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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. tiecollector

    tiecollector Distinguished Member

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    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.
     


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


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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.

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

    [​IMG]


    I have one of these - it's really a lot more fun than it should be.
     


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    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.
     


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    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.
     


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    Flatulence rules all.
     


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    I hear Obama is pretty good at killing insects.
     


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

    [​IMG]


    this is the most rewarding way to kill them
     


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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.
     


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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!"
     


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    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.
     


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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:

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    Nothing like reinforcing basic truisms!!
     


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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.
     


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    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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