The bug killing tool preferred by mosquito researchers


41 Responses to “The bug killing tool preferred by mosquito researchers”

  1. jimkirk says:

    I got some similar ones years ago from American Science and Surplus

    They’re not toys, kids!  (wink, wink)

  2. MrWednesday7 says:

    I have one of these, they are way cool.

  3. len says:

    Good god. He wields the Chaos Grid!

  4. Kevin Pierce says:

    The bug killing tool, preferred by me:

  5. PathogenAntifreeze says:

    Harbor Freight carries a same-design racket and has it on sale under $3 pretty often.  Also makes an excellent toy for consenting adults who are wired with a certain polarity.

  6. Joe Seatter says:

    We used to have something similar at work.  We spent more time shocking unsuspecting coworkers than we did killing bugs though.

  7. edgore says:

    Stormy Leather used to have those in their catalog. For some reason.

  8. NrdyGrl says:

    My parents have a large wasp problem at their house.  They own two of these things and my kids LOVE zapping insects with them.  Even my father gets an amusing look of enjoyment on his face when the snapping/zapping noise of a wasp dying happens.  (Yes, we’re sure they’re wasps.  Honeybees are gently escorted outside when they find their way in.)  

  9. These are very popular in Brazil. My wife brought one back from her last trip to her hometown. I love it.

  10. Doug Porter says:

    Lived in the Caribbean for a decade. This was the best gadget ever. Hated the ones that were ‘child proofed’ with a extra layer of mesh.

  11. Robert Cruickshank says:

    I took a swing at a cloud of fruit flies with one of these once. It was like a little fireworks show.  I felt a little bad for them actually, it was sort of the fruit-fly atom bomb.

  12. Dejan Coric says:

    Have this one, runs on two AA batteries. Also good against other bugs. Bigger bug louder zapp ;)

  13. Antinous / Moderator says:

    I must have a different type of mosquito, because mine stick to the twelve foot ceiling until the lights go out.

  14. I’ve been watching a bunch of videos on people in Africa and they’re all using these things. That’s all the endorsement I need

  15. msound says:

    These are hugely popular in India too. Though the model we have has two protective mesh on either side of the “LIVE” mesh to prevent zapping family members.

  16. Jun-Kai Teoh says:

    Loved playing with these back when I was a kid. No shortage of mosquitoes in Malaysia after all. The sizzle, pop and burnt smell was fun even though i realize it makes me sound sadistic.

    As a kid I’d even touch it to feel the shock. Haha.

  17. Paul Renault says:

    I got a Fly Gun, on a lark, many years ago.  Poor range, poor targeting, inaccurate.  But I could see myself sitting on the porch with some buddies, drinking beer and seeing you would be the first to kill a fly.

    /yes, the thing is screaming for a laser sight.

  18. entireleaves says:

    What a horrific sounding place to work. I am so attractive to mosquitos (probably get ten times the amount of bites as people standing right next to me) and have such bad allergic reactions to their bites that I purposely moved somewhere that barely has any mosquitoes.

  19. Gulliver says:

    I’m disappointed. No one has concern trolled teh poor little mosquitoz. What, they’re less deserving of compassion than ants?

    • Xploder says:

       Yes. WAY less compassion.

      • Gulliver says:

        Perhaps troll was an unfair assessment.

        I do, however, think most people base their compassion on empathy rather than rationality. It seems common that people are more permissive of suffering they know about but don’t personally witness, such the electric shocks in the infamous Milgram experiment.

        So if mosquitoes are deserving of electrocution because they fly and bite, does that mean it’s okay to zap ants during their nuptial flight when they might bite someone? Are ant traps immoral but mosquito traps perfectly acceptable? If I emulate a neural net on a computer with the same complexity as an ant’s ventral nerve cord, is it immoral to run behavioral experiments that cause it to suffer? Is it moral to switch it off?

        Justice requires the consistent application of moral judgment. Inconsistent application therefore logically leads to injustice.

        • rick stanley says:

          Moral my ass. They feed on us, therefore there is no moral problem whatsoever in taking glee over their demise. That’s like feeling sorry for the smallpox virus when it’s eradicated. Do you think if a chicken knew any better about it’s purpose to us, it would have any moral issues over pecking your eyes out?

  20. tacochuck says:

     I use one of the cheap, protective mesh covered knock offs for fly control.

    Much more sanitary than smashing flies with a fly swatter and smearing their guts on whatever they were sitting on. The flies get a little dessicated when they get zapped so they are easy to dispose of.

  21. Ray Perkins says:

    I have several, they put out around 1200 volts. For more amusement, replace the capacitor with a (much) larger one, keeping the breakdown voltage in mind. The shock-wave I can sometimes get from it will make your ears ring.

  22. I’m sorry. “Mosquito enclosures are somewhat less than foolproof”???  I mean if they can’t even handle mosquitos, How do they handle smaller organisms? These are real scientists right?

  23. GawainLavers says:

    …the mosquito breeding facility at North Carolina State University…

    Also known as “North Carolina”.

  24. farkface says:

    I picked one of these up at Harbor Freight last year for like $3,

  25. Alex Moyler says:

    This thing works a treat, I can tell you. Have occasionally taken it with me down to the river on walks to hold in front of me if it’s particularly buggy. Very satisfying crackling sound of death.

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