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Wall fly zapper things 19:16 - Apr 12 with 1631 viewsjeera

People in the know:

I have my second fly of the year in here and the prospect of a summer of this again is doing my head in already.

I have a chain at the front door, nets at the windows but they find a way.

Are the wall-fitted zapper contraptions of much use? I know they kill moths too which I'm not so keen on. Do they attract enough mosquitoes though as a bonus to level things up a bit on the moth risk?

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Wall fly zapper things on 19:22 - Apr 12 with 883 viewsNthsuffolkblue

Is that a zapper or a zaper?

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Wall fly zapper things on 19:24 - Apr 12 with 874 viewsNthsuffolkblue

Why do you not like them killing moths?

I use a hand-held tennis racket thingy. Usually fairly effective at getting the flies (or other insects you may wish to zap such as moths and wasps).

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Wall fly zapper things on 19:24 - Apr 12 with 873 viewsjeera

Wall fly zapper things on 19:22 - Apr 12 by Nthsuffolkblue

Is that a zapper or a zaper?


Well I'm hoping it's going to be of some use...

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Wall fly zapper things on 19:25 - Apr 12 with 874 viewsOldsmoker

I have also sufferred from a fly infestation.
These are really tiny ones but what they lack in size they make up in numbers.
I've been told they are nicknamed 'banana' flies as they go nuts for a banana skin as well as an unpeeled banana.
So I no longer buy and eat bananas which I used to like quite a lot.

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Wall fly zapper things on 19:28 - Apr 12 with 859 viewsjeera

Wall fly zapper things on 19:24 - Apr 12 by Nthsuffolkblue

Why do you not like them killing moths?

I use a hand-held tennis racket thingy. Usually fairly effective at getting the flies (or other insects you may wish to zap such as moths and wasps).


I like moths, they're like butterflies but around a bit later in the day.

Except for those white butterflies that eat your cabbages et al. Not so keen but even then I try to not hurt them.

Those racquet things still mean chasing them around though don't they. I use a selection of rolled up magazines, elastic bands and a small hand held vacuum cleaner.

But it would easier if they complied themselves in their own demise.
[Post edited 12 Apr 20:04]

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Wall fly zapper things on 19:31 - Apr 12 with 847 viewsjeera

Wall fly zapper things on 19:25 - Apr 12 by Oldsmoker

I have also sufferred from a fly infestation.
These are really tiny ones but what they lack in size they make up in numbers.
I've been told they are nicknamed 'banana' flies as they go nuts for a banana skin as well as an unpeeled banana.
So I no longer buy and eat bananas which I used to like quite a lot.


Those are just fruit flies aren't they.

I don't think they're specific to bananas. I have little mesh tops for wine bottles to stop them getting into those.

I have opened my bin before to be faced with a swarm of those blasted things.

They seem to breed in no time and are hard to get shot of.

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Wall fly zapper things on 19:31 - Apr 12 with 848 viewsNthsuffolkblue

Wall fly zapper things on 19:25 - Apr 12 by Oldsmoker

I have also sufferred from a fly infestation.
These are really tiny ones but what they lack in size they make up in numbers.
I've been told they are nicknamed 'banana' flies as they go nuts for a banana skin as well as an unpeeled banana.
So I no longer buy and eat bananas which I used to like quite a lot.


They sound like fruit flies. They are attracted to fruit as it begins to go off. I would make sure you get the bananas green and eat them before they start to turn brown/black. Another alternative to extend the life of fruit and keep them away is to keep them in the fridge. Make sure you do not keep apples near the bananas as the apples release ethene that ripens the bananas more rapidly.

My uncle used to work as an engineer on ships bringing bananas from the West Indies. The hold used to have all the air evacuated and the bananas were all picked and transported green. A couple of days out from port they would flood the hold with ethene to ripen them so that they were perfectly yellow as they landed in port.

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Wall fly zapper things on 19:36 - Apr 12 with 829 viewsChurchman

Wall fly zapper things on 19:28 - Apr 12 by jeera

I like moths, they're like butterflies but around a bit later in the day.

Except for those white butterflies that eat your cabbages et al. Not so keen but even then I try to not hurt them.

Those racquet things still mean chasing them around though don't they. I use a selection of rolled up magazines, elastic bands and a small hand held vacuum cleaner.

