Flowtron BK-80D Electronic Insect Killer Review


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Reviews indicate there is an obvious pick for anyone who wants to rid a large yard of as many mosquitoes as possible: the Flowtron BK-80D Electronic Insect Killer. This outdoor-only sibling of our pick for best cheap mosquito trap, the Flowtron BK-15D, uses two powerful 40-watt ultraviolet lights and an octenol lure to attract bugs, then zaps them with an electrified grid.

The largest mosquito trap in Flowtron’s lineup, the Flowtron BK-80D (starting at $60, Amazon) has a wide coverage area of up to 1.5 acres and is startlingly efficient at killing insects, according to reviews on Amazon. Most users say they get better results when they use the mosquito-specific octenol lure, but it’s not essential. Like the BK-15D, the BK-80D has a clog-resistant grill that encourages dead bugs to fall to the ground instead of getting stuck in the trap. Replacement bulbs are about $13 each, and the trap is weatherproof for constant outdoor use. Styled like a lantern, the BK-80D can be hung from a shepherd’s hook.

Given this trap’s incredibly low price, especially when compared with the typical range for big-name brands covering more than one acre, which easily go for more than $200, the high praise it receives is remarkable. The Flowtron BK-80D competitor that's closest in price, the Stinger BK300 (starting at $65) gets poor reviews for reliability and durability, which doesn’t seem to be an issue here. Owners of the Stinger model also complain that it simply doesn’t attract many mosquitoes, possibly because it relies on one 24-watt light versus the Flowtron’s two 40-watt lights.

The only downfall of the Flowtron BK-80D trap seems to be that the power cord is quite short, so reviewers say an outdoor extension cord must be purchased to properly place it 25 feet away from a patio, porch, or any other area where people congregate. Some also say the “zaps” of dying bugs can be startling, but they shouldn’t be too loud if the trap is far enough away.

Mosquito traps with more coverage often cost several hundred dollars, so this trap is notable for covering big yards effectively and inexpensively. As long as you’re prepared to add an outdoor extension cord and listen to the occasional “zaps” of fried insects, this is one of the best choices.