Bugs are present everywhere no matter where you live. From mosquitos to flies, these little insects can be more than just annoying — they can be dangerous due to transmitted diseases.
There are a number of different ways to deal with bugs both inside and outside, ranging from setting traps, to insecticides and the repellent sprays. While these can be effective in many scenarios, bug zappers offer a chemical-free solution that does all the work for you and can be used in most environments.
Below are our top picks for the best bug zappers for 2018, spanning many different types, both indoor and outdoor. You’ll find something for every need, and every budget.
Let’s start with a brief overview of our two favorite products on this list and go from there.
Best Indoor Bug Zapper – Aspecteck Upgraded 20W
It is a highly effective zapper that uses outdoor zapper power within of an indoor-safe model, keeping your space free of lying bugs. This zapper has incredible power and bug-attracting capability with a slender profile that allows it to be set up in most any location indoors.
Best Outdoor Bug Zapper – Flowtron BK-40D Electronic
It easily the most effective outdoor bug zapper. It uses a classic lantern design, and houses powerful bug-killing bulbs that draw pests from up to an acre away, which is more than enough for the basic front or backyard. It also prevents clogging and resists years of use in all weather.
Best Overall Outdoor – Flowtron BK-40D Electronic
It utilizes a classic and effective design that works incredibly well in any yard requiring a full acre of bug-zapping coverage. Simply plug it in, hang it up, and let the zapper do its thing while it draws in countless bugs and kills them.
The zapper has a classic lantern-style look, making it versatile enough to fit any backyard’s style. The glow of the light is strong enough to attract bugs, but not too bright as to overpower the light in your yard or be distracting from your ambiance.
The grid of the zapper allows for the quick killing of bugs, but without clogging up and causing a fire hazard. The power of the zapper is enough to provide coverage from up to one full acre of noticeable bug control.
With each purchase of this zapper, you also get a bonus cartridge of Octenol, which will help draw mosquitos to the zapper.
Overall, the Flowtron BK-40D model is the best outdoor bug zapper for the money available. It’s highly effective at drawing the little beasts, quickly kills them, and lets them fall out of the way so you don’t have to do any cleanup. If you’re looking for the best bug control for your yard or outdoor spot, this is it.
What We Like:
- Non-clogging grid
- Full acre of coverage
- Free Octenol cartridge
- Rugged and weather resistant
Best Overall Indoor- Aspectek Upgraded 20W
It’s often hard to find indoor bug zappers that have the power and efficiency of an outdoor model, and that’s exactly what the Aspectek Upgraded 20W offers buyers. This zapper has all the draw and killing power of an outdoor model, repackaged in a body that’s safe to use inside.
The zapper makes use of a 20-watt bulb, creating an ample amount of light to draw bugs in, while also possessing enough power to instantly kill them, and letting none get away. When it’s time to clean the zapper, simply open the bottom and slide out the try to quickly dispose of the dead bugs.
The body of the zapper has a thinner profile, so you can set in in the spot of your choice while keeping it out of the way. It also has a chain on one side so you can hang it on the wall if you don’t want it on the floor. The outside mesh prevents pets and kids from getting hurt as well.
The Aspectek Upgraded 20W model is simply the best indoor zapper for your home. It offers an impressive amount of convenience, is completely safe, and of course, provides the highest amount of power you’ll see in an indoor zapper. Your indoor fly and mosquito problem can be fixed instantly with this zapper.
What We Like:
- Easy to dispose of bugs
- Multiple installation options
- Safe to use inside the home
- Very powerful bulbs
Best Handheld- Zap It!
If you want to take the fight to the bugs around you or take care of the ones that seem to avoid conventional stationary zappers, the “Zap It” is the best way to do just that.
This zapper is essentially a fly swatter, only with the ability to instantly kill bugs with electricity, rather than impact. If a bug is around you, simply turn the swatter on, swing and hit the bug, and it will fall dead out of the sky.
The zapper is very light and easy to hold and quickly kills most any bug on contact. An LED light at the base draws the bug towards it while you swing, making it more accurate. When it’s time to recharge, simply connect to a USB charger for a few minutes, and it’s ready to go.
The Zap It model comes with a lifetime replacement guarantee and is great to keep around on your patio, porch, or even just inside your house for when you spot an intruder flying around. This is easily the best handheld bug zapper and comes at a great price.
What We Like:
- Light and effective
- Safe to touch
- Quick to recharge
- Lifetime warranty
Best High-Powered- LiBa Bug Zapper
Some situations require an increased amount of power to not only draw in more bugs in the area but ensure they are fully killed on contact as well. For those looking for the zapper that offers the most power to use indoors, the LiBa Bug Zapper is the one.
This zapper can help clear out bugs from most any indoor environment, and keep it that way. It uses 2,800 total volts off of 20-watt bulbs, which will easily kill any flying bug on contact. The 365 nm wavelength emitted has been proven to draw in more bugs than other wavelengths as well.
The zapper can be used on the ground or hung up on the wall by using the included chain. Multiple layers of mesh on the outside prevent any accidental contact with the high-voltage elements within. And if you don’t get the desired results from the zapper for any reason, the company will refund the cost — although I’m sure you’ll be more than satisfied with what it can do.
