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This page is confused. The first half is about actualy flyswatters but the categories that apply to the second half are right smack on top of the picture in the first half.

I have some material for the first half but maybe the page ought to be split first. ;Bear 00:13, 2004 Sep 21 (UTC)

Done. Elf | Talk 05:28, 21 Sep 2004 (UTC)
Nice work, thanks. Wish I had a decent high-speed connection so I could do more. ;Bear 15:51, 2004 Sep 21 (UTC)

African Flyswatter[edit]

Whoever keeps replacing the image of the african flyswatter underneath the heading "Electric Flyswatter", plese stop. It belongs before this heading.


Darkgarlic 19:06, 29 August 2006 (UTC)

How fast?[edit]

I was hoping that someone had studied the minimum speed (of the swatter closing in on resting fly) required to kill a fly? Obviously, the total downward stroke must occur before the fly recognizes danger and attempts an escape. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:22, 9 June 2011 (UTC)

Hole (singular)?[edit]

Most flyswatters I've seen have a large hole in the middle (unlike the one pictured). Does anyone know why? -- 19:15, 20 December 2006 (UTC)

Old question, but can't resist providing info - it's to reduce air resistance. A solid, or entirely mesh, swatter is more difficult to bring down quickly and more likely to blast the fly out of its path with the downdraught. Rissa (talk) 16:42, 23 March 2008 (UTC)

Lethally hazardous 220 VAC swatter[edit]

I was surprised to see the link removed. I cannot see how that story would be irrelevant, especially if it can save human lives. 17:45, 23 July 2007 (UTC)

Because it's a product recall, the device isn't MEANT to have a lethal voltage, it's a manufacturing or design error in ONE MODEL, that's not going to be around any more. M0ffx 20:06, 24 September 2007 (UTC)

Sensitivity to change in air pressure?[edit]

According to this post at, which in turn cites this research in Current Biology, this folk belief is just wrong ... flies can see a swatter coming long before they sense the change in air pressure (quote from the full text version: "We conclude that although mechanosensory cues might still play a role, visual information alone is sufficient for a fly to determine the direction of an approaching threat."). Should we revise the article appropriately? Anyone got sources to back up this claim, which I've heard widely repeated, but never by scientists? Daniel Case (talk) 04:33, 30 August 2008 (UTC)

All experts encyclopedia entry[edit]

AllExperts has almost identical information. Wonder who copied from who? --Sultec (talk) 22:19, 14 December 2008 (UTC)

  • The footnote of the AllExperts article states that their article is a copy of the Wikipedia article. Please examine it thoroughly and let us know what you found. Ceinturion (talk) 22:59, 14 December 2008 (UTC)
Thanks for the info, I hadn't seen it. what more were you hoping I would find? --Sultec (talk) 23:30, 14 December 2008 (UTC)

Chinese fly-swatting campaign[edit]

Will someone add a section about the campaign in China, maybe 30 years ago, to have everyone make a swatter out of bamboo and then kill 10 flies every day? I heard was a big success. ---- Tina Kimmel —Preceding unsigned comment added by Tinakimmel (talkcontribs) 01:06, 29 May 2009 (UTC)

History: inventor[edit]

According to The Heartland (Time-Life Book by Robert McLaughlin and the editors of TLB, 1976) "The wire fly swatter was invented in 1900 by J. L. Bennett of Decatur Illinois" (p. 13, side-bar). This pre-dates the 1905 year given in the wik article.

"Flyswatter invented by Robert Montgomery [of Decatur!], who holds the patent from c. 1900" according to,%20Illinois/

People have probably been using leafy twigs for hundreds of thousands of years - but that's just my guess. Kdammers (talk) 03:39, 14 July 2010 (UTC)

Lethal hazard[edit]

I removed a good faith edit by Onkal21 which overstated the lethal hazard of electric flyswatters. For example, "There have been some arguments about the lethality of the electric currents of electric flyswatters to humans", without providing any evidence or references, is rather suggestive. The electric current threshold data seem to come from one webpage. However, that webpage is unreliable because it says that the output of the flyswatter is AC instead of DC. Ceinturion (talk) 21:47, 15 July 2010 (UTC)


I removed the statement that electric flyswatters "are banned from importation into Australia [1]" The import restriction on electric flyswatters was changed in december 2008 to: "mosquito zappers may now be imported without a permit if they are powered by a storage battery capacity not exceeding 6 volts, and the electrified grid is shielded in such a way as to prevent contact with the live component." [2] Ceinturion (talk) 22:06, 15 July 2010 (UTC)

Merge with Mosquito_bat[edit]

I suggest to merge the Mosquito_bat article with the section #Electric_flyswatters in this article, since its about the same device. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:57, 28 May 2012 (UTC)

Ok. As #Electric_flyswatters is older and more complete, Mosquito bat could be redirected to #Electric_flyswatters. Ceinturion (talk) 08:53, 30 November 2012 (UTC)
Done. Ceinturion (talk) 18:28, 1 December 2012 (UTC)