Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Fruit Flies

Or, how I learned to stop worrying and love the Drosophila.

I live in Maryland.

I like it here. We have crabs, Camden Yards, and the Chesapeake Bay. All good things. We also have humidity, warm falls, and tiny bugs that crawl up your nose while you try to run.

There's lots of tiny bugs in those pictures, I swear....

In addition to the running related bugs, there are the fruit flies. My house is basically a sieve. It's drafty and airy and all those things that seem pleasant when walking through in the late summer, and horrible when Nature decides it wants to live in your house because it is cold out. I have had spiders, beetles, and now fruit flies. No photo needed, if you've had them you're familiar.

Early last week I noticed a couple little guys hanging out around my trash can. No biggie, little bugs happen, especially when you live in a sieve. Bonus points are added because 1) I don't have an outside trash can (YET, I'm totally buying one now...) and 2) I have to lug my trash to the dump if I want to dispose of it, and the dump is problematic. It doesn't open until 7, and I am usually at work before 7. It is open until 7pm, but I tend to be way too lazy to turn around and leave the house once I get home after work and after work activities.

Anyways. The flies became annoying, then gross, then down right disgusting. They were swarmy. I finally gave up my regular smash and shoo tactics and dug around on the interwebs for an answer. I chose apple cider vinegar, a few drops of dish soap, and 20 seconds in the microwave. Apparently that takes them to fruit fly nirvana and the get all drunk and disorderly and drown in it. Yum. I must have captured 100 fly bodies, along with an aggressive vacumming schedule. And also, because life is awesome, I now keep my organic (read: smelly) trash in a plastic bag in the freezer.

Brownish stuff is banana peels, orangeish stuff is oranges. It's all I eat...

They SEEM to be gone. Seem. I know they may have laid eggs all over and soon I'll have a fruit fly nursery on my hands, but I'm crossing my fingers that my obsessive cleaning regimen keeps them at bay.

On the plus side, I'm loving my nails right now:

They're dark purple, almost black. And I did 30 mins elliptical, 30 mins bike (my hammies are oinking up a storm), some angled side crunch things and tricep things. All technical terms. I'm liking my work gym a lot more now that I'm not spending 240 minutes on the treadmill there.

11 days till the MCM... get excited!!!

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