Bugs in the house!

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  • I think we are all used to mosquitos, ants and especially cockroaches (which scare me to death), living in Argentina, but there are some bugs that are really annoying.

    Over the last few days we've been trying to get rid of those pesky fruit flies. You know the ones - they hover erratically over fruit and dark corners of the kitchen. When you go to swat them, they have lightning-fast reactions and you usually miss. We always cover food in plastic containers and now do the same for fruit for obvious reasons. We also clean and empty the bin (a favourite haunt for them) regularly.

    On Sunday, I went to war with them, blasted the kitchen with Raid and shut the doors. After a couple of hours I went back in and some were still hovering around, but I did manage to swat a few with a wet rag, which was quite satisfying, but I didn't spot any corpses on the floor.

    These bugs are only about 2.5mm long and I have identified them on Google Lens as fruit flies which, believe it or not, have been studied extensively for disease cures.

    Anyway, I think we're winning the battle, even though they keep reappearing, but from where, I haven't a clue.

    They haven't locked me up for schizoid paranoia just yet.

    :any-help:

  • We just had a bout with them too. Kept trying to find where they were coming from. Finally checked potatoes in a big wooden bowl, and disturbed a bunch of them attending a convention on how to make humans crazy.


    Raid also makes aerosol bombs /foggers that you set off in a closed house, then run like hell without inhaling until you’re outdoors. Leave for 4 hours, quickly open windows and doors (again without inhaling) and allow the house to air out before going back in. They kill everything.

  • Raid also makes aerosol bombs /foggers that you set off in a closed house, then run like hell without inhaling until you’re outdoors. Leave for 4 hours, quickly open windows and doors (again without inhaling) and allow the house to air out before going back in. They kill everything.

    The missus nearly came a cropper with those things. Her own fault for setting them off in the wrong order to ensure a safe escape. I remind her of it whenever she moans about my smoking habit.