Questions for Home Ec 101 show up in the strangest places. Sometimes I’m minding my own business on Skype and they pop out of nowhere. This conversation has been re-enacted with permission, the name was changed to protect the innocent.
MarshaMarshaMarsha: Sometimes I hate living out in the country. One of the of the kids left the door open and now we have a ton of flies. Again.
Heather: Yeah, rural life can be a pain some times.
MarshaMarshaMarsha: This is ridiculous, I think I killed fifteen earlier.
Heather: That’s quite a few more than the Brave Little Tailor, maybe you need a belt.
MarshaMarshaMarsha: . . .
Heather: Sorry. You know, every time we’ve had massive fly invasions, there’s been a rotten potato. Did you check your pantry?
MarshaMarshaMarsha: I checked, didn’t find anything.
6 hours later. . .
MarshaMarshaMarsha: You’ll never believe what I found under the dishwasher, a wrinkly, nasty old potato.
Moral of the story, if there’s more than the occasional fly buzzing around the house, it’s likely they are being attracted to something. If it’s not an escaped potato, perhaps some trash has fallen behind where the bin is normally stored. If there are children in a home, food could be anywhere the monkeys can fit. Check under beds, behind drawers, under appliances. Sometimes they have “helped” put food away and a it’s in a toy box or other location. Sometimes new potting soil is the culprit, especially if it was brought in from outside.
If you can’t catch a fly remember they are attracted to light, dimming or turning off the lights in all but one room of a home will make the bugger easier to trap and swat.
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