I had a fly which lived for five days in my house after repeated point-blank
spraying. I only got rid of it eventually with a well aimed hit with a copy
of TV Times. When in Turkey many years ago, it was possible to obtain the
old fashioned 'knock down' sprays (after much language difficulty). These
would knock down any insect in about 5 seconds. I guess it's all down to EU
regulations regarding cruelty to insects. When I was working as a chemist,
I used to spray them with acetone - not to be recommended these days.
If you look around, yoou can get a good old fahioned fly swat. One whack
from one of these is pretty final!
It is also chemical free, so no health worries. The operating cost is less
In some places you can get the electric zappers like they have in butchers
and so forth.
Fly swatter is good - I inherited one when I moved into my house. I think
the holes in the "blade" stop the air pressure in front knocking the fly out
of the way, which seems to be the problem with anything else. Very
effective, but not when they are pretty lively. Also, I suppose it could
make a wasp angry unless you can get one good shot ...
Last resort, I find Johnson's Raid spray works pretty well. Knocks them
down and then you can swat them - put them out of their misery, really, 'cos
they wriggle and struggle around on the ground horribly.
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