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pucman
06-11-2005, 01:25 AM
Has anybody here used the mosquito repellant which emits purple light ?
Is it effective ? :confused:

I have used those vape mat or shieldtox and none of them works as claimed :mad:

adriene
06-11-2005, 01:58 AM
i think those purple lights are meant to be mosquito attractants, not repellents ;)

expat1609
06-11-2005, 02:31 AM
i think those purple lights are meant to be mosquito attractants, not repellents ;)
yup, they attract them and make some noise zishhhh, n we believe those bastards got grilled :D

pucman
06-11-2005, 12:48 PM
yup, they attract them and make some noise zishhhh, n we believe those bastards got grilled :D

Did you buy it ? Does it really work ? How does it work ?

kress
06-11-2005, 01:36 PM
? are these the ones you see in restaurants where light is bluish and it zaps flies?
or is this special for mosquitoes?

expat1609
06-11-2005, 01:42 PM
? are these the ones you see in restaurants where light is bluish and it zaps flies?
or is this special for mosquitoes?

have checked in varous DIY and Home centers, never found one special for mosquitoes.
was told that those sold are not for mosquitoes at all.
if there are some, and working, would really like to know.
but as mosquitoes can smell us from as far as 150 m, i doubt that the light would be more attracting from 5 m :rolleyes:

kress
06-11-2005, 01:47 PM
hmmm if i'm not mistaken mozzies work by smelling carbon dioxide exhalation....
so you could technically construct a thingy that has purply lights ( to attract them) and gives off co2.. put a fan on top on that thingy so that when they come near it they get sucked in and can't escape.... it should work, or at least i think it should
(i saw someone parading this thingy on tv once)...

CCY
06-11-2005, 01:55 PM
yup, they attract them and make some noise zishhhh, n we believe those bastards got grilled :D

The 'attraction methode' isn't that effective compare with the 'attacking methode' ..:p If you have your room screened from further invaders , then a rechargeable battery operated mosquito bat will definitely ensure a night free of these bombers going around with their sorties. I love the sound of that zishhhh n the smell of it's aftermath...:D
If it is the smell of vape, ridsect or whatever ....I got repelled first ...

EdRoZeN
06-11-2005, 04:35 PM
Agreed with CCY. Theres a commercial HIGH VOLTAGE "TENNIS-LIKE BAT" going around. It zaps upon contact, even when you touch it, so imagine the power on a little fly/mosquito! :D:D:D

It brings back old memories of the smoking housefly(yes, it was grilled to perfection) after contact with the bat :)

Well, one disadvantage though, you gotta have fast reflexes. Those that play Badminton or Tennis regularly should be an expert :D.

PS: Just make sure you dont zap anyone or yourself.

adriene
06-11-2005, 08:23 PM
i've seen little box sets of the purple lights bug zapper being sold at pasar malam. selling for rm 39.90.

just plug and let it zap away. u gotta clear out the bug bodies every now and then.

fRaNkY
06-11-2005, 09:47 PM
You can get the mini version of the zapper (minus the light) shaped like a badminton racket for RM5 at the RM5 shop opposite USJ multimedia library or few doors away from 7-11. It does zap mozzies at the same time you can practice your badminton, squash or tennis skills... :D at RM5, why not give it a try? uses 2 AA battery.

CCY
06-11-2005, 11:13 PM
You can get the mini version of the zapper (minus the light) shaped like a badminton racket for RM5 at the RM5 shop opposite USJ multimedia library or few doors away from 7-11. It does zap mozzies at the same time you can practice your badminton, squash or tennis skills... :D at RM5, why not give it a try? uses 2 AA battery.

