I had something like this before but with D batteries. We had a super fine mesh and it lasted for years. It sort of was destroyed in the move…
Though the one I had did a taser type thing at the top for spiders and stuff. You’d poke it with top of the swatter and end things.
But it’s fine, this is rechargeable and should make up a huge difference:
@andymand@werehatrack It was the size of a tennis racquet, but the ones I got weren’t $6. It had a super fine mesh, fully electrified, about 3-4 weeks of use on a set of batteries. We used to use them daily in Florida. There are tons of these things but often they have a bit thicker mesh so no-see-ums can get through, and of course they vary by quality even if they are all made in 2-3 factories.
Ah well, I’ve already bought it. It should be fine.
@werehatrack@andymand The ones linked below with the lightning bolt on it? That’s now the one I had. The one I bought were a bit more expensive (around $30), but had a LOT more power and a lot better mesh. With these I don’t want to need to hold the button down and keep frying the bug, and I don’t want to worry about slightly missing.
So, I’m hoping these ones turn out better, because some in my family have those Harbor Freight ones and they didn’t quite live up to my other purchases. Really wish I could’ve just found where I bought the others from and buy more.
@EvilSmoo@radi0j0hn When a larger insect touches one of these while they are flying, they usually lose at least the wing that bridged the grids. Losing a wing is usually a death sentence for a flying insect even when it doesn’t kill them instantly.
Not for me. I believe in doing it the ol’ fashion way, the way that chest thumpin’ ol’ guys have always done it. Put on a pith helmet, pick up your ol’ trusty vinyl fly swatter, track down the varmints, and let um have it…right between the eye eye eye eye eye (just how many do they have??)
Similar non-rechargeable item, more cheaply built, $6 each at my neighborhood Harbor Freight. I use them to swat mud daubers out in the shop. Those bastards are hard to kill; the voltage immobilizes them on the mesh, but I have to keep the button pressed for a good 30 seconds, and then knock the damthing off onto the floor and stomp it. Mosquitoes? Meh.
I have 2 similar swatters, that don’t stay on or lit. They use USB chargers, have a flashlight in the handle, and a separate on off button to turn grid on, with another button to toggle the juice. Worth every penny. One charge lasts months, and zero fear of fur critters getting zapped by accident. Well, at least mine… I think juicing it up gives off barely audible to me whine, probably loud for the cats. They leave the room.
Can’t speak on this brand, but I admit I enjoy the sound of snap crackle and pop as another sky raisin bites the dust.
I paid about $20 for one, so I think this deal is a worth a shot deal.
@cinoclav I’ve had a few of those. I got one like the listing for $4 at the hardware store & its great! I leave it in the base like a bug zapper. Mine also has a UV light built in to the “racket”. Plus no batteries.
Okay so I just had a fly infestation, because Texas, and playing with one of these is SO satisfying. Especially when they just won’t stop appearing and you go on a rampage with a little pops ringing out… My dog absolutely hates it.
I’m amazed there are still companies marketing UV devices as attracting mosquitoes. Unfortunately for us, it has been well established for quite some time now that mosquitoes simply are not attracted to ultraviolet light (or any light, for that matter) and the only way such a device kills them is when they incidentally happen to fly into said device. (They do attract other flying insects, though.) I suppose you could swat at mosquitoes with these to nab them, though I’m not sure how effective that would be, based on grid gap size.
@PooltoyWolf No, I am explicitly referring to carbon dioxide. Carbon monoxide is not produced in any significant quantity by an engine that is operating properly, it results from the combustion of an extremely rich mixture which strips the carbon dioxide off of a molecule of oxygen in the attempt to react with the extra fuel. The carbon monoxide poisoning which results from someone being in a closed room with a running engine is produced when the engine starts running low on oxygen in the air, and the combustion process begins converting carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide to scavenge that extra atom of oxygen for the combustion process. Carbon dioxide is, in point of fact, the single largest component of combustion coming out the tailpipe of an internal combustion engine. And automobiles and trucks are one of the most significant sources of this atmospheric pollutant.
Calling them flyswatters is as inaccurate for this design as for the ones from Harbor Freight. They will break quickly if used to swat a fly on a surface, and they are functional only for hitting a bug in flight. The paddle is not flexible, so it can’t bend to actually swat a fly that has landed. Not unless you’re just incredibly talented at making the flat surface of the paddle come down flush with whatever the fly is on, and have the superhuman control to brake it to a safe, non-plastic-shattering stop just as it crushes the fly into the zapper grid. Ergo you’ll have to go Serena Williams on the bugs - and good luck with that when it comes to actual flies.
Oh, and the UV glow? Flies apparently aren’t attracted to it. Not even when that’s the only light source in the room. Placed in a location where I knew that a couple of flies were present when it started to get dark, and more had been appearing with annoying regularity, there were zero dead bug corpses littering the area in the morning.
But wait, that’s not all! With the zapper in glow mode, sitting in its charging dock with the USB cable plugged in to a 2.4A source, the unit went from three solid and one flashing battery indicator lights to two solid and two flashing in about 7 hours - so the dock does not fully power the unit.
All in all, this is absolutely 100% a Meh product.
@werehatrack, actually regarding the battery drain thing I observed the same at first but then I noticed in the little manual it said it wanted 4-6 hours of charge before you use it. So I turned it off and let it sit overnight charging. Now while plugged in and on it just has the 1 red and 4 green lights on solid. Maybe that will help you.
Mine is working ok catching occasional fruit flies/gnats which we have around here mostly.
@Feenix3@werehatrack I think I have one that is wonky and one that is maybe ok. In the off position I charged both fully. Both showed the 4 green and 1 red solid lights when “on”. I lifted the wonky one off the charger trying to swat a fly and noticed the green lights went down to 1 or 2 (after only a min or two off the charger). Placed it back on the charger and it never charged until I turned it off - then it fully charged.
While eating dinner I heard the wonky one zap something which gave me some relief that it was working. About a min later I hear it zapping like crazy so go to investigate the zillion dead bodies but not a one!
I experimented with the ok one by killing a number of flies and the green dots went down by one and again never fully charged until I turned it off. I then wondered if the chargers were the problem so changed the swatters around but that doesn’t seem to be an issue. Last nite I heard the wonky one zapping and it did actually get a gnat or something tiny but later that nite it went off a couple more times with nothing visible. On the charger it showed 1 green light and only charged fully when I turned it off. The ok one seems to hold a charge much longer. Others have noted a 3 hour hold charge time on different models but it seems that off the charger these things will never hold a charge for longer than 30 mins!?!