Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday received recommendations from the Vaping Public Health Work Group to address the epidemic of vaping-related illness and youth vaping in Oregon. Naomi Shimada journeys to Paris for her first professional shoot since March. Individual or small group tutoring is the most powerful strategy schools can use to respond to pandemic learning losses. A quick look at the Best Bug Zappers along with their pros and cons. Both indoor and outdoor electric fly, mosquito and other insect killers are reviewed.
Propose banning flavored products, harmful additives
SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) — Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday received recommendations from the Vaping Public Health Work Group to address the epidemic of vaping-related illness and youth vaping in Oregon. According to the Oregon Health Authority, youth e-cigarette use jumped 80 percent between 2017 and 2019.
The work group’s members include doctors and experts in pulmonology, pediatrics, and public health, as well as state legislators and state agency representatives. Over the course of the last eight months, they met to discuss the health risks of vaping and public policy recommendations for long-term solutions.
“In the middle of a worldwide pandemic, it might be easy to forget that less than a year ago, we faced a nationwide epidemic of vaping-related illness,” Brown said. “Now, though, as we are facing the spread of a disease that attacks the respiratory system, it’s even more important that we take steps to protect the health and safety of Oregon’s youth, who have been using vaping products at increasingly high rates.”
“I would like to thank the members of this work group for continuing this important work even as many of them were also on the front lines responding to the COVID-19 pandemic,” she added. “Based on these recommendations, we can take long-term steps to ensure that we do not see another outbreak of vaping-related illnesses and deaths, as we did last summer.”
Among the health experts on the Vaping Public Health Work Group is Dr. Brian Druker of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, a pioneer in the field of precision medicine whose research has helped to revolutionize cancer treatment. Dr. Mary McKenzie, the Director of Pulmonology at Legacy Health, also brought her direct experience working with patients with vaping-related lung injuries to the panel.
The recommendations of the Vaping Public Health Work Group include:
Banning the use of flavored e-cigarettes and other flavored vaping tobacco products
Flavored products disproportionately target Oregon youth, young adults, and communities of color. Banning these products is an evidenced-based approach to prevent Oregonians from becoming addicted at a young age. Flavored products are market-entry products, with 75% of Oregon youth choosing flavored products, compared to only 18% of adults over the age of 25. For decades, the tobacco industry has also targeted people with low incomes and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities with marketing campaigns, leading to harmful health impacts for those communities.
Banning harmful additives, requiring ingredient disclosure for cannabis vaping products, and establishing standards for documentation and verification
Because cannabis is a new industry, additional regulations are needed to ban harmful additives, such as vitamin E acetate, which were strongly linked to the outbreak of vaping-related illness last summer. Many illnesses were linked to products purchased at licensed retailers. Other additives may also be harmful. Ingredient disclosure will help consumers and regulators verify what additives are in cannabis vaping products. In addition, there are not yet established federal or state safety standards for the safety of additives when combusted or vaporized.
Increasing the price of tobacco and nicotine products, including e-cigarettes, through tax and non-tax approaches
As youth have less spending money than adults, they are generally price-sensitive consumers. Raising the price of tobacco products has shown to be the most effective way to reduce youth use, reducing overall tobacco-related health care costs and deaths. In general, for every 10% increase in the price of e-cigarettes, use can drop by as much as 20%, depending on the type of e-cigarette. E-cigarettes and other inhalant delivery systems are not currently taxed in Oregon.
Banning online and phone sales of e-cigarettes and other vaping products
Requiring in-person sales of vaping products will help prevent the sale of vaping products to underage Oregonians. While state and federal law prevent the online sale of cigarettes, there is no federal law prohibiting the sale of e-cigarettes and other inhalant delivery systems.
Tobacco retail licensing
Only eight states, including Oregon, do not have a tobacco retail licensing system. Licensure would create a mechanism to help ensure that tobacco laws can be enforced effectively, including laws prohibiting the sale of vaping products to underage Oregonians. Licensure fees would help to cover the costs of vaping-awareness education and enforcement.
CBD device regulations
The CBD market is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the cannabis industry. Because they do not contain THC, CBD vaping products are not subject to the same regulations as other cannabis vaping products. As such, no regulations currently prevent youth access to these products.
