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The sound of a fly that won’t let you fall asleep in the evening is particularly annoying. But a fly swatter puts an end to that! A fly swatter helps you when you are hunting flies and enables you to catch even the fly at the very top of the ceiling.

Fly swatters come in many different variations. In this article, we have compared and summarised the different models based on the most important criteria. You will find the decisive purchase criteria as well as some product recommendations and answers to the most frequently asked questions.




Summary

  • There are classic fly swatters and electric fly swatters, the latter can also be used for larger insects.
  • Important purchase criteria are handle length, swatter surface, material, design and voltage / volt.
  • Fly swatters are available in different price ranges. In the medium price range, there is a wide selection of the classic model and the electric fly swatter.

The Best Fly swatter: Our Picks

The following recommendations give you an overview of our favourites.

Buying and evaluation criteria for fly swatters

To help you decide on the right fly swatter, we have listed the most important buying criteria here:

Let’s take a closer look at these criteria below!

Handle length

Some fly swatters have a rather short handle, are handy and suitable when the fly is sitting in close proximity. This is practical if you want to stow your fly swatter in a backpack to take it to a barbecue in the park, for example.

However, if you have high ceilings in your home, there are fly swatters with an extendable handle – a telescopic handle. This is an advantage if you want to approach the fly unnoticed.

Swat surface

Some models are rather small and good for flies and midges. Others have a large flapping surface. This is a good idea if you are not yet that accurate! Electric fly swatters in particular often have a very large surface area, as they can also be used for wasps and larger insects.

Material

The classic model is made of plastic, but nowadays there are some plastic-free alternatives. These range from models with a metal handle to those consisting of a wooden handle and a leathery swatter surface. Electric fly swatters consist of a plastic frame and metal wires, which then conduct the current optimally.

Design

Fly swatters come in different colours – from natural to red to pink or black, there is something of everything. In addition, the different models have different shapes. For example, the swatter can have the shape of a hand, a football or a heart. So there is something for every taste!

Electric fly swatters are reminiscent of a tennis racket with strings made of metal. This makes this model a bit clunkier. However, they have the advantage that the flies only have to touch the wire.

Voltage / Volt

Electric fly swatters are available with different voltages. The spectrum here ranges from fly swatters with 1.4 V up to very powerful models with up to 4000 V. The power here depends strongly on the energy source. Some models are battery-operated and therefore somewhat lower in power, while others are charged via USB and are more powerful.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about fly swatters answered in detail

Finally, we have answered the most frequently asked questions.

Who is a fly swatter suitable for?

A fly swatter is suitable for anyone who does not want to chase flies or mosquitoes by hand and still wants to sleep in peace.

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With a fly swatter, painful mosquito bites are history. (Image source: FotoshopTofs/ Pixabay)

Since there are different models, there is a suitable fly swatter for every taste. In a household with children, a classic model or an electric model with low voltage is recommended to avoid injuries from electric shocks.

What types of fly swatter are there?

As already mentioned, a distinction is made between the classic fly swatter and electric fly swatters. With the classic fly swatter, you have to actively hit the fly or mosquito to kill the insect. This can be unpleasant if you don’t want to hit the fly or mosquito properly and only half hit it. However, this model is less dangerous for children.

Electric fly swatters can also be used for wasps and larger insects, depending on the power of the fly swatter.

The insect only has to touch the metal of the fly swatter to die. Stains on the wall or on objects are thus avoided. However, small electric shocks can occur here when touching the metal, which is why these models should be kept out of the reach of children.

Conclusion

A fly swatter doesn’t cost the earth, but it will improve your world. Unsuccessful hunts for mosquitoes or flies on ceilings or being woken up by a mosquito at night are now a thing of the past. Fly swatters come in a wide range of price categories, but even the cheapest models serve their purpose.

Since stylish models made of wood and leather are also available nowadays, the fly swatter can also be better integrated into the interior. Small models can be carried in a backpack to the next barbecue party and an electric fly swatter will rid you of annoying mosquitoes while gardening!

(Cover photo: Nontawat Thongsibsong / 123rf)

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