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In Latest Bid to Lord Over Flies, One Man Tries Salting Them Away

At the Port of Los Angeles, a shipping container holds new weapons in man's battle against one of his oldest adversaries: Musca domestica—the housefly.

The mastermind behind this arsenal is Lorenzo Maggiore, an eighth-grade dropout turned artist who makes an unlikely merchant of death. The sinewy 51-year-old, who favors cargo shorts and wraparound sunglasses, is a surfer and yoga practitioner who speaks in a distinctly Southern California patois.

But when it comes to winged invaders, Mr. Maggiore is no peacenik: He is the creator of a plastic, pump-action shotgun that blasts pests with table salt—he calls it the Bug-a-Salt. While flies are his personal bugaboo, he says the weapon is lethal against mosquitoes, spiders and all sorts of irksome insects.
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2012

After working on BUG-A-SALT for decades, Lorenzo is granted an “Official Patent of Invention” and launches his product.

May 2012

Lorenzo created a BUG-A-SALT video telling the story of his journey.

July 2012

The BUG-A-SALT pre-sale launched on Indiegogo.com crowd-funding site.

The BUG-A-SALT video posted on YouTube and quickly went viral attracting press, bloggers and customers worldwide.

October 2012

The Wall Street Journal ran a front page article featuring the BUG-A-SALT and Lorenzo.

December 2012

By the end of 2012, Lorenzo took orders for over 20,000 units and raised over $577,000 via presales.

2019

Since it’s launch, BUG-A-SALT has sold over 2.5 million units.