Living in a house with high ceilings and clerestory windows is usually a good thing, but when flying or crawling pests -such as flies and spiders- invade the house, they tend to head up to the high corners, out of reach of the bug spray.
You can try to pump clouds of spray into the air and hope it reaches high enough, but that’s wasteful, ineffective and not healthy. Or you can climb on a chair and try to reach, but the flies just fly away, spiders tend to drop on you, and you’re risking a fall.
I pondered the problem and came up with a simple extension handle for a can of fly or spider spray to deliver a burst of spray right at the pests.
This could also be used outside to put surface spray under high eaves etc- but please consider the wildlife such as birds who may feed on the bugs and spiders, before you spray poison around.
Step 1: What You Need
What You Need (fig 1)
1. A long piece of dowel or old curtain rod
3. A small clothes peg
4. Insect or spider spray- see picture for can type (needs to have the “enclosed” type top – see fig.2). You can get a better quality spray as you only need a small amount at a time, since you are spraying right at your pest, not vaguely somewhere near it!
5. Tin can – tall, thin type to fit the spray can
6. Cardboard- e.g. cereal box
7. Duct tape
9. Small piece of Blu-tak/plasticine
10. Rubber band