How to Be a Great White Hunter in the Privacy of Your Own Home.

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Never mind trapping.

Never mind zapping.

It's much more satisfying to hunt the annoying flies down one at a time and give them what they deserve.

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Step 1: Choose Your Weapon

The weapon of choice for the seasoned fly hunter is the broad rubber band. Narrow rubber bands can work, but carry much less energy, so are more likely to simply scare the prey off. Like shooting at a tiger with a BB gun, although the fly is less likely to turn round and take your arm off.

When using the bands, the universally-approved method is to hook the band over the tip of the index finger of your favoured hand, and pull it taught with the other, so that the band will fly wherever you point, and you can even sight along your arm and finger.

However, there is still some debate regarding length - longer bands are heavier, but shorter bands travel more quickly.

Pith helmets are optional.

Step 2: The Hunt

You need to remember several things:

Be ready at all times.

You never know when the little devils are going to turn up, so keep your weapon at hand (or, more accurately, around your wrist).

Be stealthy

You don't need to hide, but you do need to move slowly. The flies vision is keyed strongly to sudden, predator-style movements. Load your ammo as soon as you spot your prey, then move slowly, oh, so slooowly up behind the fly.

Take him from the rear

Flies have a weakness - due to their ornithopter-style flight, they always take off in reverse, no matter which way they want to go, or what they want to fly away from.

Shoot from behind the fly, and even if it sees the rubber band coming, it will actually spend a precious moment flying towards its own doom.

Be patient

Move stealthily enough, and you will get surprisingly close to your prey. The closer, the better.

He's only playing dead

It is quite possible to render your prey merely unconscious - be prepared to finish things quickly. Give the coupe de grace with the heel of your shoe, or a second, point-blank shot, or scoop the body up on a piece of paper and move it quickly before it recovers.

Step 3: Keeping Score

The original Great White Hunters kept "score" with trophies - impressive sets of horns, hides, heads, even whole mounted corpses. Fills the walls of the Great Hall, what, gives the servants something to dust, eh?

Unfortunately, if you try and mount your trophies on the wall, somebody else will probably wash them off.

Instead, if you want to keep an indisputable score (as might be the case with siblings or flatmates), then I suggest keeping the corpses in a glass jar. With a lid (you never know when the sneaky blighters are going to wake up...).

But what if they're alive? Won't they escape next time I open the jar to add another trophy?

Quite possibly, but then you have the chance of another hunt. Oh, if you're really set on making sure they don't escape, then give the jar a mighty shake before you open it - that will stun any sneaky flies long enough to add another to your collection.

Now, you'll have to excuse me, I'm sure I can hear a distant buzzing...



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    55 Discussions


    6 years ago

    Look up the bug assault on youtube. Its made for hunting bugs.


    6 years ago

    Very good instructable. This is a much cheaper way to get rid of pest.


    Reply 10 years ago on Step 3

    I'm not sure there's much to actually stuff - it's more drying and mounting, but I'm sure there's some skill cross-over.


    Reply 6 years ago on Step 3

    that be a fly taxi, whick is kinda of old ny slang, meening cool, ""fly " that is.. Flty was replaced by phaat, and or maybe dope. Phaat was at least 10 years ago, not sure wgat the slang is today, iy was 'bad" a while back too.

    back to the op and ble, good info on the rear take off, i am having a problem ith the clod weather onset. i think they are in the walls of the apartment building, i did foam seal all the lock openings of the clodset doors, i always felt a real strong wing coming out of them on windy days. i am on the fifth floor of a six story. I has also arcrylic caulked all the cracks i saw in the closet a while back. Alll the reading about bed bugs a year ago freaked me out, plus once i had a smoker downstairs and my closet and clothes smelled like cigarettes, which i hate. I tried traps like for yellow kackets, never caught one fly, flypaper is the only thing that has worked.. i am talking maybe 10 total, now about three, but i hate them. the guy at the hardware store told me he used a air pistol,no pellets, just the air, and it worked well. i only have a ,177 cal r pellet rifle. it pumps up very powerful, 2 pumps has knocked them out of the air, for close combat, affix fly swatter!, but they are usually too close and never land. i have been thinking of trying salt, to see if it works like a shotgun, and can hit them across the room. i also have lasers standing by too.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    I try and flick them out of the air with a towel. Get everything just right, and the flick'd end of the towel (moving remarkably quick) hits the fly and either stuns it, and smashes it against the nearest planar surface, of kills it outright.

    4 replies

    Here's an idea- cut a rubber band so it no longer a loop- just an elastic strip, and tape a small tightly taped wad of paper or something to the end. hold the loose end in one hand, then pull back the ball on the end with the other. Release the ball while still holding the elastic end. this works quite well.

    A good name

    10 years ago on Introduction

    It's so much easier to just let a fat white guy run through your house while you run at him with a rifle yelling "Remember the Alamo!"


    10 years ago on Step 2

    I didn't know flys took off backwards, and thus would fly toward the shot for a split second. That's handy! Kind of like the fact that rattlesnakes will strike at a hot bullet meant for them...