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Bug-A-Salt Fly & Bug Salt Gun
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Bug A Salt Fly Gun - The Fun Way To Get Rid of Flies!

Looking for the perfect holiday gift?  Look no further!  The Bug-A-Salt is a fly “assault rifle” that uses ordinary table salt to shoot a concentrated spray pattern of salt (similar to a shotgun), killing flies and other small insects while still leaving them in one piece. The salt will not hurt walls or furniture but it is strong enough to easily knock flies right out of the air!  This salt shotgun is a non-toxic, battery-free device that allows you to have fun while controlling flies. More exciting than bug zappers or fly swatters, Bug-A-Salt can kill flies from several feet away, letting you sneak up on your targets.  You must be 18 years or older to order.

Featured on several news sites including the front page of the Wall Street Journal!

Active Ingredient: Table salt
Target pests: Flies, mosquitoes, and almost any other insect.
For use in: Indoors and Outdoors
Pet safe: Yes, when used as directed. DO NOT shoot your pets.
Manufactured By: SKELL INC.

Flies have long been our enemies at picnics and in our kitchens, at restaurants, and any other time they buzz around, knocking into windows and slipping away from our flyswatters. Bug A Salt is the new answer. A tongue-in-cheek “assault rifle” designed for killing flies and other nuisance insects with ordinary table salt, Bug A Salt is the fun alternative to the old-fashioned fly swatter and messy bug zapper, turning pest control into entertainment.

Advantages of Bug A Salt

The Bug A Salt shotgun makes flies and other nuisance insects public enemy number one, creating a new hunting season that requires no license and is a year round sport. Flies may seem to be a fairly benign annoyance, but they can carry numerous disease-causing germs that can cause scary diseases such as dysentery, typhoid fever, and tuberculosis, to name a few.  Flies are drawn to our food, where they feed, defecate, and lay eggs. This makes flies very unwelcome around kitchens and dining areas, but hanging unsightly flypaper and using unsanitary fly swatters isn’t always an option.

This is where the Bug A Salt comes in. Not only is Bug A Salt a non-toxic, battery-free salt gun, it leaves bugs whole, making clean up much easier. Without chemicals, this Bug A Salt is a perfect fly killer for indoor use and safe around food. With very inexpensive “ammo,” this tool can equip your bug-killing arsenal with an ever-ready weapon against annoying intruders.

How to use Bug A Salt

Bug A Salt takes about a pinch of salt to create a mini-buckshot effect that knocks flies dead, like a rock salt shotgun on a smaller scale. This bug gun is very simple to operate: simply load top with table salt, which will give you 50 shots. Then, cock the gun by sliding back the handle. Remove the automatic safety, and the sight should pop up on the top of the gun, indicating the gun is ready to shoot.

Practice shooting the gun against some tin foil, which will show you the salt spray pattern, making it easy to tell how far away you need to be. Being closer to the bug gives you more accuracy. Bug A Salt is perfect for bugs in corners, on ceilings and on windows.

Before you start your mission to destroy all flies, make sure you watch Bug A Salt’s YouTube videos and read their safety policy and code of conduct.

Safety for Bug A Salt

The Bug A Salt Gun takes safety very seriously. Before purchasing, please read their safety policy and code of conduct in full. Here is a brief rundown of important safety features and policies for operating the Bug A Salt bug rifle.

  • There is an automatic safety that is engaged each time the rifle is fired. This makes it difficult for the gun to be accidentally fired, as it must be manually set to shoot each time.
  • The cocking mechanism of the gun is stiff, making it more difficult for kids to operate the gun alone.
  • You must treat the Bug A Salt as a loaded firearm at all times. Never point at people, pets, or valuables.
  • Never leave Bug A Salt in the cocked position. Not only is this dangerous, it will also shorten the lifespan of your Bug A Salt.
  • When shooting the gun, ensure that all people and pets are behind you.
  • Never shoot anything but flies and other harmless insects. Never use Bug A Salt against any animals (including rodents and snakes) and never use on potentially dangerous insects like wasps, spiders, and scorpions, and shouldn’t be used on beneficial insects like butterflies and bees.
  • Do not modify gun in any way, including the paint. Law requires the orange paint.
  • This gun can only be sold to those 18 and older. Those who are under 18 should never use this gun without direct adult supervision.

