insect Trap
Maybe your problem isn’t outdoors, but indoors instead. As the weather cools down, some bugs look for an escape indoors where it’s warmer and drier. If you have fruit flies, gnats or mosquitoes invading your home, look no further than this indoor insect trap from KATCHY. While the trap isn’t necessarily a zapper, it still uses UV light to attract nearby bugs in the home. Then, when the bugs get close enough, the machine works to vacuum and trap them inside on sticky glue traps.
9. Livin’ Well Bug Zapper
Though this isn’t the only weatherproof option on the list, the Livin’ Well bug zapper is certainly one of the most impressive. Should you wish, you can leave this zapper outside for years and trust that it will still work, no matter what the elements bring. Because it can sit in the rain and snow (note that it’s also flood-resistant) water won’t pile up anywhere inside the unit. The zapper lasts for around 8,000 hours, which is almost a full year of continuous use. While the device can stand on any flat surface, you’ll also find a hook built into the top for an additional hanging option. Plus, with a range of 1,500 feet, bugs will be drawn in from near and far.
10. TBI Bug Zapper
Surrounded by a protective case, the TBI Bug Zapper keeps small fingers at a safe distance from the central 20-watt bulb. The bright blue, ultraviolet light lures in bugs and zaps them instantly upon contact. A tray at the bottom of the bug zapper allows for easy emptying and disposal as and when required. In addition, as the zapper features a four-foot-long power cable, works indoors or out and covers up to 2100 square feet, it can be placed almost anywhere.
11. TOMPOL Bug Zapper
Thanks to its gridded case with holes that are big enough for bugs to pass through while small enough to keep pets and children safe, the TOMPOL Bug Zapper is a great option for the average family home. It has a 15-watt bulb capable of a 4200-volt electric shock which instantly brings down nearby pests. Plus, not only is the bulb powerful, it has an extremely long service life of up to 30,000 hours.
12. FVOAI Mosquito Trap
While we’re chit-chatting about non-zap bug “zappers,” we couldn’t leave out this futuristic-looking bug trapping design from FVOAI. This bug trapper works to lure and vacuum bugs to make them latch onto an interior sticky trap, using a zero-zapping mechanism. It’s a super-powerful and very effective alternative to a bug zapper thanks to its alluring light source and 360-degree design. The trap also features two timer options which can run for either six or 12 hours. When it’s time for cleaning, simply remove the bottom half and replace the sticky trap with a new one.
13. BRISON Plug-In Bug Zapper
These BRISON Plug-In Bug Zappers are compact and suitable for use all around your home to provide house-wide coverage. Simply plug them into a wall socket and let them get to work. The set includes a brush for cleaning down the zappers once they’ve been dealt with. They can also be ordered in packs of one, two or four so you can select the correct amount required for your home. The UV light which shines through the lightning bolt casing is able to attract bugs from up to 500 square feet in every direction. And, considering each device is only 2.9 by 4.7 inches in size, they pack a lot of power in a little space.
14. Black Flag Outdoor Bug Zapper
With an impressive 5500 volts of zapping power, the Black Flag Outdoor Bug Zapper is able to attract and kill over 40% more pests than its competitors. While killing more bugs, this zapper also uses up to 30% less energy making it a win-win home addition (unless you’re a bug). Large areas are no problem for this bug-zapping device as it’s capable of luring flying insects from the surrounding 1.5 acres. So if you’re lucky enough to have a big garden, this could be the bug zapper made for you.
15. GLOUE Bug Zapper
For a truly bug-free home, you need these GLOBE Bug Zappers. Each pack comes with six plug-in zappers which are user-friendly and ready to be plugged in on arrival. Each device features a blue front grid to keep fingers and pet paws at bay. Plus, with the plug attached directly to the back of each compact device, they don’t take up any floor or desk space unlike many of the larger tabletop alternatives.
16. BLACK+DECKER Outdoor Bug Zapper
BEST LOOKING ZAPPER
The drawback of keeping a bug zapper in and around your house is that the majority of the time, they’re rather unsightly. Though occasionally some lighting fixtures can bring a certain level of ambiance to your home, it doesn’t always help. Bug zappers are simply ugly. Thankfully, that’s not the case with this outdoor bug zapper from BLACK+DECKER. It has the same luring and killing capabilities as your average bug zapper but foregoes the unsightly exterior. This bug zapper uses a non-toxic, UV-light for luring pests and has an easy-to-clean, pull-out tray for when it’s time to get rid of the collection insect carcasses. This is a reliable bug zapping unit to leave outside your home for constant use or take on your next family camping trip.
17. LiBa Bug Zapper
Each order comes with two large LiBa Bug Zappers as well as four extra replacement bulbs. The dual 2800-volt bulbs which are housed inside each zapper enable both powerful bug attraction and elimination. This zapper is ideal for mounting in the kitchen or bedroom, providing a bug-free environment while you cook or sleep. Handily, these indoor-only zappers feature an integrated chain at the top which can be used for carrying or hanging.