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I once asked a friend if he ever considered there were pollutants in his drinking water. He had that surprised look in his eyes as he moved towards the kitchen sink to get a cup of water to prove I did not know what I was talking about.

My friend is an accountant and most of them look at things through the lenses of facts and convincing evidence. I knew without any doubt that the water coming out of his tap is full of contaminants, but I needed a way to prove it to him.

I Bought him a durable tap water filtration system and gave it to him on his birthday, which happened to be a week after his initial challenge to show prove of the public water pollutants. I took the time to do the installation myself and waited about two hours before the gunk materialized.

Due to the celebratory atmosphere at his place and the number of guest around, it took almost 8-hours before we examined the filter underneath his sink. The shock in his eyes when he saw the dark residue of the filtered pollutants from the public water system sent him into panic mode.

His reaction was shocking and unexpected, but my good friend hired a water filtration expert to install a giant filter at the source of the public water coming into his home, and he also installed an equipment to alkaline the water itself before use.

The whole process he took to turn his public water into good drinking water worked like a charm, and some of you might be wandering if the public drinking water coming into your home is safe? From the information I gathered and from my own personal test and experience, it is not.

You might be wandering why most of our tax paying citizens do not complain, simply because the pollutants cannot be seen with the naked eye. So that water from your faucet that looks clean is actually polluted with different types of nasty elements, and I suspect it is one of the main reasons more people are getting sick.

Is Your Drinking Water Safe

What Causes Water Pollution?

You might be shocked to find out the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is not as powerful as most people think. Through political infighting and other shenanigans, this federal agency that is tasked with watching over our nation’s drinking water supply is actually toothless to say the least.

If the EPA were to really do its job, some of the pollutants found in our drinking water would not be there and the responsible industry brought to justice. Some of the most popular causes of water polluting are:

Use of Herbicides and Insecticides

When you pour fertilizer or lawn care chemicals on your beautiful yard, where do you think the water ends up at? Right underground and into your cities water supply.

You might consider your contribution to the mess tiny, but multiply that by millions of homes and you start to get the nasty picture of how these type of pollutants end up in our drinking water. If you live in a city with several golf courses, some of the chemicals can be traced to each of the golf course.

Residue from Livestock Operations

It takes a lot of manpower and chemicals to raise cows, pigs, chickens and horses before they’re slaughtered as meat to satisfy America’s carnivorous appetite. Just consider the millions of pounds of animal waste accumulated at all livestock locations within your city, where do you think most of the waste ends up at, right into your city’s public water supply source.

The disgusting ways animals are treated, raised, and slaughtered, would turn you into a vegetarian if you were to observe it for just a few days.

Since livestock farmers cannot raise the animals fast enough, most have resorted to using chemicals to fatten the animals up, and some of the chemicals are excreted as waste, while the rest is digested by humans convinced they’re eating a balanced meal.

You probably would not want to live too close to any livestock raising and slaughtering center, for the stench would dry you nuts.

All the Waste from Food Processing Plants

Most of the junk food Americans love to buy and eat create a lot of waste during processing, which eventually ends up in any nearby water supply source. The waste from soft drinks bottling plants, large scale bakery operations, beer manufacturing plants, etc., produces tons of waste that eventually finds their way back into our water supply source.

Detergents Used By Households and Industry

Whenever you use detergents to keep your clothes looking clean, some of the waste generated goes straight into our water supply. Now, can you imagine the waste created by the thousands of Laundromats, dry cleaning facilities, and other establishments? The pollutants created by these niche industries contributes immensely to our poor drinking water supply source.

Old Water Carrying Pipes

Do you know that in some cities in America, the underground pipes that carry the water are so old that some are now leaching lead into the water before reaching the consumer? The recent incident in Michigan is just the tip of the iceberg.

Many cities in America have the same lead levels in their drinking water, but there is a concerted effort by both the politicians and industry to not tell Americans the real truth.

The list of pollutants found in our drinking water can be lengthy, so you should consider the above mentioned list just a brief introduction to the carcinogens present in our drinking water.

Water Filtration Process

Contrary to what some might think, your government does not have unlimited supply of funds. Good water filtration plants cost money and the really good ones can be quite expensive to run. The trend now among state governments across America is to privatize the water supply and make the users pay for it.

Slowly, but surely, most of the water supply lines in America are been sold to private organizations, which is one of the reasons your water bills have gone up tremendously. If the government really cared about its people, all the pollutants can be filtered out before it is delivered to most homes.

The pipes carrying the water can also be replaced with newer pipes that will not leach lead or other toxic chemicals into the water supply, but it requires wise allocation of available tax dollars. I am pretty sure that the billions of dollars wasted in Iraq could have been better used to rebuild our infrastructure, including making our water supply free of pollutants.

