There are few things more irritating than trying to relax in your own house or eat a meal together as a family and being bombarded by flies the entire time. It doesn't matter how clean you keep your house or how careful you are about keeping windows and doors closed, they find a way to get in anyway. It seems like every time you turn around, flies are getting into your house, especially when the weather is about to turn cold. It's beyond frustrating and in some cases, it's almost enough to send you packing. In reality, everybody needs a few good fly swatters in their possession. You can read about five of the best options below.
Old Fashioned Fly Swatters by Garrett Wade
You might have guessed, an old-fashioned fly swatter still works just as well as it ever did. These are not the plastic types that you're probably thinking about, but the really old-fashioned ones with the metal handles and the wooden grip, complete with flexible plastic edges and the wire mesh. These are the types of fly swatters that your grandmother probably used and if you look really hard, you might be able to find one or two that are still hanging around. Chances are, they're just as useful today as they ever were.
Heavy Duty Extendable Fly Swatter
If you’re wondering what makes these fly swatters so special, there are two reasons. The first is because just as the name implies, they really are designed to be heavy duty. They're plastic, but they are a lot sturdier than the economy version. That makes it less likely that you're going to tear one up over the course of the summer while you're beating one fly after another. The thing that really sets them apart is that you can extend them. This gives you the reach you need to get close to those pesky flies without walking up close enough to them to scare them off.
Bonide Fly Swatter with Wire Handle
These are great because you don't have to worry about the handle breaking and the wire handle provides a little bit more distance between you and the actual fly swatter. In addition, the handle is just flexible enough to give you the perfect striking pose when you're hitting a fly. In other words, it's usually a lot easier to hit flies with these types of fly swatters than with the all plastic versions.
Mr. Bar-B-Q Bug Zapper
The list wouldn't be complete without this one. It looks more like a tennis racket than a fly swatter, and it kind of acts like one, too. It's electrified, complete with its own battery supply. All you have to do is bring the racket into contact with the flies or any other bug, and they’re history. That being said, it's best to hit them while they're actually in flight. Continuously banging the bug zapper against hard surfaces is a sure-fire way to make sure that it doesn't work for very long in any capacity.
Generic Fly Swatter
If you notice that this one doesn't have a brand or company name associated with it, there's a reason why. These are the modern-day one piece plastic fly swatters that can be found in virtually any store that you walk into. Go into your local Walmart, there they are. The same is true for Target, your local hardware store, or virtually any other store that sells fly swatters. You can even find them in convenience stores. Of course, you can find them in various locations online. They're basically made exactly the same and while they might not be as durable as the old-fashioned version, they still get the job done fairly well.
Maybe you really enjoy killing flies or maybe you're just tired of being bothered by them every time you turn around. Sometimes, it's just necessary the bust out the fly swatters and start taking care of business because otherwise, you're overrun with them in no time. Whether you're on a camping trip, at home or at work, you can use the flyswatter of your choice to keep them at bay. Surely you can find something that is to your liking from this list.
Written by Garrett Parker
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