Whoever placed humans on top of the food chain obviously never encountered a mosquito; a fact I am learning on an almost daily basis whenever I walk outside my house.
After trying various sprays and poisons only to have a dozen or so of the insects follow us in the house whenever we come in the front door, my wife and I decided it was time to purchase something that would at least keep them away from the house. What we found was the Flowtron Insect Killer.
I have looked at similar “bug zappers” in the past but the thing that attracted me to the Flowtron Insect Killer was it not only killed any mosquitoes that happened to go into the light; it came with a packet of Octenol, a known mosquito attractant.
This packet attaches to the bottom of the Insect Killer as a way to draw the mosquitoes away from the area you want to be in and into the killer itself.
So far, I’ve been very impressed with how well it works.
Even though I read the instructions, the Flowtron Insect Killer isn’t working in ideal conditions. The instructions state to put it 6 feet in the air; it’s only about three feet off the ground at our house.
You’re also supposed to put it about 40-50 feet away from the area you want clear of bugs. I only have it a few feet away from our door.
The second I plugged the insect killer in it was sparking non-stop with mosquitoes. I think, in the first two minutes, it had to zap at least a thousand of them and, when I got brave enough to stay outside long enough to attach the Octenol, even more started going toward it.
And, after days of getting bitten, it gave me quite a power trip to watch them die.
Prior to installing the Flowtron Insect Killer, we usually had a swarm of mosquitoes outside our door (they are attracted to the light there).
An hour after plugging it in, I had about three in front of the door. It worked so well I joked about designing a portable one for when we went on walks.
After seeing just how well the Flowtron Insect Killer works, I have decided I will no longer waste money on poisons and sprays that just don’t work.
Instead, I have plans to buy another one to put in my back yard so my daughter can get out and play before winter without getting bitten up.
I don’t know what sort of impact this is going to have on my electric bill but it sure is nice not getting swarmed by pests every time I step outside my door.