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Scientific secrets behind swatting flies revealed

Last Updated: Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 13:15

London: The problem of swatting a fly, which has plagued mankind for eternity, may now have a solution.

According to Professor Jim Hardie, director of science at the Royal Entomological Society, flies process seven times as much information in a second than a human, and they also have `360 degree vision` and `very fine hairs that will detect air movement,` making any kind of stealthy approach difficult.

Nigel Wyatt, curator of diptera at the Natural History Museum`s Department of Life Sciences, said lies have evolved over millions of years to escape predators, the Independent reported.

To counteract a fly`s reaction speed, the attempt should be made in the morning when the cool air makes it more sluggish than usual and a fly swatter should be used instead of a traditional rolled up newspaper, to reduce the change in air pressure.

Then, a point should be targeted in front of it to anticipate its most likely line of flight.

Then, Wyatt says that the key is to ` swat them as hard and quick as possible.`


First Published: Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 13:15

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