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Fly swatter
This African fly-whisk is made of horsehair with a decorated wooden handle.

A flyswatter is a hand-held device for swatting flies and other insects. A flyswatter usually consists of a small rectangular sheet (about 4 inches or 10 cm across) of lightweight, flexible, vented material, usually rubber or plastic, attached to a lightweight wire or plastic handle about 2 feet (0.61 m) long. The venting reduces wind drag, making it easier to hit a fast-moving target such as a fly.

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In the summer of 1905, Kansas was plagued by an overabundance of flies, which, as well as causing annoyance, aided in the spread of disease. Dr. Samuel Crumbine, a member of the Kansas board of health, wanted to raise public awareness of the threat of flies. He was inspired by a chant at a Topeka softball game: "swat the ball". In a health bulletin published soon afterwards, he exhorted Kansans to "swat the fly".

In response, a schoolteacher named Frank H. Rose created the "fly bat", a device consisting of a yardstick attached to a piece of screen. Crumbine invented the device now commonly known as the fly swatter.

Electric flyswatters

Electrocuted fly

Electric flyswatters are hand held pest-controlling devices that resemble tennis rackets designed to kill insects quickly and cleanly by giving a brief, but powerful electric shock when any conductive part of the insect bridges the terminals of the device. Most electric flyswatters are made in a similar way. They consist of a handle containing batteries, and a charging mechanism, usually a capacitor or a transformer, for the electrically charged grid on the face of the head.

These are banned from importation into Australia.[1]

Fly Guns

A fly gun

The fly gun (or flygun), a derivative of the fly swatter, uses a spring-loaded plastic projectile to "swat" flies. Mounted on the projectile is a perforated circular disk which, according to advertising copy, "really does work" and "won't splat the fly".

Similar products are sold elsewhere on the Internet, mostly as toys or novelty items, although their supporters maintain that they work as well as traditional fly swatters.

This device is typically used when the fly flies around in the air and does not land when you want to swat it.

In colloquial language

Flyswatting and the swatting of flies is also used colloquially to refer to dealing with petty annoyance and trifles.

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