But as always, Americans are not paying attention to what is really going on, while spending wasted hours on social media sites doing childish things. The water supply in your city would not get better unless citizens wake up from their dream like state and start asking their politicians the right questions about what is really going on.

For those of you still in denial that your city’s water supply is fine, buy a cheap water filter and give it just a few hours to witness the accumulation of gunk you’ve been drinking all these years. I suspect some of the increase in major diseases can be traced to the pollutants in our drinking water.

You can do your own test and find the right filtration methods to protect your family, or you can continue to pretend that all is well with your city’s water supply until you or your siblings get sick. It is a problem that would only get worse, until the voting citizens start demanding answers from the politicians in charge.


It is quite annoying to be disturbed by pesky flying insect’s right in your own backyard. Recently, I found myself swearing out loud that unless they started paying part of the mortgage I am going to find a way to permanently get rid of them.

My next door neighbor heard me and wished me good luck with sarcasm in his voice. He knew full well the difficulties involved in trying to get rid of flying insects including mosquitos.

What Attracts Insects?

Before I get to the right answer to the question of do bug zappers work? It is quite obvious that bugs, flying insects, mosquitos, or whatever other names you care to call them are attracted by certain things you keep around your home.

While most people are concerned about bites from mosquitos, there are other bugs that can give you a bite mark you’ll not soon forget. From experience, mosquitos are attracted to any pool of dirty water, certain skin odors, certain fragrances, etc.

Those that track and study deadly mosquitos also confirmed they’re attracted to carbon monoxide and the scent of a late term pregnant woman. So before you rush out and buy a product that’s marketed as the best mosquito killer look around your home and get rid of all the stuff that might attract them in the first place.

Before I deployed my own outdoor bug zapper I had to eliminate several of my small flower pots where I grew different types of flowers before moving them to bigger pots. I discovered a few bug nest burrowed inside the trees in my backyard and hired someone to get rid of the bug nest.

This was shocking, for certain bugs are attracted to certain lights, especially the very bright ones. I changed a few light bulbs to ones that were less bright and intense. I bought two indoor and outdoor flying insects zappers and that created the space I needed to finally start enjoying my home and backyard space.

The bugs that annoy you and keep you trapped indoors could care less that you’re mad, and not going to take it anymore. The only thing that would get rid of them is consistent right action.

The mistake most people make is to just get a zapper for flying insects without first looking around the property to eliminate what’s attracting them in the first place. Trust me, if the bugs have nest or infestation spots around your property, even the best bug zappers would not get rid of them.

It’s like leaving food around that rats love to eat and expect them not to show up just because you have a few rodent traps. Flying insects like most animals are much smarter than humans give them credit, which is why you can never eliminate all of them. I sense they were here before us, and will remain after the last human is gone.

Types of Bug Zappers

Based on my analysis, bug zappers can be divided into two types; electronic insect zappers, and battery operated insect zappers.

Electronic Insect Zappers

The main distinction with this type is that they’re designed to use some form of electricity to get the unit to function properly. Some are made to look like your everyday lamp, while others are made to look like tennis rackets. The ones that look like tennis rackets require some form of human effort to function.

Battery Operated Insect Zappers

From my close analysis, most of the brands that are designed to work with batteries have similar look as the ones using electric. Keep in mind, the battery operated models require you keep track of the battery life if you want flawless operation of the insect eliminator.

The Best Bug Zappers

Do bug zappers work on mosquitoes? From what I have done and the type of bug zappers I deployed in my own backyard to get rid of those annoying insects, the answer is a definite yes. One of the main benefits from getting rid of the flying insects outdoors is the fact that any indoor insect problems you might have will be substantially diminished.

The brands found in this bug zapper reviews should not be looked at as the complete list of high performing insect eliminators, but I had to make a judgment call as to the brands with the most value for the money

1 – Flowtron FC-8800 Diplomat Fly Control Device

Flowtron FC-8800 Diplomat Fly Control Device


This is the ultimate product for controlling both indoor and outdoor flying insects that can disturb the peaceful enjoyment of your dwelling. The Flowtron FC-8800 Diplomat is quite expensive but can be called one of the best bug zappers available for purchase online without any hesitation.

It uses powerful 120-watts ultraviolet lights to lure insects into its orbit before zapping them dead for good. When used outdoors it is capable of protecting up to 2 acres, from flying insects. For indoors, this pest eliminator can cover up to 1,200 square feet of living space.

