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    This Salt Gun Kills Flies Instantly And It's Just So Damn Satisfying

    RIP, every single bug in your home.

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    I’m not sure what path I took down the rabbit hole that led me to discover the Bug-A-Salt, but I was immediately enamored — and I knew I’d just found my dad his next birthday present.

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    My father is the hardest person in the world to shop for — he's the kinda guy who buys something when he needs it, which means it’s pretty tricky when it comes down to finding him a thoughtful gift. I honestly balked at the $39.95 price tag at first, but the concept made me laugh, and I knew he’d laugh too, so I went for it.

    First things first, the premise of this product — if its name hasn't tipped you off already — is pretty straightforward: It's a gun for shooting salt to kill bugs. Yup. You fill the reservoir with table salt, cock it, release the safety, and then shoot. The best way to use it is to wait for the fly (or whatever other bug is about to meet its untimely demise) to land, get the barrel about 6 to 12 inches away from it, and shoot. That’s it. It’s that easy!

    After trying the Bug-A-Salt once, my whole family was hooked.

    You know how you can chase the same fly around your home for what seems like days, trying various methods to kill it as it escapes all 723 of your attempts unscathed? Well, folks, with the Bug-A-Salt in tow, those days are freakin' over.


    I can’t even explain the primitive satisfaction that comes along with ridding your space of pests so efficiently.

    The quantity of salt that comes out with every shot is minimal, and the gun is equipped with a safety so it can’t be shot off accidentally, meaning you won't be met with surprise piles of salt all around your house.

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    While you'll have to clean up fly carcasses as well as little grains of salt, it's a small price to pay to avoid flies vomiting on your food, IMO. (Yes, in addition to harboring tons of nasty bacteria, flies really do *vomit* on your food! 😨)

    When we gifted my dad the Bug-A-Salt, it was half in jest and mostly because of the novelty factor. I knew he’d get a kick out of attempting to shoot a fly out of the sky; I could never have imagined that it would honestly become the best thing I’ve ever bought.

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    During family barbecues, one person will inevitably become the fly sheriff, protecting the perimeter and keeping the gun close at all times. There is not one person who has used the Bug-A-Salt and not gone home and ordered one for themselves. My dad's is now nearing three years old, and it still works perfectly — making its price tag quite reasonable after all!

    If you're looking for a way to rid your house of flies and other pests, I can't imagine that you'll find a more effective — or a more entertaining — product than the Bug-A-Salt. (And yes, you can use it to salt your food too if you really want to/if traditional salt shakers have lost their luster.)

    If you don't take my word for it, may I direct you to the nearly 2,300 five-star reviews this brilliant contraption has racked up on Amazon? Let's give a few of them a look.

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    "So I bought this as a Christmas gift for my husband and I'm not entirely sure that was a smart move on my part. Not because the product doesn't work (it works very well in fact) but because my husband is now intent on leaving the doors open to the house when summer comes back around so all kinds of bugs can be let in for him to kill. He's already had the pleasure of being able to use it on a spider that was on an outdoor Christmas decoration and boy was he ecstatic! Since we seem to be in short supply of bugs in the house during these cold winter months, my husband has also resorted to using this gun as a way to add salt to food while he's cooking." —Adrianna McCain

    "I actually purchased this for my dad for Father's Day, but one day just decided I had to try it on a pesky lugger who was lazily whirling around my kitchen. After this churlish brute's inevitable demise, I kept the Bug-A-Salt for myself, and ordered another one for my dad for Father's Day. This is quite possibly one of the greatest contraptions known to man. My only regret is not thinking of inventing it first." —Thrifty

    "Love it love it!!!! I am a fly killer! This thing has help up to at least 100 rounds through it and it still feels the same as the first pump." —Amazon Customer

    "Lot of fun!!! You have to be pretty close to take out a wasp. I have bought several of them for gifts and everyone loves them." —J Reed

    Get it from Amazon or Jet for $39.95, or, Walmart for $30.22.

    Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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