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these flies!

By astrojax 9 May 2010 19

sorry, is it just me, or is there a surfeit of flies around for this time of year?

we constantly seem to have some several in the house, which i try to smash – mostly unsuccessfully.  with a young’un in the midst, astress and i are loathe to use any spray.  then i was outside this afternoon and there seemed to be hoards of them.  shouldn’t it be too cold now?  

anyone else notice this phenomena?

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astrojax 3:53 pm 10 May 10

smilesr said :

Along with the flies and mozzies I’ve noticed that a lot of the deciduous trees are only just starting to turn red and lose their leaves – seems rather late in the season to me. I wonder if the whole phenomenon is due to the warm late spell we had?

barking toad is sure to attribute this to global warming.

smilesr 1:36 pm 10 May 10

Along with the flies and mozzies I’ve noticed that a lot of the deciduous trees are only just starting to turn red and lose their leaves – seems rather late in the season to me. I wonder if the whole phenomenon is due to the warm late spell we had?

Grail 12:29 pm 10 May 10

I’m with miz on this one – you folks complainin’ about flies! We used to dream of only having a dozen flies in the house at a time!

Back in the day, when Gus (of Gus’s Café fame) was trying to get seating outside the restaurant he confessed, “there’s no way we’d serve food outside until something is done about the flies!” These days, the appearance of a fly or two is unusual. You kids have it so lucky!

Note that ANZAC day has been and well and truly gone (in Canberra . We haven’t had a particularly heavy frost yet. This is weird weather for sure. And for those of you new to Canberra, “heavy frost” for Canberra is when the ice is so thick on the ground and the air is so cold that you have to eat your outdoor café lunch standing up. With your gloves still on. Balaclava optional. But no flies, because there’s that lovely fog-no-wait-it’s-mist-no-it’s-drizzle-no-it’s-just-fog thing happening.

Overheard 10:41 am 10 May 10

I was thinking the same thing recently. They seem especially prevalent (or noticeable) in cafes and restaurants.

Limp Jimmy 10:32 am 10 May 10

Same with mice, cockroaches, mozzies, etc etc — and things like lavender, rosemary, bottlebrushes… they all think it’s springtime!! Never seen that before at this time of year.

Alan Shore 10:59 pm 09 May 10

Onceler said :

It’s “hordes”, by the way.

And “phenomenon”.

bd84 9:29 pm 09 May 10

Do you keep the dead bodies in your backyard? You should bury them to keep the files away.

I’ve noticed the odd fly still around, but I can’t say that there has been more than usual or hoards of them.

Ian 7:17 pm 09 May 10

They aren’t in the same sort of numbers as when I went to school, but yes, I have noticed the odd few around whereas I’ve hardly noticed any for years.

gp 6:59 pm 09 May 10

arescarti42 said :

They drive me absolutely nuts, no idea how they get in but they do somehow.

Best thing you can do is get an electric handheld fly swatter, its sort of like a regular bug zapper, but you can swing it like a tennis racket.

I think they can be had from Australian Geographic for about $25, or off dealextreme.com for about $10.

Without a doubt, best $10 i ever spent.

They are possible the most fun gadget ever created. I was introduced to them in Hong Kong where they are cheap and plentiful, and without any of the safeguards of the ones here. Electric flyswat fights were a painful, fun game in the staffroom.

And good for eliminating flies from the household without flyspray too I guess… I have a small hoard of the them in the cupboard.

Mr Evil 2:53 pm 09 May 10

I think they are attracted to all the undiscovered bodies lying around Canberra – as we all know that if you want to get away with a murder, then come to Canberra to do it.

Anyway, I did read an article somewhere that said that due to the recent drought conditions, dung beetle numbers have taken a bit of a hammering, which has meant that the fly population has been able to increase considerably as there is more animal dung lying around for longer.

54-11 1:47 pm 09 May 10

You’re right, astro, they are worse this year. I blame the dung beetles – perhaps under the stress of the Stanhope government they have gone on strike.

emd 1:20 pm 09 May 10

I’ve noticed them too. Need to hang up some herbs like mint in the kitchen doorway to dry, hopefully that will deter them from going inside.

miz 12:22 pm 09 May 10

It’s a bit ‘Yorkshiremen’ I know, but when I was growing up in Canberra in the 70’s (lived in Farrer before Tuggers was built), it was a lot worse than now – there were far more flies simply because Canberra is built on ‘sheep country’. We used to go for bushwalks over the hills into what is now Wanniassa, and there were sheep, dams, etc.

Mum used to hang a bunch of mint on the back screen door to try to keep the flies at bay. OMG, if she was cooking a roast there would be (well, it seemed like) hundreds buzzing insanely on the fly screens. Disgusting!

I think the reduction in numbers since then is due to the work of dung beetles that were introduced some years ago. But it is seasonal – a few years ago, we went to Fadden Pines on Xmas day for a BBQ, and the flies were so bad we came home to eat!

I reckon I have swatted between six and ten flies a day over the last month. The numbers have dropped a lot over the last week or so though (eg, only one yesterday). I guess they are trying to escape the cold.

Cheap fly swats do the trick.

GottaLoveCanberra 11:30 am 09 May 10

Coiled tea towel, gets them every time.

arescarti42 9:14 am 09 May 10

They drive me absolutely nuts, no idea how they get in but they do somehow.

Best thing you can do is get an electric handheld fly swatter, its sort of like a regular bug zapper, but you can swing it like a tennis racket.

I think they can be had from Australian Geographic for about $25, or off dealextreme.com for about $10.

Without a doubt, best $10 i ever spent.

Woody Mann-Caruso 9:06 am 09 May 10

Same here. You need to hit through the fly. Bring your hand down like you’re hitting something about a foot below it. Don’t slow down.

astrojax 8:53 am 09 May 10

oops, so it is! flies on the keyboard and i couldn’t see where my fingers were… 😉

Jerry Atric 8:52 am 09 May 10

See the post below. Go to the cork forest, pick a few Amanita Muscaria (Latin scholars will know that Musca is a fly) and put in a bowl of milk, for a “natural” fly killer. Don’t drink the milk or give it to the cat unless you want to see some very unusual (and probably illegal) behaviour prior to death.

Onceler 6:25 am 09 May 10

Same here! Dunno how they get inside but there are always two or three. I thought it was just my bad housekeeping.,,

It’s “hordes”, by the way.

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