138 of 142 people found the following review helpful
on May 17, 2010
This gadget works better than I expected. The sucking power is great and the bugs are released structurally unharmed (I can't speak to the emotional trauma of being sucked into a tube). I've captured bees, spiders etc. and let them go unharmed. I've had the minimal-sucking, battery powered bug vacumns previously and this gadget is head and shoulders above them and I don't worry about whether the 9-volt battery has kept its charge (since the last time I caught something)since it doesn't use batteries.
98 of 104 people found the following review helpful
The mostly rave reviews here don't surprise me one bit. The occasional negative reviews remind me that you'll likely either bond with this thing or you won't. Not much in between. IMHO, it's a truly ingenious piece of gear, the kind that leads to "now why didn't I think of that?" and "give this inventor an award" impressions.
It's simple, clean, sturdy, and effective enough to grab the numerous spiders (some huge), moths, and other insects that I find weekly in my rustic hillside home. In fact, I've already nabbed 100s since I bought the Zooka several years ago. The icing on the cake here is the element of 'sport' involved. It took me a dozen tries to hone my skill, but once I did, my successful capture rate is about 98%. My unharmed release rate is a bit lower, maybe 80-90%; certain delicate insects just don't survive the impact, which is plenty powerful even for large spiders. But there's definitely some skill involved, so expect a small learning curve at first.
I'd previously used an Oreck electric bug vac for several years, with moderate success, but the Zooka rules. If you want a powerful, humane, manual trapper, and wouldn't mind a bit of sport with your extermination chores, you've found the answer. Highly recommended from a guy deep in the trenches.
NOTE FOR CERTAIN SENIORS AND ANYONE WITH LIMITED STRENGTH: The Zooka may not be suitable for you. The plunger takes significant pressure to engage, so a battery-powered unit may be a wiser choice.
176 of 197 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2010
I bought this directly through the product's website, to more easily capture the seasonal invasion/infestation season of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. My original "capture" tool was a bunch of duct tape wrapped sticky-side up at the end of a poster-mailing tube. It worked *somewhat* well save for the occasional reflexive crushing of the bugs and the tendency of duct tape over time to lose its adhesiveness (especially if you have to get a bug on the ground or carpet).
The reason this doesn't get a full five stars is that the suction isn't so strong as to assure a capture *every* time. The BMSB has two "states" of general being - relaxed, and "alert." When they're relaxed and unthreatened, it's quite easy to suck them into the chamber so long as you get within the 1/2" suggested in the manual. When they're "alert," they hunker down into a "crouch-like" position and it's nearly *impossible* to get them into the chamber until they move or you can *get* them to move, which makes them much easier to suck up.
My own advice is once you capture all that you can, let the tube sit for a while so the bugs relax from the trauma (they *really* don't like getting vacuumed), because getting them OUT of the tube is a chore. You've got two options. You can shake the bug(s) down into the bottom of the chamber while you uncap the top and then *tap* them into the toilet (be sure to put a wad of TP on top of them to aid in their drowning, since they will quite readily swim to the side of the bowl (in a very cute "breaststroke" I might add) and crawl out. Another reason to use the TP, and a good amount of it, is that once they're in the water, they "panic" and fully release their stink juice. Sticking the TP in there helps them go down the drain *and* if done quickly enough, soak up the stink juice before it diffuses more fully into the toilet bowl water, where it will stink up your bathroom for days.
The OTHER option, and perhaps just as cruel, is once you've captured "enough" of the bugs, remove the container top from the device, apply the "empty" second one you get, place the container in a Ziploc, empty out the air you can, and either let them suffocate or put them in the freezer. The bag is there to mitigate the release of the stink juice. Also, despite the smell, it might actually be worthwhile to get the tube "fouled" slightly as the scent might "trick" the bug into thinking there's little danger. I'm not an entomologist, so I don't know for sure.
Now, I know this is a "humane" bug catcher, and there's always the option to release these bugs outside. Except, in the case of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug - they don't belong here in the first place...and as such I have no hesitation in killing them, despite how many billions more there might be. Last but not least, I've found I'm moderately allergic to their "stink," which makes me all the more *enthusiastic* about killing them.
