Monday, September 8, 2008

bugged

Normally I don't get too wound up about bugs, even if they find their way into my space. Unless I can actually hear them skittering across the floor or they happen to be large enough for a saddle, I try to gingerly scoop them outside or just firmly shoo them away.

However. We have had a fly problem that I tried to pass off as a product of leaving doors & windows open for the fresh summer air, but even after Stu put up some very classy traps, the fiends remain. And let me tell you, that oft-perpetuated "fact" about flies only living 24 hours is completely erroneous; these monsters can survive at least two weeks (and up to 30 days! Noooooo), during which time they will reproduce like the Osmonds. My house resembles that scene in The Amityville Horror when the flies swarmed menacingly & relentlessly around the priest. I simultaneously want to scream, swat my own head to a pulp, and whack maniacally at their nasty little winged bodies. I am terribly sorry if one of them happens to be a mad but kind-hearted scientist; I will crush him.

Sooo, BBQ at our house this weekend?

14 comments:

Mrs. G. said...

OMG, I had forgotten about AH-that fly scene was horrible.

Yuck. Are problem has always been ants.

anon said...

flies are grody.

i have to admit i hoping for a cheap giggle with a photo of stu'd "classy" traps. i'm imagining some sort of home-engineered trap made of a tube sock, a can of coke and mrs. butterworth. i think it could work.

anon said...

stu'd=stu's

or stud, as he might prefer.

Karen said...

I feel for ya. We just killed off the last of the gnats I was trying to use the same excuse for. Then I found the rotting potatoes in the bottom of the pantry. EEEWWWWW.
My advice walk quietly and carry a big fly swatter.

Lisa Milton said...

Where's Sedaris when you need him? He'd take care of your fleet of angry raisins...

Danielle said...

I'm with you, any bug in mass quantity is just too much. Good luck with their removal!

Denise said...

"reproduce like the Osmonds". Bwa ha ha ha ha!!

Amy said...

I know how you feel. When we were in VA for the summer we had a horrible fly problem. We were easily killing 5-8 of them a day!

And finding them in the oddest places - like the bathroom medicine cabinet. I mean come on - who locked the fly in there!!!

Shana said...

So gross. We had one big fat fly buzzing around here the other night and my nine year old refused to go to bed. She was afraid the fly would "fly into her ear" if she went to sleep. Wonder where she got that notion.

Texan Mama @ Who Put Me In Charge said...

I feel your pain, sister. For 4 years we lived next door to a dairy farm. In the summer, the flies outnumbered us, like, 25 to 1. We sprayed, put up traps, kept windows closed, etc. They are tricky little buggers!!!

scargosun said...

ew. flies

marathon mom said...

Instead of spraying them with bug spray you can spray them with windex or air freshener. It mucks with their wings and slows them down. Then you can torture them however you want until they are dead. huzzah.

Tootsie Farklepants said...

We seem to have an unusually excessive amount of flies this year as well. I'm quick with a dishtowel. Flies take heed.

Sarcasm is just one more service I offer. said...

I feel your pain. Luckily, I haven't had that problem in a long time.(Knocking on wood.lol) Good luck getting rid of the pesky buggers.

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