Flies and insects have a canny way of forever evading and incessantly annoying until the very bitter end. With their constant buzzing shenanigans, they seem to dance around us in a disgusting yet commendable way. Luckily, we're able to give ourselves a fighting edge with a trusted fly swatter by our side!
In this article, we show you how to get ahead of the flies, whether you prefer a high-powered electric fly swatter, or a good old fashioned arm-powered racket. We've even curated a top 10 ranking list of the best fly swatters in the UK on Amazon and eBay that are destined to spell the end for every stinking fly unlucky enough to enter your life.
Fly swatters by nature should be simple and effective, with a good and final ending for insects being their main-game in the house. This buying guide will run you through the different types of swatters, their sizing and some design features to boot. Once clued up, you'll be poised and ready to pick up your next swatter to pick off pesky flies!
There are two distinct variations of fly swatter, ones that use a battery-powered zap of electricity to pull the final curtain, and those that require some strength to get the job done. Deciding on this first and foremost will set you off on the fly-ending trajectory you imagined.
Probably what comes to mind for most when they think of a fly swatter, is the simple yet effective manual fly swatter. Coupled with your own fly swatting skills, these classic fly swatters use forward momentum to give a life-ending slap to any fly and insect silly enough to fly by your way.
They benefit most from a longer handle length to help you find that fly. Being an extension of your hand, this will enable you to reach further, catching a fly mid-flight and projecting it preferably toward something hard. Due to their insanely basic design, they are typically much cheaper than electric fly swatters.
Shaped like a tennis racket, electric fly swatters are the Don Corleone's of the fly swatting story. At the press of a button, their high-powered battery sends an electrical charge to a metal grid layered across both sides of the racket's face. This grid brings on a fly-incinerating zap every time a fly or insect comes into contact with it.
They can be easily re-charged via USB, with the top swatters boasting up to 10,000 zaps from a single charge. Although some of the more budget offerings will require AA's to power up. But, with all this sheer, unadulterated, fly-ending power, comes some responsibility.
Due to the grid heating up through use, it has the potential to cause burns if it comes into contact with skin, making these best kept out of the reach of children.
Specific only to electric fly swatters, the total voltage and battery type will be two telling signs of a fly swatter's strength, longevity and usability. With the age-old truth of 'you get what you pay for' ringing loud and clear on this one. Voltage is the force that pushes electrons through a conducting loop to give it charge. Where electric fly swatters are concerned, this loop is the metal grid that's intended for insects to meet their maker on.
The voltage of electric fly swatters can range from the weakest of the weak at 2,000 volts to the searing and incinerating realms of 4,000+ volts. The higher the voltage the larger the insects a fly swatter will kill, with some having the power to kill multiple insects with one fell swoop. A popular mid-way point is 3,000 volts, which is still plenty of charge to wipe out a small army of flies.
Electric fly swatters are either powered via in-built rechargeable lithium batteries, or using old and faithful AA batteries. Rechargeable is considered the preferred battery type as it provides higher voltage and does away with the incurring cost of swapping out dead batteries.
For rechargeable swatters, it's all about how powerful the lithium batteries actually are. This power is measured in milliamps per hour (mAh), which is a battery's output capacity per our. Look for electric fly swatters that sit around the 1,000 mAh range, though this measurement isn't always included.
It can be safely assumed some materials will work better than others when coming up against the pesky insects of the house. Where electric fly swatters are concerned, there is little variance in design. The material of choice is a thick plastic racket with multiple layers of metal that make up the charged grid.
Classic fly swatters work best when constructed from either plastic, or wood and leather. The most readily available and popular styles are plastic as they have the lowest price tag, while still giving plenty of swatting bang for your buck. The all plastic design can give a good and honest whip that'll send any insect down for the count.
Wooden swatters are a little more niche, but are still very effective swatting tools in their own right. Their build spec typically consists of a sturdy wooden handle with a riveted on leather face. As anyone who's old enough to remember the questionable practices of the 'good' old days can testify, leather hurts, making these swatters instant insect ending weapons.
Two swat defining measurements worthy of your thought and time are a fly swatter's handle length, and the surface area of its face. You could even say that your potential to thrive in the fly swatting arena, will, for the most part, only be as good as your fly swatters size.
Electric fly swatters typically feature a large face compared to their classic counterparts. This is because you're trying to catch them, rather than just whack them, making a larger face essential. When picking an electric fly swatter, one with a face size in the 20 to 25cm range is ideal for complete insect zapping domination.
On the other end of the spectrum, both plastic and wooden fly swatters work best on the notion that less is more, with their faces rarely reaching above 12cm in width. This trimmed down face size is purposefully designed to give the swatter its best chance of honed and focused whipping excellence!
