Bees can be pretty beneficial insects- they not only help to produce honey but also help to pollinate flowers and vegetables- especially carpenter bees. However, a lone bee can be an annoying insect, not to mention harmful to someone who is not used to them. Honey bees and murder hornets can be quite deadly when provoked.

If you need a device to get rid of a bee, an electric fly swatter can be quite effective for the task. Electric fly swatters work much better than an old fashioned fly swatter. While an old fashioned fly swatter uses blunt force trauma to kill, an electric fly swatter uses electricity.

The electric fly swatter comprises a racket shaped electrical screen with mesh and wire grids. The screen is free of toxic and other chemicals. The wire grid is contained in the mesh part of the swatter. The wires are connected to a small generator with a high voltage in the handle of the electric fly swatter.

The oscillator helps create a voltage of several hundred volts which charges the capacitor and releases the charge. When you swat a bee using an electric fly swatter, and the bee bridges across the wires to the screen – the capacitor releases its charge through the bug cooking it.

While an electric fly swatter is quite effective in killing a bee, it is quite possible for a bee not to get killed during the initial zap. Do not automatically assume that a zapped bee is dead, especially when using a fly swatter with a low voltage. The bee could merely be stunned or rendered immobile but not dead.

If you want to ensure the bee is truly dead, once it is rendered immobile, hold the electric fly swatter against the bee and press the trigger to release the charges. The insect will be fried to oblivion.

However, it is important to be advised that killing large numbers of bees can be detrimental to the environment. Honey bees provide us with honey, and carpenter bees help in pollination.

Will a bug zapper kill bees?

A bug zapper can kill bees but rarely do they get the chance to do that. If a bee flew into a bug zapper, it would be killed – the big question is, do they?

Bug zappers contain four major parts; the light bulbs, the housing, the transformer and wire grids. The lightbulb is used to attract insects or bugs. Typically, they use mercury or ultraviolet light bulbs to draw in the insects because insects are attracted to the light.

The transformer powers the mesh wire that surrounds the bulb. It provides the fatal electricity used to kill insects and bugs.

The housing offers an exterior protective cover surrounding the bulb and the mesh wires. The housing protects you from the potentially hazardous transformer and mesh wires. Bugs and insects are killed when they get electrocuted by the bulb’s wires.

Due to their design, bug zappers are used a night. Since bees are phototaxic, they can be attracted to the light on bug zappers. The problem is that bees are nocturnal insects, meaning they sleep at night. You will hardly ever find a bee buzzing around at night, meaning they are less likely to be killed by bug zappers.

So while bug zappers have the potential to harm bees, the nature of bees make it very difficult for that to happen.

Do electric bug zappers work on wasps?

Wasps can be pretty frustrating and dangerous, especially when they decide to take up residence in your space in plenty. In the vent you want to get rid of wasps, you can use electric bug zappers to get rid of them.

A large electric bug zapper or any other at that uses Ultraviolet light in attracting nocturnal insects that are phototaxic. While artificial lights attract moths, wasps get easily attracted towards UV light present in the lightbulbs of bug zappers. Wasps have sensitive eyes towards this particular spectrum of light.

It is revealed that more insects are attracted to the UV light because the flower patterns insects are typically attracted to are imitated in the UV light.

Once the wasp is attracted to the bug zapper, it enters the space in between the mesh grids. The wasp then inadvertently completes the circuit. The voltage from the transformer will cross the space between the circuit and vaporize the wasp in an instant.

When the circuit closes, you will hear a ‘ZAP’ sound from the device, and that is when you will know an insect has been killed.

However, if you hve a garden, live close to one, or have an infestation of pest insects – wasps can be beneficial insects. It is not advisable to use a bug zapper to kill them in large numbers because wasps hunt pest insects.

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How many volts does it take to kill a wasp?

One aerosol spray that kills wasps has a dielectric breakdown voltage of 47,300 volts. With this voltage, you can destroy entire nests and also returning wasps and hornets for up to 4 weeks. This same voltage can also be used to kill yellow jackets and fruit flies, and kill mosquitoes.

The Raid Wasps and Hornets killer allows one to spray up to 22 feet and kills an entire nest. This spray uses 32,500 volts, kills wasps on contact, and is electrically non conducting. The spray uses a combination of products to make the job of killing wasps easier.

While these are aerosol sprays with a high dielectric voltage breakdown, electric fly swatters will kill wasps with voltage as low as 2000 volts. Hence it is quite possible to kill wasps using only 2000 volts.

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Can you use a fly swatter on a wasp?

You can definitely use a fly swatter on wasps. Anything that flies around is susceptible to being caught by a fly swatter. If appropriately used, flyswatters are one of the most effective devices to kill wasps and other insects. They are also cheap and relatively easy to use.

Here is what to do;

  • Take your flyswatter and sit silently with it in the area the wasp is. Wasps tend to buzz around alot more than other insects, but they will eventually land somewhere.
  • Please pay attention to the wasp, and immediately it lands somewhere, strike it with your fly swatter.
  • Snap the swatter by flicking your wrist down quickly on it. You need to do this quickly, not giving the wasp room to escape if you did not strike it hard enough.
  • It is not advisable to keep swatting and mashing the wasp; it will just make a mess. You should scoop it and take it somewhere outside. The wasp can either recover n ad fly away or die – either way – you will have gotten rid of your wasp problem.
  • Avoid swatting the wasp when it is in mid-flight. If you swing at a wasp mid-flight, you will only make it aggressive, and it is likely to retaliate by stinging you. A wasps sting can be pretty painful. Fly swatters work effectively when used against a hard surface – this way; you are likely to crush the wasp or render it immobile.

Wrap Up

Devices such as bug zappers should be used with discretion. A bug zapper, when turned on, will kill insects indiscriminately, yet not all insects are harmful to us. Many insects are harmless and play a role in the environment.

In a severe case of an infestation, then, by all means, use bug zappers. If you are only targetting particular insects like the mosquito, you can use the megacatch ultra mosquito trap or the bug a salt method to kill wasps.

More importantly, it is recommended to take preventive measures to keep these insects away from your house and yard. Maintain a clean and healthy environment while getting rid of the scents that attract these insects.

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