FAQs 2018-10-12T10:36:27+00:00
Why are Mosquitoes attracted to humans? 2018-09-13T14:14:57+00:00

Female mosquitoes require protein found in blood to produce eggs and most are not fussy about the source of the blood.  The receptors in mosquito antennae are very sensitive and mosquitoes use these to identify their prey. Prey is identified from any carbon dioxide, body odour, lactic acid, blood type as well as secretions.

Carbon Dioxide is what we exhale. Our body odour is the result of bacteria on our skin that mixes with sweat. Lactic acid passes through our skin after eating certain foods or when we’ve been active. Mosquitoes are mostly attracted to blood type O and least attracted to blood type A.  We “advertise” our blood type by secreting compounds through our skin.

Other attractants include body heat and dark clothing.

How does a Gecko bug zapper work? 2018-09-13T14:15:36+00:00

The zapper lures insects with its ultra-violet light. Insects are electrocuted on contact with a high voltage grid surrounding the lamp. Dead insects will then drop into the in-built catcher tray.

There’s no power switch on my bug zapper 2018-09-13T14:16:26+00:00

The unit is powered up as soon as it’s plugged in.  The UV light will light up when the unit is plugged in.

Can a Gecko Bug Zapper be left outdoors 2018-09-13T14:17:13+00:00

Yes, depending on which model, the majority of Gecko models are weatherproof.  Ensure any power connections are weatherproof.

What insects are attracted? 2018-09-13T14:21:28+00:00

Gecko Zappers are primarily designed to attract mosquitoes. Moths and other insects commonly attracted to light will also be drawn towards the zapper.

Will flies be attracted? 2018-09-13T14:22:14+00:00

While flies are attracted to UV light, they are generally more active during the daytime. If operated indoors and away from windows and competing light sources, units will attract and kill flies. Used outdoors during the daytime, a zapper is less than ideal where flies are a problem.

When should I switch my zapper on? 2018-11-28T02:20:17+00:00

Mosquitoes are most active from dusk and become less active again after sunrise. For best effect, switch on the unit an hour or two before sunset.  Leaving the unit on overnight may help reduce any surrounding mosquito populations.

What Gecko model is best suited for me? 2018-11-28T02:28:49+00:00

The Gecko range includes models suited to virtually all situations.  To make product selection easy, we’ve devised a simple model selector here: http://geckoinsectkillers.com.au/choose-model/

How long will the UV lamp last? 2018-09-13T14:39:05+00:00

Edison screw and tubular Gecko lamps should generally last around 5,000 hours. For optimum life, we recommend switching on your unit for at least 4 hours at a time.  Shorter durations or frequent switching on and off will shorten the lamp life. Other factors include excessive heat or cold.  LED lamps have a general life of up to 50,000 hours.

Are replacement lamps available? 2018-09-13T14:39:52+00:00

Yes, Edison screw and tubular Gecko lamps are readily available at Bunnings. The silver coloured rating label on your zapper shows the model number of the replacement lamp. LED lamps are not replaceable.

Can the lamp be replaced easily? 2018-09-13T14:40:53+00:00

The majority of Gecko Zappers enable tool free lamp replacement.  Detailed instructions are included in the instruction manual supplied in the pack.  LED lamps are not replaceable.

Do Gecko zappers consume a lot of power and are they expensive to run? 2018-09-13T14:41:41+00:00

Units with conventional lamps start at 7W and go up to 50W, depending on the model.  The 50W model costs less than a couple of cents per hour to run.  Models using LED lamps are significantly cheaper to run.

Do Gecko Zappers make a lot of noise? 2018-11-28T02:26:23+00:00

When bugs hit the high voltage grid, a cracking noise will be heard.  The noise level will generally depend on the size of the bug and also grid voltage of the zapper.  If the cracking noise is an issue, consider the near silent Gecko Triple Lure Insect Trapper model IT560.

