Flowtron BK-15D Electronic Insect Killer Review

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Despite its budget-friendly price, this outdoor mosquito trap covers half an acre and outperforms larger, more expensive models with its powerful UV light, chemical lure, and bug-zapping grid.

Reviewers identify the Flowtron BK-15D Electronic Insect Killer as one of the most efficient mosquito traps on the market. This outdoor-only unit, which looks like a decorative lantern, uses a 15-watt ultraviolet light to attract insects and an electrified grid to zap them. It covers half an acre and comes with a 30-day cartridge of octenol, a chemical mosquito lure.

The Flowtron BK-15D (starting at $31) zaps an admirable number of of mosquitoes, users say. Several consumers reviewing the product on Amazon report a noticeable drop-off in mosquitoes after they started using the trap. While some say they don’t need the octenol lures, many others say they get much better results when they use them. They appreciate that the trap seems easier to clean than similar zappers, because it’s designed with a grill that doesn’t easily clog. Reviewers do have a few qualms, though. The power cord is short (experts say about 18 inches), but since the unit must be placed outdoors and 25 feet away from people, and hung 4 to 6 feet from the ground for best results, an outdoor-rated, grounded extension cord is a necessary add-on. They also gripe that replacement bulbs are pricey, at about $17 a pop.

The Flowtron BK-15D can be hung from a chain or hook and run all day on electrical power, though many users put it on a timer to save energy. The polycarbonate trap is weatherproof, and reviewers say it’s easy to shake out dead bugs from day to day. Many recommend a small brush or vacuum for deeper cleaning.

Most mosquito traps get decidedly mixed reviews, so we were impressed with the amount of enthusiasm about this trap. Although users occasionally need to buy replacement bulbs and octenol cartridges, this trap’s low cost and effectiveness still make it a top choice. Larger versions, the BK-40D and BK-80D, cover an acre and an acre and a half, respectively.