Audit testing of cannabis products
A state lab to conduct audit testing of marijuana products would help to prevent the sale of prohibited substances and verify ingredients and additives. Recognizing that a state lab would be a significant expenditure, the work group recommends that the state utilize private, licensed labs to conduct audit testing in the near term.
Nicotine is a powerfully-addictive drug, and making cessation supports like medications and counseling available through health care providers and insurers, as well as non-clinical, culturally-responsive supports, would remove barriers to patients receiving the help and support they need to quit. Availability of a variety of approaches focused on the needs of the patient provides the best chance of cessation success.
Public relations campaign
Public education efforts have helped to decrease youth smoking and smoking rates generally in the United States, and would also be effective in decreasing youth vaping rates. This would save future health care costs over the long term.
The full report from the Vaping Public Health Work Group is available here.
The membership of the Vaping Public Health Work Group is available here.
Author: By KTVZ news sources
The Pandemic Diary of a Model Returning to Work
like a boss
Naomi Shimada journeys to Paris for her first professional shoot since March.
Naomi ShimadaCredit…Ana Cuba for The New York Times
- Aug. 21, 2020, 9:00 a.m. ET
Like many, the model Naomi Shimada has been using the extra time at home during the pandemic as a chance to pause and reflect on what really matters to her.
Usually traveling the world for work in a blur of hotels and suitcases, Ms. Shimada, 33, has instead been spending her days in London applying to grad school, attending protests and helping her community through mutual aid projects.
She’s also had time to think about her role in the fashion industry, where she made a name for herself both as a successful model and as a writer focusing on mental health and the effects of social media. (She co wrote the book “Mixed Feelings: Exploring the Emotional Impact of Our Digital Habits,” released last year, with the journalist Sarah Raphael.)
“I was already thinking about a brand’s ethics pre-Covid 19, but now it’s on my mind more than ever because of the uncovering of the reality of supply chains, unfair union dismissals and disingenuous Black Lives Matter support, among other problematic behaviors,” Ms. Shimada said.
“Turning down money is always hard and not always possible but I’m trying to make the most informed choices I can,” she added. “I am trying to reimagine what working in the fashion industry in a more holistic way looks like or if that’s even possible under capitalism.”
Ms. Shimada compiled a workweek diary for The New York Times in July.
Interviews are conducted by email, text and phone, then condensed and edited.
8 a.m. Today is my birthday and my heart is very full after having the cutest of celebrations with loved ones in the park yesterday.
9 a.m. I make myself oat and banana pancakes; juice apples, carrots and ginger; and coffee, while blasting Prince to get me in the mood for the day. I research roller blades online to buy as a birthday gift to myself.
10:30 a.m. My friend Loren picks me up and we drive to Margate, a town about 1.5 hours from London on the Kent coast.
I make work calls in the car and get through some of my mutual-aid tasks, helping some families in my local area. Today I am arranging grocery orders and pickups between people in need and a local food distribution center. This is work I started during the pandemic but plan to keep doing as long as I can.
1 p.m. Even though I’ve lived in the U.K. on and off for many years, I’ve only made it to the beach a handful of times, but today I had the deep urge to dunk myself in the cold ocean to clean my mind, body and soul.
8 p.m. I head straight from Margate to dinner at my friends’ restaurant in Borough Market, where they have built a makeshift outdoor setup. I’m meeting my siblings and besties there — it happens to be my first restaurant experience since lockdown. This is only the second time I’ve seen my sister since February. My siblings are my best friends and I have missed them terribly. And I’m delighted to not have to do the dishes for once.
12 a.m. Feeling so sleepy and so full. I get into bed sandy and pass out.
10 a.m. Driving lesson (with masks on!). Yes, I am one of those people who still doesn’t have a license. This is the year that changes. I’m about four lessons back into learning and will book my test in a few months.
2:30 p.m. I go into the BBC to record an interview for a new podcast I am working on. Going into the main building feels like a trip as I haven’t been in central London much, except to go to the Black Lives Matter protests. We record in a studio that has a screen between me and my producer. Everything feels strange but I’m grateful to be back. I take the tube home for the first time in a really long time. Central London feels empty.
