Posted by sean on June 7, 2005 at 9:36 pm in Insects with No Comments


Earlier on this week I ordered myself one of these electronic fly killer toys you can buy from gadget stores. I’ve used it last night to “take out” two moths which had invaded my bedroom totally uninvited. It worked. I now have two dead moths in my carpet (any moths, butterflies or caterpillars reading, the funeral is for next Tuesday at 2pm).

The thing that is bugging me (excuse the pun!) is I keep wondering how powerful this device actually is! The curious and twisted part of me wants to touch the metal part of the zapper and press the switch while the chicken and Marty McFly part of me is just too damn scared to do so!

Thinking of the scale of the shock, I don’t know if we are talking on the same as those tiny electric oven lighters, in which case it’s nothing scary or is it as nasty as those electric fences that farmers use to keep their cows in line and Ken Bates wanted to install at Chelsea. Maybe it’s as bad as police stunner guns – I seriously doubt it!

The level headed part of me says as it can be bought legally, without a licence and as a novelty, for a human being the shock would be just an unpleasant sensation (or a nice sensation if you’re sick and twisted) and nothing of any harm.

It really does make me wonder though what it actually feels like. Shame I’m too scared to touch it. Anybody who has had experience with one of these, send me an e-mail and let me know what it was like and how brave or stupid you are.

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