But it would easier if they complied themselves in their own demise.
[Post edited 12 Apr 20:04]


The kittens do a good job, even if the house gets wrecked in the process. The flap of a newspaper is about the best option along with a hand held hoover for the months and other critters
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Wall fly zapper things on 19:37 - Apr 12 with 831 viewsNthsuffolkblue

Wall fly zapper things on 19:28 - Apr 12 by jeera

I like moths, they're like butterflies but around a bit later in the day.

Except for those white butterflies that eat your cabbages et al. Not so keen but even then I try to not hurt them.

Those racquet things still mean chasing them around though don't they. I use a selection of rolled up magazines, elastic bands and a small hand held vacuum cleaner.

But it would easier if they complied themselves in their own demise.
[Post edited 12 Apr 20:04]


I beg to differ about the moths and butterflies. As far as I am aware, butterflies do not eat holes in your clothes. Whilst it does mean cornering the wee beasties, I find swatting them with the racket quite effective. I think the fact the mesh has a lot of holes in it makes them less aware of the danger. I once used a rolled up newspaper instead of a magazine while round a friends. I got the fly but I think the mark was left on their ceiling until they moved house.

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Wall fly zapper things on 19:40 - Apr 12 with 811 viewsNthQldITFC

The trouble with those chains on the front door is that people can't be arsed to hook them up every time, and your determined fly will boot the door in the second you crack it open.

On a serious note, can you not just usher them out through a window, or do they cause you particular difficulties? I see so few of them these days that I'm almost glad to get a fly (or a wasp) in the house. It's been a few years since I've had any of those nutjobs that endlessly describe polygons around the lampshade. What's that all about?

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Wall fly zapper things on 19:46 - Apr 12 with 791 viewsjeera

Wall fly zapper things on 19:37 - Apr 12 by Nthsuffolkblue

I beg to differ about the moths and butterflies. As far as I am aware, butterflies do not eat holes in your clothes. Whilst it does mean cornering the wee beasties, I find swatting them with the racket quite effective. I think the fact the mesh has a lot of holes in it makes them less aware of the danger. I once used a rolled up newspaper instead of a magazine while round a friends. I got the fly but I think the mark was left on their ceiling until they moved house.


It's a misconception about moths though isn't it?

There's only a couple of moth types who do that.

Worth looking it up in case of mistaken identity.

Anything else is just generalisation and moth abuse.

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Wall fly zapper things on 19:50 - Apr 12 with 758 viewsjeera

Wall fly zapper things on 19:40 - Apr 12 by NthQldITFC

The trouble with those chains on the front door is that people can't be arsed to hook them up every time, and your determined fly will boot the door in the second you crack it open.

On a serious note, can you not just usher them out through a window, or do they cause you particular difficulties? I see so few of them these days that I'm almost glad to get a fly (or a wasp) in the house. It's been a few years since I've had any of those nutjobs that endlessly describe polygons around the lampshade. What's that all about?

Hey! A lizard would be pretty cool.


Usher it out the window? Actually I do try this and when that fails I usher them into the bathroom and the usher them into the shower where I can drown the bas***ds.

Also it's not always so simple as I'm sure you know:


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Wall fly zapper things on 19:50 - Apr 12 with 742 viewsNthsuffolkblue

Wall fly zapper things on 19:46 - Apr 12 by jeera

It's a misconception about moths though isn't it?

There's only a couple of moth types who do that.

Worth looking it up in case of mistaken identity.

Anything else is just generalisation and moth abuse.


If you would like to link me to an instant id chart feel free. Until then, moths get indiscriminate abuse the same as wasps regardless of those who tell me they are good and get an unfair press.

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Wall fly zapper things on 19:51 - Apr 12 with 738 viewsOldsmoker

Wall fly zapper things on 19:31 - Apr 12 by jeera

Those are just fruit flies aren't they.

I don't think they're specific to bananas. I have little mesh tops for wine bottles to stop them getting into those.

I have opened my bin before to be faced with a swarm of those blasted things.

They seem to breed in no time and are hard to get shot of.


Bananas are the only fruit I (used to) buy so you can see why I see them as banana flies.
No, I'm not scottish.