12 a.m. I light some palo santo and get into bed. I make notes and write a passage in the “delight diary” that I started after I read Ross Gay’s “The Book of Delights,” which was such a beautiful reminder of how to find the poetic and prophetic in the smallest of things. I take two drops of CBD oil and turn off the lights, fantasizing about one day becoming one of those people who goes to bed at 9.
8 a.m. Wake up. Light incense at my altar to clean the air and start the day. I stretch while listening to Alice Coltrane and meditate.
12 p.m. I got accepted into a gender studies program a couple weeks ago and I am going through my list of things I need to do to prepare. As someone who has never been to college before, I am excited and terrified in equal measures because it’s such a new space for me. I also feel comforted having this plan as an anchor right now in this very uncertain time.
3 p.m. I eat lunch while on a briefing call with a local mental health charity. I’m doing a workshop with them for people struggling with social media right now. They know I’m not a qualified professional but because of my book, “Mixed Feelings,” and my speaking and writing about the complex relationship many of us have with social media, we’re planning to do an open Q. and A.
5 p.m. Packing for my trip to Paris tomorrow for my first shoot since lockdown. I’m a bit nervous about traveling. I feel overwhelmed by what used to be such a normal task for me when my life was a repetitive sequence of packing, unpacking and packing again.
9 p.m. My friend, the artist Yumna Al-Arashi, is staying with me at the moment. We said we’d have a quiet night without any wine but she cooked a delicious meal for us and we decide to open one of the nice bottles of natural wine left over from my birthday. We talk each other’s ears off, cry a little and do an impromptu “American Beauty” style nude photo shoot with all the flowers in my apartment.
9 a.m. I arrive at Kings Cross St. Pancras station to board the Eurostar train to Paris. The station feels eerily quiet compared to how it usually is: swarming with people going about their day, sweaty commuters, kids on school trips and confused just-got-here tourists. It feels like everyone is walking around with a deep sense of caution.
1 p.m. I check in and the hotelier tells me he is working alone as there are barely any guests. I unpack, light some sage to clear the room and lay out my mobile altar of a few photos, crystals and incense. I used to travel so much and I found that having my little slice of home with me always made everything better.
8 p.m. I take a quick shower and head out to meet friends for dinner and drinks. France opened up a few months ago and Parisians seem to very much be over the concept of social distancing.
12 a.m. I feel like a naughty schoolgirl staying up late on a school night but tell myself it’s fine as I haven’t done anything like this in so long. And it’s Paris, darling!
7:30 a.m. I wake up totally forgetting where I am, probably because it’s been so long since I’ve woken up in a hotel room. Suddenly the idea of sleeping in a bed that so many other people have slept in feels strange and somewhat unhygienic.
8 a.m. I check emails and send a few, one of them to the producer of my monthly radio show “M1ss World,” which explores global soundscapes and ideas of home through the music we listen to. I eat two more croissants smothered in more butter and apricot jam, down a coffee and jump in a car to a studio in the south of Paris for the shoot I came here to do.
9 a.m. Today is my first job back and for a second, I question whether I still know how to do this. It’s been so long! I am working with the same team of people that I was with on the very last shoot I did before everything shut down in March. We were in Senegal and had to leave the day after I arrived as they were shutting the borders in both Senegal and France.
I almost feel silly being on set, having my photo taken in the context of everything happening in the world right now. But I also feel grateful to be working, back doing something that feels familiar.
1 p.m. Lunch is now served in individual tiny boxes instead of big plates of catering.
7 p.m. We finally wrap after what feels like the longest day. I wash my face in the sink to try to freshen up. I say my goodbyes to everyone and jump in a car to meet a friend for dinner.
8 p.m. This is my third restaurant experience this week and it feels even more intense in Paris as everything seems fairly back to normal. We sit down at a table outside and order all the delicious things to calm the slight anxiety I feel about being back at a crowded restaurant.
I go to grab my phone out of my bag, which was hanging off the chair, and the whole bag is gone. We are both gobsmacked at how quickly and smoothly it happened under our nose. I feel stupid and out of practice from all the things I usually do to safeguard myself when I travel. I take deep breaths and try to stay calm. But inside I’m totally freaking out.
9 p.m. I do all the boring things, like cancel my cards, alert my phone company and file a police report.
