The First Kill
I am a non-violent person. I do not like guns, I do not like hunting. Responsible people can own guns, that is fine with me. If you are a hunter, it is fine with me. I do not like guns and I do not care to hunt…you probably do not like golf, as long as you do not hunt golfers, it is fine with me.
Anyway, though I do not like guns and I do not like hunting, I also do not like flies or other in-the-air, in-the-house insects.
The other day while picking up some medication at the Rite-Aid, I was browsing through the as-seen-on-TV section and I saw something I have not seen on TV. An electric fly swatter (EFS)!
You read that right, an ELECTRIC FLY SWATTER!
This thing is like a small tennis racket with layers of interlaced wires. The wires are charged with two AA batteries. When the in-the-air insect hits the charged wires, the claim is they will meet a quick electrocution demise.
Why is this better that an old fashion swatter (OFFS)?
It is difficult to nail a fly in the air with an OFFS. If you do nail one, it only stuns it and you have to find it on the ground and finish him quickly. When you smash a fly with the OFFS, it leaves a squishy mess where the kill was made.
If it works, the EFS would be more effective and cleaner, not to mention the extra thrill of zapping a pest. It occurred to me the EFS might be particularly effective on fruit flies which are a nuisance in the fall. Fruit flies never seem to land and stay still. They are impossible to smack in the air, kind of like trying to hit a knuckleball with a whiffle-bat.
I bought it…six bucks, and brought it to our shore rental where flies are often a problem.
When my grandson Cole saw it, he had many questions. I explained how it was supposed to work, but that we would need a fly to test it on. Eight-year-olds don’t wait for a fly to test an EFS, they test it themselves with their fingers.
EEOWWW! It works! Sparks flew and the EFS was dropped.
I explained that you should not touch it when the button is pushed. I then demonstrated how if the button was not pushed you would not get a shock.
EEOWWW! No sparks flew, but apparently the charge does not disappear as soon as the button is un-pushed. Of course, an eight-year-old would want to play with this and demonstrate it on his seven-year-old brother. I had to hide the EFS…up high.
This morning at breakfast we had our first flying intruder. Out came the swatter. The fly was then spotted in air. One quick swipe and ZAP. It works!
Sparks flew, fly didn’t, there was no mess, grandchildren giggled, great success.
I hate flies, but I am kinda hoping to see a few more.