Although this looks a bit like a tennis racket, it is actually a rechargeable insect zapper. I bought it to protect myself from wasps. The conventional advice regarding wasps is Do Not swat them. I laughed aloud when I read that the alternative was to wait patiently until the wasp leaves. This was not “a” wasp. They had a nest outside my classroom door. They were not leaving. I had a duty to protect myself and my students. The only question was if it would work.
If you have never been stung by a wasp you might think I was mean to kill them. Some of them are kind of pretty, actually, if you can get close enough to appreciate that fact without getting killed or maimed. In the United States about twice as many people are killed by bees and wasps than are killed by dogs, for example, and that is about 5 times more than are killed by spiders, snakes, and scorpions combined. Most people do not actually die from a wasp sting, but unlike a bee, the wasp has a stinger that does not fall out, so the wasp can sting repeatedly. When a wasp beats its wings rapidly this alerts other wasps in the vicinity to come and sting you too. Apparently, about two million people in the United States are allergic to the venom of stinging insects. Even if you are not allergic to wasp venom, permanent scarring can result from even one wasp sting. Did you know that even after a wasp is dead it can sting you?
So I bought this thing. It holds a charge for about 2 weeks and recharges quickly in a normal wall socket. It doesn’t just kill the wasps, it turns them into dust.