The department of consumer protection should educate people on the "bug-zapper" issue. This study showed only about 0.22% of insects killed to be bothersome and more importantly 13.5% were considered as insect predators or parasites. Other studies also show the rate of beneficial insects killed to be somewhere in the 99% plus range.
Beneficial Insects Killed By UV Zapper
Subject: Bug Zappers
Date: Monday, 16Dec 1996 10:42:00
From: DONALD BAUMGARTNER BAUMGARTNER.DONALD@epamail.epa.gov
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In the recent (November 1996) issue of Buzz Words (a Florida mosquito Control newsletter) a mention was made of an article published in Entomological News [Vol. 107 (2): 77-82] recently pertaining to a study of other insects killed by "bug zappers". This one may be worth acquiring to file away for future reference. The results are not new but do substantiate an earlier similar study.
A survey of insects electrocuted during routine use of these electric light traps revealed that only 31 (0.22%) of the 13,798 insects were biting flies. 48.4% of the insects were nonbiting aquatic insects and 13.5% were considered as insect predators or parasites. The authors calculate that between 71-350 billion beneficial insects are killed annually by bug zappers in the U.S.
US EPA Region 5
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