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It's that time of year again, flies and wasps, worse now with current bin collection policies. Very disruptive to garden activities such as eating, drinking etc..Flies often walk in crap and then spread it around wherever they go. I have a genuine allergy to wasps, nasty creatures.

I don't like killing anything, hate spiders, but always catch and release, with flies and wasps, I see them more as pests with little added value. You can open a window, but for some reason the fly/wasp stubbornly stays. I don't know why these creatures stay where they are not wanted.

So what do people think about these electric bug zapper things, are they easy, effective and humane and more importantly, are they instant...? Does anyone have a model they can recommend

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The problem is that a lot of these “pests” actually add significant value to an ecosystem - and without them (if you just kill them all) you’ll find that a once productive garden or flowerbed or whatever just dies off, doesn’t get pollinated and/or doesn’t attract the other creatures and elements that perhaps are of value.

You can open a window and let them leave (though they may also come in) - but I’ve never been a big fan of just mindlessly killing pests purely because they exist and they annoy me, or they may do me a smal amount of harm if provoked etc.

Get value from the pests, use them educationally or for entertainment - My kids have pet insects and we regularly have caterpillars that turn into butterflies etc - so we gain value from some of them and happily accept the others - if it wasn’t for pesky aphids then our friendly ladybirds wouldn’t have as much to live on etc

Live and let live, and it’s like people complaining about living next door to a railway line... these things were there or here way before we were, and it’s often our choice to move into their space rather than vice versa.

Embrace the pests, don’t try and kill ‘em - as you may end up regretting it.

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7 minutes ago, MrShades said:

Embrace the pests, don’t try and kill ‘em - as you may end up regretting it.

I maintain a very diverse eco system in the Garden, don't use any chemicals and let every living thing be. A pond with fish, running water, place for the hedgehogs etc..It's fine when it's in the garden. The problem is when they come in the house opening the windows just lets more in, and they don't add any value in the house. So I'm really looking for a good zapper.

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I maintain a very diverse eco system in the Garden, don't use any chemicals and let every living thing be. A pond with fish, running water, place for the hedgehogs etc..It's fine when it's in the garden. The problem is when they come in the house opening the windows just lets more in, and they don't add any value in the house. So I'm really looking for a good zapper.

Your choice entirely - many old school gardeners wouldn’t take that approach and probably for good reason. These things don’t live in the house, they come and go.

You don’t know that if you start swatting everything in the house regardless, that the message won’t spread around the insect kingdom (by bees dancing etc) of “Dont go near Dave’s house,” - and as I said, before you know it you’ve got no pests in your house but nothing of benefit in your garden and perhaps your neighbours gardens either.

I’ve always liked the look of the electric tennis racket swatters - from a technical perspective - but can’t see me ever using one; it just doesn’t seem right.
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I have one of the tennis racquet type zappers. it's not very effective for larger flying insects. it will probably work with lighter insects like mozzies etc. Don't use it much, probably more useful in hotter climes. 

We have been getting a lot of queen wasps in the house over winter. They overwinter in the log piles, when the logs are brought in and placed in the warmth near the log burner they wake up and start flying around.

Fish in ponds eat the insect larvea and amphibian eggs and tadpoles.

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@Irisco Funnily enough I had considered those on every windowsill.....be a way of eliminating the pests and giving back at the same time. The circle of life.

@Norvin When you say only small mosquitos, what make was your zapper, as I need something for flies and wasps....I don't want to get something lacking in power....which I assume was the problem? Do you think there is a racquet type out there that will do the larger pests?

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14 minutes ago, DavecUK said:

@Irisco Funnily enough I had considered those on every windowsill.....be a way of eliminating the pests and giving back at the same time. The circle of life.

@Norvin When you say only small mosquitos, what make was your zapper, as I need something for flies and wasps....I don't want to get something lacking in power....which I assume was the problem? Do you think there is a racquet type out there that will do the larger pests?

It's just a generic type found almost everywhere. Make is Dinomark. Powered by two AA batteries. I'm not sure that there are more powerful ones as they may be a danger to kids, those with weak hearts etc.

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I wouldn't buy another if this one went wrong. We sometimes get stable flies here, about the same size as a housefly but the 

little buggers bite, If I see one I reach for the normal type plastic fly swatter first.

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It’s tricky when you can’t cope with stings. However, it’s probably worth considering the environment to make sure you’re not attracting them.

generally, wasps aren’t too picky when it comes to finding a place to build their nest in, they do, however, prefer a place where there is a supply of weathered, rotten  wood nearby. They also like cavities.

If you don’t provide the ground for them, they’ll probably find a new host 

 

 

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Also, we have an industrial executor - purchased on EBay. I can find the name if you are interested. It’s one that they stick too

we don’t take any messing in this house.

if you have wasps right now - in winter - you may need a specialist. Its not a problem Most people experience right now

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There is a lovely poem by Christina Rossetti called "hurt no living thing" that I have always read to our children as I think the belief behind it is so important. That said I hate flies (always around dirt and death) and if they do think of coming into our house I think of Richard Gere and his buddhist beliefs. He once said  in an interview "none of us are getting out of here alive", I like to quote that to the flies when they are thinking of coming in!  I just hope I'm not reincarnated as one, karma and all that.

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@Norvin I know the ones you mean, we call em Horseflies, very attractive but super robust with a nasty bite.

I did look at that Racquet type (cos it was cheaper) and felt it had some issues, plus reviews were not great. The wires and mech looked a bit closed, plus the centre plastic bits...I felt it might allow the flies etc.. to feel air movement and make it really difficult to swat em in mid air. That's why I liked the Excecutioner, seemd to be a good spacing between the wires...so no warning. I have since seen the more expensive pro version of the executioner, which seems to have better reviews.

I love having trees in the garden, but it can be a real problem come summer.

 

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1 minute ago, haventadog said:

Also, we have an industrial executor - purchased on EBay. I can find the name if you are interested. It’s one that they stick to 

we don’t take any messing in this house

Is this the wall type....I did look at them quite seriously. There are a few main areas these insects seem to enter, Hall, Kitchen, Utility room,  as soon as a window or door is open, they are in. The problem is then of eliminating them as they go upstairs etc.. So a 1 room solutions might not be right and I don't know if they attract them in daylight, which is when the main problem time is.

Wasps not so much of a problem but I am very allergic, so I don't deal with them personally....which going forward could be a problem....Hence, something I can use which will also kill them instantly. It may be there is nothing on the market...

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