So, if regular zappers aren’t getting the job done inside, the LiBa Bug Zapper is your quick and easy solution. It will continually draw any bugs within the site, and put an end to them once and for all, leaving you with a home free of flying pests like flies and mosquitos.
What We Like:
- High voltage for more effectiveness
- Safe in any room
- 365 nm wavelength to draw more bugs
- Money-back guarantee
Best Solar Bug Zapper- POPUD Solar Powered
Outdoor bug zappers are a great way to take care of the flying insect problem during dusk and nighttime, but sometimes the power supply aspect can be a little hard to work with, especially when your yard is lacking power outlets to connect to.
The POPUD Solar Powered model is a great solution to this problem, as it harnesses the power of sunlight during the day in order to recharge, and then offers effective bug-killing power at night. This requires no cord, no charging on your own, just easy, solar-powered big zapping as long as you have it installed.
The zapper uses a rechargeable battery inside, and solar panels on the outside to power the battery back up to put out 8 solid hours of effective bug zapping at night. All you need to do it either hang it or use the included poles to mount in the ground. The size and style of the zapper make it great to place in any spot in your yard, and it’s fully rainproof.
Buyers that are looking for a no-hassle way to control bugs in their yard will be very satisfied with this model. Simply hang or mount in the ground, and then sit back and enjoy a yard with fewer flies, mosquitos, moths, and any other flying pests, without the need for a cord.
What We Like:
- Charges all on its own
- Can be hung or mounted in the ground
- Durable enough to last for years
- Very affordable
Best Plug-In Bug Zapper– Noopel
Not every home or indoor area needs a large, high-powered bug zapper to handle the flying pest problem; sometimes a smaller solution can work just as well, without being an eyesore or getting in the way. The Noopel Bug Zapper is a plug-in zapper that stays out of the way, while still keeping tabs on any flies, mosquitos, or moths in the room.
The zapper has a nightlight look to it and quickly installs by simply plugging it into an outlet. Once it’s on, the LED light inside draws in bugs, where they will then meet a quick demise. The Noopel can provide control of flying bugs in areas up to 100 square feet.
When it’s time to clean out the dead bugs, just pop off the bottom and slide the tray out, dump the contents into the trash, put it back in, and you’re all set.
If you need effective bug control in multiple rooms in a non-distracting manner, or just want an easy way to catch the occasional stray fly or mosquito, this is the best plug-in model on the market.
What We Like:
- Effective without being bright or distracting
- Simple to use
- Works in any standard outlet
- Easy to clean when needed
Best Light Bulb Zapper- NOPEST Light Bulb
This is an easy way to instantly turn any standard light socket into a bug zapper — no need to install a standalone lamp or larger zapper. The light bulb has a zapper portion in the middle that works like any other zapper, only in smaller form.
Once inside, bugs die instantly when making contact with the bulb element, which emits highly effective 365-420nm waves. The bulb can actually be used on its own like a standard light bulb when desired or with the bug zapper option on while the light bulb part is off, giving you more options for certain situations and times.
The inside of the bulb has a sloped design that allows dead bugs to slide out after being killed, helping prevent build up over time. A small brush is included that can be used to scrape out any bugs that get stuck if needed.
It may not have the power of a standard bug zapper, but it still provides noticeable bug control in smaller areas and comes with the added versatility of being used as just a bulb when needed. At just over $10, and with over 50,000 hours of use, it’s one of the best deals you’ll find.
What We Like:
- Extended bulb life of over 50,000 hours
- Includes cleaning brush
- Can be used in any standard socket
- Can be operated with just the bulb on, or just the zapper
How to Choose Your Bug Zapper
Indoor or outdoor? Bug zapper features are always centered around where they are intended to be used. Most outdoor zappers have higher voltage to handle the increased demands of a seemingly endless supply of bugs. Indoor models have similar power but may have different designs more apt for being set in ideal locations on the ground or wall.
The more power, the more bugs the zapper can kill, and with fewer chances of a bug escaping. The power source itself is also a factor. While most zappers need to be plugged in and thus require an extension cord, there are some that can run off solar power and batteries.
Types of Bug Zappers
Outdoor – The zappers often have a large amount of wattage and power, and are designed to be left out in the elements, rain or shine. Most outdoor zappers need to be hung or mounted on a post, far away from your patio or leisure areas in order to draw bugs away from your lounging areas and effectively kill them.
Indoor – Indoor zappers come in many different formats, with the most powerful ones often resembling large space heaters. Indoor zappers vary in power and size and can range from larger, more powerful units, to smaller units that can be more discreetly installed and kept out of the way.
Plug-In – Plug-in bug zappers are exactly what their name indicates. These zappers usually look like small nightlights, with a zapping element hidden within the soft light.
Light Bulb – One of the newest types of bug zappers is the light bulb variety. These are actual light bulbs that can be used where you use any other standard light bulb, only with a zapping element located in the middle, letting you install them virtually anywhere.