The “Bug- A- Salt” Gun Insect Eradication Device!

This review has what is probably the most unlikely origin of any “gun” review I’ve ever done. That said this gun is a fun way to wipe out those pesky bugs around the house!

Features and instructions

Features and instructions

A couple of weeks ago I was working about 3am proofing articles and such. I had the television on for a little background noise while I worked. While I was typing away I heard the announcer say “The Bug A Salt has 80 shots with it’s pump action”. My reaction was huh its 3am and there can be some unusual commercials on but I had to see this advertisement from the start.

Sure enough about half an hour later the commercial came on again. The announcer proceeded to tell the TV audience about the Bug A Salt gun for the purpose of shooting mainly flies with a shot of regular old table salt. You pump the charger and set the spring which fires a short stream of salt and knocks flies out of the air! I admit the longer I watched the more amused I became. Ok, yes it got my interest I admit it. The next night these same ads were shown and I thought ok Steve has to see this. As it turns out Steve knew about them from writing a review on the first version a few years ago.

Thumb safety

Thumb safety

The next day I called the folks at Bug A Salt and told them I’d like to write an article on the Bug A Salt 2. They were kind enough to send a yellow one and a camo model. They also included a jar of ammo (salt) and targets (a jar of maggots) so you can grow your own targets of course. No I’m not kidding they are called “Fuggin Maggots” in the picture below.

Brew your own targets in 24 hours

Brew your own targets in 24 hours

Range Time (well more or less)

How the gun works is first pour any table salt into the pictured reservoir of sorts then you reach under the gun and pump the action like you would a regular pump shotgun (apply Vaseline to the slide rails for smoother function). After you pump one time the safety comes on and the BugASalt is ready to be a bug-killing machine! You simply find a flying, crawling or otherwise pesky critter release the safety and fire away dispatching them with one shot of salt. Rack the slide and do it again. The range is listed at 3 feet but this model 2 worked at 4 feet. The company does print on the box for adults only so you have an excuse to buy one for yourself instead of the kids. You better check with the wife or significant other before you start brewing up the “ammo” and turning them loose in the house. I did my hunting out in the wild rather than turn flies loose in the house.



It does take practice to nail those flying targets! Honestly it’s so much fun if you don’t try one of these you are missing out on some inexpensive recreation. Prices start at $39.95 for the yellow and $44.95 for the Camofly version. They also have a grill master special with a cooking apron with logo, bottle opener and of course the BugA Salt.

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Each Bug A Salt comes with a note from the owner.


Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the Associate Editor and moderator at TFB. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


  • Plumbiphilious

    Why…why would you want to grow your own housepests? If you miss any, you get to keep them forever. In your house.

    The company will lose money.

    • Actually they are doing rather well. The maggots are a separate purchase. There are plenty of critters to shoot outside. That and you know how flies tend to gather around the grill when you cookout. Or heck just sitting outside in the evening.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    In my first apartment we were known to blast pests with a 10/22.
    I did not get that deposit back.

    • LOL—I bet you didn’t! These things are a blast I can tell you that. They don’t leave holes in the walls either.

      • M.M.D.C.

        It’s not as far-fetched as it sounds. Having spent part of my childhood in the rural South I knew of, um, certain folks who kept a .357 handy to dispatch rats in their trailer.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        “Toothpaste is great for filling bullet holes in your drywall.”

    • Ken

      A revolver with primed cases works well too without damaging stuff.

      • with some paraffin bullets?

        • Darkpr0

          I actually load primer-only 38sp wax bullets (in a well-ventilated atmosphere, of course) to take care of the Black Widows that like to gather around my domicile. They can do some damage. Accurate to within minute of creepy-crawly.

        • Ken

          The jet of hot gas is usually enough to kill or stun them. I also found that corrosive primers, such as in primed 7.62x54R cases, fire a bit hotter than noncorrosive ones.

      • flyingburgers

        Don’t do that. Ordinary primers contain lead compounds like lead styphnate and you’ll contaminate your house with it. They have the potential to be even more toxic than metallic lead.

        • Ken

          I didn’t say do it indoors, haha. There are plenty of outdoor pests to get rid of, such as wood boring bees.

        • Y-man

          And you will end up corroding your bore something NASTY!

    • Anonymoose

      I had bats. A hockey stick solved that problem, though.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Easier on the house too.
        I was not a great respecter of property at that point in my life.

  • TVOrZ6dw

    Is this California legal?

    • Yep—-

      • iksnilol

        But.. but 80 shots.

        • Uh yes 80 shots of salt per loading.

          • iksnilol

            Yeah, but still, California.

          • MR

            I’d be more worried about New York. Trying to ban “high capacity” (normal capacity) sodas, the mere thought of all that salt likely gave m.b. a stroke.

          • MR

            They must have figured out micro-stamping.

          • Swarf

            Don’t worry, California models are pinned at 10 shots.

            They also have a “salt button” feature where you have to use a chunk or rock salt to load it.

  • John

    For years I have been a victim of insectual assaults from flies and frankly I am tired. This seems like it may be an alternative to the small explosives or high powered rifles that leave marks on the furniture and may aggravate neighbor disputes. I think if I can possess this magical equalizer I will no longer be pushed around by Musca domestica and I will truly be the “Lord of the Flies”!

