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Troubled By Mosquito Bites? Fight The Pesky Insect With An Electric Bat
These electric bats can trap and kill flies too
Troubled and tormented by mosquitoes in your room? Get an electric mosquito bat or flyswatter to fight these blood-sucking insects. This handheld device, which resembles a tennis racquet, kills the mosquito by electrocution.
Why mosquitoes are dangerous
Mosquitoes breed in standing water—think air coolers where the water has not been drained out for weeks, the trays you place under the potted plants where water gets collected, an open drain near your house, or even the bucket in your bathroom which has not been emptied for days.
Be it dengue, chikungunya, malaria, yellow fever or zika virus, blame it all on mosquitoes. The World Health Organization (WHO) calls them “one of the deadliest animals in the world”. “In 2015, malaria alone caused 4,38,000 deaths. The worldwide incidence of dengue has risen 30-fold in the past 30 years, and more countries are reporting their first outbreaks of the disease,” says WHO.
How an electric bat helps
Basic precautionary measures like cleaning your water cooler regularly, changing the water in the bucket daily and using mosquito nets do help. However, more-often-than-not, these pesky insects always find some chink in your armour and manage to enter your home.
That’s when an electric mosquito bat comes in handy. You wave the racquet to trap the mosquito in the mesh frame and it is electrocuted. The handle makes it easy to operate.
Since the bat has a wider coverage area, you can trap more than one mosquito at a time. Once charged, you can use it quite a few times. Some even have features like LED light to help you detect mosquitoes in the dark. Unlike a mosquito coil which emits smoke that may be harmful to health, an electric bat is considered safe.
Precautions to take
Don’t bring the mosquito bat in contact with a flammable substance. Switch it off post-use and allow it to cool down before you touch the mesh frame. Also keep it away from kids. If your electric bat has run its course and you want to discard it, don’t throw it in the dustbin; be environment-conscious and go for e-waste disposal.