There never seems to be a shortage on new and interesting ways to kill bugs, although some of the products on the market really take the cake. From fly strips that attach to your head, to robot pest killing machines, to carnivorous furniture – some of these inventions are downright insane. Below is a list of the top 5 craziest pest control products.
1. Head Mounted Fly Strips
Ever get tired of pesky flies swarming around your head? Well, now you can defeat them – with the use of some Head Mounted Fly Strips. That’s right, these strips of fly paper literally stick to your baseball cap, turning your headgear into a sticky, disgusting wasteland for anything with wings that has the misfortune to flutter by.
2. The Termibot
The Termibot is a robot designed to target and kill termites. With the use of onboard thermal imaging cameras, this remote-controlled killing machine can detect the heat signatures that indicate the presence of termites. Once the enemy has been detected, it rains chemical death onto their colony. It also has the ability to traverse cramped and narrow spaces that humans cannot reach, upright itself if it happens to flip over, and a probe to sucker-punch any obstacles out of its path. Wood-eating pests don’t stand a chance.
3. The Better Mousetrap
The “Better Mousetrap” is a complex device that delivers its death blow via 40-60 PSI of compressed air. Built with a combination of “electronic controlled circuitry, a pneumatic actuator, and complex solenoids,” inside a cold, steel chassis, the Better Mousetrap employs the use of ultrasonic motion sensors and lasers to detect the approach of any whiskered rodent trespassers. Poor Mickey and Minnie suffer a 102-pound deathblow from this executioner that seems to come straight from a science-fiction movie.
4. The Bug A-Salt
The Bug-A-Salt is a device that uses table salt to blow houseflies away. Inventor Lorenzo Maggiore created this gun specifically to kill flies – and it’s only fatal to flies. A mere pinch of regular table salt delivers deadly blows to the common housefly, while it feels like no more than a pinch to any humans who may find themselves caught in the crossfires. The loader holds enough salt for about 50 shots, meaning that you can annihilate your housefly population with just one round.
5. Carnivorous Furniture
Household furniture that devours living flesh may seem like the things nightmares are made of, but they really do exist. One such table features a hallow leg that mice will be enticed to climb up when going after leftover scraps of food on the top of the table. The mouse will then (theoretically) climb up to a hole in the center of the table, and promptly be rewarded with decapitation by a rotating blade – which is fully visible by anyone seated at the table. The mouse remains are then dumped into a chemical bath, where it’s dissolved and turned into a microbial fuel that provides electrical energy for the table, keeping it completely self-sufficient. While it may be an effective – and horrifyingly entertaining – way to dispose of household rodents, you’ll probably want to avoid having this if you have small pets – such as kittens or small dogs.
Whether you’re looking to wear slaughtered flies on your head like a demented trophy, kill termites using an executioner robot, murder mice using lasers devices, pick off houseflies one at a time with an assault rifle, or feed your household rodents to the furniture, there is certainly no shortage of creative – and completely insane – ways to rid your home of pests. Or, you can always do the sane thing and call a pest control professional.
Chris is a blogger for Excel Termite & Pest Control a Connecticut based pest control company.