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There’s nothing like sitting outside on a warm September night — until the bugs come out.
Pesky flies, black flies and mosquitos can put a damper on some of your favourite outdoor activities — and leave you scratching bug bites as a souvenir. Luckily, after years chasing flies around the house with a rubber fly-swatter and lighting citronella candles, there’s finally a helpful gadget that makes getting rid of bugs easier than ever.
With more than 20,000 customer reviews on Amazon Canada, the Zap It! Bug Zapper Rechargeable Fly Zapper Racket is an electric mosquito, fly and bug killer that has earned a following for getting rid of bugs with a swing of a racket.
What is it?
I first came across the electric bug zapper while visiting my uncle. Inside his screened in porch was a fly that seemed bound and determined to sit on the rim of my glass. After a few “shoo fly, don’t bother me,” his eyes lit up with delight as he presented a bright yellow racket and said he could solve the fly-problem once and for all.
The Zap It! is essentially a portable bug zapper with a 4,000-Volt grid that eliminates bugs with an electric shock. The modern-day fly swatter features a USB-port for easy charging, with a triple layer mesh to help you avoid zapping your fingers by accident. It also has a bright LED light so that you can easy see and tackle bugs day or night — the perfect defence while sitting around the campfire at the cottage.
What people are saying
I had never heard of the Zap It! before, but one quick search on Amazon resulted in thousands of testimonials from shoppers, who, like my uncle, call the gadget a “must-have” for any home.
“Love this thing!" one shopper wrote, who admitted that they wished they bought this bug zapper "months ago."
“These bug zappers save our lives," another said. They added that they live in a "rural environment with lots of insects," and the Zap It! was "effective" at killing black flies, mosquitos, deer flies and horse flies.
Shoppers note that while these bug zappers do work well, it "can be hard to hit targets" with the smaller size of the paddles. They also noted that the battery needs to be recharged often, so you'll want to make sure that you have both zappers on hand if you plan on spending more than a couple of hours outside at at time.
The Zap It! is a go-to weapon for outdoor activities, especially if you live in an area where the mosquitos and black flies are particularly active.
This handy gadget means there’s no more sneaking up behind a fly and no more splatter to clean off a window — just a “snap, crackle and pop” as you enjoy the last days of summer.
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.