Review of the Bug-A-Salt, a bug killing weapon.

Review of the Bug-A-Salt, a bug killing weapon.


Okay, I’m going to review the Bug-A-Salt.
Its a gun that shoots salt that is supposed to kill bugs. Here’s how you fill it up with
salt. This is its ammo, if you will. To pump it up, slide this lever, and take off the
safety like this. before shooting bugs, I thought I’d get an idea of is power by shooting
a piece of thick card stock. It made a small dent, but otherwise nothing. So next I tried
a regular sheet of paper. Again, it made a dent, but that was all. I tried a piece of
foil. it left a lot of tiny dents. I decided to try again keeping the foil stretched tightly.
This time it penetrated through. Ok, time for some bugs. I tried this little
beetle bug I found. It knocked him several feet away, but overall he seemed fine. I tried
one more time. Again, he seemed annoyed but otherwise unharmed as he goes about his business.
Next I tried this wasp that was trying to build a nest inside my power strip in my garage.
It knocked him for a loop, but he was also unharmed. Next I tried this fly I found in
my kitchen. Wow. It actually worked well. He died almost instantly, as you can see here.
Next I tried a couple of spiders. here’s the first one, and the second one. Neither spider
was hurt by this. So I found this tiny grasshopper. As you guessed, he was not hurt. I tried one
more time, but again, he was not hurt. Al right, so what are my final thoughts on
the bug-a-salt? Well, I think its a great idea! I love the idea of being able to shoot
at bugs without worrying about damaging my property with a projectile. um, in practice,
doesn’t work so well as you can see in the video, um, works well against flies, but I’ve
tried a variety of other insects, no nothing. I tried a bunch of june bugs. I shot one of
them about 20 times. I didn’t get it on video because it was too dark outside. I want to
show you something else that really irritates me about this design, its this safety thing.
Every time you pump it up, you have to disengage the safety. It re-engages it every single
time. And I can’t tell you how many times I went to shoot a bug, and I had it just in
my aim. Pull the trigger, nothing happened. Then I have to take back, pull the stupid
safety back, and by that time, the bug has moved or whatever. Really, really irritating
that the safety resets itself every single time. But anyway, as you can see its not particularly
effective against wasps, I certainly wouldn’t try attacking a wasp nest like this, you’re
just going to wind up getting yourself stung. In fact, that’s another disadvantage I have
to tell you about. There were at least two or three occasions in my video where I was
shooting spiders or wasps. the spiders actually came back, I mean it actually hit the spider
and blew the spider off the wall and back onto me. That’s why the video ends so abruptly
on the spider videos because I had to brush the spider off of me. And when I shot the
wasp in my garage, that wasp came after me. I had to take off running. If I’d had another
camera setup you know about 50 feet away, you’d have seen me hauling butt with this
thing in my hand. Because it was not real pleased about getting knocked four feet away
from where it was but otherwise it was unharmed. So I guess my final review is if you like
shooting flies, this is probably the device for you. If you need to kill any other kind
of bug, don’t waste your money. Send me some comments, tell me what you’d like to see in
the next video. If you happen to live in the Dallas/Ft.Worth area and you want to do a
joint video sometime, let me know that as well and I’ll see you next time.

100 thoughts on “Review of the Bug-A-Salt, a bug killing weapon.”

  1. Nothing is going to kill beetles or wasps via projectile that won't do damage to your property. Flies are the most annoying and hardest to kill. Wasps have Raid sprays and such, beetles are harmless and easy to kill or move.

    This thing is for flies, in the commercial they only shoot flies. I wish you did a review of how well it kills flies, how far away can you kill flies, if it seems to be losing power, how many shots per time you fill it, that kinda stuff.

  2. the safety is probably something their lawyers made them put on the device. shooting it disengaging the safety is just part of the process so you'll get used to it

  3. You ought to try the improved version (2.0 they call it). It uses less salt per shot and hits harder. I have one, and it will kill wasps, large flies, and even grasshoppers at close range (with perhaps a follow up shot or two). It simply disintegrates spiders at close range, often blowing parts off of them, and is lethal on most spiders and houseflies up to about the range they give (3').

    Also, as was mentioned, it does take some skill and practice to get effective with this thing. I'm even a shotgun enthusiast, and it still took me a while. Remember, the bore centerline is probably a good inch below the sights, so if you use the sights at close range, aim about an inch above the fly. Honestly though, the sights sort of suck so I just point shoot as one often does with a real shotgun. Doing that I've become pretty quick and deadly!

    One last thing; the horribly irritating lawyer-approved safety is easily disabled with a screw. There are videos on Youtube showing the procedure. Happy hunting!

  4. I just got a Bug-A-Salt the other day and i have killed some big spiders and bee's.I think this guy was holding it way to close and was just blowing them away.Instead of hitting them with the salt.That's my guess.

  5. Mine works pretty good, it wrecks flies but I've killed a few spiders and mosquitos with it. Beetles, especially June Bugs, are pretty tanky too that's probably why they were fine. I would try it with salt that is more grainy, the larger crystals pack a harder punch.