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  • 31 of 33 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  Fun
    By Vince on December 23, 2012
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    Bug-A-Salt has never made fly and insect control more fun. Not only will it eviscerate flies from a good distance, but any other insect or unwanted spiders in the house without harming the surface behind. Great weapon for the wife as well.

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  • 31 of 34 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  Fun and Practical
    By Joe on May 27, 2013
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    I bought the Bug-A-Salt gun along with other things in my order. The idea to have a gun which will knock down bugs from 3 feet away was entriguing. I have long gone through the ritual of taking a towel and swatting flies, mosquitoes, and other critters, only to miss them and have to track them down again. Then there are the spiders on the ceiling which I needed to stand on a chair to reach. With the Bug-A-Salt, one shot kills from 3 feet away are common, and, with no mess to clean up on the wall. The latest trophy was a millipede. It took 3 shots though, but in the end, did not have a leg to stand on. With a bit of practice, you can take out flies in flight too. Finally, there is a weapon which allows my wife to face down a double-ugly spider and take it out her self instead of shreiking in terror. Operation is easy. Fill with table salt, pump the slide action, then take the safety off and you are ready to fire. Take a couple test shots at a sheet of aluminum foil to see how the shot pattern and sights align. You are ready to go hunting. The only problem I saw with it was when my (older) kids saw it, they wanted one too to take home. Will have to order a couple more now. As with anything which fires a projectile (salt), the same care you would take with any gun, BB gun, etc applies. Make sure the stray salt which does not hit the bug has a safe backstop and the stray salt will not enter electrical outlets or electronics. Otherwise, have fun.

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  • 21 of 23 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  Fun Gun - Deadly
    By David on December 13, 2012
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    This gun works as advertized and is easy to use. It takes out snails and slugs as well. Well built!!

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  • 19 of 21 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  Fun and efficient way to eliminate little pests
    By Jenni on February 7, 2013

    Who knew shooting salt was practical! I bought 2 of these for my brother-in-law and nephew for Christmas. Not only do these work, but it provided hours of entertainment just watching them hunt down flies and spiders. I highly recommend this salt gun, especially for that hunter- minded individual that would enjoy adding a little fun in taking down those pesky critters.

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  • 17 of 20 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  I LOVE IT, BUT IT DOES HAVE SOME LIMITS!!! (of course!)
    By Tia on April 7, 2013

    I gave several of these guns to adult members of my family who are gun enthusiasts. Such a surprise was the one who has the biggest and best collection of guns than the others!. He absolutely LOVES his BUG-A-SALT!!!!! He couldn't hardly wait until he got home and showed his co-workers in the field how great it worked! This gun is great on flies, slugs, and other creatures with soft skeletal bodies. Do not expect it to work on bug with the harder extraskeletal bodies, i.e. wasps, hornets, etc. To see what your spray shot is, practice with a piece of aluminum foil to see what the spray pattern is from different feet away from the bug. Always perform maintenance on your gun when not loaded, just as you would any other firearm! Happy Hunting! Kodos to DoMyOwnPestControl for becoming a distributor for BUG-A-SALT!!!

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  • 5 of 5 Stars  Awsum Fun!
    By R on December 16, 2014

    The bug a salt fly gun is an accurate way to get rid of flies period, no smears to clean up and is fun too!

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  • 3 of 5 Stars  Not as lethal as I had hoped
    By Mark on December 1, 2014

    This thing is pretty cool, it destroys gnats, fruit flies, small moths, etc. It knocks any size fly off whatever it's sitting on, but the larger flies often just fly away after the first hit, sometimes after the second and third hits too. I suspect it does them some damage, it seems like (though hard to say for sure) I find them languishing later but it's not like I can tell one from another, how the ones I've seen that were in distress got that way is anyone's guess. Bottom line is, it's disheartening to blast one at point blank, only to watch it fly away, thumbing it's nose no doubt. (Even worse when you're trying to show the gun to a chick, who can't stop laughing at it/you.) I didn't send it back, but I'm not sure I would buy it if I could do it over again.

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  • 5 of 5 Stars  shoot a bug
    By David on November 29, 2014

    Takes a little practice but loads of fun, Killing those nasty flies. I was surprised on the high quality of the gun. It does not harm furniture, walls, exc. It's worth the money.

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  • 5 of 5 Stars  Nifty gun
    By Bill on November 26, 2014

    This thing is simply cool. A great way to get those pesky flies without swinging and swiping like a mad man, smearing fly guts on everything. This gun is built very well. Heavy plastic that you can feel right off. Decent ranges and uses just the right amount of salt without shooting it everywhere. Would buy again.

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  • 5 of 5 Stars  Good
    By Nick on November 18, 2014

    I bought this for a Chrismas present, so we have not used it yet, but this was the lowest price and shipping was fast. Plus it looks really cool and it is hard for me to leave it sit in the closet until Christams, but my wife keeps reminding me, it is not for me. I might have to get one for myself.

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  • 3 of 4 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  Fly repellant
    By Rev. on November 5, 2014

    For months on end I had a problem with flies landing on my monitor. That sort of thing becomes maddening. My poor monitor almost got punched more than once. So I ordered this thing. Up until the day before it arrived, the flies kept landing on the monitor. And the day it came, the flies stopped. The only thing this has been fired at is the palm of my hand (it stings). Oh, and it was tried on the monitor to see if it would damage it (it didn't). But it's apparently an utterly fantastic fly repellent. Maybe they all moved out when they heard it was coming.

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  • 5 of 5 Stars  OMG Funnest thing ever
    By John on October 20, 2014

    Shot my first fly and got the thrill of the hunt and kill just like real hunting. Gonna get my dad one next.

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  • 5 of 5 Stars  Love it!
    By Brandon on October 19, 2014

    Its fun, well built, and cool to look at. What else is there to say... I did my research before buying, and watched the Youtube video(which is great). Im very happy with the product. I wouldnt mind if it had a little more power, but it gets the job done. Thanks Bug-A-Salt, 2 thumbs up!!

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  • 5 of 5 Stars  Fly Hitman
    By Jeff on October 7, 2014

    It's awesome and I look forward to dispatching flies, sometimes let a couple in just for the heck of it. It works great on spiders too.

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  • 1 of 2 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  Bug A-Salt Gun
    By Jack on October 4, 2014

    A fun toy I received as a birthday present from my brother. Great for eliminating spiders and flies in the house and garage. Super glued a section of rail on top. Now I have the only one around with a laser, for night use. Can do without the safety....

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November 24, 2012 John from Hannibal, Mo. asked:

QWhy can't the bug gun be used on dangerous insects. It won't kill them?

AThe manufacturer uses this disclaimer so that folks won't run around shooting at hornets nests or bee nests. Also, if you miss or don't get a direct hit, they certainly don't want to be responsible for you getting stung or bitten. We have used the Bug-A Salt around our facility and so far it has killed every insect we tried it on including beetles, house flies, weevils, silverfish, house centipedes and millipedes.

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December 12, 2012 Hank from Ny asked:

QHow about mosquitoes?
Are mosquitoes fair game or are they considered to sting?

AYes, the Bug-A-Salt Fly and Bug Salt Gun is labeled to treat mosquitoes among many other insects. We do not classify the mosquito as a "sting" insect.

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December 4, 2012 Rene from Atlanta, Ga asked:

QDo you feel the salt spray is strong enough to kill a carpenter bee?

ATechnically you are not supposed to shoot anything that stings so we can't tell you that it will kill a carpenter bee. What we can tell you is that we have several guns in the office and we have shot beetles, stinkbugs, centipedes, weevils and very large flies (we shot these around the exterior of our office, none of these bugs would dare venture into DMOPC territory!) and all of these insects have succumbed to the Bug A Salt Gun.

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April 21, 2013 Equintano from Florida asked:

QHow do the Bug-A-Salt guns work? What does it shoot?

AThe Bug-A-Salt uses ordinary table salt to shoot a concentrated spray pattern of salt (similar to a shotgun). To see the gun in action please follow the link below and scroll down to the videos: http://www.domyownpestcontrol.com/bugasalt-fly-bug-salt-gun-p-2877.html

3 of 5 people found this answer helpful.
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June 8, 2013 Eric from Yadkinville, Nc asked:

QIn what country is the gun manufactured?

AThe Bug A Salt gun is manufactured in California, U.S.A.

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Most Recent Customer Questions

September 1, 2014 Hugo from California asked:

QCan white sand or granulated sugar be used instead of salt in the Bug-A-Salt Gun?

A The manufacturer of the Bug-A-Salt Fly & Bug Salt Gun recommend only table salt to prevent any clogging etc.

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June 8, 2014 Rick asked:

QWhy do you say this gun is made in USA when it is made in china?

A When we first started carrying the Bug-a-Salt gun it was being produced in Colorado here in the USA. If this has changed and they have started outsourcing the build of the product we are unaware. You can feel free to contact the manufacturer directly at 310-392-3288.

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March 18, 2014 Rob from Wellesley, Ontario, Canada asked:

QCan your Bug-A Salt be shipped into Canada?

A We apologize but we are not currently set up to able to ship into Canada or any country outside the U.S.

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January 3, 2014 Freddi from Kalapana Hi asked:

QCan I use this gun to shoot Amdro into trees to kill fire ants?

A The Bug-A-Salt gun is only designed to use regular table salt in it. Even if it could handle the Amdro, that would not be an effective or accurate way to eliminate any fire ant colony. Please review our article on How To Control Fire Ants for the correct treatment method to eliminate the ants from the tree and your yard. 

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December 24, 2013 Robert from Red Bank Nj asked:

QWill the salt spray damage dry wall from one foot away? What about window glass?

A The Bug-A-Salt Fly & Bug Salt Gun is only powerful enough to kill small insects. Since you only use table salt as ammo, there would be no damage caused to dry wall or windows.

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September 28, 2013 David from Midland, Tx asked:

QMy Bug A Salt Gun got wet. Can it be cleaned?
Can it be "cleaned"?

A You should be able to soak and clean the Bug A Salt Gun out. To make sure you effectively get your Bug A Salt Gun clean and working properly, we recommend contacting SKELL INC. 310-392-3288.

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August 1, 2013 Clayton from Ottawa On asked:

QWhat is the affective range on the Bug-A-Salt Fly & Bug Salt Gun?

A The Bug-A-Salt Gun will shoot an ideal 3 feet.  Practice accuracy by shooting aluminum foil to see salt spray pattern

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July 28, 2013 Carl from Pittsburgh, Pa asked:

QWhat is the effective range of the Bug-A-Salt Gun?
How far can I be to shoot insects?

A The Bug-A-Salt Gun will shoot an ideal 3 feet.  Practice accuracy by shooting aluminum foil to see salt spray pattern

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July 25, 2013 Rebecca from Monahans, Tx asked:

QCan you please tell me what the salt/water ratio is and the EC?
We are attempting a natural way of controlling spiders in a greenhouse.

A We are a little confused by your question. This was submitted under our Bug-A-Salt gun page. Salt is simply poured into the holding resevoir and no water is needed for this use. Insects are shot with table salt when they are noticed. Did you want more information on a different product?

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July 21, 2013 Rainy from Stanwood, Wa asked:

QIs the Bug A Salt gun safe to allow a 8 and 10 year old to use with no adult supervision?
My kids informed me that they were using this gun unsupervised at their father's house....


The Bug a salt gun has been used as a toy and christmas gifts for family members of our customers before and is only using table salt as an "ammo". However you must be 18 years old to purchase the unit and is advised as with most toys by the manufacturer to have adult supervision. If you concerned about the safety of your kids if they were to miss-use the gun you can contact the manufacturer to assess any risks that may come about. Skell Inc can be reached at 310-392-3288. 

Per the Bug-A-Salt web sites FAQ(frequently asked questions):


Is the gun dangerous?
No, only if misused: Do not shoot anyone in face or eyes. Treat it with respect like any firearm. It will not penetrate skin or damage furniture
What kind of salt does it use?
Any ordinary granulated table salt


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