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Post  Minermike on Tue Oct 22, 2019 3:47 pm

Just to put up a new topic ... I have seen on E-bay a mozzie zapper for about $15 . If you are out in the bush in a caravan , mozzies can be a pain in the bum . I know . This seems to be a good unit , rechargeable batteries on USB . It has an ultra violet attraction and then when they get close the fan sucks them in ! I do not have one but I would get one if I went bush in a caravan .Check it out .
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Post  adrian ss on Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:26 pm

had a looksee.
Like the fan idea so am giving one a try out.
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Post  Minermike on Tue Oct 22, 2019 9:17 pm

If they are any good , a full report is wanted !
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Post  golden oldy on Tue Oct 22, 2019 9:35 pm

I purchased a similar unit from ebay and it didn't work that well, it seems the fan is no where strong enough to act as a proficient mozzie catcher. Left it turned on for 2 hours on a good mozzie night and there were only 3 mozzies out of 50 potentially good targets caught. you can not have any other source of light on as it will distract the mozzies from the trap hope this helps. there are probably better ones on the market but maybe a bit more expensive. Hope this helps.
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Post  Kon61gold on Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:46 pm

In other words Steve, guaranteed to be bitten to death by the other 47, before catching 3 out of the 50? Shocked Q35 Q25

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Post  adrian ss on Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:27 am

I already have a fairly standard zapper (cost a tad under 80 bucks) from bunnings without the fan and it misses way more mozzies than it catches.
Maybe the skeeters will just use the fan draught as a flight training area. Smile

You be right Steve; these low power UV zappers seem to only work when the ambient light is very low.
I have a 80 watt uv grow lamp that seems to mess with the skeeter brains a bit.
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Post  golden oldy on Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:25 pm

what kon said lol! but true
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Post  Nightjar on Wed Oct 23, 2019 8:12 pm

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Post  Kon61gold on Wed Oct 23, 2019 9:31 pm

I can totally agree with that one Pete. Nasty little blood suckers, which even put shame to Count Dracula. Shocked Q35  Mind you, if they were the size of a large truck, they'd be the best drilling rigs available. Q35

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Post  Minermike on Wed Oct 23, 2019 9:34 pm

Just looking at another one on E-bay , it has a vertical fan . Stock in Australia and they claim to have sold over 1,000 .
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Post  geof_junk on Thu Oct 24, 2019 7:22 pm

IS that 1000 zappers or Suckers
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Post  Nightjar on Thu Oct 24, 2019 8:41 pm

Kon61gold wrote:I can totally agree with that one Pete. Nasty little blood suckers, which even put shame to Count Dracula. Shocked Q35  Mind you, if they were the size of a large truck, they'd be the best drilling rigs available. Q35

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The one and only method is to keep your fly wire in good condition.
We found when away camping in the van the mossies weren't a problem it was the mongrel midges, (flying teeth) that squeezed through the flywire. Fixed that by fitting "midge proof" wire. Quite expensive so only fitted it to the windows/vents left open at night time.


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Post  adrian ss on Mon Oct 28, 2019 6:28 pm

Received the mozzie zapper today.
It does attract mozzies, it does have a fan that couldn't suck a single helium atom into the trap even if you placed it in the air flow. Rolling Eyes
The thing has to be powered by a usb 5 dc volt output, this makes it an impractical device for camping and anywhere that ya don't have a usb power supply.
It does not have an on/off switch. I could probably fit a battery supply to it but I doubt that I will bother. This gadget is destined for the rubbish bin.
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Post  Nightjar on Mon Oct 28, 2019 8:19 pm

adrian ss wrote:

The thing has to be powered by a usb 5 dc volt output, this makes it an impractical device for camping and anywhere that ya don't have a usb power supply.

Adrian there are heaps of cheap options on eBay, have several of them in my box of tricks.
12V combined cigarette socket with USB
Fitted two USB to ute dash as well.

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/3-Way-Car-Cigarette-Lighter-Socket-Splitter-12V-24V-With-USB-LED-Light-Switch/153415069580?epid=2232809078&hash=item23b8402f8c:g:pwoAAOSwrhNcibFi




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Post  adrian ss on Mon Oct 28, 2019 9:12 pm

Yeah I have a car 2 x usb cig lighter doohicky but I don't usually need a mozzie zapper in my car.
I could fit a battery and switch to it but the thing is so useless it is not worth the effort.
I like the interesting hint included with this device; It states to set the zapper a good distance away from your body coz if it is too close the mozzies would rather bite me than fly in to the trap. Laughing
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Post  Minermike on Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:32 am

The one I was looking at was , 12 volt usb with built in rechargeable batteries . Mosquito Killer Lamp $15.39
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