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post #16 of 47
Only trick I knew was to clap with open fingers otherwise your hands clapping will create a wind that will force the fly outwards. Once my apt had these monster flies coming out of the walls. They were just huge, like flying pencil erasers. I got so pissed I could literally punch some of them out of the air. I got a little too carried away and broke one of my windows.
post #17 of 47
One of these: electric zapper. Works every time, and the zapping noise is an added bonus.
post #18 of 47
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cup with lid
fill cup with apple cider vinegar + tiny bit of dishwashing liquid
poke small hole in lid

watch.

I do something similar to this, but I do it without the lid/with some water mixed in. What is the benefit of the lid?

It's actually pretty cool - the vinegar attracts them, and they get stuck in the water because the soap breaks the surface tension.

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One of these: electric zapper. Works every time, and the zapping noise is an added bonus.


I have one of these - it's really a lot more fun than it should be.
post #19 of 47
I usually use a spray bottle on a wide dispersion pattern. It wets their wings and they can't fly, and you don't have to get too close.
post #20 of 47
Over the summer, I was outside painting my patio and I used one of those large paint mixing sticks to smash a fly. I hit it so hard, there was red splatter everywhere. I didn't know flies could bleed like that.
post #21 of 47
Flatulence rules all.
post #22 of 47
Flies ain't nothing. Take a look at this, smalltimers:

http://krmg.com/blogs/krmg_sports_wi...wats-a-ba.html
post #23 of 47
I hear Obama is pretty good at killing insects.
post #24 of 47
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One of these: electric zapper. Works every time, and the zapping noise is an added bonus.


this is the most rewarding way to kill them
post #25 of 47
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I read once that since flies tend to take off backwards, if you clap your hands a few inches above and behind one, you'll catch it. It works more times than not. Of course, it's messy.

I do a variation of that method. Instead of clapping, I swat/grab with one hand. Then you can either squeeze it to death and throw it on the table to look like a badass or let it go outside to look like a pussy.
post #26 of 47
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I do a variation of that method. Instead of clapping, I swat/grab with one hand. Then you can either squeeze it to death and throw it on the table to look like a badass or let it go outside to look like a pussy.

That's what I do. Sometimes, I shake it and let it go and yell "Drunk fly!"
post #27 of 47
There was actually a study done that concluded flies have a specific pattern they follow when flying away. For example if you were to swing at a fly from infront, it would always fly off in the same direction, likewise if you were to swing from the left it would always fly away in a different pre-determined direction.
post #28 of 47
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That works very well with fruitflies. Never tried it with flies.

I did catch a fly with honey once. The vinegar didn't seem to work:


Nothing like reinforcing basic truisms!!
post #29 of 47
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That's what I do. Sometimes, I shake it and let it go and yell "Drunk fly!"

Haha, I didn't know you could do that. I'll have to try that one.
post #30 of 47
There're some micro miniature airplanes made of ultra-light material, then you glue a comatased fly or flies to the plane. When the flies wake up, watch the plane takes off. Very cool.
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