Are there any seasoned members that can recommend approaches to successfully kill flies with only your bare hands. I am interested with solutions that can help me deal with pesky flies while they're temporarily stationary within arms reach.
If you are happy to squish them, this is my technique.
I move my arm very slowly. Flies perceive human movements as slow in comparison to our own perception, so I tend to move at a glacial pace, so the fly does not detect my movements.
Once I am close enough I wait until the fly is cleaning its legs or eyes before I strike. If the fly stops cleaning it is either aware of me (or another external influence) or it is ready to move off.
Whilst the fly is cleaning I try and overreach, so if the fly is facing away from me, I will swat a few inches ahead of it in anticipation of it moving off, trying to make the move as rapid as possible. It doesn't always work, but I've killed some this way.
Catching flies from the air is almost completely a matter of luck, in my experience.
If they're lifting off a surface, it helps to know that a housefly has to jump backward in order to lift off -- so at whatever point it becomes alarmed enough to fly, it'll move about a quarter inch (6 mm, give or take) to its rear as it leaves the surface. This can help either in swatting or catching, because you know in advance the first place it will go.
This probably isn't a complete duplicate, since you're looking for a way to kill flies with your bare hands. Anyways, try this approach I answered on another question about removing flies.
I would suggest you a method:
- If you are totally fed up with a lot of them, try immersing your finger in sugar solution. Keep it open and thus trap most of them. Squeeze them up if you do not mind doing that. They will get stuck to your hands as sugar act some sort of glue here.
- If you have a small number, wash your hands. Find them, kill them by clapping your wet hands. Wet hands will not allow them to escape.