There are several types of fly swatters on the market, but the most common is the manual fly swatter. Manual fly swatters are typically made of plastic, graphite, or strong wire with a leather paddle. More modern fly swatters use electricity to zap flies. Both types of fly swatters have their advantages and disadvantages.
A good fly swatter will be lightweight, stiff, and able to accelerate quickly when used by an experienced user. This is because the reaction time of a fly is six to ten times faster than a human’s. A fly swatter’s strength will allow it to crush a flying insect against a hard surface and minimize injury to people or pets. A swatter should have a rubber or plastic pad and a vented pad to prevent the fly from escaping.
Fly swatters can be a safety precaution for children, especially during summer. Many electric fly swatters contain a small amount of electricity, but not enough to disable a human. Electric swatters can be dangerous if used improperly, so be sure to keep them away from pets and children.
Another important factor to consider is the material of the fly swatter’s core. The most common base material is plastic. Plastic fly swatters are perfect for indoor use, as they are lightweight and flexible. Plastic fly swatters may break if they come into contact with a hard surface, while a graphite fly swatter will last longer.