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Flowtron FC-8800 Diplomat Fly Control Device, 120-Watt, Indoor/Outdoor
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- Control night flying insect up to 2 acres
- 120 watts UV lure power covers 1,200 sqft indoors
- Mounts vertical or horizontally; Meets USDA and FDA guidelines
- For outdoor & commercial indoor application at dumpsters & trash recepticals; ideal for barns
- Removable collection tray.Replacement bulb: Flowtron BF-130
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It is bright, I'd say 3-6 times brighter than any I've had in the past. It lights up the entire area in front of my garage, but with a soft light rather than a normal spotlight. Even though I had purchased a light for the outside of the garage, I never bothered putting it in.
It works. It is powerful, it draws in bugs for (literally) a mile or so, and it slowly clears your entire area of bugs. Keep in mind that, with any bug light, it isn't there to kill the bugs near you (nor instantly). You should put it a ways away from where you hang out, and it takes a few weeks to start reducing the bug population. It draws in more flies than anything, but then I put the Flowtron mosquito attractant on it to draw those in as well. Unfortunately a walking stick sometimes hangs out near it to get bugs, then will get electrocuted (it takes around 30 seconds for something that big) when it tries to catch one. You definitely hear it getting all of the bugs, and I want to cheer each time. :)
I removed the bottom altogether, so bugs just fall out into the grass under where I have it mounted. The ants take care of them anyway and I don't have to climb a ladder to empty it each time.
I presume that it takes quite a bit of electricity, especially since it needs to be on 24/7. However, if you want one this powerful . . . you have to pay the price. This isn't a design flaw, just a fact of life.
The bulbs don't last terribly long. The first bulb went out after about 8 months, and the rest followed shortly after. The biggest bummer (mainly because it meant bringing out a long ladder and taking it down/taking it apart twice) was that all of the ballasts failed at the same time. They are wicked cheap (less than $8 and free shipping for 25 of them: Sunlite 37140-SU E740, FC8, Lamp FS22 Fluorescent Lamp Starter, 25 Pack(Pack of 25)), but it meant waiting a few more days and then going through the same process a second time. My recommendation would be to buy the box of 25, and just plan to replace one each time you replace a bulb.
The transformers get *really* hot, too hot to touch. I think that this is part of what lead to the downfall of the ballasts, and also meant that the plastic on the ballasts got brittle and they wanted to come apart when trying to remove them . . . another reason for replacing them each time.
So to conclude, plan to replace ballasts with lights, plan to replace the bulbs at least once per year . . . and plan to have all of your bugs annihilated in a satisfying way.
However! Spring has finally arrived in Chicago, and tonight, after all the littles were fast asleep I found myself in a conundrum of sorts. I could zombie-walk to my bed as usual and pass out before the first commercial of a dumb TV show, or finish a glass of rose on the couch, alone, in the dark, and listen to the fulfilling and fun crunch crunch cunch of my Diplomat through the open screened window.
Yes, you heard that right. Listening to my bug killer is fun. It’s so fun that it seduces me to stay awake a little longer. Why, you ask? No, there’s nothing wrong with me mentally. I’m all good. It’s just…I hate bugs. I mean, really, really hate bugs. I scream when I am faced with a spider in the shower, and get the heebie jeebies looking at the locust carcasses stuck to my maple trees. But my arch nemesis, the insect I hate more than any other insect, is the mosquito. UGGGGGGGG. Perhaps it stems from my childhood in Southern Florida, where I was terrorized by the ugly little vampires, perhaps I’ve nursed too many itchy welts over the course of my life, maybe it’s the paranoia that these parasite stalkers carry all kinds of horrible diseases that could infect my children. Mosquitoes: Don’t make me go all mama bear on your ass! In any case, my diplomate takes them OUT. Like totally, completely. I live in an area near rivers and streams and a lot of flood plains. There is standing water in many of my neighbors yards. We’ve got about a one acre lot and I NEVER see a mosquito in my yard. In fact, I forget there are mosquitos in our town, until I go over to a friend’s house and they are swarming.
I come back home and feel incredibly grateful. I enjoy, almost too weirdly much, hearing the diplomat at work. It is a focused, unrelenting kill machine, that engages some kind of satan fire / drugless ecstasy part of my brain. It ignites a spark built on vengeance and fear, and I’m a slave to those sounds. I can’t pull myself away…Crack! CRAHHHHHHHH! CHCETTTTTTT. DRRRRRRRRR. Oh my god! Give it to me baby! Kill those blood-sucking mother f*&^%#@*! It’s like fireworks out there. And I have a front row seat.
You will never regret purchasing this magic monster. It annihilates the bad guys. It’s the bug terminator you’ve always dreamed of. Do it.