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Which Bugs Are Attracted to a Bug Zapper?

By Arman Khodaei
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Everyone hates those pesky insects that interfere with our outdoor social plans. Bug zappers do a pretty job taking care of the tiny critters. But have you ever wondered exactly which insects bug zappers kill?


Most mosquitos are not attracted to UV light sources, according to LivingWithBugs.com and a famous 1996 study by D.W. Tallamy. The article also explains that the deaths of the harmless insects that are attracted to bug zappers could have environmental repercussions. Bug zappers are not recommended for a mosquito problem. Wear insect repellents instead and/or use a bug zapper that emits Octenol, a non-toxic scent that's free of pesticides.


Flies appear to be attracted to bug zappers.

Other Insects

Bug zappers attract many flying insects, such as wasps. Insects that primarily feed off humans, such as mosquitos and gnats, tend to not be attracted to light. They prefer the smell of living animals–or humans–and the heat they emit.

A Quick Warning

Your bug zapper may actually attract additional insects such as moths and beetles, which can cause a bigger problem in the long run.


About the Author


Arman Khodaei has been writing professionally since 2004, when his short memoir was published in the "Nota Bene" anthology, for which he received the Reynolds Scholarship. He serves on an Autism Committee for the California State Senate and has been involved in the autistic community for more than five years. He received his Associate of Arts from Lakeland Community College.