How to Hang a Bug Zapper

Sam Bresson

A summer day can quickly be ruined by too many insects in your yard. One of the best solutions to this problem is to hang a bug zapper somewhere near the area that you’ll be spending time. However, one need not worry about the details involved in this process.

Hanging a bug zapper can be as simple as selecting the appropriate model and spending a little time installing it. Your own bug zapper will help you enjoy the outdoors relatively bug-free.


Cords can be affixed to narrow poles likes shepherd’s staffs with tie wraps, available at your local hardware, home improvement or electronics store.


Never touch the glowing electrical elements in a bug zapper. Coming into contact with this part of the device could result in severe electrical shock.

Note the exact location of the bug zapper’s power cord in the grass if you’ve chosen to hang it from a tree or shepherd’s staff. Mowing over the power cord can be an electrical hazard that might result in electrocution.

Some bug zappers will need to be grounded before they can be safely used. If this is the case with the bug zapper that you’ve chosen, see the included instructions for grounding the device.

How to Hang a Bug Zapper

  1. Determine the overall purpose for the bug zapper that you’ll be installing. The two biggest factors to be taken into account with this decision are size and power. The type of use you plan to put the zapper through will decide how size and power come in to play; for example, infrequent small gatherings generally call for a smaller, less powerful bug zapper. On the other hand, neighborhood block parties will require a more industrial-strength unit.

  2. Select the location for your bug zapper. If you’ll be lounging or hosting get-togethers farther into your yard, you’ll want to install your bug zapper somewhere nearby. If you’ll be gathering near your back door on the patio, hang the bug zapper closer to your house.

  3. Determine the method that you will use to hang the bug zapper. Bug zappers can be hung anywhere—the overhang of the roof, a tree limb or using a stand-alone pole embedded in the ground, such as a shepherd’s staff. Your personal taste, as well as practicality, will factor into this decision.

  4. Hang the bug zapper. This can be done with a variety of materials, such as rope, twine or metal wire. Whatever material you use, make sure the strand is looped through the bug zapper’s hook several times to ensure that no slippage or unraveling occurs.

  5. Store the bug zapper’s cord out of sight. If you’ve decided to hang the device from the roof of your house, simply run the cord up into the overhang paneling and down to the nearest power outlet. If the bug zapper will be hung from a tree or shepherd’s staff, run the cord along the tree or staff and along the ground toward the power outlet.