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How to Get Rid of A Fly Without a Fly Swatter

Updated on July 14, 2012
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Pesky Flies

Summer, we are here!

With summer, comes heat. Of course, it really depends on where you live, but for the most part, summer means hot weather, going to the beach, taking vacation, and having picnics.

There are some things most people really don't think much about, but they do notice them when in the house or out picnicking--flies, those very pesky flies. I really hate flies. They land everywhere and on anything, including food.

In places where there are a lot of crap--and this could literally mean "crap"--you may feel unhealthy about eating food that has been touched by one or more flies. I personally feel that way.

Anyway, in this article, I will show you how you, in certain settings, can get rid of those pesky flies, even if you don't have a fly swatter.

Setting Where This Technique Applies

This technique will only apply indoors where there really aren't many flies; unless, of course, you leave the door wide open. In this case, you may as well be outside.

Indoors, provided doors are properly closed to keep bugs out, you may see in the order of around 5 flies, at most. This is the scenario where my technique will apply. Any bigger scenario than this, and it can get disgusting. You'll see what I mean as you read on.

Capture a Fly Using Chopsticks?

You might be thinking, "Yes! Maybe if I was a martial arts master, I can capture a fly with a pair of chopsticks, then get rid of the flies in my house."

Mr. Miyagi in "Karate Kid" was trying to do that, but even he didn't have much luck.

So, "no" this technique will not involve using chopsticks.

What it will involve are your two hands.

The Fly Flight Trajectory

The technique I'm about to disclose takes advantage of the fly's general take off flight trajectory.

See the video I put together below for a better understanding of what I mean.

Finally, the Technique

This is a well kept secret that I developed personally after years of observation and practice.

After you read this, consider yourself part of the few elite masters of bare hand fly killing.

In the image below, you will see that we are taking advantage of the fly's take off trajectory. You just need to do the following in order to succeed:

  1. Place your open hands about 1 foot apart, with the fly centered between your hands.
  2. The height between where the fly is and where your hands will intercept the fly (at a point around the middle of your hand) should be around 3 to 4 inches.
  3. To execute the kill, simply slap your hands together, quickly, and you will find a dead fly between your hands.
  4. Dump the fly into the trash can, and wash your hands with soap and water.
  5. Done!

taking advantage of the fly's flight trajectory
taking advantage of the fly's flight trajectory | Source
Successful fly kill
Successful fly kill | Source


As noted earlier, the technique described here takes advantage of a fly's take off trajectory; and by simply placing your open hands over the fly, in a pre-clapping position, you can catch and kill a pesky fly by simply clapping your hands together. After the kill, make sure to wash your hands.

You are now part of an elite group of people who know how to catch a fly with their bare hands.

Now go and practice!

If you'd rather not touch those pesky flies, and want to use the latest gadget to get rid of them instead, then check out the tools on right side from (I've used one of these before; they are extremely effective; and you will hear a zapping sound upon fly contact).


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      Dan Ruvalcaba 5 years ago

      I knew I had run into someone with hidden skills on Pacific Ave. last year. A good friend of mind has one of those Electric fly swatters and l asked him if it hurt if you accidentally swatted yourself. My friend responded, that he didn't know, so l used it on myself and got zapped pretty good but acted as if it didn't hurt. He looked at me and swatted himself and yelled "dam that hurt" lol

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      Juancho Forlanda 5 years ago from US of A

      Good idea on the latex gloves. Thanks.

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      C E Clark 5 years ago from North Texas

      Your video with the chopsticks is funny. I think I would want to wear some of the cheap Laytex gloves available to smack the fly. Very interesting method. Thankfully there are rarely flies inside my apartment. In a desperate situation this method looks pretty good. One can hardly miss once informed of the fly's trajectory and being fast.

      Voting you up, etc.

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      Juancho Forlanda 5 years ago from US of A

      Kj force, I might just give that a try, at the very least for its entertainment value. Looks like they sell it at ( for $5.49.

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      kjforce 5 years ago from Florida can find " Venus Flytrap" plant usually at a nursery that handles exotic could also possibly find it online at a specialty site...I have one, but bought it many years ago....

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      Juancho Forlanda 5 years ago from US of A

      Kj force, good idea on the Venus fly trap. Can you even find that anywhere?

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      kjforce 5 years ago from Florida fly ! funny hub...another good suggestion is " Venus Flytrap"..and my favourite....da da..the NEWSPAPER..preferably after you read it....

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      Juancho Forlanda 5 years ago from US of A

      Thanks Amuno. My drawing skill is good enough for simple illustrations. Thanks for the suggestion.

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      Alfred Amuno 5 years ago from Kampala

      It is easier killing a mosquito than a fly, unless I employ some kind of spray. Hey, quite good art: You draw well. Better write some hubs about how to do that.

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      Juancho Forlanda 5 years ago from US of A

      EuroNinila, if you practice as I have instructed you can show off your brothers and your boyfriend your new found skill. LOL.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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      Fotinoula Gypsyy 5 years ago from NYC BABY

      haha I liked this hub! All the guys in my fam and my boyfriend kill flies with their hands, I can't, I think it's gross! Voted up!

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      Juancho Forlanda 5 years ago from US of A

      Peoplepower73 your friend is pretty funny. Anyway I would imagine the fly would have to be pretty big to pull a piece of paper like a banner.

      As for the animation, I did that by doing what's called a screencast (digital recording of a computer screen) of me drawing the fly and the arrows, real time.

      I then took the video and used a video editing program to speed it up and focus on various parts of it. If you want to use a screencasting software, start with a free one like CamStudio ( It has pretty good features, for a free tool.

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      Mike Russo 5 years ago from Placentia California

      Two things: I loved the animation. How did y0u do that, if you don't mind sharing.

      I had a friend who could catch a fly without killing it and then throw it on a cement floor and knock it out. He would write on a strip of paper, Eat at Joe's. While the fly was still out he glued that strip of paper, using a dab of contact to the fly. When the fly woke up, slightly dazed, it would fly around with the strip of paper like a banner tow airplane...true story. I didn't make it up. Thanks for sharing, voting up, funny and sharing.

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      Juancho Forlanda 5 years ago from US of A

      Hi moonlake. Thanks for reading.

      I've lived in places where there are lots of mosquitoes. I used to sleep inside what's called a mosquito net. When it worked it was great, but if one mosquito got in, I would find a fat mosquito the following day, from feeding on me all night.

      So I know what you mean about mosquitoes and their bites.

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      Juancho Forlanda 5 years ago from US of A

      Thanks Brett. I bow to you as a master one hand mosquito catcher; impressive! LOL.

      I definitely agree, some pests can just be very annoying. For flies, it can even be unhealthy if you let them land on your food. In third world countries it isn't uncommon for flies to land on poop, then food.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      We had a dog that never missed catching a fly.

      One of our boys can catch flies in the air. I hate the things they leave marks all over my windows. I hate even more mosquitoes and right now I have to go to bed because I'm sick of my feet being bitten by the mosquitoes that got in the house today. Great hub will take the time to vote up.

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      LOL, that is actually a good tip. I have more of a problem with mosquitoes over here, but after years of practice can now snatch them from the air with a single hand (sometimes without taking my eye off the movie ha ha). While killing is not good, sometimes there are creatures that just drive you to master the technique ha ha.

      Shared, up and useful.