Back to the fruit flies... They have taken over my kitchen and for a while, I just couldn't understand where they were all coming from. I was using my flip flop as a swatter, but its bulky and the little suckers moved out of the way after the first THWAP! I was able to get quite a few, but still the numbers weren't dwindling! Where were they all coming from?! Then, I noticed a smell coming from the combo pantry/washer/dryer area. I thought it was the washer getting a little iffy. Yeah, there were some potatoes that had given up the ghost and were turning to liquid delight for a colony of fruit flies.... yuck! Well, we've gotten rid of those and cleaned up the remnants and now I'm on a mission to have our uninvited house guests leave. I didn't have a fly swat because mine are still in the rv. I don't like using spray for obvious reasons. So, last night, I went to the store and got myself a fly swat and some fly tape. So far, the fly tape has not tempted them. Maybe if I put some honey on it?:) I'm excited about the fly swat, though, my normal targets are much bigger than these. At least its more user friendly than my flip flop.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
We've had a home invasion. An unpleasant confrontation. Close encounters of the 4th kind. That's right, we've got a bothersome community of fruit flies... It started out with just one. Usually, they hitch a ride on a banana, but even if they do make it to adult-hood, they don't live very long. I either am able to eradicate them or they just die off. This time, however, they've not only stayed alive, but they've increased dramatically in population! Now, its not that I don't like bugs. They all have their purposes. (With the exception of mosquitos...I still don't know what purpose they serve!) The thing is, they don't have any sort of a purpose INSIDE my house....EVER! So, you see, the middle ground is where they don't have a death wish and stay outside and I don't actively seek them out in their element to annihilate them. I think that's a pretty good arrangement.