My laptop is playing up and I fear I might not be able to blog for a bit. So I thought I would do something a bit different. A Maldivian product test. For the last week the war has been raging. A war on the insects in my house. No one has lived in this house for over a year and so plenty cockroaches, mosquitos and other insects think it’s cool to crawl on my food or onto my bed, or worst of all, suck my blood. Well it’s not cool. Not. At. All. Things have changed. The reign of leg-scratching terror is over.
On my first night I came across a can of Mosfly in the kitchen. This product claims it “rapidly kills all flying and crawling household insects”. I used it for a few days, mildly satisfied, and then when perusing a local emporium, I came across HIT. I knew I had found a new friend. HIT doesn’t even explain what it does in English, it uses the international language of brutish branding to convey the extent of invertebrate annihilation it will leave in its wake. Big letters. Garish Red. “Top Brand Award” three years running, yeah you know. But if you want the full spiel, it can be condensed to the catchy: “Anti Nyamuk dan Kecoa” (If you want some translation help, I reckoned that “Anti” always means “Kill”.)
Let’s break down the logos. Mosfly bears an archer aiming his bow upwards; HIT is a mosquito in the sights of a sniper rifle. Now I’m no expert, but in my opinion for complete amateurs, I’d take a gun over shooting a bow and arrow into the ceiling any day. This suggests that HIT packs a punch, whereas Mosfly is perhaps for the more precise pest controller. Also, what archer do you know who can hit a fly with his arrow? However we can clearly see that the sniper rifle capabilities of HIT allows even for headshots. It boils down to this: dumped in the jungle, would you rather have Robin Hood or Rambo? Needless to say there are no mosquitos in Sherwood forrest.
Now moving onto the in-hand feel as you wield these bad boys. As you can see from the second picture, minus the cap, Mosfly proffers a measly, basic aerosol dispenser which makes the user feel like a cleanfreak Banksy compared to HIT’s, full-body whole-fisted grip, the design of which was definitely pondered by those taking inspiration from the Freudian significance of gripped weapons.
In practice, performance varies dramatically. Tested on a cross section of the cockroach population in my kitchen, I have formed some hypotheses. When used, Mosfly has no immediate effect. The subjects just continued on as if nothing had happened. However a day later I found said subjects legs-in-air and proper dead. They had been Mosflied. However, HIT is a gamechanger. These days, I walk around with a swagger, defending my territory and dispatching invaders with aplomb. HIT boasts that it can be dangerous for “Pets and Children”, and I’m just using in on small insects. Mosfly recommends you just wash some off if you don’t like it. ‘Nuff said.
You may say “this isn’t a product review, you’re just slagging off Mosfly!”, but that is because I am. I am not a MosflyMan, I am a HITMan, which sounds far better. However we aren’t all HITMen and perhaps it is my Western preoccupation over insects which has driven me to favouring the bulldozing force of HIT. Perhaps for MosflyMen, for those who take life a little easier, there is more romance in Mosfly. You can vacate a room in the knowledge that at somepoint in the future, an insect may die, perhaps in pain, I don’t know. HIT dispenses instant one-hit kills so although, brutal, it is humane-ish. Mosfly might be the thinking man’s insecticide, but I’m in the game of instant results, sadly.