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My Great Uncle ran a small town grocery store in Eastern NC. He lived in a house with an old 2 story barn out back that was full of bats. Back then, no one cared about the benefits of bats or got mad if you killed them.
He got a large neon sign transformer from an old sign he had had at the store. Then he fashioned electrodes from heavy copper wire on each side of the hole the critters flew out through. He set the distance between the + and - electrodes just far enough apart that when he cut the transformer on it wouldnt throw an arc between the wires. When a bat flew between the wires, the circuit would be completed and the critter would be zapped by the arc similar to a modern bug zapper.Him and his son had a lot of fun at night with the rig...
The old guy was probably the inventor of the bug zapper and never realized or got paid for it.

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