Electric fly swatters normally have short and stumpy handles, aimed at giving you a good solid grip while you sway around the over-sized face, picking off insects like fish in a barrel. The preferred handle size for these types of swatters is almost always 20cm.
On the flip side, classic fly swatters require much longer handles, sometimes reaching 40cm in length to give you maximum whipping potential. However, you will find some of the cheaper options have handles around the 25 - 30 cm mark.
Some forward-thinking brands have even gone that extra extendable mile, giving you an unbridled amount of length with an extending handle to reach the fly-searing length of 75 cm and beyond. Whichever fly swatter you end up bringing into your home, just be sure its big enough to excel at its job.
When buying classic fly swatters, a multi-pack is both a way to save pennies and be heavily-armed for the inevitable time when fly and mosquito season comes rattling into town. You can find multi-packs that range from three to ten pieces, giving rise to becoming the fly swatting fairy if some of your unprepared friends start calling.
If you want to keep all this fly swatting glory for yourself, then it can be a good idea to stock each room with its own dedicated swatter. As we all know, the untimely rise of flies won't wait for you to fetch the swatter from some unknown room, with their demise being imperative to having swift and quick fly swatting access!
Now that you've been flown through the different types of swatters, it's time to set the fly-smoking top 10 rankings free. here's a sizzling list of swatters ready to wreak havoc on the fly population. If you listen carefully you can already hear them quivering in their boots, getting scared and ready to fly back into whatever crevice they came from.
|Battery||2 x AA (not included)|
|Face Size||21 x 24 cm|
|Handle Length||9 cm|
Pack of 5
|Face Size||12 cm wide|
|Handle Length||32 cm|
|Total Length||25 - 70 cm|
Pack of 3
|Face Size||14 x 11.5 cm|
|Handle Length||15.5 - 65.5 cm|
|Material||Wood, imitation leather|
|Face Size||10 x 12 cm|
|Handle Length||35.5 cm|
|Battery||Rechargeable lithium - 1,000 mAh|
|Face Size||22 x 27 cm|
|Handle Length||26 cm|
Pack of 10
|Face Size||12 x 14 cm|
|Handle Length||30.5 cm|
|Face Size||11.5 x 12 cm|
|Handle Length||40 cm|
|Face Size||21 x 23 cm|
|Handle Length||24 cm|
Pack of 6
|Face Size||11.2 x 12.5 cm|
|Handle Length||30.5 cm|
The Gardeners Shop
Plastic Fly Swatter
Rechargeable Fly Swatter
Leather Fly Swatter
Plastic Fly Swatter
Electric Fly Swatter
Wooden Fly Swatter
Extendable Fly Swatter
Extendable Fly Swatter
Plastic Fly Swatters
Electric Fly Swatter
A Six Pack That Cuts Straight to the Swatting Point
High-Powered Electric Fly Swatter With a Penchant to Kill
Super Durable Leather Fly Swatter to Stand the Test of Time
Ten Loud and Proud Swatters to Keep Your House Fly-Free and Fresh
Fast Charging Electric Bug Killer With a Large Face
Wooden Fly Swatter With Personalised Laser Engraving
Extendable Swatters With Three Different Colours to Suit Your Mood
An Extendable Fly Swatter for That Michael Jordan Reach
Shaped Like a Hand, These Swatters Will Give Flies a Good Old Fashioned Slapping
Inexpensive Bug Zapper to Get the Swatting Rolling
|Battery||-||Rechargeable lithium||-||-||Rechargeable lithium - 1,000 mAh||-||-||-||-||2 x AA (not included)|
|Material||Plastic||Plastic, metal||Leather, wood||Plastic||Plastic, metal||Wood, imitation leather||Plastic, metal||Plastic, metal||Plastic||Plastic, metal|
|Face Size||11.2 x 12.5 cm||21 x 23 cm||11.5 x 12 cm||12 x 14 cm||22 x 27 cm||10 x 12 cm||14 x 11.5 cm||Unknown||12 cm wide||21 x 24 cm|
|Handle Length||30.5 cm||24 cm||40 cm||30.5 cm||26 cm||35.5 cm||15.5 - 65.5 cm||25 - 70 cm||32 cm||9 cm|
Now that you've got the buzzing-bug numbers accounted for, why not ensure the rest of the house is spring-cleaned and preened to perfection? We've ranked 10 of the best eco-friendly cleaning products, sponges and carpet shampoos to give you complete cleaning dominance over any potential insect infestations!
If there's one thing we humans hate more than anything, it's an intruding bug flying around our house or worst still, our head. That's why fly swatters have been doing their thing for well over 100 years, and with the insect population going nowhere, they'll be around for a few more yet. We hope this article helped you find a fly swatter to reclaim your home and keep you sane!
Author: Connor Macanally
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