Wow....rm5 for an AA battery bat sure Zap...zzzz a hole in your pocket when you use it and realise too late how fast those zappers zap the battery. The rechargeable type is only rm8 to rm10 each in pasar pagi/malam. I have mine still going on after more than a year and is used often to rid those bombers once in a while. Don't leave home without it especially to the hill ....Maxwell?..n beaches...:p
It can also keep you in tip top alertness on a long drive by just having a feel of it....:D:D

mon
07-11-2005, 12:12 AM
Agreed with CCY. Theres a commercial HIGH VOLTAGE "TENNIS-LIKE BAT" going around. It zaps upon contact, even when you touch it, so imagine the power on a little fly/mosquito! :D:D:D


Are you sure? Mine must be faulty then. There's this fly which I've been desperately trying to zap and finally! a minute ago it was on the bat. Now it's flying again. :(

ps: it just flew past me again. I could almost hear it laughing.

kress
07-11-2005, 09:24 AM
Are you sure? Mine must be faulty then. There's this fly which I've been desperately trying to zap and finally! a minute ago it was on the bat. Now it's flying again. :(

ps: it just flew past me again. I could almost hear it laughing.

mon, you have to fry it till its crisp ... otherwise the current just knocks it out...
i've read somewhere that using those zapping thingies are not good because the bacteria gets spread around when the bug "explodes".

fRaNkY
07-11-2005, 09:57 AM
Wow....rm5 for an AA battery bat sure Zap...zzzz a hole in your pocket when you use it and realise too late how fast those zappers zap the battery. The rechargeable type is only rm8 to rm10 each in pasar pagi/malam. I have mine still going on after more than a year and is used often to rid those bombers once in a while. Don't leave home without it especially to the hill ....Maxwell?..n beaches...:p
It can also keep you in tip top alertness on a long drive by just having a feel of it....:D:D

I have no problems of rechargable batteries supply, as I carries lots of them when I travel... for my cameras and flash :D :D :D

CCY
07-11-2005, 10:37 AM
Are you sure? Mine must be faulty then. There's this fly which I've been desperately trying to zap and finally! a minute ago it was on the bat. Now it's flying again. :(

ps: it just flew past me again. I could almost hear it laughing.

Is there a bat type fly zapper around ? The mozzies bat have more than enough power and specific mesh gaps size to zap mozzies only. If it is needed to zap a fly the electrode gap need to be a lot larger...at least 3x of the mozzies gap mesh to send that killer current through the body. No wonder it is laughing at you....:D:D:D

mon
07-11-2005, 11:32 AM
Is there a bat type fly zapper around ? The mozzies bat have more than enough power and specific mesh gaps size to zap mozzies only. If it is needed to zap a fly the electrode gap need to be a lot larger...at least 3x of the mozzies gap mesh to send that killer current through the body. No wonder it is laughing at you....:D:D:D

Haha...yeah, dat pretentious little fella. It actually stayed on the bat like dead for a few seconds while I was looking at it and feeling a bit bad..I'm very cool about 'it' this morning when it sat on my face.
Tonight will be the night. I'm using 'Shelltox'.

mon
07-11-2005, 12:05 PM
mon, you have to fry it till its crisp ... otherwise the current just knocks it out...


Don't you know I can cook? :D Ok Kress, after the shelltox I'll put the litlle fella on the bat and press on till it fries.. :p (so sadistic huh)

kress
07-11-2005, 12:46 PM
Don't you know I can cook? :D Ok Kress, after the shelltox I'll put the litlle fella on the bat and press on till it fries.. :p (so sadistic huh)

urgh.... not recommended.... shelltox is flammable.... you might just get a flambe :D

CCY
07-11-2005, 01:32 PM
urgh.... not recommended.... shelltox is flammable.... you might just get a flambe :D

Are you sure or not ? It has been quite some time not using those tox thingy. I would have been fried long ago instead of the mozzies if that is so. Imagine that when you flick on a switch with a full blast of shelltox that has fill up the room......Boooommm. That's really ignorant of me ...yikes..:(

EdRoZeN
07-11-2005, 06:14 PM
Well, given enough activation energy and enough fuel, it should spark a reaction and grill you. But your still alive aren't you :D:D:D

Stan
07-11-2005, 06:22 PM
I saw an ad in thepapers weeks ago selling the mozzie killer contraption. It emits a yellow light and releases CO2, I think.

Forogt the name, but I called the company distributing it and their office is somewhere in Taipan...along the StanChart row...I think they said above the Chevy showroom or was it KIA?

