If you suffer from severe bug problems this is the right tool for the job. The Flowtron mosquito killer works with industrial strength and can help you to keep your yard bug-free. Just place it in front of your home and it’ll attract all sorts of critters flying around. During my field test it roasted tons of mosquitoes within minutes.
Once you set up the massive Diplomat in your yard (it weighs around 25 pounds) you will immediately notice the big bright lights that kill bugs like nothing else. The manufacturer recommends this device for outdoor use only. Quite understandable, because the unit is huge and way bigger than your usual mosquito trap.
For heavy duty outdoor use the Flowtron Diplomat is the right choice. It lures everything that flies into its grid where nasty insects meet their doom. The satisfying lightning of electricity converts bugs into crispy crumbs which land in the collection tray at the bottom. No more itchy bites and annoying insects that land on you.
The Flowtron Diplomat power is similarly effective.
Its build quality is very robust. The grid and cage are metal and the lid and catcher are made of sturdy plastic. Everything feels like it will survive years of heavy outdoor operation without going to break. I have used it for around 2 seasons now and have not encountered any problems with the unit.
During my first time of using this monster I couldn’t believe how many mosquitoes, june bugs, moths, gnat, midges and flies got grilled. There’s not much that can compare to the Diplomat’s destructive power. There may be other insect killers around but if you really need a strong commercial grade solution for your home, get it!
Whenever a little bloodsucker vanishes in flames of fire there is a noticeable zap sound similar to popcorn in the microwave. Depending on the number of mosquitoes around your home there can be a constant staccato going on. While I personally find this noise very satisfying (it really sounds like revenge) I recommend that you place the Diplomat far enough away so it won’t bother you.
The device can be mounted vertically and horizontally to fit every use case. Stick to the first option if you want to make use of the collection tray though. I can’t think why anyone would place this monster horizontally because it will get messy. Better put it on the ground or use the hook at the top to hang it somewhere.
Bug zappers sometimes get a bad reputation because they do not only kill harmful critters but also a lot of useful insects. If you suffer from a lot of mosquitoes specifically I recommend that you use an additional mosquito lure like Octenol.
They mimic the way CO2 attracts the nasty blood suckers to your skin. This tricks mosquitoes into thinking that there’s a human waiting in the grid. Instead the biting critters get roasted with blue arcs of electricity.
Octenol mosquito attractant cartridges really work wonders and make the Flowtron Diplomat even more amazing. It can take some time until the mosquitoes in your area pick up a trail, but then…prepare yourself for a symphony of sizzle, zap and pop sounds. No more itchy bites and red melts when walking outside.
I’m very satisfied with the Flowtron Diplomat but there are some disadvantages I want to share with you. First, I still get bitten from time to time. No solution offers 100% protection so be aware of that. However I greatly reduced my yard’s bug population. Together with mosquito granules during spring and summer nothing bothers me much anymore.
During mosquito season I usually clean the collection tray daily. Otherwise two times a week is enough for me but this will depend on your area and its bug population. It’s best to be diligent in this regard because the remains might smell or clog the device. In addition:
I still think that the Diplomat is one of the best mosquito killers out there but you should be aware of this procedure every time the lights fail. For me it’s okay because from my experience the bulbs last at least a whole season.
I can deal with some hours of maintenance as long as the Flowtron killer does its duty.
There are cheaper solutions out there for bug control but they cannot compare to this beast. Whatever there is in your garden that annoys you, this insect killer will take care of it. The device not only works against mosquitoes but a whole range of other annoying insects as well. Say goodbye to any bugs flying around in front of you and stop getting bitten by endless waves of mosquitoes and no-see-ums.
Together with other tools it provides an effective and easy way to diminish your local mosquito population. When smaller solutions fail, the Flowtron FC-8800 Diplomat does its job. This makes it the jack of all trades in regard to bug control.
Summary A heavy duty bug killer for your yard. The FC8800 is one of the biggest devices available and does an excellent job if you want to get rid of annoying bugs.