Hope this helps. It DOES work, it's just not a "miracle" all the time.
177 of 201 people found the following review helpful
on August 16, 2010
I've pretty much said all there is to say in my title. I don't mind catching tiny bugs in a tissue or under a glass. However, I'm afraid to get close to larger bugs, such as the roaches/palmetto bugs that are so common in my area of Texas, as well as larger stinging bugs like wasps. Based on the reviews I read, I thought the Bugzooka would be a great way to remove these bugs from my house without killing them.
Wrong. I've tried to Bugzooka repeatedly on a large variety of bugs. If it's a teensy bug that weighs no more than a piece of fluff, the Bugzooka sucks it right up. I have successfully caught bees with the Bugzooka. Wasps? I finally caught one after twenty minutes of trying--once the wasp grew weak from trying to escape--before that, the suction simply was not strong enough to pull it in. If I wanted to battle the wasp into submission before catching it, I could have used a fly swatter.
The main reason I bought the Bugzooka is for the palmetto bugs that routinely find their way into our house. Was the Bugzooka the savior I had hoped for? Absolutely not. If I try it on a live one, the bug is simply frightened by the pathetic puff of air and runs away. I can't even use the Bugzooka to pick up an injured palmetto bug that can not physically escape--even if I put the tube right up to it, the suction simply is not strong enough to pick the bug up.
I wish I could give the Bugzooka more than one star, but at the end of the day, a glass is cheaper--and you'll probably end up using one, anyway.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2010
Our area is infested with these brown stink bugs from Asia. Nothing kills them. I had grown very tired of trying to vacuum them up or flushing them down the toilet. Within minutes of receiving the BugZooka I had it assembled and zapped all the stink bugs in my house. None have been able to escape so far. Now when I see one, instead of getting annoyed, I grab my BugZooka and smile. I wish I got a kick-back because I've recommended it to friends and family already.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2011
We live in the North East, and have been overrun with stink bugs for the last 2 years...and it keeps getting worse. I am not scared of them, and don't mind picking them up and tossing them outside, but the little buggers are usually too high for me to reach without having to stand on a chair or ladder.
Originally I was looking at the bug vacuums, but was detered by the bad reviews.
Then I saw this product.
I was skeptical...mainly because the photo does not give a great representation of what the product does...but having catured every stink bug in the house easily and quickly, I am ready to endorse this product.
It is easy to set up....just push the pieces together. It comes with 2 of the end units, and the middle section telescopes, so you have a good 24" reach with this.
So far I have sucked up stink bugs and M&M's (don't ask...but it should give you an idea of the ability of the tool).
When ready to dump the bugs, just take the top off...it will stay sealed, and the go outside, remove the uppermost tops (easy) and shake them out.
No motors, just the suction piece at the bottom, that even my 5 year old had no issue 'cocking'.
Good bye stinkies!
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2011
I ordered this specifically for stink bugs, and just used it for the first time.
Here's how it works:
It comes in 3 pieces. The first is an accordion style tube with a trigger button on it, the second is an extension tube, and the last is your trap. Set up is very simple, as the 3 pieces fit right together.
It should be noted that when they say no battery required, they mean it. This is suction based. To catch bugs, you push down the accordion tube until it locks in place. Here's the part that some of you may not like. To suck in the bug, you need to place the trap very close to the bug - around 1/4 of an inch away. Most bugs don't notice this though, and will not try to move. Press the trigger, and the accordion will pop back out, using all of that suction to open the trap door, and suck the bugs in. They won't be getting out of there unless they grow suction cup fingers and learn to pull the door open. The trap is big enough to catch a whole lot of bugs at a time.
What you do with the bugs is up to you. You can let them out outdoors for them to be on their merry way, or if you don't care about sparing their lives, you can leave them in the trap for a while. A quick method to kill them off is to either put some bug spray on a little ball of tissue, and suck it up into the trap as well. The quickest method to kill them off is to remove the trap and put it in a freezer for 45 min to an hour. I wouldn't worry about them escaping, but to be extra safe, I put the trap in a ziplock back and then stood that up in the freezer (also had the bug spray on a tissue in there).
It's not high tech, requires a bit of getting used to, and doesn't always catch the bugs on the first attempt, but it works. You won't see me complaining.