Costs RM18x..somthing like that.

EdRoZeN
08-11-2005, 12:07 AM
I saw an ad in thepapers weeks ago selling the mozzie killer contraption. It emits a yellow light and releases CO2, I think.

Forogt the name, but I called the company distributing it and their office is somewhere in Taipan...along the StanChart row...I think they said above the Chevy showroom or was it KIA?

Costs RM18x..somthing like that.


Is it a canister of CO2 which you reload everytime it empties? Aww thats gonna be troublesome.

Stan
08-11-2005, 10:00 AM
Sorry, dont quite remember but I dont think the CO2 comes in a cannister...I think it was generated or something like that

izni.idris
08-11-2005, 02:39 PM
Bought one with the u/v light, the grill and a suction fan built in, ... nope it doesn't work for mosquitos. I have seen some other bugs grilled. Out of the 10 bugs so far for abt 4 months intermittent use maybe only 1 or 2 mozzies. That also more like 'daddy long legs' than mosquito. The one I bought is more like a toy than anything else. Dont waste your money.

EdRoZeN
08-11-2005, 02:44 PM
Yes. The bat is still the best :D

CCY
08-11-2005, 04:42 PM
Yes. The bat is still the best :D

No doubt about that . Wonder why purple lights don't attract mozzies......hey ..they must be colour blind hor..:D

Like what izni describe , I'll buy one if I need to grill some other bugs but not mozzies...:p

pucman
08-11-2005, 06:46 PM
Bought one with the u/v light, the grill and a suction fan built in, ... nope it doesn't work for mosquitos. I have seen some other bugs grilled. Out of the 10 bugs so far for abt 4 months intermittent use maybe only 1 or 2 mozzies. That also more like 'daddy long legs' than mosquito. The one I bought is more like a toy than anything else. Dont waste your money.

Thanks. So you are saying those things doesn't work at all ? Then why are they sold in hypermarket too ? :mad:

EdRoZeN
08-11-2005, 06:53 PM
Thanks. So you are saying those things doesn't work at all ? Then why are they sold in hypermarket too ? :mad:

I think Izni is saying that those things work, but they are not so effective, and afterall, you have to clear the corpse. (yay you get to be a murderer for a day!:D:D)

izni.idris
08-11-2005, 08:23 PM
Thanks. So you are saying those things doesn't work at all ? Then why are they sold in hypermarket too ? :mad:

Besides trapping bugs..this things also trap ignorant & unsuspecting customers ! :o

kwchang
09-11-2005, 01:15 AM
Insects are attracted to ultraviolet (UV) light. Thus the fly traps seen in restuarants and food outlets which include an electrified grill to zap the flies. However, the purple bulbs sold in some DIY shops and the roadside stalls are not UV bulbs. As it is, purple-coloured (not UV) bulbs do not attract insects.

Kress in page 1 correctly described an insect trap which includes the UV light as an attractant, carbon-dioxide gass source to attract mosquitoes and a fan to suck the insects into a bottle. However, such insect traps are not available as insect removal appliances. These are usually used in research for the collection and sampling of insects.

cosmic dust
09-11-2005, 10:43 AM
Just curious though, isn't UV light harmful to our eyes? Even though we might not look directly at them, but light waves do travels in all directions, right? The reflections of UV light on the wall will increase UV percentage in our ambient light to err.. maybe unsafe level? Unsafe as to the eyes, I mean. Maybe, ladies the skin too.. But again, this is all my assumption learned from university of hardknock and I might be wrong about it.

EdRoZeN
09-11-2005, 01:28 PM
Just curious though, isn't UV light harmful to our eyes? Even though we might not look directly at them, but light waves do travels in all directions, right? The reflections of UV light on the wall will increase UV percentage in our ambient light to err.. maybe unsafe level? Unsafe as to the eyes, I mean. Maybe, ladies the skin too.. But again, this is all my assumption learned from university of hardknock and I might be wrong about it.

I thought excess UV rays causes skin cancer :confused:

Thats why doctors tell us not to sun tan for long hours. :cool: