If a fly had a career it would be a racing car driver. The annoying pest can change course in as little as 30 thousandths of a second and nearly has a 360 degree field of vision, making swotting one close to becoming an Olympic sport.
The lenses in house flies’ eyes have a fixed focus and can’t be adjusted for distance, so they see shapes poorly. However, they are excellent for detecting motion – move slowly and they don’t see you as a threat.
If a fly senses a swat threat its brain calculates the location of the impending threat and comes up with an escape plan. Watch a fly closely before swooping in with your rolled up newspaper. See how it carefully rotates its legs. The fly is calculating the optimal position to escape the impending peril. Home fly control is time consuming but here are some tricks.
Top tips on How to Swat a Fly
- Select your weapon. Make sure it’s as neutral in colour as possible, avoiding anything dark or bright. Implements with holes are more effective because the microscopic hairs of a fly are highly sensitive to air movement.
- Sneak up slowly.
- Approach from behind.
- Swat slightly forward of the fly’s flight path.
Compared to a human, the senses of a fly are nothing short of amazing, with a human likely to loose nine out of ten times. Killing one or two flies is frustrating but a Luminos fly killer will hoover up the nasty, germ ridden insects for you.