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Bug Zapper, Human Zapper

Consistency counts.  If you want to zap something, zap everything! 

Looking up into a back yard I noticed a bug zapper on a tree.  I don't see those very often, but they are fun!

They are electric so they have to be plugged in.

What they plug in to is important though.  And not dangerous!

Oh well.

Another day, another fun installation!

This outlet came from an unknown source.

It has a missing cover and a broken lower receptacle.

And it is dead.

Well, no wonder!  It's broken!  That cord is from the bug zapper just above.

It was not tied into the GFI outlet on the rear wall of the house. 

And there was nothing in the basement or shed it would have tied into.

So it's source is unknown.

It looks to me as though it might have been used even last summer!  Maybe it's on a switch.  So I looked.

Bummer I couldn't find it!  I LOVE the feeling when I get zapped.  It's a little like smelling salts - wake up call!

My recommendation:  sometimes yards, and trees, have hidden surprises.  Look around!  You might just trip over one, or get zapped!

 

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 27 commentsJay Markanich • February 28 2012 02:52AM

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Those bug zapper are worse than annoying; they're also useless :)

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) over 6 years ago

That looks like is coming from the neighbors side. .free electricity!

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) over 6 years ago

Don't know about you but the person who installed those fixtures (being nice here and using terms so I won't have the AR Police onto me)had a reason and if the bugs are that bad I think I'll just move somewhere else.

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) over 6 years ago

I don't think they work either Reubs, but I love to watch them!  DEET actually works better though.

It isn't Fernando, but the neighbor's satellite dish is right beside this house's driveway and I thought it would be easy to tap!

James - our mosquitoes are legendary!  And large!  We live beside a pond and at night the swallows come out first and then the bats and they are all busy for quite a while!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

I have used bug zappers for a long time. They work great. You always have to remember to keep them away from your home, so that the mosquitoes are drawn away.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) over 6 years ago

I don't know what they work on Joe, whether just small stuff like mosquitoes or larger things like Jap beetles.  But around our house the swallows and bats do a great job!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Bug zappers attract bugs to your property from miles away. Do not see them much anymore Thank God.

Posted by Edward Gilmartin (CRE) over 6 years ago

I didn't know that Edward, miles away?  Wow!  I know the Jap beetle traps do that.  Which is why I put them far from my property in a common area.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

I can see the ladies sitting around their outside circle talking and sipping their glasses of sweet tea. Life is so nice until sizzle, pop,pop, sizzle,sizzle. The ladies would have  jumped with every noise from that loud obnoxious machine. Do you remember the sounds it made? It seems like the kids really enjoyed that noise. I guess no power meant no noise. LOL Thanks for the memory Jay!

Posted by Leslie Godbold, Motivation Speaker, Radio host "Positively Living" (WZGM AM1350 Independent Asheville Radio) over 6 years ago

Good morning, Jay. Zap or Slap. Either way, it gets your attention quickly...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 6 years ago

Great job and great blog. Keep up the good work and good luck to ou this year. Thanks. 

Posted by JOSH EVANS *JoshEvansHomes 516-655-5000 (Village Properties of Mineola, LLC) over 6 years ago

From what I understand, bug zappers don't work on mosquitoes because mosquitoes aren't attracted to light. They only work on insects that fly toward the light. 

Regardless, I'm vowing to pay better attention when walking in strange backyards :)

Posted by Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate (Samsel & Associates) over 6 years ago

Jay,

Any time you find an outlet in the middle of a yard, and can't find the source, it should be a concern.

Rich

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 6 years ago

Jay, you know what is missing in this picture? Those eyes, nose and mouth thingys you put on the tree... that would make everything perfect!

I really love it when a yellow or orange extension cord is buried in the dirt out to a water feature or bug zapper. Far less work than this installation.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 6 years ago

Leslie - the sound is a bit obnoxious.  Do you remember the line in the movie "Bugs" where the mosquito was flying toward one saying, "I can't help myself!  It's so beautiful!"

Michael - especially tripping over one!

Thanks Josh.  Hang in there!

Wayne and Jean - consider this your wake-up call!  I honestly don't know what bugs those work on and what bugs they don't!

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Richard - for sure.  But, my problem is to visually observe and report.  Fortunately I don't have to diagnose!

Andrea - buried out to and into the water of a water feature!  And I like those facial thingees you can put onto trees!  The zombies crawling out of the garden are a bit much though.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Hi Jay,

How ingenious two uses in one. LOL I did an inspection with a receptacle in the back yard that had been ran over by a mower. When I tested the wiring I found out it was live. And they had several kids playing in the yard. I took a bucket and placed over the "ENDS". Then informed the owner of the problems. He said he did'nt even know there were wires out there. Right.

Have a great day my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) over 6 years ago

Wow, Clint.  He would have known had one of the kids licked that end!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Well, I'm glad you didn't get zapped.  That would not have been fun at all.  It seems though, that they could make these things with batteries, though.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 6 years ago

Debbie - I tested the outlet, but I am safe doing that.  Batteries might be a good idea, but who knows how long they would last.  If they could be turned on and off that would be good!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Jay, since the receptacle is near a tree---would not one be thinking "branch circuit?" :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 6 years ago

We had one when I was a kid...once in awhile a big moth would get stuck on it and fry for about 10 minutes ..interrupting my sleep.

 

Posted by Edward Gilmartin (CRE) over 6 years ago

Yes, Charlie, off of the main trunk.

Edward - yikes!  I don't know what they zap, but they sure can be loud!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Jay -- sounds to me like the owner has an excavation situation to resolve, so they can determine where the line is coming from, and where it is broken.  Maybe that is why shovels have wooden handles, so when digging around unknown wires one does not get zapped!

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) over 6 years ago

Who knows where that thing comes from Steven.  Or if it is still even wired up!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

You do find the most interesting things. I suppose the homeowners also have no idea - or are they long gone?

Posted by Marte Cliff, your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) over 6 years ago

They are long gone, and the house is being flipped Marte.  We found lots of problems and I don't know where it will go from here.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

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