“ Manufacturer: Poundland „
Flies have always been a big problem in our conservatory and over the years I have tried numerous swatters, sprays and plug in repellents but nothing seems to really work. So I had more or less resigned myself to the fact that every few days I have to take my long handled brush and pan into the conservatory and have a good sweep round. The flies seem to know exactly where to go as well so they are difficult for me to reach, such as right up the corners of the window cills or underneath the furniture right in the centre so I have to constantly move things out of the way to clean.
I saw this gadget in Poundland a few months ago and although it didn't look particularly good quality I thought for the price of a £1 would give it a try. It needs 2 A4 batteries but these are something I always have in the kitchen drawer so didn't have to fork out for these. You insert the batteries into the battery compartment and after you have held down a button you get the 'red light' and you can start zapping.
It looks very similar to a childs tennis racket and is made of plastic with the grid part consisting of layers of wire mesh. Although it feels quite firm to hold I think if you swung it and hit an item of furniture it would break straight away.
As what is known as 'Sods Law', when I was first ready to zap the little blighters there weren't any around - maybe they have some sort of a sixth sense! But I left the conservatory door open and soon enough in they came flying in. It isn't that easy to zap them as they do move much quicker than I can move my arms but when I did come into contact with them I heard a sort of buzzing crackling sound immediately and the fly (or what was left of it) fell to the floor.
I understand that this won't be to everyone's taste due to the results and how it achieves them but I personally have no qualms about using it. Not sure how long the batteries will last as I have only used it about 8 times so far, but it hasn't lost any power yet.
A bonus is that I feel that I have done a mini work out when using this as you do have to leap about and stretch to try and hit your target! I think this is a handy little gadget and will continue to use it as it has been the most effective thing for me in getting rid of those nasty flies.
I was astonished the other day to see loads of small flying insects/ unusual flies around the cars in the drive. There were so many of them that I thought we would be visited by the local press in search of an interesting story on the lines of the plague of locusts in the Bible. I looked around but there didn't seem to be any in our neighbours' front gardens.
I had thought of phoning the council but remembered how much they charged us years ago for dealing with a wasp's nest and decided I would kill the b*****s myself. I used 2 cans of fly spray plus something without a name which I found in the garage but had a dead fly on the front. No luck, the wretched things seemed to multiply in the heat!
I decided to look around Poundland where I saw this rather stupid-looking (so I thought at the time) device which looks a very cheap child's tennis racquet. It looked quite poor in quality because the plastic looked flimsy and the edges were rough but I decided to spend £1 plus another one to buy the2 x A4 batteries which you need to bring it to life.
There is a battery compartment and once they are popped in all you do is push a little button, hold and a red light goes on so you are ready to zap!
I looked like a maniac waving my arms around but when I'd calmed down a bit I noticed the flying things died on impact once they hit the wire mesh in the body of the terminator. After an hour or so I think most of them had fried and the others just scarpered - I hope they haven't all flown into your gardens - sorry, but at least you know how to get rid of them now!
I should really have found out exactly what they were and found a more humane way of dealing with them but I'm afraid time was of the essence and no way did I want them coming indoors.
You can laugh and scoff at the silly-looking object but I tell you what it works and for just £1 + £1 so forgive me for leaving you but I'm just going to add another one to my shopping list just in case this one breaks.....
The last review I done was on Poundland so I thought I would follow that up with a review on one of the more useful items I have purchased from there. if your opposed to killing little flies and bugs please don't read any more of this killer review!
What Is It
For those who have not seen one of these before this bug zapper looks exactly like a tennis racket, but when you have a closer look at it you will notice it's made of plastic, it has a battery compartment, a button and a small red light, also the stringed part is actually made up of several layers of wire mesh.
How Dose It Work
Put 2 x AA batteries into the compartment on the handle, press and hold the small button and the red light comes on, now your zapper is powered up and ready to go, anything that touches the mesh grid will be in for a shock!
Now your thinking 2 x AA batteries only gives you 3 vaults so it's not going to do to much damage is it? well think again as this device must have some clever electronics inside it that boosts the power enough to zap anything that touches it.
I wont beat about the bush, the quality of this item is rubbish! the plastic material is very soft, the joints on the plastic are not joined together perfect which leaves rough edges and the battery compartment cover is not a very good fit, if you hit something solid like a wall or sofa when your swinging to zap a fly you will probably smash, or at least crack the handle, I have one from last year with a piece of wood taped to the handle because I got into a bit of a battle with a very spritely Bluebottle! that said it does still work.
Does It Work
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I put 2 x cheap batteries in my zapper held the button in and swiftly but gently swung it towards the little Fly, as soon as the mesh made contact with the Fly there was a loudish crackle and the Fly hit the floor dead, larger Bluebottles and things like Daddy long legs go down just as quick with a bit more of a crackle and even a blue flash.
If you hate Spiders as much as me then read on, I sometimes find some very big scary Spiders in my house, if they are tucked away in a dark cupboard that's fine, they can live happily ever after, but if they are going to run across the living room floor or walk above me on the bedroom ceiling then i am afraid it's death by zapper, and these big eight legged freaks go down just as quickly as the Flies, I sleep in peace at night in the knowledge that I wont be having a Spider drop into my mouth while sleeping, the only problem you might have is pressing the zapper bat onto a flat surface over your spider, be careful not to break the handle.
Do we want to go bigger! Moths can be zapped too, and these go down just as quickly as the small fry, I have never had any trouble with Sparrows, Crows, Hawks or anything bigger so i cant say how big you could go but I will update my review if i do!
One day when you and your friends have had a few drinks someone will dare you to press the mesh together on your zapper, or even worse you will be dared to stick your tongue on it, if you do it please leave a comment on how much it hurts because i dare not try it!
This item has no brand name on it and i threw the bag out before doing this review so i don't know much about it, it's probably made in Hong Kong, I got this from Poundland but i have seen similar ones in other pound shops and cheap shops.