My Gecko Insect Trapper doesn’t seem to be working 2018-09-13T14:43:29+00:00

Check the unit is plugged in and power is switched on. Ensure the unit’s power switch is also on. The power switch is located below the top cover and covered by a clear rubber dome.  If the fan doesn’t appear to be turning, switch off unit, remove catcher basket and ensure there are no large bugs caught near the fan blade.  The area around the fan should be cleaned regularly with the supplied brush. In the event the unit still won’t operate, call us on 1300 360 211.

I have a Gecko Insect Trapper – how long will the TiO2 last? 2018-11-28T02:25:15+00:00

Combined with UV light and organic matter left behind from bugs, the TiO2 acts as a catalyst to produce carbon dioxide (CO2) that helps attract mosquitoes to the insect trapper.  The TiO2 will last indefinitely as it is a catalyst and is not consumed in the process.

I have a cordless rechargeable model, how many times can I recharge the battery? 2018-09-13T14:45:16+00:00

Model LT4S uses a Lithium Battery. Depending on environmental factors (especially temperature) the battery should continue to accept a charge up to 2000 times. The battery is easily replaceable – see the product manual for details and specifications.

I have a cordless rechargeable model, what does the 3 way switch do? 2018-09-13T14:46:37+00:00

This switch has options for Zapping, Off or Light.

I have a cordless rechargeable model, but the UV light doesn’t seem to be working. 2018-11-28T02:24:18+00:00

When switched to zapping, a built in auto on off sensor will ensure the zapper only functions when it’s dark.  You can test the zapper function. Switch to Zapping and place the unit upside down on a flat surface.  The unit’s blue UV light will come on.

I have a cordless rechargeable model, but I couldn’t find a charging plug in the box. 2018-09-13T14:48:35+00:00

The unit is supplied with a USB cable only. These days, charging plugs are very common place and arguably found in almost every home. In the interest of keeping the product’s price down, we opted to include a cable only.

What’s the best position for my Gecko Zapper? 2018-09-13T14:49:14+00:00

A zapper is best placed away from human activity and also competing light sources. Preferably out of windy locations also.  Ideally, hang at a height of around 2.5 metres.

Does my Gecko unit require much maintenance? 2018-11-28T02:22:44+00:00

Gecko zappers and trappers are designed to require minimal maintenance. Before commencing any maintenance, ensure units are disconnected from any power.

Zapper catcher trays or the trapper basket should be emptied from time to time.  It’s important to ensure a Zapper’s high voltage grid is cleared of any larger “stuck” bugs, as these will affect the unit’s performance.

My zapper doesn’t appear to be zapping, it was working last time I checked, what should I do? 2018-11-28T02:21:34+00:00

A grid that’s clogged with dead bugs or debris may result in a reduced ability to generate a high voltage.  Switch off, unplug the unit and clean the metal grid and horizontal bands thoroughly with the supplied brush.

What starter is suited for the Gecko Xtreme Commercial Zapper XDS115 ? 2018-09-13T14:53:05+00:00

The Gecko Xtreme Commercial model is supplied with a Philips brand S2 starter. Other 4W-65W brand starters including Osram or Crompton can also be used.

What’s the warranty of a Gecko Product? 2018-09-13T14:53:55+00:00

Gecko products carry a 12 month warranty from date of purchase. Gecko Xtreme models carry a five year warranty.

I have a mosquito plague – what can I do? 2018-09-13T14:58:42+00:00

Warm weather with intermittent rain will often lead to higher mosquito populations.  Look around your yard to ensure there are no buckets, old tyres or other receptacles collecting water where mosquitoes can breed.
Ensure any fruit trees are well away from the house. Ripening fruit gives off  CO2 , that attracts mosquitoes.  Also, consider supplementing your zapper or trapper with mosquito repelling plants:

– Citronella or Horsemint will repel mosquitoes.
– Marigolds – contain pyrethrum, a compound that’s used in many insect repellents
– Catnip – reported to be 10x more effective than DEET.  You can also use this in cooking.
– Ageratum – emits a smell that is offensive to mosquitoes.

Here’s a handy link to some plant options.

Further questions?

Call us on 1300 360 211 or click here to contact us