My sister and brother-in-law are in town, and they brought me THE BEST gift ever: a super high voltage bug zapper racket. They live in St. Thomas (yes, that St. Thomas), so they know mosquitoes. And they know that we’ve been having our own problems with the little fuckers mosquitoes this summer. I sprayed the front and back yards, which helped a bit, and a couple weeks ago sprayed as much of the house as I thought I could get away with before my kids started growing extra limbs. But still, not a day goes by that I don’t kill at least a few. I’ve even gone to bed wearing Off a few times. Not an attractive smell.
But since my sister got into town yesterday, I’ve been gleefully zapping bugs with the racket. It’s amazing. It sparks when I get one. And if it’s a juicy one, it sizzles for a few seconds before disappearing in a triumphant puff of smoke. It’s not foolproof – sometimes when I see a mosquito, by the time I grab the racket it’s gone. But my two-day record with the bug zapper racket is way more successful that my previous method, dancing around wildly, clapping and cursing. With the racket, smooth movements are better, swooping through the air soundlessly. Plus, you don’t have to keep your eye on the bug exactly. You can move the racket through the air, and whether you actually see the bug or not, the racket might happen to get it.
Check it out:
Before you ask me where you can get one, I don’t know. I couldn’t find this exact one online. Based on the description and picture, this bug zapper racket seems to be the closest to the one that’s sitting next to me on the couch right now, but I can’t swear it will work as well. [UPDATE: I did end up purchasing those rackets from Amazon. I don’t like them as much as my originals because despite the description, they plug in to the wall to charge and don’t stay in there well (I have to jam a chair up against them), but once charged they kill mosquitoes just fine! Others who reviewed them on Amazon mentioned batteries, so I’m not sure which kind you’ll end up with.] About ten years ago I bought a similar item at Target that didn’t work at all, so not all of these mosquito rackets are created equal. But if you find one that works as well as this one, have fun.
Of course, we have to make sure Jake doesn’t get his hands on it. It runs on two AA batteries, so I’m sure it couldn’t do any permanent damage, but I don’t want Fiona to have to find out. And a couple of times I’ve almost accidentally swatted myself with it. I’m sure it will happen eventually.
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