  6. can you back up so the propelling air does not blow the bug and the mass of the salt takes over to hit the bug

  7. Use Kosher salt instead of granulated iodized salt, this will produce increased lethality when shooting larger insect with hard exoskeletons,

  8. Though take note there will be less salt in each load/discharge knowing particle size influences the amount of "shot" the chamber can hold with each pump, think of it as comparing bird shot-Granulated salt with Say buckshot-Kosher and other coarse salts, this is why granulated works well for flies and is more for shooting them out of the air, so what I Choose to do( just my opinion) is fill my hopper with Half granulated and half kosher for a full spread along with more massive salt, the increase in mass with the kosher increases penetrating ability thanks to inertia, more mass more momentum, I love this gun peace and safe shooting 👍

  9. You're holding the gun right next to those bugs and blasting them away with the same air blast as the salt, essentially just adding them TO the salt blast, instead of hitting them with it. Try holding it back a little bit. Not so point blank.

  10. Even though this is a few years too late, I still feel like saying that this review is incomplete. The distance that he shot it in the video isn't enough to get it's full power. You need a little bit of space between you and your target. My Bug-a-salt gun obliterated all paper, foil, and plastic wrap type products me and my buddy tested against, but it definitely had an effective range. It's best range seemed to be about 1 to 1.5 meters away. From that distance we were able to take care of wasps, spiders, beetles, and of course flies. I'm not sure how well it would work against a yellow jacket or any type of large wasp, but the normal little red ones were no match. I'm sure the bigger ones are much tougher and would only be annoyed, but the ones I tried it on were unable to combat my amazing new Rambo powers. Basically, this gun will take care of the pests you'd think it would, but it's certainly not meant for pest control. I love it not only for its novelty, which there's obviously quite a bit of, but also for its effectiveness. I don't understand the incomplete review considering that it comes with instructions that not only explicitly states the effective range, but also provides targets to test it on first that outline the spread that the gun should have at different distances. Being close up like in this video will only cause a percussive force equal to a light flick, which if anybody's tried that on a bug other than a fly they would know it doesn't work, but once you get the spread, then you have tiny little projectiles that can really mess the little guys up.

  11. I bought one of these around three years ago. It was a great novelty for the guests to play with at BBQ's but not very effective. The worse thing was the mess it made in the kitchen with salt being left everywhere. The following year, we bought an electronic zapper that looks like a badminton racquet but the strings can be charged up by pressing a button on the handle. Far more effective and makes a satisfying crack as it makes contact with a bug. Still, a decent fly spay is easier. The problem is stupid EU rules make it difficult to find a fly spray that actually works anymore. When I was a kid living with my parents you could spray Coopers fly spray in a room, shut the door and when you went back a few minutes later, every fly in the room was dead. Not sure what was the active ingredient? DDT probably. Most modern fly sprays can hit a fly at point blank range and they carry on like nothing happened.

  12. picked one up last night from bass pro shop it's a 2.0 says it's stronger than the original model I've killed flies, a few spiders and a wasp! this thing is fucken awsome!

  13. Dude, this guy is a dumbass. The bug-a-salt is advertised as a gun that kills FLYS! Which it does very well. Pretty sure it even says so in the instructions. But hey, why would anyone read the instructions? in my opinion, if this idiot didn't read the instructions and had a spider land on him, pretty sure he had that coming, SINCE THAT'S NOT WHAT THE GUN IS FOR!

  14. Thank you for this review. I was tempted to purchase one of these after reading about it. And I would have — if it were effective on most insects. But, after hearing your review, I think I'll pass.

  15. Well it was originally I tended for flies. It kills flies. I want one because swinging a towel around risks damaging my dishes and other stuff I have in my kitchens if it gets knocked over. Also I do not use sprays in the kitchen because then I'd have to wash everything before using it which is a pain. I think to kill the little SOBs that fly I every time I open the door or when people come in or out of my place and leave the fucking door open, (my nephews. I have to tell them to close the damn door all the fucking time) with one of these would be pretty cathartic. Fuck those disgusting little shits.

  16. Needs more pressure, like just enough to make it do to the bugs that didn't die, die like the flies. It just needs to go up the morbidity scale a few notches, but short of a pellet rifle, but not for nerffers anymore.

  17. I think you're missing the point…..the purpose of it is to kill FLIES! Flies are notoriously hard to swat, they move as soon as you get close…this kills 'em. Spiders, snails, beetles, etc can all be crushed with a shoe or a rolled up paper…..USE THIS ON FLIES!

  18. I can see David just flailing around his yard in circles trying to get away from the wasps and eventually taking off down the street and out of sight! 🤣🤣🤣

  19. Thank you for the good advice, I was thinking to hunt roaches with it, and was about to press check out and pay with amazon. Now, I’ve changed my mind and kept my money.

  20. you talking about shooting flies up close like in your video? i have to electrocute them with the tennis racket for minutes before trusting they are dead, how close do you have to get with this $45 toy?

  21. Thing is, you can just modify a $10 Nerf gun to shoot salt and serve the same purpose. HouseholdHacker did a tutorial on how to do so.

  22. Trailer has broken screen, so I get a few visitors. Exceptional at killing flys, but flip it around and head butt wasps nicely. Had to hand clap a few when they charged, but still had a quiet day.

  23. This may sting a bit if you hit a button down fly. To be safe may I suggest the zipper type instead.

  24. I just use my Daisy 880 with no BB in it. The air blast will kill a wasp no problem. There's one hanging in my garage for just that purpose. The 880's about the same price as the salt gun.

  25. It's ok it is designed for fly's only and please take a look of their commercial it is super fun, plus they sell maggots for practice, is't that awesome !

  26. For more killing power you can empty the pellets out of a shotgun shell and refill with salt ,much more fun and would be effective at far greater distances .

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