Thursday, November 05, 2009

Flyswatting, or Carnage in the Kitchen

We had a barbecue Sunday afternoon and left the door open. I noticed a few flies buzzing around the fruit salad, but nothing like what I found Monday morning, when we were inundated with flies. These are the first 18 victims.

Ernest swatted 7 more, bringing the morning's total up to 25. After lunch, I swatted at least another 25. They kept on coming and we kept on swatting. We might have been up to 75 total by dinner time. Ernest reports that squashing them with a science textbook did not work.

So, where was my legion of spiders when I needed them? Those lazy spiders only caught 2.


Vanessa said...

That is a ton of flies! Are you sure you don't have some honey hidden somewhere?

Susan said...

Wow. Fly city.

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

We had this problem last year after a BBQ, and it is common in California.

Exhibit A

Tom, Laura, and I were a three-man death squad. Tom spotted (he hesitates too much so was demoted to spotting), I swatted (I'm the fastest and surest shot in all the LAND, bwahaha!), and Laura wiped up the carnage (we armed her with Clorox wipes and she's fearless I tell you!). Once you've put down the uprising, you've got to make sure you have no place for them to breed (a fruit bowl, something in the disposal, trash, etc.) because there will be another surge, trust me.

Good luck. Let me know if you need reinforcements for your troops. Our family can be hired for a nominal fee, such as baked goods or zoo tours.