With Memorial Day in the rearview mirror, picnic season is well underway. The sun is shining. The temperature is rising. And the grill is ready.
While summer is prime time for barbecuing, it’s also high season for ants, mosquitoes, bees and many other uninvited guests who like to crash — and ruin — the fun. Bug sprays aren’t the answer, because no one wants toxic chemicals all over their food. Candles work sometimes… sort of, for anyone downwind.. Or you could just go back inside, close the windows and wait until autumn.
That last suggestion, of course, isn’t really an option. This next one is.
The Bug-A-Salt 2.o, a toy gun which shoots a spray of table salt, takes the fight to the pests. Safe for humans but deadly for pests, this bug bombarder is shaped like a cross between a Kentucky Mountain rifle and a Flash Gordon blaster. And it’s almost as fun to play with. Work the air pump action to generate power, then approach your target, release the safety and fire away. The spray of salt, fired at a reasonable range, assures you probably won’t miss your target. On the off chance you do, prime again for another shot in seconds. Maybe use the built-in site the second time around. Those pests won’t be interrupting your party any more.
The ammo cap holds enough salt for about 80 shots, and a small window on the device shows how much salt is left. Everyday table salt is non-toxic and easy to clean off surfaces; it won’t damage anything other than its intended target. And you already have it in your cabinet.
Who knew ridding the party of pests could be so much fun?
Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology, gadget and lifestyle writer based on the West Coast.