This Solar-Powered Mosquito Zapper Knocks ‘Em Dead

Summer is here! Vacations are planned, camping trips plotted, and dinner in the backyard is an everyday affair. Warmer weather brings everyone outside, but it only takes a few pesky bugs to send us running back to the safety of home.

To ward off mosquito bites, we can either slather ourselves in chemical-based repellents, light up stinky candles, or wear those “personal bug repellent devices” that are about as attractive as a cell phone holster. But don’t fret, we’ve found what could be the answer to your pesky problem! A solar-powered bug zapper with no smells, no man-made chemicals, and no traps to clean-up or monitor. They call it: Mosquito Genie.

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Image via Mosquito Genie

Here’s how it works:

During the day, a tiny solar panel on top of the Mosquito Genie gathers energy to charge the LED lights hidden within. At night, the LEDs automatically turn on to attract mosquitoes. That’s when things get interesting.

An organic chemistry container inside the lamp’s based emits vapors that knock out the respiratory system of mosquitoes, gnats and no-see-ums. The pests apparently breath it in while hanging out near the light, start to feel sick, and fly off to an early demise.

The secret isn’t man-made pesticides, synthetic chemicals or propane. Instead, the company claims to use “all natural organic ingredients that slowly decompose” and are safe for people, planet and pets. They even claim “the ingredients are so safe you can spread them on bread after the mosquitoes are dead” although it doesn’t sound very appetizing.

Created by a team that has been recognized for excellence by The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, there’s no denying that the Mosquito Genie employs a safe and efficient design. And the LEDs add a warm glow to your backyard or patio without wasting energy. No bugs and free power? Sounds like a win-win.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog

    • Steve

      How about some actual science so we can see If this works?

      • Thomas W Fleming

        “Decomposition” is the Science, Organic material decomposes. First step of decomposition is “gives-off-a-gas”. That is usually described as the smell. All natural organic plants give off gas that kills mosquitoes, defined by EPA, as “Bio Pesticide”. It is the same gas when you slice an onion. There are four phases of organic decomposition, but I am sure you know that —

        • Steve

          Mosquitoes are not attracted to light, they are attracted to carbon dioxide and other human or animal smells; The process of a mosquito questing for a blood meal involves a complex, interconnected cascade of behaviors, each probably having its own cues, be they visual, thermal, or olfactory. The complexity of these questing behaviors may account for the bewildering variations in trapping efficiency noted for certain species of mosquitoes at different times, seasons and places. With 174 species of mosquitoes currently recognized in the United States, this is no small issue and will require many years before research can provide a clarification. There is some anecdotal evidence that these baited traps, indeed, capture more females of some species than others, depending, to some extent, on the concentration of carbon dioxide emitted and the mosquito species present. There may also be seasonal and circadian variables that affect mosquito responses to certain attractants. Nonetheless, these devices will trap and kill measurable numbers of mosquitoes. Whether this will produce a noticeable reduction in the mosquito population in each case will depend upon a number of factors, e.g. individual tolerance level, absolute mosquito population size, proximity, size and type of breeding habitat producing re-infestation, wind velocity and direction, and species of mosquito present, and others. Thus, the homeowner must still use repellents and practice source reduction methods as adjuncts to realize any measure of relief. Please be cautioned against putting too much faith in traps as your sole means of control. Mosquito.org

          Oh and yeah be nice for a change it works.

    • Sea Eagle Barraclough

      Im so sceptical… i mean.. some sites say LEDs dont emit UV whichnis what attracts night insects. University of Delaware article says mozzies unlike other insects are not attracted to UV also.. and other sites saying its environmentally unfriendly killing all insects generally especially if you are not getting the exact pst you want to kill. This article appears equally bad in terms of eco friendly, the objectives, the science ,and the journalism

      • Thomas W Fleming

        I am skeptical of anyone who can not spell the word or thinks that UV is the only light that attracts insects. A regular household light bulb placed outdoors will attract insects at night. University of Delaware is not the only source of science. Mosquito Genie only kills mosquitoes, gnats and no-see-ums, and nothing else. This is all it kills. Your eco friendly comments appear equally bad, as your science and objectives. The Wright Brothers spent the next 5 years after their first flight dealing with skeptics who did not believe they could fly.

        • Sea Eagle Barraclough

          Well lets hope the prospective buyers google any of the points themselves. I cant find anything to corroborate its principles. I did also google sceptic. You might try the same lol.

          • Thomas W Fleming

            Hi lol,
            Would you like a copy of the EPA report on “Bio-Pesticides”? or do you just want to be skeptical
            without a scientific understanding of the
            simple “Decomposition of Organic Ingredients”.
            I welcome all prospective buyers to Google any
            thing they wish. How about you???
            Have you accepted the fact that the Wright Brothers
            flew or that the earth is not the center of the universe?
            Do you know the four phases of “Decomposition” from
            a “Chemistry Point Of View”.??
            What “Scientific” facts are your “Skeptical” opinions based on in the world of Science???

            • Steve

              provide third party validated capture or kill rates of mosquitoes and we will believe you otherwise….

          • Thomas W Fleming

            Why don’t you Google the word “Decomposition” of organic materials and see what you find. And they why don’t you Google “Bio Pesticides” and see what you find. lol …

        • Steve

          troll