  • Y-man

    Bought two of these on my 2014 trip to Dallas/ Atlanta. Seems the flies in Africa are specially trained ninjas – Did not hit a single one… Of course, my kids have methodologically disassembled them!

  • Cymond

    Seriously? Does anyone actually want to cultivate maggots into flies? I thought the point was to reduce the fly population.

    But yeah, I have a Bug-A-Salt, I was part of the original crowd funding a few years ago. It works, but it’s nearly impossible to hit a moving fly. They change directions erratically in a split second. It has some great uses, such as killing flies that are sitting on irregular surfaces, such as edges or corners. It’s also great for getting them when they’re sitting on something fragile that you don’t want to smack with a traditional fly swatter. (We had some problems with flies back in California). The down side was that our apartment slowly developed a fine layer of salt. It was like getting sand in my shoes at the beach: no matter how much I cleaned out, there was always a little more.

    A bad idea I saw on another website: load it with glitter.
    A worse idea: give the glitter-gun to a kid.

  • Ben Wong

    let me tell u about this product… do not buy this product .. it is absolutely worthless and steal ur time more than a internet porn site… I know I own 3 of them there I was hunting houseflies and any kind of insect and arachnids started out innocently in the kitchen …then to the living room ….garage …. the yard…. neighbors yards …. as lord is my witness by the time I realize it I was 3 freaking blocks away from home !! yeah I tell ya I’m surprise no one call the cops sighting me as an “active shooter” … I tell you do not buy this product… Unless ur a grandparent… then go ahead buy it for the grand kids and watch them drive their parents nuts… sweet revenge for when ur child drove u crazy

  • ghost

    Some days, life is fun again.

  • Azril @ Alex Vostox

    Hmm….I wonder, I wonder when this company will release a tactical operator version? Sure camouflage is a nice touch. But, this shotgun needs more than that like railed attachment, adjustable buttstock, Mapul AFG, or at least a tactical operator sling..

    • DAN V.

      Inb4 high end optics on bugasalt craze

  • SCW

    Some of the greatest training experiences I have ever experience is running around my house with a Daisy Red Rider bb gun trying to assassinate a roach. I’d sneak up quietly and get into a good firing position and just when I’m about to fire he takes off like Richard Petty on the last lap at Daytona.

    You haven’t been scared until you’ve run out of bb’s in the middle of the kitchen and you realize that the rest of your squad has been wiped out. It’s just you, the roach, and your back up rolled magazine.

    B/c of the violent ricochets from bb’s I’ve given up shooting roaches. I just go to Tractor Supply and by a gallon of insecticide.

  • Paul O.

    I’ve worn my first one out. It lasted about two seasons. Used it in the barn, so no issues with shooting salt inside. It has an auto resetting safety which is a pain and slows down the rate of fire. Of course, there’s a YouTube video on how to disable it. Lethality is OK, some one shot kills but usually takes two before the little buggers stop twitching. The one blaster I have that ammo cost is no factor.

  • Winter

    I bought one of these a couple years ago and it’s more fun than floggin’ frawgs! The only downside is after shooting all the flies after getting the bug gun I can’t get flies to even come into the house. This grow your own targets thing is genius! Finally I’ll have something to shoot again!!

  • I bought one of these. It was while the inventor was raising money I sent him a few bucks and about a year later the thing showed up in the mail. Yellow. They do work but you have to be very close to the fly. Two inches or so. I gave it to my nephew.

    • Geez this second model knocks them down at 4 feet.

      • Winter

        So does the original, if Jim22’s doesn’t work past 2″ it’s broke not weak.

    • Machinegunnertim

      The letter says to call Lorenzo’s hotline and they’ll make it right. Maybe you should call and arrange to send it in.

  • nova3930

    I’ve got a half dozen notches carved in the side of my Bug-A-Salt. Once you get the hang of it the hit percentage is a lot higher than a plain old swatter…

  • M.Mitchell Marmel

    Gee, this brings a whole new meaning to “slug gun”… 😀

  • Bowserb

    Anyone notice the printed instructions have sight misspelled?

  • Zebra Dun

    What’s This? No bayonet!
    Nor a rail in sight!

    Then again I recall as kids we would take rat shot and with our Dad’s .22 lr go down to the barn and pass shoot bumblebee’s that drilled holes in the wood joist.
    Occasionally the wandering Dragonfly.

    I gotta get me one of these for the stable.

  • Travis

    Wait, you mean this thing is an actual product and not one of those “bad idea” things they advertise on those consumer survey commercials? Wow, color me educated.

  • Leigh Rich

    They have lasers for them now on e-bay

  • shooter2009

    Great idea. Downside — salt is all over the place.

  • Jo Tempers

    I was unimpressed with my Version 1 Bug-A-Salt. It couldn’t kill flies 2 inches away. I tried various improvements from the internet (course salt, extend barrel with rolled up paper). I ended up giving it away. I should have asked for a refund.

  • John

    Wow, I remember the days when I had fun building silly stuff in the yard.

    Those days are long gone…replace by endless workweeks and workweekends.

    What happened to me….

    • It’s not just you John it’s just the way the world works these days. I was listening to the news this morning and they had a statement by the pope asking people not to give up their lives working and never making time for family, hobbies etc. There’s more to life than chasing the dollar. I’m not Catholic but I agree with him on this one.

      • John

        Easy for him to say, he’s got a job for life!