12 a.m. I finally make it back to the hotel. I light a candle, burn some sage and run a bath with frankincense oil to try and clear my energy. I want to cry but the tears aren’t coming. Just like so much of what has happened this year, it seems to be another exercise in complete and utter surrender to things not going as planned, to understanding that control is a fallacy and to our attachment to “things.”
Author: Melissa Guerrero
High-Dosage Tutoring Is Effective, But Expensive. Ideas for Making It Work
One-on-one tutoring is the original “personalized learning,” dating back centuries. Along with the Socratic seminar, it may be among the oldest pedagogies still in existence. And as it turns out, it is probably the single most powerful strategy for responding to learning loss.â¯
Increasingly, top education researchers agree that tutoring programs for students who lost ground over the last six months should be a top priority for federal investment. There is potential, they say, for such a program to help ease unemployment. After all, the economic downturn means there’s a glut of talented college graduates and other degree holders who might be interested in tutoring part or full-time in exchange for a stipend or salary.
These advocates stress the realities of basic equity for the nation’s most underserved children. Tutoring, after all, is what advantaged parents routinely seek out for their children-and will continue to do as the pandemic continues. (In fact, some well-heeled parents are already putting together “learning pods”-essentially small tutoring groups-with other families.) Why should it be any different for other children?
Why is tutoring so effective?
The research on high-dosage tutoring-generally defined as one-on-one tutoring or tutoring in very small groups at least three times a week, or for about 50 hours over a semester-is robust, and it is convincing. On average, the effect sizes are among the largest of all interventions seen in education.â¯â¯â¯â¯â¯â¯â¯â¯â¯â¯â¯â¯â¯â¯â¯â¯â¯â¯â¯â¯â¯â¯â¯â¯â¯â¯
And tutoring seems to work for a range of subjects. Two recent meta-analyses looking specifically at tutoring within the context of struggling readers in the elementary grades and elementary math programs found evidence of success for both content areas.
Which is why any district that can afford to begin robust tutoring programs should, researchers say.â¯â¯â¯â¯â¯
“For the level of problems districts are likely to be seeing coming into their doors with the minimum of six months of learning at home, I think it would be malpractice to do anything less than tutoring,” said Robert Slavin, a professor at Johns Hopkins University and director of the Center for Research and Reform in Education, who has studied the topic extensively.
Just why tutoring seems to be so effective is harder to pinpoint empirically. But the theory of action is clear: In such small groups, teachers can better customize teaching to the specific content gaps a student has missed or the prerequisite skills they need to practice. And it’s easier for a student to develop a relationship with a tutor they see at dedicated hours several times a week
“The magic of tutoring of course seems to be this individualized ability to both diagnose, and hover, in ways that just lead to real progress,” noted Emily Freitag, the CEO of Instruction Partners, a nonprofit working with districts in several states to develop COVID-19 instructional plans.â¯
Plus, it boosts students’ confidence as they begin to make progress. “The lowest-performing kids tend to sit quietly in school and hope no one will notice them. With tutoring, there’s an adult who gets to know them and cares about them deeply and gives them loads of opportunity to let them show that they can succeed,” noted Slavin.â¯
How much does tutoring cost?
The wrinkle is that tutoring comes with a high price tag, primarily in the form of hiring and training tutors, especially in a one-on-one setting. One study of a Chicago high-dosage math tutoring program found that it cost on the order of $3,800 a student over a school year, though economies of scale could potentially bring that figure down if it’s expanded.
Such is the strength of the research on tutoring that other countries are underwriting tutoring as a core strategy to put kids back on track.â¯
In Britain, the Parliament has set aside 1 billion pounds (about $1.27 billion) for extra pupil services, of which ï¿¡350 (about $442 million) will be specifically reserved for tutoring programs in primary and secondary schools. The funding will help schools procure tutoring at a reduced price, with the government giving a stamp of approval to those providers with evidence that their approach works. (A secondary tier will identify programs that lack effectiveness data but use features associated with better learning outcomes, said Robbie Coleman, the acting director of the National Tutoring Programme.)
