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    Default Fly Swatters Sold Here?

    Are fly swatters sold in the DR? I've been looking over the years, but have never seen them in any of the stores. Have I looked in the wrong places, or have they gone the way of the buggy whip?

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    Look in the hardware stores. they also sell sticky tapes that can be hung from the ceiling...ugly but effective...

    I'll call around here, just in case..
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    We have had to bring a # down from the states and then "teach" folks how to use them...ha....really have not seen any in the stores at all.

    Best, Dave

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    Will be interested in what you find out, HB, but am inclined to think they aren't sold here. We don't have enough flies to warrant using those ugly sticky tapes, but we get a few in spite of our screens. I get a great deal of personal satisfaction every time I smash a fly with a fly swatter and, when, in past situations we had a lot, it was challenging to get a number of them with one blow. Give me a fly swatter over sticky tape any day.

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    Talking Stealth Swatter

    Ken, just by chance you happen upon one of those roving vendors, you know, the guys in the old Nissan or Toyota camionetas that sell everything from them, soup to nuts, clothing, plastic buckets, chairs, etc, to the people in the campo; check them out, they may have a swatter.

    If you are handy, you can form a swatter from a wire clothes hanger and the plastic from a discarded flat-sided household container. Cut the plastic to form, punch some holes in it to enable it to get it to swatting speed. Bend the hanger to make a handle and with a little glue and fine wire wrapping you attach the plastic. You have a homemade stealth swatter. Regards, PJT

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    What you do is wait for them to land. Don't get up from your chair. Just sit there and point one of those keychain laser lights in their eyes. They won't move away.

    After you've blinded them you can just walk up and crush them with your finger.

    Seriously, that "flying insect spray" works wonders. If you see a fly, just give it a 1/10 second blast about 2 feet above the fly. A tiny amount of the mist will fall on the fly. It will be dead within 15 minutes and if you get gratification from squashing them, think of how you'll love watching them wriggle and suffer during the death process.

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    Good suggestion, PJT, but as a last resort. I'm afraid the homemade flyswatter won't be durable enough. When I hit those suckers I really give them a whack, and part of the satisfaction is the noise made when the fly swatter pounds the intruder into the table top. Reading dms' post reminded me of friends coming at the end of the month. I'm sending them an email tonight asking that they bring me several fly swatters.

    BTW, dms, my wife and I got a good laugh from envisioning you "teaching" the use of a fly swatter. I suspect she will be weaving that into future conversations with local friends.

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    This has to be one of the funniest and most useful posts Ive seen in ages. Really liked the laser treatment, I have one and will try that, I have made fly swatters from a one gallon jug of water and a coat hanger, but still prefer the free ones they give away back home in the spring time.

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    Why not take yesterday's Listin Diario (or paper of your choice), roll it so that its slightly conical, and roll some tape around the skinny end? As a student who can't afford luxuries like fly swatters, I find this to be quite effective. Bigger bugs? Add more newspaper. I have become quite the stealthly hunter. Oh and those ink smudges come off the walls about as easily as fly guts and legs.
    Ciao,
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    I have seen some in a small Chinese supermarket here. If you want, I'll go buy a few if they still have any?

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