Being an exterminator wasn’t anyone’s dream job as a child. There’s no surprise there. Killing bugs and rodents is generally considered a pretty unpleasant job. You’d think that while you’re wiping out hundreds of bugs, your job couldn’t get any more exciting than that sentence. You guessed wrong. Apparently people in the pest control services are always looking for new innovations or ways to entertain themselves. And no wonder, their job looks dead boring. Here are the sparkling inventions of the 21st century Pest Control Industry:
#5. Head-Mounted Fly Strips
This ‘invention’ isn’t as high-tech as the rest of the list. However, have you ever seen a person walking around with a mini fly death camp on the top of his head before? No, I thought so. Yes, you can always just buy some flypaper, stick it to an old hat and there you have it.Except that these head-mounted fly strips are pretty legit. They’re called “Deerfly Patches” and you can buy them ready-made in stores. In addition they also have a 10 minute product review video,where you can get all the juicy fly genocide details. Or you can just accept the simple fact that these are just hats with fly paper attached.
Of course, the developers of this product are professionals who understand the supply and demand philosophy. So they also offer an option for the ladies – “UmbrellaGirl”. A black and white umbrella adorned with blue plastic cups, coated with an insect trap substance.
In the end, what matters to most people is if it works, regardless how stupid it might look. Though to others, the idea of walking around like a memorial of insect corpses is a bit of a downer. (Especially for your vegan friends.)
#4. The Better Mousetrap
The name of this innovation is pretty self-explanatory. What we’re dealing with here is the upgraded version of the classic never-changing-until-now mousetrap. The first prototype was introduced in 1894 and has practically stayed the same ever since.Numerous attempts have been made to improve it, but nothing seemed to be able to “outkill” the simple yet elegant spine crushing tool that humanity has been relying on for centuries.
Except for this one, called (almost out of spite) the Better Mousetrap. It kills its victim via a “102-pound death blow by way of 40-60 PSI of compressed air”. Made out of aluminium, it combines ultrasonic motion sensors and lasers to detect the approach of hairy invaders, with a key-lock switch with manual hammer override that’s installed to prevent the machine from activating on a false target(aka whatever body part you decide to stick in there while you’re dazed and confused). This thing does not only kill mice, it’s like the Terminator in the whiskered creatures’ world, coming to foreshadow judgement day when machines will rise up against all of the mouse-kind.
Even the designer/the guy who designed/inventor/ of this modern high-tech killing machine admits that he went a little overboard “like cracking a nut with a sledgehammer”. He defends his invention with the statement that his mousetrap if for sure “a lot more fun to watch”. Seems like pest extermination and complete human madness have walked hand in hand for a long time.
It all started in 1882 (as far as we know) when a simple Animal Trap was patented in Texas, US. The trap looked pretty much as the classic,except that instead of a snapping metal mechanism, a gun was mounted on the wooden frame. The creator, a James A. Williams, stated that it can be used “in connection with a door or window, so as to kill any person or thing opening the door or window to which it is attached.” These London-based rat control experts advise against this second ‘method’.
#3. The Termibot
Termibot looks pretty much like those BattleBots whose purpose is to destroy each other in the name of human entertainment. And as most of the robots out there, it’s created for the benefit of humanity. Only that this one is a dual-tread thermal imaging predator designed to eliminate insects.
Termibot is a unique device equipped with all the traits to exterminate in cold blood and dominate the battlefield. It is controlled remotely,so it can pass through all the narrow, tiny, jammed up spaces where humans can’t lay a foot. If it flips over, no worries, it will pick it self right up. This tiny machine of the future will even administer a precision blow to clear its path should it find an obstacle.Termibot transfers information from its thermal camera and moisture sensors back to an operator. When termite (or other insect) activity is detected, it uses a probe to smash the nest and inject pesticides exactly where they are needed. Invented by David Rice, this device can save you a ton of money. Instead of demolishing the foundation of your house, you can just slide Termibot in down there and identify the problem. Also another proof that mental instability is common amongst the pest control field is the dashing statement of Termibot’s creator, that the appeal of the robot isn’t limited to those in the pest control field. Imagine the evil mad laugh that most probably followed this sentence.
#2. The Bug-A-Salt
Houseflies.A never ending saga between man and Musca domestica. You have two options: buy one of those hanging fly strips that will totally blow your cosy interior or buy a flyswatter and try to take them all one at a time. These are two unsatisfactory options for people who don’t want to willy around or have their home look like a barn. And Lorenzo Maggiore, of Santa Monica, California, a place with unordinary fly density, invented the answer. He designed himself a weapon that can shoot the hell out of some innocent housefly, without being a threat to your livelihood and your property.
The Bug-A-Salt uses regular salt to eliminate the enemy. The loader holds up to 50 shots so it’s assured you can score a mean body count. Maggiore asked for crowd funding to help him launch his product. Here quested the modest sum of $15,000 to bring The Bug-A-Salt to Walmart. And in case you doubted the American way of gun-loving,insect-hating fanatics, the project actually raised over $550,000.
#1. Carnivorous Furniture
I never thought that a day will come when shopping for furniture will be this odd. So you want a new couch, but is it enough that it’s stylish and comfy? Does it have to be a mouse decapitating device as well? Big questions! However, if you do want your furniture to be a mice killing robot, artists James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau designed this predatory table just for you. The table, as well as few other household items they created, can function without having to be plugged into a socket or their batteries replaced. Inspired by Venus flytrap’s ability to sustain itself without sunlight, they get their power by eating meat. The rest of their inventions include a digital wall clock with a flypaper conveyor belt to gather and process houseflies and a lamp that works on the same basic principle.
The inventors openly declare that their creations are an artistic social statement. Which may sound like some snobby hipster joke on the common simpleton’s back, but they’re fully intended for the market.James Auger proclaims having meat-eating furniture can actually be as fun as watching an educational nature program, because as he puts it “…a fly buzzing around a window suddenly becomes an actor in a live game of life, as the viewer half wills it toward the robot and half hopes for its escape.”