The Netherlands also approved new funding for interventions, though it will be up to schools to decide whether to use the funding for tutoring or other pupil services.â¯â¯â¯â¯
Many U.S. researchers are pressing Congress to follow suit. So far, it has not approved funding beyond the CARES Act for specific interventions.
The AmeriCorps program, for example, has long supported tutoring among other types of community service, staffed by young volunteers who are paid a stipend. But its reach is limited by the annual federal budgeting process, and while there have been proposals to expand it as part of a national pandemic response, so far none of them have advanced.â¯â¯
Among states, Maryland appears to be the only one to earmark some of its CARES funding for tutoring; officials there said $100 million would be allocated, but the state has not made available any additional details. A Tennessee summer tutoring program, privately funded by former Gov. Bill Haslam and his wife, was administered through the Boys and Girls Clubs using college students. Theoretically, districts could use some Title I funding for tutoring, though districts often have already allocated that money into other continuing costs like salaries for classroom aides.â¯
Still, there are some ways to lower the price tag of tutoring. Paraprofessionals and paid volunteers appear to be generally as good as certified classroom teachers in providing tutoring, and they are much less costly to hire, according to several studies.
(One way to think about this apparent contradiction: It can take years to learn how to effectively teach a class of 25 or more students. But many people can be trained in a relatively short timeâ¯to be a good one-on-one tutor.)
There is one catch in the research, though: Unpaid volunteers are generally much less effective tutors than paid ones.â¯
How would tutoring work in a remote environment?
Far less is known, researchers acknowledge, about the best way to make tutoring translate into a remote-learning session.
Engagement is among the core challenges, both in terms of building a relationship with each student and keeping the tutoring interactive in the absence of traditional materials like white boards, or when circumstances dictate telephone tutoring rather than a video format, said Christine SySantos Levy, special projects coordinator for Johns Hopkins School of Education’s Center for Research and Reform. (She helped administer a pilot online tutoring program in eight Baltimore schools over the summer.)â¯
City Year, a nonprofit organization that provides tutoring to approximately 38,000 students in 29 cities, is already planning to offer updated training to its corps of tutors. Those will include both core community engagement skills and pedagogical ones, like how to “check for understanding” in an online setting, rather than in a classroom.â¯
“We want [tutors] to see themselves as a practitioner in both spaces,” said Stephanie Wu, the organization’s chief impact officer. “The skills are really different, and the content needs to be prepared differently.”â¯
One-on-one tutoring has the strongest evidence of effectiveness, but costs the most and reaches the fewest students. Some studies show that larger tutoring groups of two to four students, while less effective than one-to-one arrangements, still pay dividends for learning. At least one study on one-to-four afterschool tutoring found learning benefits for only Black students who participated, however.
Thus, this is a significant gray area in the literature. Districts will need to weigh their priorities and, potentially, test and modify their approaches. One idea is to begin tutoring with larger groups of students needing extra help-perhaps four at a time–and monitor carefully to see if their learning responds. If they don’t appear to be making progress, then it may be time to move them into one-on-one settings, suggested Slavin of Johns Hopkins University.â¯
“I would keep careful track of how students are progressing,” he said. “A lot of kids will be successful at one-to-four [groups] but there may be kids who are not, and I would reserve one-to-one for those who are not.”â¯
Matthew Kraft, an associate professor of education and economics at Brown University, favors a different approach: Keeping the group size down to two students per tutor, but holding costs down by employing college students or paid volunteers and keeping the focus on strong program leadership, design, and curriculum.
The details matter.
Quality matters. The research on tutoring indicates that it needs to be sustained, regular, and woven into the fabric of the school day, rather than once a week or exclusively after school. Repeated contact of at least three times a week, or 50 hours over four months, should be the baseline.
Many districts have attempted to do tutoring on their own, in afterschool programs and homework tables, or as part of federally required interventions under the former No Child Left Behind Act. But these low-dosage tutoring efforts generally don’t have the same impact as high-dosage tutoring. Typically, they have fewer quality-control parameters in place, are not sustained, or have variable attendance rates.
Districts can be flexible about the source of tutors-using a mix of classroom teachers, teaching assistants, and paid volunteers-but they should hold their tutors to regular attendance and give them some training on foundations in their subject, the curriculum they’ll be expected to use, and engagement strategies.
