Pros: attractive, inexpensive, has a powerful attractant included
Cons: zaps hardly any insects at all
When I first moved over to this house I live in, there was a bug zapper on the porch that was amazing. It was so old and worn that I never could make out it's make, but, I do know that I had to clean it constantly because it really collected the bugs.It was a few years later when it burned out. I tried to replace the bulb, but, the unit was just dead..zapped itself. And so, I looked for a replacement model at my local hardware stores. I stopped by Home Depot and found the Stinger 1/2 Acre Outdoor Electric Bug Zapper where it cost about $20, and it really looked promising, so I purchased it.
The Stinger 1/2 Acre Outdoor Electric Bug Zapper (UV15N) is primarily meant for outdoor use, but it can also be useful indoors in a shop or garage (places that are prone to having open doorways for periods of time). I placed mine on my front porch in hopes that it will take care of the flying insects and moths that flap around my porch light at night. It measures at 13" H x 6.5" W x 6.5" D. It's also really lightweight at 3 & 1/2 pounds. The other "dinosaur" I had weighed at least 6 lbs, so there was a considerable difference between that one and this newer one. It comes already assembled, but there is a "lure" included that you will have to insert. Also, you may eventually have to replace the UV bulbs because they get an average life of 1& 1/2 to 2 years. I didn't use my zapper long enough to have to do this though.
I ended up using it for about 4 months before I decided it wasn't for me. Before I get into the negatives, I will say a few more words about the positives aspects of this bug zapper. First, it has an attractive design, as far as bug zappers go. It's not the bulky square types, and instead resembles an old lantern in shape. It has a thick outer enclosure that is tight enough and far enough away from the UV bulb to keep little fingers from reaching in and getting shocked, if your child is the curious type. (Also, it plugs into a 120 volt outlet, but the cord is a bit short). It also doesn't have wire mesh like the bug zapper I did own had, and so this is more of a non-clogging type of zapper. Another good thing about it is that it is supposed to be weatherproof. (I say "supposed to be" because I only used this for about 4 months before replacing it, so I don't know how it would be years down the road. It claims to be able to stand up to the elements and not rust or crack, and for the time I used it, it stayed in like-new condition, even when exposed to the elements (minus rain since it was on a porch) and on 24 hours of the day). The final positive aspect is that this has a range of 1/2 an acre, so it would be great for backyard areas, or the porch even , for those who like to sit out and relax.
This bug zapper uses an attractant for mosquitoes, but only comes with one. Replacements cost around $5 each and last for 30 days. They're called Octenal lures and, from what I understand, are made of by-product from animals like cows, as well as plants. It doesn't really have much of an odor, and it is like "gnat-crack"; it attracts them in swarms. (The brand that comes with the unit is called Nosquito) The bottom of the bug zapper will come off and this is where the lure goes (it just sets in, on the bottom piece). It's super easy to do, and really does seem to make a difference in the amount of gnats and mosquitoes that are around when using it (versus not).
The only thing that I don't like about it, maybe isn't such a little thing. It doesn't seem to work very well. Yes, I can hear it go off (ZZZap!) every once in a while, but it mostly only seems to get the gnats, and very little mosquitoes. I've watched them land on the zapper and they were always flying around it, but it just wouldn't kill them. I bet in all the time I used it, I scraped off maybe 10-12 little burnt bodies, and there was no "debris" resting on my porch underneath, giving evidence of more dead mosquitoes. It also did absolutely nothing to the moths or horseflies even though they were attracted to the glow of the UV light.I should have seen this coming, being that it was so inexpensive, but, it works nothing like a bug zapper I've ever seen. My other bug zapper would zap them on contact and this one gives them long enough to decide to leave and fly away. It was really just...sub-par.
I used it much too long to return it to the store, and the warranty didn't cover "I don't like it" (besides, I didn't want a replacement of this product), so it's shoved in the back of my shed somewhere while I shopped around for a new model. I wouldn't feel too comfortable recommending the Stinger 1/2 Acre Electric Bug Zapper to anyone because I just do not think it works very well at all. I kill more insects with a fly swatter than this zapper killed for me. It did zap a couple of bugs (mostly gnats), but not enough to be effective. If anything, this zapper just made the "flying pest" problem worse, being that it contains an attractant that works as well as it does. Worth the money? Probably, because $20 doesn't get you very much these days. But, I would suggest spending a bit more for a better model.