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Wall fly zapper things on 19:55 - Apr 12 with 709 viewsjeera

Wall fly zapper things on 19:50 - Apr 12 by Nthsuffolkblue

If you would like to link me to an instant id chart feel free. Until then, moths get indiscriminate abuse the same as wasps regardless of those who tell me they are good and get an unfair press.


You mothist:

https://www.nhm.ac.uk/take-part/identify-nature/common-insect-pest-species-in-ho

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Wall fly zapper things on 19:58 - Apr 12 with 699 viewsNthsuffolkblue

Wall fly zapper things on 19:55 - Apr 12 by jeera

You mothist:

https://www.nhm.ac.uk/take-part/identify-nature/common-insect-pest-species-in-ho


Yep, those both look like all the moths that I zap. I am now ready to ...

Carry on Zaping!

It feels like a comic film starring one of our own trolls.

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Wall fly zapper things on 20:01 - Apr 12 with 691 viewsjeera

Wall fly zapper things on 19:58 - Apr 12 by Nthsuffolkblue

Yep, those both look like all the moths that I zap. I am now ready to ...

Carry on Zaping!

It feels like a comic film starring one of our own trolls.


It could be a blue lycra costume with a large Z on the front.

Not sure that would go down well atm.

Do you think the superhero would wear his pants on the inside or on the out?

Would this choice depend on whether they had moth-eaten holes in them.

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Wall fly zapper things on 20:26 - Apr 12 with 662 viewsjeera

And naturally, in true TWTD fashion.

No one has been any help and I am none the wiser.

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Wall fly zapper things on 20:37 - Apr 12 with 648 viewsronnyd

Every time i pick up my racket zapper the offending fly promptly decides to lie low. Crafty little sods.
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Wall fly zapper things on 20:38 - Apr 12 with 646 viewsbrogansnose

Wall fly zapper things on 20:26 - Apr 12 by jeera

And naturally, in true TWTD fashion.

No one has been any help and I am none the wiser.


A rolled up magazine or newspaper. Very satisfiying and moth friendly.


Not such a good look on walls and ceilings though.



Failing that, just spray the mofo's.
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Wall fly zapper things on 21:15 - Apr 12 with 612 viewsjeera

Wall fly zapper things on 20:37 - Apr 12 by ronnyd

Every time i pick up my racket zapper the offending fly promptly decides to lie low. Crafty little sods.


They are, and hard as nails too.

The times you swipe them and watch in awe as they sail through the air into the wall, slide down..

Only to get back up a moment later as though nothing had happened.

It's really demoralising.

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Wall fly zapper things on 21:18 - Apr 12 with 608 viewsjeera

Wall fly zapper things on 20:38 - Apr 12 by brogansnose

A rolled up magazine or newspaper. Very satisfiying and moth friendly.


Not such a good look on walls and ceilings though.



Failing that, just spray the mofo's.


I don't like sprays buddy.

As for the rolled-up paper, I try to take them out sideways when they're on the wall for that reason.

I know it's less effective but, as you say, can't be dealing with fly splattered walls.

I was a whizz as a kid with the elastic band method but have lost my touch if I'm honest.

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Wall fly zapper things on 21:21 - Apr 12 with 598 viewsNthsuffolkblue

Wall fly zapper things on 20:01 - Apr 12 by jeera

It could be a blue lycra costume with a large Z on the front.

Not sure that would go down well atm.

Do you think the superhero would wear his pants on the inside or on the out?

Would this choice depend on whether they had moth-eaten holes in them.


On the inside or the out, they are likely in a twist if not inside out!

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Wall fly zapper things on 21:26 - Apr 12 with 584 viewsRyorry

I bought about 10 flypapers 3 or 4 inches sq with a colourful sunflower image imprinted, that adheres to any window, the approach surface is also sticky. Flies etc head for it thinking 'yippee, food', their feet stick on it & they can't get away.

When you've a dozen or so, peel off & bin.

Some might think it cruel, but flies are a massive no-no in my kitchen.

They were like this (but not exactly the same ones)

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/334022354612?hash=item4dc548a6b4:g:P8EAAOSwPt9gtOiv

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Wall fly zapper things on 21:27 - Apr 12 with 585 viewsronnyd

Wall fly zapper things on 21:21 - Apr 12 by Nthsuffolkblue

On the inside or the out, they are likely in a twist if not inside out!


Surely the 'skid marks' would show if they were inside out?
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