Coordinate teaching and tutoring to the extent possible.â¯
Reading and Math, Inc., a nonprofit that deploys about 1,500 tutors nationally through AmeriCorps in more than a dozen states, includes a robust support system for tutors. They’re paired with an internal coach at the school site, usually a content expert, as well as a master coach from the organization.â¯â¯â¯â¯â¯
“They get really high-quality initial and follow-up training to help them be the best that they can be. We know that training one time does not help educators implement evidence-based practices,” said Anne Sinclair, the chief learning officer for the organization.â¯
Together, the internal coach and master coach participate in monthly meetings toâ¯examine data and share results with classroom teachers, so teachers know which content and skill gaps kids are working on. It is also a way to ensure that what’s happening in core instruction and in tutoring dovetail rather than conflict.
Britain’s National Tutoring Programme is taking a similar approach.â¯
“Something that’s really important to us is that the tutoring is well- coordinated with the classroom teaching,” Coleman said. “The worst thing that can happen from a teacher’s perspective, and an impact perspective, is when you have teaching and tutoring that collides.”
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Author: By Stephen Sawchuk
The 5 Best Bug Zappers [2020 – Indoor & Outdoor]
We’ll take a look at the top-rated best bug zappers and electric insect killers for the money. Indoor and outdoor bug zappers are included in these product review.
And also see our buyer’s tips in How To Shop For Bug Zappers later in the article to help you determine what is the best bug zapper for you.
Also see: Best Bug Zappers Comparison Table
After many years of innovation and expansion, they are now best known for the Flowtron division of their company. Flowtron is now a leader in outdoor products throughout the world.
Even with the huge amount of growth and success that they’ve seen throughout the years, Armatron International remains a family-owned company that proudly manufacturers all products in the USA.
They have quite a large variety of outdoor bug zappers compared to other companies. They’ve even got a few indoor and commercial options available.
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Their options range from bug zappers that cover up to a ½ acre to ones that cover 1 ½ acres. Larger options even go up to 120 watts for more effective insect elimination.
The company also sells a variety of poles and brackets that allow you to easily place the bug zappers on your property.
Replacement bulbs are also readily available for purchase from the company making long-term use easier and more convenient.
While the cost of these is higher than some other brands, the value is still very high when you consider the power, coverage, and convenience you’re getting with Flowtron.
Always keeping their focus on the most effective insect control methods, the technology they use is ever-changing. Today, they sell a variety of insect-control products ranging from insecticide to bug zappers to insect traps.
Being more focused towards strictly residential use, their bug zappers tend to be smaller. They have options that go up to 40 watts – a good bit less power than the strongest options from Flowtron. Still, yet, they are effective for smaller areas.
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Black Flag does have options that are able to cover up to 1 acre, though. Many of the options from Black Flag are actually handheld.
They are basically electrified fly swatters. These are good for keeping around to quickly eliminate insects that you see flying around your home or outdoor areas.
Like Flowtron, Black Flag offers readily available replacement bulbs for their zappers. These are very affordable options that are perfect for anyone on a budget looking for good quality bug zappers.
They are specifically made for indoor use unlike some brands that only sell outdoor options. This helps give you better protection from flying insects inside your home.
They have a couple of larger options ranging up to one with a 110 volt electric shock that is highly effective. This larger option covers up to 35 square meters of indoor space.
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Also available from this brand is a unique smaller bug zapper that actually plugs directly into a socket. This is highly convenient and great for controlling insects in a single room.
The one-year warranty that this brand offers on its products will help ease your mind that they really believe in their own quality and longevity. The best part is that these bug zappers are very affordable even for those on a tight budget.
They believe strongly in providing equal opportunity for children in their community. That is why the company donates 10% of their yearly profits to benefiting children.
One type of the innovative products they create is, of course, bug zappers! These are more indoor bug zappers that are designed to take care of flying insects that make it into your home.
LIBA bug zappers take advantage of a powerful 2800 volt grid that instantly eliminates flying insects that approach it.
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During the designing stage, LIBA ensured that their zappers include super easy-to-clean collection trays to make clean-up a stress-free event.
Their bug zappers include chains for the option of convenient hanging for space-saving purposes. They also include extra replacement bulbs with all purchases to increase the longevity of your purchase.
