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Swatting Flies
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DeadCarp    Posted 07-24-2003 at 10:29:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Is there a "best way" to swat flies? Trouble is - the little beggars have really good reflexes and mine are getting slower, so there's a real and present concern about them gaining on me and ultimately there will be a placeful of them and not much of me!
Well after years of experimenting, i have a ritual. Now if the flies would just obey, we'd be even again. My plan is like this - flies like to use the same landing strip 3 times, so grab the swatter after their 2nd trip. Find a way to get within 6 inches of them before swatting, try to catch them on a flat surface so gravity's against them, and sorta mezmerize them with the gently quivering swatter and don't move til they start walking. Needless to say, the average fly is in the next township before i usually swing. He did pushups to remind me this would be my last chance. He only returns to me when i put the swatter away. "MISS ME?????" :(

TimV    Posted 07-24-2003 at 15:53:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Deadcarp: Actually, there's an interesting way to turn the fly's habits against him (her? it?). Slow motion photography has shown that when a fly takes off from a surface, they jump straight up and somersault before flying off. Therefore, if you hold your hands about 6" above the fly and clap them together, you'll trap the fly more often than not. Sounds strange, but don't knock it 'til you've tried it!

Here....try this    Posted 07-24-2003 at 14:56:26       [Reply]  [No Email]

good luck.

Clod    Posted 07-24-2003 at 16:10:23       [Reply]  [No Email]

If monkey fails,,,

bill b va    Posted 07-24-2003 at 13:50:26       [Reply]  [No Email]

turn the a/c down real low and suck them up with the vacum cleaner .

bob ny    Posted 07-24-2003 at 11:43:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
man do you need a hobby

DeadCarp    Posted 07-24-2003 at 19:43:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
heh heh - you might be right! Actually i have a hobby but get distracted easy :)

Cindi    Posted 07-24-2003 at 13:05:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not necessarily bob. My son Jake swears that there is a right way and a wrong way. Considering how many carcasses he has racked up, I'd say he may be on to something.

His technique is to hold the swatter over the fly in one hand, and draw the mesh back with the other hand and then let it go. Rather than swatting with one hand. He says, the fly detects the movement of the swing of your arm and reacts faster than you can bring it down on him.

Course you have to have a strong swatter with a good strong handle, but he gets every one he goes after that way. I'm too old to change, so I just let him do it his way.

paynts    Posted 07-24-2003 at 13:24:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well how about practicing on something even smaller-and working your way up to flies? :O)

Clod    Posted 07-24-2003 at 13:22:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
For our next Country board project.Try this.Get an electric drill.(HIGH SPEED) Put 4 swatters bent at right angles. The law of averages is on your side.The flie can not count past three.

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