Buzz Off Insect Trap
Buzz Off functions as an electronic insect trap. The company claims that it works without propane or cords. Additionally, it is effective, safe, and fast when it comes to getting rid of all the insects in your home. Designed for outdoor use, there are no wires, no chemicals, and nothing else to stop you from taking this product with you where ever your outdoor adventures take you. Keeping bugs at bay is now a breeze.
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The insect trap is portable. This means you can take it with you anywhere you go, setting it up outside so as to protect from bugs during a picnic or family BBQ. You can bring it with you on boats, when you go camping, or when you have a cook off outdoors because of its all-weather construction.
- Newer Technology
The company states that this insect repellent works thanks to VAC X fan technology. This technology attracts bugs with the LED UV light and with the titanium dioxide. Purportedly the titanium dioxide mimics human scent. As the bug smells and see these things, it comes close to the trap which has a powerful vacuum capable of sucking the insects inside, subsequently destroying them. Said fan technology means the item is chemical free, without smelly sprays or the need to use propane.
- Lots of Insects
Getting rid of insects with this product is safe, easy, and fast. What’s more, it claims to target all of the pesky insects that might otherwise bother you, not just one or two. Wasps, flies, mosquitoes and more can be eliminated.
- Safe and Large Coverage
The bug repellent is safe to use around children and pets because it is chemical free. This insect repellent can purportedly cover up to half an acre of space.
- Bad Company
The insect trap is made by Telebrands. Telebrands is not necessarily a reliable company, even though they produce a lot of as seen on tv things. They have very, very bad reviews from customers, many complaints filed legally for failure to work as described and overall bad quality items. This company also has a D- rating from the BBB, and were recently investigated by the Attorney General’s office for violation of the Consumer Fraud Act.
- Tricky Purchase Price
If you purchase a single One Buzz Off electronic bug trap it will cost you twenty dollars and an additional eight dollars in shipping. Should you want to purchase a second trap, you can do so for another ten dollars. Each of the products have a thirty day refund policy, but of course the shipping you paid is not covered in this. This is seemingly reasonable, but remember that if you get two of the traps, you lose the shipping for both.
How It Works
The LED lights are often the fall back lights for insect repellents because they do not produce light within the UV spectrum, which is the only light bugs see. So bug zappers which use LED’s can attract bugs like other lights cannot. Some experiments have shown that flying insects are traditionally attracted to LED’s to a certain distance.
Titanium dioxide is an ingredient that you will find in many things like paint, plastic, sunscreen, paper, powdered donuts, whitening agents for teeth, and even make up. There exists little science behind it other than to say that this ingredient releases carbon dioxide, which is the same thing mosquitos use to track humans and prey. Having said that, bear in mind that the National Institute of Health has recently produced a study claiming that mosquitos are just as attracted to human skin as they are to the carbon dioxide. They will go after human skin even if there is no carbon dioxide. In any case, the combination of these two features might help, but might not.
How it's Different from Competitors
This particular insect repellent is significantly more well rounded compared to other options. Without chemicals, it is safe to use with children or pets, even food. Made for outdoor use, you can bring it to the outdoors where ever you decide to go, no longer stuck with insect repellent indoors only. No wires and no propane means it can be taken with you anywhere you go. The combination of lights and scents mean that it will attract vastly more insects than other products, which are typically designed to target one insect versus another. Such design flaws mean you either have to suffer through getting rid of only one pest, or you have to invest in a multitude of outdoor products when you leave the house to target everything.
- Other Repellents
The key alternatives to this insect trap are specific traps for indoor and outdoor use, designed to target specific insects. Fly paper, for example, comes in many forms. It is intended to lure flies, especially fruit flies, with smell. Flies come to investigate the smell and end up stuck to the surface, where they linger until they dehydrate and die. There are different versions of this paper, including examples that are affixed to the wall, hang down, and those which are plugged in. On the note of plug-ins, other alternatives attract bugs by way of lights. Using the same LED UV lights as this particular trap, there are alternatives which mix sugar water and LED lights, or just use LED lights to draw in flies and mosquitos. Similarly, these are plugged in, hung up and plugged in, or rely on batteries to keep the light charged and draw the bugs in. The downside to these items is that they almost exclusively target one flying insect over the others. What’s more, they are often meant for indoor use, and those meant for outdoor use still require an outlet or propane tank to keep them charged. This can get heavy, expensive, and inconvenient. There are similarly designed traps to this one, like that of the Dynatrap too. Documented efficiency and customer reviews are average for this alternative though. Natural repellents typically use smells like citronella infused in things like candles to keep bugs at bay.
- Not 100% Successful
One thing that consumers should keep in mind is that bug repellents, of all makes and models, have no guarantee of effectiveness. At most, they all are designed to mask human smell and lure the flying insects away from people. The problem is that things like mosquitos, for example, might not smell you but can still bump into you while flying. Should this happen, you still get a bite. So, all of these products need to be used knowing that they might not work 100% of the time, especially if you are outside.
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