What is there to say about a fly swatter? More than you might think. I haven’t bought one for years because I didn’t like the design changes. Why did I get this one?
I was in the checkout line at WalMart (I don’t shop there much, but was looking for a lampshade), and the man ahead of me had a packaged of two fly swatters. They appeared to be the old-fashioned kind, with screening for the paddle, rather than plastic with holes in it. “Where did you find those?” I exclaimed.
“With the bug repellant, ” he answered, and I was off in a flash to find them. Sure enough, there they were, and only $1.76 for the set. Wow!
So what? Why was I so excited? Have you ever noticed how often you miss flies with the swatters that are solid plastic with a few holes punched in them? That’s because they make too much draft and the fly can sense something coming in time to lift off and get away. Have you noticed that you can’t hit a surface gently with those plastic swatters? They have no “flick” response.
But, me? I’m old enough to remember swatters made from wire screening. They will get the flies nearly every time, and they are flexible enough to flick them, knocking flies off of unstable surfaces.
These aren’t made from metal screening, but plastic or nylon. Nevertheless, the screening works as well as the old-fashioned kind. In fact, they’ve added a couple of strips that are more open to let even more air flow through to give those flies less warning!
The design is simple. A rectangle of screen is bound with paper held on with a zig-zag stitch, then the whole thing is stapled over a twisted wire handle. Very simple, and priced appropriately for what you get.
The only thing I may change is to cut off that cardboard tab of branding that is stapled into the swatter. It gives stability to the stapled part, but if I cut off the protruding end the flexibility will be increased without compromising the structure.
The swatters would be more sturdy if staples had been located to hold the handle so that it doesn’t rock from side to side, but perhaps that would make it more likely to tear. In any case, fly swatters don’t last a lifetime, but I think these are at least average quality construction.
I am very happy.
Made in China