Flowtron Diplomat Fly Control Device

Last updated date: August 29, 2019

DWYM Score
11.0

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Overall Take

This commercial-grade bug zapper is approved for home use, but you'll pay a hefty price for it. Keep in mind you'll also need to purchase cartridges that help you battle mosquitos, though this is a huge perk, since many other bug zappers lack mosquito-fighting capabilities entirely. This model is designed to be used either inside or outside your home. In our analysis of 32 expert reviews, the Flowtron Flowtron Diplomat Fly Control Device placed 2nd when we looked at the top 8 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
12.6
4 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.4
371 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
A commercial grade pest control system that can eradicate large swarms of nighytime flying insects with ease.
- BestReviews
Vast range and great zapping power.
- House Method
This is an electric insect killer that has a compelling power detail, which is why it is instrumental. It is not just powerful but also emits a very bright light that is capable of attracting insects from far.
- Bug Zapper Reviews
What experts didn't like
It's very expensive.
- BestReviews
It's expensive.
- House Method
You, however, have to clear out the tray from time to time to keep it ready for more insects.
- Bug Zapper Reviews

From The Manufacturer

Industrial size electronic flying insect killer, also recommended for outdoor residential areas. Glow-tube, glo-panel reflector for maximum catch and increased attractiveness to insects. Equipped with UltraViolet (UV) Lights as an an attractant, the most successful for attracting a wide range of flying insects. AC Powered Killing Grid generates 5,600 volts, 2.4 amps with a 67" power cord. Unit measures 12" x 12" x 27" constructed of high-impact outdoor grade plastic, featuring chrome plated grid. 360 degree protection.

Overall Product Rankings

1. COMLIFE Electric Bug Zapper
Overall Score: 13.2
Expert Reviews: 1
2. Flowtron Diplomat Fly Control Device
Overall Score: 11.0
Expert Reviews: 4
3. Auledio Bug Zapper Light Bulb
Overall Score: 10.6
Expert Reviews: 3
4. Aspectek Electronic Bug Zapper
Overall Score: 10.3
Expert Reviews: 6
5. Elucto Electric Bug Zapper
Overall Score: 10.0
Expert Reviews: 4
6. Flowtron Electronic Insect Killer
Overall Score: 9.9
Expert Reviews: 5
7. LiBa Bug Zapper
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 4
8. VivReal Bug Zapper
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 1

An Overview On Bug Zappers

Few things can disrupt a beautiful summer night outdoors like pesky insects. Even worse, sometimes one of those pests invades your home. You can spend days swatting at a fly before it finally dies of natural causes. Or you can kill it with a fly swatter or shoo it outside. Either way, you’ll find as soon as you’ve gotten rid of one, another isn’t far behind.

Bug zappers do all that work for you, purging your personal areas of flies, fireflies and whatever else can squeeze its way inside. Using electricity, these devices have an ultraviolet light that draws certain insects in.

Unfortunately, mosquitoes generally aren’t attracted to ultraviolet light, so these zappers haven’t proven to be as effective in eliminating those. However, realizing this issue, some modern zappers have an additional feature to attract mosquitoes. It’s important to realize, though, that if you choose a zapper with this feature, you may be required to purchase separate cartridges on a regular basis, upping the cost of the unit you choose.

One of the biggest ways not all bug zappers are created equal is location suitability. Some zappers are made for indoor use only, while others can be used only outdoors. Still others are versatile enough to be functional either inside or outside, making them easy to move around as your needs change.

Although bug zappers vaporize the bugs they zap, you will find that they do leave some residue behind. This means occasionally you’ll need to clean it. If this is a dreaded task, look for a zapper with an easily removable tray that you can wash and bring back without much effort. Clog resistance is an additional benefit since bugs can get trapped due to the design of some bug zappers.

DYWM Fun Fact

One natural alternative to bug zappers is the Venus flytrap, an intriguing plant that possesses the ability to capture and digest small insects. When a bug stimulates the hairs located on the lobes of the plant, it clamps around the object, snapping shut in a matter of milliseconds. There are glands on the surface of the leaf that can digest the body of the prey, contributing to its red appearance. Once the Venus flytrap has caught an insect, the digestive process can take about 10 days, at which point the leaf will once again open and await its next prey. You can purchase Venus flytraps at local nurseries and some hardware stores.

The Bug Zapper Buying Guide

  • Before you shop, know the types of insects you’re hoping to eliminate. If, like many, you want protection against all flying insects, you’ll need to look for one that builds in mosquito protection since mosquitoes aren’t attracted to the ultraviolet light standard bug zappers use. Try to find a zapper that uses separately sold cartridges that attract mosquitoes.
  • Bug zappers are made either for indoor or outdoor use. Check out which area your zapper is designed for before you buy.
  • If you’re buying a bug zapper for outdoors, you’ll need to consider your yard size. Some zappers can cover an area of half an acre, which should handle most city and suburban yards. You may need to use an extension cord to reach all of that yard space.
  • As insects die, they leave behind a residue that may need to be cleaned. Obviously, you’ll want this process to be as easy as possible. Look for zappers with trays that are easy to remove and wash.
  • Clogs can also be a problem with bug zappers. Zappers with grid designs can resist clogging.
  • Although you likely won’t be touching your bug zapper on the regular, you’re likely concerned about safety if you have children around. Zappers with casing designed to protect against burns are ideal for homes with children or pets.
  • Bug zappers are generally fairly cheap. Some are commercial grade but approved for home use. Although this makes them very effective, it also pushes the price tag up by hundreds of dollars.