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Bug-A-Salt Review

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Updated for 2019

Last update on 2019-06-29 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Overall Rating:


  • It’s an amusing way to deal with pesky bugs
  • It works as described with a smooth pumping action.
  • It is lightweight.
  • It has a pop-up sight for greater accuracy.
  • You can buy several accessories like a laser pointer to improve your accuracy.
  • It has an auto-safety lock.


  • It looks too much like a toy despite that fact that it’s marketed to adults.
  • It’s messy to use indoors.
Ease of Use




  • Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • 22.5 x 7.8 x 2.8 inches
  • 90-day guarantee
  • One-year limited warranty


  • Works Without Batteries
  • Inexpensive to Use
  • Won’t Damage Furniture
  • Accurate firing
  • Comfortable Grip

The Bottom Line

The manufacturer, Skell, Inc., is the brainchild of Lorenzo Maggiore. The Bug-A-Salt began as a prototype in 1994. Maggiore ran with the idea and launched a crowdfunding campaign. He started selling them in 2012 after raising $577,000 in pre-sale monies and selling over 20,000 units.

The concept is simple with a fun twist on a vexing problem. The gun uses ordinary table salt as ammo to shoot and kill flying insects. It has a comfortable hand feel to it and is easy to operate without batteries. It’s lightweight despite its larger size. The latest model is the 2.0 version which has more power and greater accuracy.

The packaging makes it clear that it’s not a toy even though it certainly looks and shoots like one. The label stresses the fact that it’s for adults 18 years or older. While it is an admirable attempt by the manufacturer, we can easily see children playing with it too. We appreciated the warning on every weapon not to shoot at anyone’s face or in their eyes.

Bug-A-Salt Review

A fly in the house is annoying. It’s even worse if you can’t kill it. That’s where the value of the Bug-A-Salt comes into play. You can take out your frustration on the bugs in a harmless and inexpensive way. The novelty factor is there for anyone who wants to give it a try.

The product is sold directly from the manufacturer. They back it up with a 90-day guarantee with proof of purchase with a one-year limited warranty. Their website provides easy-to-follow instruction on how to use it along with some troubleshooting information too.

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Last update on 2019-06-30 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Last update on 2019-06-29 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Last update on 2019-06-29 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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