This product can be mounted horizontally or vertically. The collection tray for the dead insects is removable and can be washed easily. The outer shell of the Flowtron 8800 Diplomat is constructed from highly rated heavy-duty plastic that’s rugged for both outdoor and indoor use.

The electronic grid found in this bug zapper is coated with chrome, which enhances the 360-degree protection it offers against all pesky flying insects. This is the bug zapper I installed in my own home and it did a marvelous job outdoors, which made me buy another one for the indoors instead of moving one around.

This device for controlling flying insects has very bright lights, but incredibly effective at totally eliminating the pesky flying bugs within your environment. When first installed, you should give it a few minutes as swarms of flying insects will be attracted to the bright powerful ultraviolet lights.

After the first night, expect to clean out the tray containing many dead insects. Afterward, expect to catch less and less flying bugs as most will simply stay away from your home for good. The Flowtron FC-8800 is the most powerful indoor and outdoor flying insects eliminator without any doubt.

2 – Aspectek Electronic Indoor Insect Killer

Aspectek Electronic Indoor Insect Killer


While the Aspectek insect killer is an outstanding unit, it is only designed for use indoors. A friend of mine with a condo in Florida uses one to keep the annoying mosquitos from drinking her blood on a nightly basis. It uses 20-watt ultraviolet bulbs to attract the flying insects before zapping them for good.

If you want a chemically free product for controlling those pesky flying bugs within your living space, this bug zapper will not disappoint. While it is not as powerful as the Flowtron FC-8800, it is also not as expensive for those seeking a cheaper alternative for indoor flying insect’s control.

The Aspectek electronic indoor insect killer comes with a wire chain for hanging or you can simply set it up on a flat surface. It has a removable tray for the dead insects, which means all the dead flying insects residue can be washed off easily.

3 – Pest Sentry 20W Electronic Bug Zapper

Pest Sentry 20W Electronic Bug Zapper


If you go by the name alone, this pest controller is worthy of your consideration. It is an electronic bug zapper from a company called Pest Sentry. It uses ultra-violet 20-watt electric bulbs to attract flies, moths, mosquitos, and other biting insects, before killing them.

It is designed for outdoor use only, provided the conditions are dry. Simply means, do not let water get inside the unit. This bug zapper from Pest Sentry meets or exceeds the following product certification marks RoHS, CE & GS.

The outer enclosure is made from corrosion proof materials, which makes the insect eliminator safe for use around people and most household pets. The zapped insects are collected in a removable tray that can also be easily washed.

The aluminum body and the stainless steel hand chain provides durability, which guarantees the outdoor electronic flying insects eliminator would last for many years with basic care routine. It is capable of protecting an area as large as 861 square feet and weighs about 3.5 pounds.

4 – BugzOff Electric Fly Swatter Racket

BugzOff Electric Fly Swatter Racket

I am sure you know what a tennis racket looks like, for this bug zapper looks exactly like one. While some have called it the best zapper for flies, it requires human help to get it to perform effortlessly. From my experience battling flying insects, they’re much more nimble and faster than humans, especially if they sense your intention, which is to kill them for good.

The electro mesh embedded within the racket helps to zap both indoor and outdoor insects with just one swoop. I have my doubt if this bug eliminator would have made a difference in my backyard. The fact that this bug zapper is designed to operate manually is a drawback to its effectiveness.

I can just imagine the hordes of mosquitoes approaching your lounging chair and as you move to get your hands on the BugzOff electric fly swatter racket, they all fly away at high speeds. While you wait patiently for the nasty blood suckers to approach you again, you’re met with eerie silence.

In my humble opinion, this tennis racket looking bug zapper is too much work and would impact negatively your desire to enjoy your home without constantly been on the lookout for pesky insects.

In Conclusion


Keep in mind that some of the most effective bug zappers are designed for indoor use and should never be used outdoors during any rainy day. Before installing a product to permanently eliminate outdoor flying insects you must try your best to identify and get rid of their nest.

If you have trees around your home look closely at the trunks to make sure the nest for the nasty flying bugs is not burrowed within. Deadly mosquitos prefer the comfort of a pool of water, especially the dirty ones. I had to get rid of a flower pot that attracted more mosquitos than I could count.

It is only after making the required bug nest elimination would an outdoor flying insect zapper help keep them away from your home. Like I said before, you do not get rid of rats by constantly leaving the foods they love around.

A good bug zapper would help you get rid of both indoor and outdoor flying insects provided you’ve done your part to remove the flying insect attracting factors.

I tried to bring you products with high customer feedbacks in this bug zapper reviews. In my opinion, the best bug zappers with an approval rating of 80% or more are worthy of your consideration. The four brands reviewed met those criteria with flying colors.