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Flyswatter

A flyswatter, usually consisting of a small rectangular sheet of flexible material, is a handheld device for smashing flies and other insects. The material is vented, thus reducing wind drag making it move faster in order to hit the target. The beginning flyswatters were just a striking surface attached to the end of a long stick.

Dr. Samuel Crumbine was trying to raise awareness of the fly problem in Kansas in 1905 when he coined the term “swat the fly”. Frank H. Rose created the “fly bat” in response. Crumbine eventually created the device commonly known as the fly swatter.

Around 2005 the electric flyswatter which resembled a tennis racket and generated a voltage from battery power became popular. The grid is charged with a voltage of between 1000 and 2500 V DC by pushing a button. The fly is shocked when an electrode discharges during the spark. Most of these have a three layer grid to prevent people from touching both electrodes.
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