Parts of a Bug Zapper and How They Work

Insects are a buzzing nuisance to everyone both indoors and outdoors. However, they tend to be more active and more annoying outdoors than inside the house. Bugs make it hard to enjoy a good time outside unless you have employed some measures to keep them away. There are many methods used to keep away insects which include pesticides, scented candles, and elaborate traps as well as bug zappers, also commonly referred to as an electronic insect control system.

A bug zapper works by attracting bugs and insects and then electrocutes them. If the bugs in and around your home have found a way past the pesticides, a bug zapper is an option you should probably try.  This article examines how the bug zapper works by exploring its key parts.


Housing is the outer part that holds other parts of the bug zapper in place. It’s made of different materials including metal and plastic. It may also assume different shapes to fit the needs of the buyer or his home décor. There is a broad range of colors and shapes to choose from to match with the environment you will be placing the insect killer. If you prefer an oval cube, a cylinder or even a lantern, there is a whole lot of shapes to choose. A grid design would be an ideal option if you want to protect your kids or pets from touching the electrified meshes. Sites such as can provide additional info on how to prevent your kids and pets from coming into contact with bug zappers.

Light bulbs

The insects are attracted to the bug zapper by lights that assume different shades. The fluorescent light can be ultraviolet, mercury, or neon. Various insects may be attracted differently to different lights. Therefore, choose the light you want based on your needs and your target insects. Most insects view ultraviolet better than normal light, hence, being more attracted to them.


The bug zapper kills insects through electricity. The screens are the electrified wire grids surrounding the light bulb. The insects are killed when they come into contact with these wire meshes.


The transformer is the source of power that electrifies the wire grids. It can convert the voltage of the electrical line from 120-volts to 2000-volts or more. The increased energy is supplied across the two wire networks, which are kept apart by a small gap.

After being lured in by the light, the insects go through a space between the electrified grids and completes the electric circuit. In a single evening, more than ten thousand insects can get killed by a bug zapper. Sadly, mosquitoes are not attracted to ultraviolet light. Thus, they can’t be killed by a bug zapper.