The Best Outdoor Bug Lights

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Protect your yard and family from pesky bugs with a bug repelling or zapping light.
Protect your yard and family from pesky bugs with a bug repelling or zapping light. (Image: Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Bugs are typically seen as pests to most homeowners who are looking to enjoy a backyard barbecue or outdoor outing. Drenching guests in oily bug repellent may be nearly as annoying to your guests as the bugs themselves. Keep bugs away and keep your guests happy by adding a bug repelling or zapping light to your yard.

Globe 13-Watt Ultra-Mini Bug Repellent Spiral Bulb

This 13-watt CFL bulb is comparable to a 60-watt incandescent bulb. It is an energy-saving bulb that helps keep bugs away while protecting reducing energy costs. This bulb lasts between 8,000 and 10,000 hours, which is the equivalent of 8 to 10 incandescent bulbs. This bulb comes backed by a five-year warranty from Globe. This light retails for $39.99 on Amazon.com as of April 2011.

Koolatron Koolscapes Electronic Flying Insect Killer

This Electronic Flying Insect Killer is an ultraviolet (UV) black light that attracts bugs to its electrically charged grid, killing the insects. The dead bugs then drop into the unit's base, which twists off, allowing for easy removal of the bugs into the trash or toilet. This killer bug light retails for $27.99 at Sears and Sears.com, as of April 2011.

P3 LED Bug Trap

P3's LED Bug Trap allows users to easily plug the unit into any 110-volt outlet to illuminate its six LEDs, whose UV light attracts bugs. When the bugs come too close, the bugs are whisked inside by the P3's vacuum, killed and collected into a easily removable net for simple disposal. The P3 LED Bug Trap retails at Radioshack.com for $29.99, as of April 2011.

Stinger UV801-BL 1.5 Acre Outdoor Insect Killer Max

This outdoor bug light trap uses black light UV technology, which traps 40 percent more bugs on average than normal UV lights. It is small, energy efficient and can easily protect a large yard of up to 1.5 acres. Great for family gatherings or large parties in a forest preserve. This bug light retails at Kaz.com for $69.99.

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