Bug zappers that will keep your patio safe

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Don’t place your bug zapper on your patio, deck, or any other area where you spend time. Instead, lure insects away by placing your bug zapper approximately 25 feet from areas of human activity.

It's hard to relax and enjoy yourself with a cloud of bugs swarming around you. Thankfully, you don't have to rely solely on chemical-laded bug spray to keep pests away. A strategically placed bug zapper can help take care of the problem.

Traditional bug zappers kill insects that are attracted to light such as flies, gnats, and moths. Notably, mosquitos aren't always attracted to light. If you're looking for a bug zapper to combat a mosquito problem, be sure to read the product specs carefully first.

What else should you look for in a bug zapper? Some bug zappers have programmable timers that allow you to activate them at specific times of the day or night. Some have chemical attractants that increase effectiveness. And some come with installation hardware so you don't have to bother coming up with your own tools.

Here's a look at three of the top bug zappers on today's market.

Flowtron Diplomat Fly Control Device

This commercial-grade bug zapper brings top-shelf quality to your home. It can easily kill large numbers of flying insects at night, and it can be used indoors or out. Durability is the name of the game thanks to the hardy materials used to make it, including a heavy-duty plastic outer shell and a chrome grate. The price tag is hefty, but it's worth it if you have a substantial pest issue.

Flowtron Electronic Insect Killer

This hanging bug zapper is extremely effective despite its lower price tag. Owners say that it effectively banishes mosquitos as well as other buzzy pests. It can be used indoors or out and features a clog-resistant grid. Notably, it covers a smaller area and has a shorter cord than some other options.

NONPEST Solar Insect Zapper

This outdoor-only bug zapper is solar powered. Bugs are drawn toward the UV light and shocked on contact. You can stake this affordably priced insect deterrent in the ground or hang it up - whichever works best for your outdoor decor. It's effective on mosquitos and other pests, though its range is limited and you cannot use it inside.

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