What used to be a merely annoying mosquito bite now brings the threat of disease: West Nile virus, yellow fever…and the latest threat to hit America, Zika virus.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mosquito-borne diseases strike almost 100 million worldwide each year. How can you protect your family? Simple, says the CDC—avoid getting bitten in the first place.
At Hammacher Schlemmer, we’ve been helping our customers do just that for generations. Our mosquito abatement solutions follow a simple strategy to zap, trap, and repel pesky bugs—without smelly, greasy chemicals. And all of these items are ideal unique gift ideas for loved ones you wish to protect from mosquito-borne illness.
ZAP—This solar bug zapper eliminates insects without requiring a power outlet. Six UV bulbs, powered by solar panels on top of the unit, turn on automatically at dusk (and turn off at dawn) and lure mosquitoes and other flying insects to zap them with a 300-volt electric charge. This bug zapper can attract and kill insects within a 1/2-acre radius, providing chemical-free protection for an entire backyard.
TRAP—This chemical-free trap attracts and kills mosquitoes in yards up to one acre. The trap mimics the natural conditions of human habitation by emitting heat, odorless carbon dioxide and light to lure mosquitoes. Carbon dioxide is generated when ultraviolet rays from two fluorescent bulbs react with a titanium dioxide coating inside the trap. When mosquitoes are drawn inside the device, a built-in fan traps the insects and sends them to a removable net where they die of dehydration.
REPEL—This repelling device clips unobtrusively to a belt and repels mosquitoes within a 7-1/2 ft. radius for up to 120 hours. The device emits the subtle floral scent of geraniol, a natural plant-derived essential oil that repels mosquitoes, ticks, and no see-ums without harmful chemicals. Lab tests performed by a University of Florida entomologist proved geraniol to be more effective than DEET—the chemical in most bug repellents—at warding off biting insects.
Warm weather is approaching, which means hordes of blood-thirsty mosquitoes can’t be far behind. Take action against these disease-carrying pests now and you’ll enjoy the unique gift of carefree outdoor living all summer long.