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How to catch a housefly and other winged insects

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Kent Wang, Oct 30, 2009.

  1. Kent Wang

    Kent Wang Affiliate Vendor Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    The trick is to get a clear plastic bag (produce bags from the grocery bags are the best). Wait until the fly lands on something. Hold the bag by the mouth, slowly approach the fly (it won't be able to see the bag because it's clear), drop the mouth of the bag around the fly. Frightened by the sudden movement, it will fly into the bag.

    Now you can squish it or let it out outside.

    I've tried this on flies but have not had much success with other winged insects. Mosquitoes are pretty tricky. It'd probably work on moths.

    When I was a kid, my dad owned a Chinese restaurant / sandwich shop (you could order low mein and a cheesesteak) I caught over two dozen flies in one day. Despite my efforts, the restaurant folded shortly afterwards.
     


  2. DBoon

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    cup with lid
    fill cup with apple cider vinegar + tiny bit of dishwashing liquid
    poke small hole in lid

    watch.
     


  3. Kent Wang

    Kent Wang Affiliate Vendor Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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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: [​IMG]
     


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    Chopsticks.
     


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    Vacuum cleaner.
     


  6. emptym

    emptym Moderator Moderator

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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.
     


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    Chopsticks.

    I knocked a fly out of the air with a pencil once. It was more of a nervous reaction to the fly than anything else, and I've never been able to repeat the trick.
     


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    Fly vs. Remote Control. I hit a home run.
     


  9. jrandall

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    Rubber bands work very well.
     


  10. AgentQ

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    No joke, one time I was being pestered by a particularly annoying fly, and so I whipped out my linen Wang and after two failed swats made a direct hit.
     


  11. binge

    binge Senior member

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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:

    [​IMG]


    I appreciate your scientific rigor.
     


  12. imhotep

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    hand towel. beat them out of the air with it. they will hit the ground and be knocked out for about 30 seconds. during this time you finish them off by hitting their general location with the towel using a whip-like motion. i've killed ~50 flies in the last 3 d with this method.[​IMG] don't ask.
     


  13. imhotep

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    oh i see you want to catch them. i cannot help you with that as i am a killing machine.
     


  14. Slopho

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    I knocked a fly out of the air with a pencil once. It was more of a nervous reaction to the fly than anything else, and I've never been able to repeat the trick.

    We blacks go straight street and put up the dukes when ever a winged bug is near by. "I stole that bee."
     


  15. KitAkira

    KitAkira Wait! Wait! I gots an opinion!

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    Fly vs. Remote Control. I hit a home run.
    Problem with hitting them is sometimes you don't know where they went or if they died....
     


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