Using a fly swatter usually leaves a fusking smudge on walls/ceiling.
Instead, spray the little buggers with 91% isopropyl alcohol.
They drop instantly so you just pick up their nasty squirming little corps with a facial tissue.
For those of you miseducated by the pubic school system, don't spray alcohol near sparks or an open flame.
I have a considerably easier and cleaner way to do it. Works most of the
Since flies are phototropic it's a simple as turning off all lights and
letting them go to a window...then opening it an letting them out.
If night time. I turn off all lights except for the one by the door...
when the fly goes there, turn on the outside light, turn off in inside
light and open the door.
Only once did I end up with a non-phototropic (or possibly low IQ)
fly...so I swatted it.
I have Venus Flytrap plants, so they catch the pests and digest them!
If I happen to find a couple flying around the house I'll swat them
myself and either feed them to my plants or my big fish in my 58 gallon
aquarium. The fish fight each other for dibs on the floating desert.
Apologies if I mentioned this here before.
I installed "touch switch modules" in four brass bodied table lamps in
our home many years ago.
SWIMBO and I find it much easier to just reach over and tap the lamp
body to turn the lamp on to the desired one of the three available
intensities rather than having to reach up under the lampshade and hunt
for the rotary switch handle sticking out of the bulb socket.
Shortly thereafter I also installed fuse holders in series with the hot
lead to the bulbs with a 3AG 2 Amp fast blow fuse in them so that the
"tungsten arc" which sometimes occurs when an incandescent bulb burns
out only blows out a 25 cent fuse, instead of the touch dimmer module.
Anyway, to get to the point raised by your saying that flies are
phototropic, they certainly are in my house. Every so often I'm startled
by one of the lit touch dimmer lamps changing intensity or turning off
and on "by itself".
If I look inside the lampshade I always see a fly (or sometimes its a
beetle) walking in a circle around the upper edge of the brass socket
shell and occasionally having one of it's legs touch the top of the lamp
bulb's threaded shell.
The current through the insect's body is more than enough to activate
the touch switch, and they don't seem to be bothered by it because they
keep walking around.
I suppose I could just slip an o-ring on the bulb to keep the insect's
legs from touching the bulb base, but I haven't gotten around to that yet.
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