Mosquito Swatting

Mosquito Swatting describes the act of killing a mosquito flying in the air or whilst standing steadily on a surface area. Classic Mosquito Swatting squeezes a mosquito between a surface and the mosquito swatter. The force used to crush the mosquito has to exceed the body stiffness for it to succumb and collapse. Successful mosquito swatting results in a flat mosquito on the surface without any form of life.


Electric Mosquito Swatting acquires electricity to kill mosquitoes which are on the move or resting on a surface. On contact with the swatter grid, mosquitoes die from electrocution. Successful electric mosquito squatting comes with a spark and ends with a dead mosquito in the grid or on the floor. Speed and force applied on the swatter must be high enough to avoid the mosquito from flying away. Aiming skills do come into play yet these are often mastered within a couple of tries.

Mosquito Swatter types

There are three main categories within the mosquito swatter collection:

1. Classic Mosquito Swatter:

Classic Mosquito Swatters are non-electric and are typically made from flexible materials. Flexibility allows the handle to bend during accelerated movements. Plastics tendency to bend back to its original shape contributes to acceleration and speed. Plastic and leather are common materials with long durability and flexibility. Wooden and extendable telescopic steel handles aren’t flexible, yet they come with other advantages. Compact storing for instance. Ad-hoc mosquito swatting in the classic fashion manner is cheap and does not require batteries.


2. Electric Mosquito Swatter:

Electric Mosquito Swatting is a method with an electrical charged swatter grid. Mosquito swatting with an electrical mosquito swatter is made easy and especially inhouse a highly effective remedy to reduce mosquitoes. One of the most beneficial properties is a reduced chance of mosquito stains on walls and ceilings, which demands less cleaning.

The electric mosquito swatters require batteries or an accu. Holding down a button with the thumb opens the electrical pathway from battery to the grid. Alternatively a button can be switched to turn a swatter racket on or off constantly.
Electric swatters are not flexible and require enough juice in the battery to fully electrocute mosquitoes. To keep them light weight they are made from plastic and a hollow tubining. The grid consists of electric conducting wires, with a pattern similar to those of bug zappers. This type of swatter is excelent for flying mosquitoes in the air and can also be used to catch mosquitoes that are at reast on a surface.

3. USB Chargeable Mosquito Swatter with Light:

The USB rechargeable Electric Mosquito Swatter is a subcategory with optional attracting light (amazon link). Litium ion batteries have a lengthy longevity and allow rapid charging when battery is drained. This modern approach to mosquito swatting firstly allows remote charging by means of a power bank or car chargers. No longer charged batteries or battery charges are needed to reacharge the swatter, and USB cables are available in abundance almost anywhere.

Mosquito Swatting can be done active or passive. LED lights within the grid lure mosquitoes and the stand with USB connector allows it to be places outdoor or indoor in living rooms and bed rooms. This passive approach turns the swatter into a bug zapper, and the menu on the grip has multiple options to switch between automatic and manual mosquito killing.

Switching to manual and active swatting mode, the handle allows flexible swinging of the racket without loosing grip. Stainless steel designs become more popular and blend into modern house designs.

History of Mosquito Swatting

Mosquito swatting is a true historic phenomenon because mosquitoes have been on our planet over 100 million years. All our ancestors likely dealt with them at some point in their lives – unless living on the north pole – and attempted a striking technique one way or the other. From that perspective the modern swatter is a new marvel and they have been with us for just over a century.
The classic fly swatter is a multipurpose swatter and is used for mosquitoes, flies, wasps, etc… It has been patented in 1900 on January 9th by R.R. Montgomery with the “fly-killer”.  The image below shows the filled out application amongst the main components.

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Prior to optimizing the purpose of swatters to mosquitoes, the “fly-killer” was first renamed to “fly swatter” in 1905, referencing to a softball game “swat the ball”. Shortly after the name “fly bat” arised, and from there forward new names are observed in history, leading all the way to the Mosquito Swatter.

Pro’s and Con’s of Mosquito Swatting

Mosquito Swatting is an effective remedy to kill mosquitoes. Compared to Standalone mosquito zappers and mosquito traps it is compact and easier to use ad-hoc. Below is a list of pro’s and con’s for all 3 swatter types.

Pro’s Con’s

Cheap & Fun

Age independent

Low mainteance

Long duratbility

Easy to use

Fast to learn

For indoor and outdoor


Large selection of choice


Passive and Active use  


Recharging batteries

Mosquito vaporization

Risk and safety

Can hurt humans

Cleaning the grid


Spread of vaporizing mosquito parts

Mosquito Swatting Techniques

Classic mosquito swatting is simple and straight forward. See a mosquito? Get the swatter out and go ahead. Surface area’s like curtains and windows are ideal since stains are not permanent. Walls, especiall white walls, are less ideal since mosquito stains are the result and usually clearly visible for many months or years. For mosquitoes on high ceilings and corners  the South Bend Golf Fly Swatter allows you to go pro. The long handle allows good swings, both forehand and backhand.

Swatting them whilst flying may be a challenge and here is where the electric mosquito swatter comes in handy. Any form of contact eliminates it, even when resting on a wall. Interesting fact about mosquito electrocution is that the air around the zapping can be contaminated with small mosquito pieces. A Wikipedia article refers to distances up to 2 meters. Therefore, indoor mosquito swatting near food should be avoided.

Electric swatters are typicall stiff and inflexible. Therefore, it may be difficult to kill a mosquito on a walls and hard surfaces. To solve this riddle, the DynaTrap DynaZap offers a large turning head on a telescopic extendable handle. Alternatively, this foldable fly swatter is also ideal for walls and allows swatting in a 90 degree angle.

Conclusion and Recommendations

In summary, the concept of Mosquito swatting is relatively new, especially when considering that mosquitoes have been on our plant for millions of years. Moving from concept to the actual classic swatter design occurred at the beginning of the 20th century. This old-school method still exists today and its simplistic durable design will not change soon.

Vented holes, flexibility and mobility are big pro’s for swatting mosquitoes. Especially for places with low mosquito volume such as living rooms and bed rooms, the mosquito swatter is ideal for ad-hoc swatting.
Optimizing mosquito swatting still is in progress and new features occur constantly. The modern swatter types offer active and passive use, comes with light attractant and is USB chargeable. A powered stand turns it into a standalone zapper, ideal for luring and electrocuting mosquitoes in darker rooms. Electric swatters additionally bid ease of use to catch flying mosquitoes with a simple swing. This avoids stains on the wall and requires little effort.

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