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A fly-killing device is used for pest control. A fly-killing device typically attracts flying insects, for example houseflies, wasps, moths and mosquitoes. The insects are killed or released.


Types of Fly Killers

Three fly-bottles, Central Europe, beginning of the XXth century

Fly bottle

A fly bottle or glass flytrap is a passive fly trap. In the Far East it is large bottle of clear glass with a black metal top in which there is a hole. Bait is placed in the bottom of the bottle in the form of pieces of meat. Flies enter the bottle in search of food and are then unable to escape because their Phototaxis leads them anywhere in the bottle except to the darker top where the entry hole is.[1]

European fly bottles are more conical, with small feet that raise a half an inch, with a trough about an inch wide and deep that runs inside the bottle all round the central bottom opening. In use, the bottle was stood on a plate and some sugar was sprinkled on the plate to attract the flies, which eventually flew up into the bottle, whose trough was filled with beer or vinegar, into which the flies fell and drowned.[2] The trough was also sometimes filled with a dangerous mixture of milk, water and arsenic or mercury chloride.[3]

Fly swatter

A flyswatter
A sticky fly ribbon

A flyswatter is a tool for fly control. The swatter is composed of a long, thin handle usually not exceeding 8-10 inches in length. Attached to the end of the handle is a large mesh-like head consisting of a flat sheet of material covered with holes (as to decrease wind resistance). This head is usually somewhat rectangular or resembling a square, normally measuring 2-4 inches in length and 3-5 inches in width. The fly swatter is ideally lightweight, perhaps to aid quick acceleration of the swatter to overcome the quick reaction time of the fly, or to avoid damage to other objects.

Glue board fly killer

A glue board is a capture device with a strong adhesive. An index card covered in strong adhesive is situated in an enclosure so that when the flies come into contact with it, they remain stuck and die there. Their remains are removed through the use of vegetable oil and then removing the oil with dishwashing detergent and a water rinse.

Fly Sticker

The "Fly Sticker" (also known as a fly strip, fly paper, fly ribbon or fly tape) is another way of sticking flies to adhesive so that they can be starved/killed. It has an exposed adhesive strip, making it more stick-prone than a glue board. A fly strip is a small cardboard tube with a pin on the top. It is used by pulling the pin off the top (usually covered with wax), removing the adhesive 'fly strip' and using the pin to attach it to a ceiling.

Electric grid / fly zapper

An electric grid (fly zapper or bug zapper) kills insects by electrocution through high voltage on an electric grid. When an insect contacts the grid, it is given a fatal electric shock.


  1. ^ Kyokai, Toho Bukkyo (1979). The Eastern Buddhist. Kyoto: Eastern Buddhist Society. p. 36.  
  2. ^ Scott, John William Robertson (1953). The Countryman. J.W. Robertson Scott. p. 260.  
  3. ^ "Glass fly trap, late 19th century". Gathering the Jewels.  

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