Gut Rumbles

September 19, 2005

i think i finally got rid of them

Remember the post a wrote a few days ago about all the bugs that flew into my house when I was taking my garbage out? Well, I wrote it and I didn't lie. I took care of the flies and the wasp pretty quickly, but those goddam aphids set up camp in the Crackerbox.

I described them as non-biting "gnats" in that earlier post, but I figured out what they were later. They were some kind of shitass fruit-fly.

The ones I didn't kill right off the bat set up some kind of orgy-room in a bag of Vidalea onions I had on my kitchen table. I reached into the bag to get an onion a few days ago and a SWARM of those fuckers came boiling out of there. I gassed a bunch of them, but I didn't get them all.

The survivors spent the last five days making my life miserable.

They must be attracted to C02, because their sole ambition in life seems to be flying up my nose when I'm asleep. They must like the aroma of ear-wax, too, because the little fuckers LOVE to buzz around an ear.

Those damn things nearly drove me crazy. They seldom land, so you can't slap 'em, and they're fast as greased lightning, so you can't chase them down with a fly swatter. They are in your nose one minute and gone the next.

I finally started baiting the damned things with cantelope and leftover food. They'd FLOCK to land on the stuff, and I'd gas the shit out of them. I'll bet you I killed 500 in the past couple of days.

I have a few strays still wadering around, but the epidemic is over. I'll get those last survivors shortly.

Aggravating bastards. I'd still like to know what they are.


Off topic:
Anybody know what's happened to Kim DuToit?


Posted by: Lamont Cranston on September 19, 2005 01:07 PM

Fly Index

Posted by: Pam on September 19, 2005 01:56 PM

I've been noticing a buncha little white gnat lookin bugs this year. Never seen em before that I remember and don't have a clue what they are. All I know is that I wash several hundred of those little bastard off my windshield everyday.

Posted by: Primal on September 19, 2005 01:56 PM

They are probably fruit flies belonging to the Drosophilidae family...a nasty bunch of inbreders and moochers, overstaying their welcome.

Posted by: Bonita on September 19, 2005 02:09 PM

Another good way to trap the buggers is to leave a glass of wine out. Use a glass with curved sides rather than a straight walled glass. A sweet/white wine works better than dry/red wine, it seems.

The little buggers are attracted to the alcohol, and end drowning because it's hard for them to crawl up the curved bowl of the glass.

It does make a disgusting mess of floaters after a while, so change the bait now and then if you have a serious infestation.

Posted by: Bugz on September 19, 2005 02:19 PM


In response to Lamont's question, I'm blog-whoring info regarding Kim's departure from the 'net here in your comments. Feel free to use and/or delete as you wish.

Regarding the sudden nature of Kim's disappearance. Self explanatory in that post; the short version was I took umbrage at some few who complained about their loss of free ice cream.

And I would reccomend that if you're interested archiving any of Kim's essays, to get 'em while you can. A link to an archived verison of Kim's works is in that post.

Oh, and Rob? Those might be blogflies you're dealing with. I've noticed 'em on my blog when I forget to toss out the occassional festering liberal.

Just sayin.......

Sloop New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim on September 19, 2005 02:20 PM

Are you telling me you STILL haven't cleaned up that kitchen?

Posted by: Maggie on September 19, 2005 05:23 PM

Yuck! I had an infestation of the little buggers about a year ago.

I did quite a bit of reading up on them, because no matter what I did, they kept coming back. I would get down to just two or three, and then a few days later, I would have a hundred again.

Note: Fruit flies multiply so rapidly that they were once considered proof of spontaneous regeneration.

They ride home with you in your grocery bag, straight from the produce section, where they've already laid their nasty little eggs and then they hatch once you get them home.

I finally killed all of them by using a combination of those nasty fly strip thingies and a concoction of white vinegar and fruit mush. Using a clear bottle, add about two inches of white vinegar, and drop in a little bit of fruit. Make sure the fruit doesn't stack in the bottom or it will provide little islands for them to feast upon. Then, poke a paper funnel into the top of the bottle and set somewhere near a light source. Once they fly into the bottle, they have a hard time figuring out how to exit. They eventually become exhausted and drop down into the liquid and drown.

Also, pour boiling water into your sinks and down the drain. They can live in the slime inside your drains and around the strainer.

Good luck! I know you can whup 'em!

Posted by: jmflynny on September 19, 2005 09:02 PM

Post already, so we will know you haven't dissapeared into the black hole that got the heavily-armed du toit. Maybe those damn flies grew up and devoured your skinny butt.

Posted by: robert on September 20, 2005 12:16 PM

What exactly do you mean when you say you gassed the fuckers? Are you packing away the beans and tight cheeking it until a cloud of them gather then letting the bomb drop?

Posted by: assrot on September 20, 2005 12:56 PM

Post already, so we will know you haven't dissapeared into the black hole that got the heavily-armed du toit.

Robert, any force capable of taking on Kim *and* the Mrs Du Toit is

Posted by: rosignol on September 21, 2005 04:51 AM

I came across this page while searching for the wine method I used 3 years ago to wipe out these nasty buggers and instead I found myself cracking up. You guys are a crazy bunch of funny people, or a funny bunch of... well, you know. Thanks for the chuckle. If someone one could tell me though the name or brand of the disgustingly sweet red wine that's suppose to attrack these varments to their drunken drowning death I'd really appreciate it. The last bottle I picked up was a blush or something I think. I've tried 4 already. You pour it into several custard dishes, cover with saran wrap, poke holes all over the top, just so they can get in, get drunk and die. But it's not working... There are a few dead ones floating on top but most of them seem to be content to stand on the outside looking in. The wine I used before had them practically diving in and drunk in seconds. There was a new layer of victims every morning, and a few struggling to make it up the sides of the glass until they were all gone in about a week. I just can't recall what kind of red wine it was. Thanks ahead, CC.

Posted by: Rainy days and Mondays on September 24, 2005 06:20 AM
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