They even come in multipacks allowing you to place them in multiple parts of your home. These are even cost-effective coming in near the lower middle range of price compared to other options.
This does take into account the fact that they are sold in pairs rather than individually.
The company was first founded in February of 2006 and holds headquarters in Vancouver, Canada.
One of their top goals besides creating effective and innovative products is providing the highest quality customer service possible. They sell both residential and commercial bug zappers with coverage up to 1 acre.
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Their offerings include a variety of indoor bug zappers up to 40 watts. Some purchases include replacement bulbs, while additional bulbs are also easily available for separate purchase.
You can choose options that include chains allowing you to easily hang the zapper. In addition to their bug zappers, Aspectek also offers a variety of insect traps including options for fleas, wasps, flies, bed bugs, and more.
Aspectek also works to keep their products affordable for the average person. They fall around the same spot in the price range for these products as LIBA bug zappers.
The best way to control all kinds of unwanted flying insects around your home or business is by using electric bug killers, also know as “bug zappers”.
In this article we review and compare the best bug zappers on the market based on overall sales and customer ratings.
Mosquitoes and flies pose a particular inconvenience to homeowners. So the products we reviewed are best in the categories of electric mosquito killer and electric fly killer.
In this side-by-side product review Outside Pursuits leads you through everything you need to know in order to compare and choose the best bug zapper for your specific needs and home environment.
These are reliable, effective bug killers that are able to control populations of several types of flying insects.
Before you venture out into the wonderful world of electric bug zappers, there are several things you need to consider first. I have made a list of four items to think about.
After much research and deliberation, I was finally able to narrow down the dozens to five. These 5 bug zappers are what I consider to be the best on the market.
Since we all have different bug zapping needs, there is a variety of shapes, styles, and purposes. I also made sure to include a few for indoor use and a few for outdoor use. Let’s get started with the outdoor zappers first.
I also want to explain why all bug zappers are not created equal and why the light is very important to attracting to pesky critters.
Outdoor bug zappers are what you would place on your patio, in the garden, and near the swimming pool to keep the insects away from you and your family.
They tend to be weather-proof and will not rust or become damaged if they get wet. I have a list of three that I consider worthy of being called the best bug zappers.
We’ve divided the product reviews into the (2) sections: “Best Outdoor Bug Zappers” and “Best Indoor Bug Zappers” so that you’ll learn the right product for your specific property needs.
Beyond outdoor versus indoor there are four primary types of bug zappers: vertical, horizontal, light bulb and non-luminescent.
Vertical Zappers are nice because they can be made waterproof. That means they can be left outside. Usually, they are structured with a non-metallic exterior to help prevent people and pets from being electrocuted.
This is the best design for outside use like near the pool or around the patio.
Horizontal zappers are usually found for interior use as they can’t really be made waterproof. They usually look like a metal box but instead of having every side closed, there is wire mesh on the front to allow the bugs to see the light and enter to their eternity.
Light bulb zappers are what they say, a light bulb that you can screw into a normal light bulb socket. These are usually for external use like in an enclosed area where they won’t get rained on.
They do emit a small amount of light so they can be used to replace or used with other porch lights. And they will zap the insect attracted to it.
But it doesn’t have any wire mesh or non-metallic casing for catching the dead insects or protecting people and animals so it is best not to put it in reach of these things.
Non-luminescent zappers do not use a light source to attract insects. In fact, they use a high pitched sound that humans cannot hear to scare off the insects.
This means that they don’t actually zap or kill the insects, they just ward them off from the area surrounding the device.
Most bug zapper will have a light source. This is because insects are naturally drawn to light. For this reason, you will want to keep the bug zapper away from the location that you don’t want the bugs because they must be attracted before they are zapped.
Typically, there are three types of lights used in bug zappers. Neon and Ultra Violate or UV are very common. Though insects can actually see UV lights best, making it the most common option.
The third type is a mercury vapor lamp which essentially produces light by burning mercury. It is confined in a glass tube so it is not harmful to people. But it will attract and lap flying bugs, especially at night.
Wire mesh is how the bugs get zapped. One to two layers of wire mesh are formed around the light source. When the bugs fly toward the light, they meet the wire mesh first and that is when they get zapped.
