How To Hang And Where To Place A Bug Zapper

How to hang a bug zapper

One of the most unpleasant things that during the summer night we have to face is our back yard and garden full of flying insects and mosquitoes that are bothering us continuously. We have no clue how we can get rid of them. In order to clear the yard from these insects, people can try different kinds of devices. The electronic bug zapper is one of those. In this article, we will cover two very important topics that every user of bug zapper needs to know. One of those topics is “How to hang a bug zapper” and the second one is “Where to place a bug zapper”.

Bug zapper has four parts; an exterior casing, light bulbs, wire electric grid and a transformer which creates an electric charge. It becomes famous among people because of its usefulness, lightweight and easy to method. The majority of the insects get attracted to that ultra-violet light that emits from the bug zapper. But, there are also some useful insects that can also attracted by this UV light. So, it’s very important to be careful about the placement of a Bug Zapper. So that it doesn’t hurt the beneficial insects. For the best result, it should be hanging on a tree or a shepherd hook on the yard.

How To Hang A Bug Zapper Step By Step Process

For the reader’s convenience, we divide the entire segment about how to hang a bug zapper into five easy steps. Those steps are given below…

Step 1

Before installing the device one should determine the main purpose of it. In order to cover a small area, one can choose a smaller and less powerful device and for covering a large area one can choose a larger and more powerful one.
Small area coverage bug zapper VS Large area coverage bug zapper

Step 2

Selecting the location for the Bug Zapper is an important task. Enjoying the summer night or to host a party in the yard one should place it somewhere nearby.

hanging big zapper

Step 3

After those processes, we have to determine the method that we want to use to hang it. There are so many processes like; hanging on the roof, a tree limb or a shepherd’s staff. One can select the bug zapper hanging device according to their needs.

hanging bug zapper using a shepherd staff

Step 4

Various kinds of materials can be used to hang the device. Such as rope, twine or metal wire. To ensure no slippage or unraveling occurs, one should be careful before choosing the material.

 Step 5

The user should keep the zapper cord near to them. In order to hang it from the roof of the house the cord should be run up into the overhang paneling. On the other hand, if the device hung from a tree or shepherd’s staff then the cord should run along the tree or the ground.

bug zapper cord connection

There is no such thing that one always has to hang the device and has to have a special cord or adapter. Sometimes it can also be put on the table and that would also be fine.

Where To Place A Bug Zapper:

Flies, bugs, and gnats drive everyone crazy and the perfect solution to this problem is a Bug Zapper. Bugs have an average flying height and that is 5 to 8 feet (1.5-2.5 meters). In order to get the best result, one should hang it within this height.

One of the most difficult works is to find a perfect place for it. Everyone wants to keep it into a higher place. But most of the houses don’t have an electrical connection at that particular point. So, some simple ideas are given bellow about where we can place it.

Using Shepherd’s Hook for the garden 

This iron hook can be also used as a decorative item for our lawn. They mainly used to hang flower baskets or bird feeders. A double-sided hook can be used as a hanger for a zapper and a flower basket that look more aesthetic. In order to use a Shepherd’s hook one just need a long cord and use tape to tie the zapper with the hook.hanging bug zapper using sheperd Hook

Using a decorative hanging bracket

Brackets can also be a perfect thing to hang the bug zapper. There are various kinds of brackets are available in different colors and styles. These brackets can secure fences, posts, trees, and outdoor walls.

where to hang a bug zapper

Special conscious about the extension cord

The most important thing about the placement of a Bug Zapper is how the extension cord can be handled. There is various kind of extension cord available that can match the outdoor area. There are some green cords that can match with the grass more than any orange or yellow color cord. Also, fixing extension cords in a safe and organized way is also very important.

bug zapper extension cord set up

How Does Bug Zapper Work

A bug Zapper has simple four parts. They are;

An exterior casing or Housing

Exterior casing is basically used to hold the parts, the housing is made of plastic or metal and it can have different kinds of shapes.

Light Bulbs

Light Bulbs attract insects. It can be mercury, neon or ultra-violet.

Wire, Electric Grid

It is connected with the light bulbs and mainly this electric wire kills the insects.


The transformer creates an electric charge 120-volt to 2000 volt and it is connected with the wire grid.There is a very tiny gap (a couple of millimeters) between the grids. The light inside attracts the insects towards it. Insects are mostly got attracted by ultra-violate light than any other light.When the insect flies towards the light, it gets stuck between the wire grids and completes the electric circuit. And because of the current flow, the insect dies. It makes a “ZZZZ” sound when it happens. This device can attract and kill more than 10,000 insects in a day.

Last Words

It can be said that bug zapper can be an awesome tool to remove irritating bugs and flies. This device is the most effective when someone places it into the entertaining area. Because then people can enjoy their leisure peacefully. A bug zapper also has some drawbacks. Sometimes it kills beneficial insects. Another problem with bug zapper is that it can attract mosquitoes but can’t kill them, mosquitoes also get help from the UV light to find their path. So, it is important to be careful about it usages and we should not forget that the main purpose of using this device is to attract the bugs.

That’s why we should not make its placement at our doorway or entrance. And we should keep it away from pets, food, and kids to avoid any sort of accident. So that’s all for this article. Home after reading this article we can get some basic idea about where to place a bug zapper and how to hang a bug zapper.



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