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PrancingUrchin's avatar

Why do most flyswatters have tons of holes?

Asked by PrancingUrchin (1939points) July 7th, 2008 from iPhone

Does that increase or decrease splatter or something?

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ccatron's avatar

reduce friction or drag so you can swat faster

jrpowell's avatar

Easier to move though the air. You need to be quick.

Bsilver's avatar

I agree with the previous answer, and will add, if you try swatting with something solid, it pushes air, which can warn the fly, who then thinks “something’s coming! Fly away!!!”

Holes can help cut down on that air displacement…

Then again I could be crazy

vectorul's avatar

Flies are very sensitive to air pressure changes; therefore to fool them into thinking they are not in danger the swater has holes to reduce the amount of air pressure that the insect feels as it is coming towards the fly..

waterskier2007's avatar

if it didnt have holes, you would alert the fly by pushing air and you couldnt move it through the air fast enough to get a good swat

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[Mod says]: Stay on topic, folks.

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gailcalled's avatar

All flyswatters have holes and work; otherwise they are known as rolled-up newspaper and don’t.

Sueanne_Tremendous's avatar

Darn! I bet the mods removed the best, or at least the most humorous, answers.

gooch's avatar

I agree with all the above answers but it also saves money on the materials so the producer makes more money.

gailcalled's avatar

Wasn’t the original flyswatter a palm frond? Its efficacy probably generated the engineering model now used.

gooch's avatar

@ gail the original fly swatter was actually a tail.

gailcalled's avatar

@Gooch; you got me on that one. Nice to laugh before I go to the dentist’s.

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