Good luck in your battle.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2011
I, like many other reviewers here, use these to capture stink bugs. When I first got it, I put this thing about an inch from the stinker and triggered, and nothing happened! I did this a few times and got mad I wasted $30 bucks, but then I reread the instructions and basically placed the capture end on TOP of the bug, sometimes even touching it, and BOOM, it sucked it in without fail! There is an actual indentation at the top which allows you to get much closer than you think and not "squish" the bug, just enclose it for optimal suction.
Also, those of you capturing stinkers, don't leave dead bugs or live but soon to be dead bugs in there for long, or they invariable start to leak the goo that makes the stink, leaving your bugzooka stinky. I stuck the plastic capture end in the dishwasher to try to make the stench go away (not sure this is allowed, but it worked fine in the top rack), but it didn't really get rid of all of the smell - I'll be sure to empty it out promptly from now on and not use it to pick up already-dead stinkers.
45 of 56 people found the following review helpful
on March 22, 2010
This is the most useful product I've ever purchased. I use it probably 10-15 times a day, because we live in the woods where there are a lot of bugs. You can even catch flies with it with a little practice, but I use it mostly for ladybugs and stinkbugs.
It's very satisfying to use as well, and keeps bug stains off your walls. If you're a humane bug enthusiast, you can even set them free outside! :)
68 of 88 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2012
I have no idea how this item received so many positive reviews. Dollar for dollar this item costs more and offers less than other options. Please read my whole review if you want to know what your best options are, as I've spent the money trying different products and I will hopefully spare you from having to do so as well. As a preface, you should certainly know that I am your average Amazon customer and I have no conflict of interest whatsoever. I have never actually spent the time to write a review until now because of how outraged I am with the misleading reviews of this product.
I bought this item along with a bug wand, an electrifying bug racket, and a flyswatter as it is now spring and the bugs are coming out. Out-of-the-box this item rattled as if there was a screw loose from within the lower chamber that sucks in the air. That may be the reason my unit does not function very well, however if that is not the reason, this item is absolutely worthless. The suction power it generates is not enough to suck up any bug unless you are literally about an inch away or less, and almost no bug will let you get that close without flying away. I would highly recommend the bug racket instead with one caveat:
It certainly depends on what type of bug you're trying to kill, if the bug flies the racket is clearly the best option, if the bug does not fly, for example, a spider, an ant, or even a cockaroach the racket will not be your best option. I would recommend a bug wand for small to medium sized spiders (it clearly won't work for anything close to a tarantula-sized spider) and medium to large sized ants. As for cockroaches, the wand most likely will yield a mediocre performance at best. The bugzooka would have been a good option if it actually could generate the suction power it claims to generate. I don't currently know which gadget would be the best for cockroaches as they have never been a concern of mine.
The bug racket was $11.50 and I personally believe it is the best money that I've spent in a while. One thing I love about the racket is that there is absolutely no cleanup involved, the bug literally sticks to the racket, I think due to the remnant static electricity, and then you just put it over the garbage, tap a couple times, and it falls dead into the garbage can, whereas with this unit, you have the mess of trying to dispose of a living bug which the bugzooka traps and does not make very easy to dispose of without potentially coming into contact with the living bug. The only way you can avoid coming into contact with the living bug is by waiting for the bug to die (which takes several days for most bugs and in the meantime they defecate all over the device), and even then it's not easy to dispose of the bug without getting very close or touching it.
For the cost of this device it is disgracefully awful; in contrast, the bug racket is a complete steal for $12, God only knows how they were able to assemble the electrifying racket for less than $12 and make a profit. Obviously it was made in China, even so, the electrical components, the metal wiring, the parts seem like they would cost more than $12 in and of themselves.
The bug wand which costs around $11 is certainly not an amazing device but it works well, not perfectly, but gets the job done (provided the bug is not huge) and is cheaper than this piece of junk. Disposal of the bug with the Bug wand is not ideal either but certainly better than this device.
By the way, you do need two AA batteries for the bug racket and one 9 V battery for the bug wand. Also, if I am able to resolve my problems with this device, I promise to post an update. Geez, I can't believe I spent so much time on one review, I hope this time was worth it for one of you out there.