Make sure when you buy your bug zapper, it has high voltage wire mesh for the best defense against those nasty insects trying to ruin our party.
Housing refers to the exterior design of the bug zapper. The biggest thing to consider with housing is safety. The better and safer zappers usually have a plastic or non-metallic exterior to help keep people and pets safe from electrocution.
The second thing to consider with housing is whether or not it is waterproof. If you want to use the zapper outside in the elements, it needs to be waterproof in case of sudden rainstorms.
Not all bug zappers are meant for outdoor use so make sure the model you purchase is if you want to use it outside
Most bug zappers emit some kind of sound. There is usually a humming sound when it is running. This is because of the electricity running through the wire mesh.
And usually, when a bug gets zapped, it makes a popping sound. There shouldn’t be any sparking but there is normally a sound.
When shopping for bug zappers, it is probably a good idea to look for one that is as quiet as possible.
Reading product reviews and things like that from customers who have already purchased it will give you a good idea of the noise level of the zapper while it is turned on and when it zaps a bug.
Yes, the short answer is bug zappers do work. They use a special UV light and sometimes certain scents or chemicals that attract flying insects into an electrified grid. The bug flies in, completes the circuit, and is electrocuted resulting in instant killing of the bug.
Some bug zappers do attract mosquitoes while others do not specifically attract mosquitoes. You can look for this with individual bug zappers that you are considering for purchase. Remember that even if they don’t specifically attract a certain flying insect, they will still likely eliminate some of them if they are in the area.
Different bug zappers are designed to attract different flying insects. Most bug zappers claim to attract a specific set of insects such as mosquitoes, flies, gnats, and other biting insects that fly. You can look at individual bug zappers to see what insects they are most effective against.
Absolutely! There are thousands of consumers that agree that bug zappers have made a huge difference for them. A good bug zapper will successfully reduce the population of flying insects in any given area. In some cases, they can nearly eliminate it altogether. This works by killing off adults before they are able to successfully breed.
Here is an interesting fact, these bug zappers can actually splatters the insects’ remains up to 6 feet away from the initial zapping location.
In other words, it is not advisable to hang on above your dining room table. Ideally, you will keep it at a safe distance where the bugs will be attracted to the zapper and away from your family and food.
This depends on the specific bug zapper. Some are suitable for both. But it is important to make sure they are suitable for the voltage you are using.
The standard in North America is 120v so the 110v is what you need. If you use 220v you will need a converter so you don’t short-circuit the zapper or blow a fuse.
Most bug zappers are effective against gnats and flies for sure. Though mosquitoes are not attracted to UV lights, if they are in your yard, they will most likely be zapped by your zapper.
Bees, wasps, yellow jackets, hornets, and horseflies are also usually attracted to the light source.
Other insects like moths, and even ants, and centipedes that don’t fly are attracted to the light and will be zapped. You can also add things like specific insect pheromones to attract them to the light.
Not really, not unless you are using something to repel the bugs instead of zap them. The zapping sound is caused by the electrical current jumping from the wire mesh to the insect which is what kills the insect.
Kind of like when you wear socks and walk across the carpet and touch a metal doorknob. But some are significantly quieter than others. If the sound bothers you, try keeping further away from the area you are most of the time.
It will still attract the insects, even if it is farther away from you.
Different bug zappers have different ranges. Most range from 500 square feet to 1 full acre. There are some that will cover even bigger spaces, closer to 2 acres. But for indoor, 500 square feet is most common. And 1 acre is most common for outdoor zappers.
Bug zappers come in all shapes and sizes. With different voltages and even methods of attracting those unwanted pesky pests. In the end, to get what you want, you have to know what you want.
Whether you are grilling out in the backyard or you are leaving the doors and windows open on a cool summer night, you have one thing you don’t want to worry about. Insects.
Now that you have a better understanding of what a bug zapper really is, you are ready to go out and start shopping for your own.
A good place to start is certainly the ones on my list and then you can go from there to finding the best bug zapper for your home and yard.
Thanks for reading The 5 Best Bug Zappers. We hope this article has helped you to discover the best electric fly killers and electric mosquito killers for your needs and your preferences.
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