I once read a book where someone tells the main character, "You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar, Veronica." I'm 99% sure the character in question was called Veronica and the line definitely included her name. (It may not have included the "than vinegar" bit.) What was this book? [more inside]
posted by badmoonrising
on Mar 20, 2014 -
My hot pepper plant has gross little bugs on the undersides of some of its leaves since I brought it indoors for the winter last week. Pic 1
, Pic 2
I also have little fruit flies (or gnats?) that I would like to kill that live in my aloe, mint, and sage. That funnel trick everyone recommends killed some but not nearly all.
What can I spray on the plant and soil to get rid of the bugs and larvae without poisoning myself (when I eat the peppers/herbs) or the plants?
posted by rmless
on Nov 7, 2013 -
When out walking, I notice that I seem to attract more flies than anyone else around me. Assuming I maintain acceptable personal hygiene, why do flies choose me
? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange
on Oct 9, 2013 -
I believe that attractant-type insect traps like bug zappers, fly bags, CO2 traps et cetera work best if you put them in the vicinity but not too close - 15-20 feet. You want them to go "oooh, hey, what's that over there? Hey, everybody, this thing is over here!"
My husband would wear a bug zapper around his neck like Flava Flav if that were feasible, on the principle that he wants all the bugs that come near him to go there instead. [more inside]
posted by Lyn Never
on Aug 17, 2013 -
Stinky shower drain! I tried bleach/hotwater method, but is it time to call the plumber? [more inside]
posted by gttommy
on Nov 16, 2012 -
We are going to die under swarms of flies, how the hell are they getting in the house and how do we get rid of them? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba
on Jun 10, 2012 -
I'm not sure what's happening here but I have a steady stream of flies into my house (I'd say 4-5 every five days) and none of my Interwebs explanations seem to apply. What the $@%@ is going in here? [more inside]
posted by skybolt
on Apr 2, 2012 -
Every now and then I find dead bees, wasps or flies in my living room - like on the floor, feet up in the air. I don't have a bee/ wasp/ fly problem - i.e. I never come home to a live bee/ wasp/ fly - so it makes me wonder why the ones that do get into my house mysteriously die, and always in the living room. Any ideas?
posted by forallmankind
on Apr 1, 2012 -
vacapinta asked this
way back in 2004 but the answers provided did not satiate my curiosity so I'm asking it again: What are these circling (or squaring) flies?
I live in San Francisco but I saw them when I lived in Southern California too.
I don't have a pressing reason I need the information, I'm just curious as all get-out about them. [more inside]
posted by dolface
on Jul 8, 2011 -
I like gardening, but I am put off by a few aggressive flies who never cease to buzz at me or very close to me whenever I go outdoors. Is there any way to deter them? [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi
on Jul 14, 2010 -
Fly identification question: we've got little black flies hanging around our fridge, garbage, and sink drain. Don't think they're drain flies because they don't have furry wings. They hop when you try to smack them. [more inside]
posted by miniminimarket
on Sep 9, 2009 -
Our house has recently been overrun by an inordinate amount of houseflies. Please help! [more inside]
posted by jpdoane
on Aug 9, 2009 -
What plants can withstand urban squirrel, raccoon, and bird assaults (and might repel flies while they're at it?) [more inside]
posted by peggynature
on Mar 13, 2009 -
We've had a series of kids parties here this summer, and now with all of the tiny flecks of pizza, cake and general kid residue, our yard has been overrun with FLIES! [more inside]
posted by snsranch
on Aug 4, 2008 -
Why do these flies zig zag around the middle of my room in the afternoons if I leave the window open, and how do I get rid of them?
posted by randomstriker
on Jul 24, 2007 -
In between trash days -- Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday -- people in neighboring apartments deposit their trash on the first floor landing, outside the door to my apartment. I expected the super to put a stop to this practice but it turns out he condones it. I asked him to fix this and he said he'd try but I'm not sure he will. There are no trash cans or anything, just trash bags piled up. Is this against any NYC codes? How should I proceed?
posted by Aghast.
on Jun 14, 2006 -
I keep finding live flying bugs in my windows and lights and our house is very tight and doors open only rarely. I can't tell if this is normal springtime bug populations or if I have an infestation in my attic. When is it time to call the exterminator? [more inside]
posted by mathowie
on Mar 16, 2006 -
Question for the masses: We keep getting flies in our house, and have no idea where they’re coming from. All the windows are closed up tight, and we don’t have anything laying around for them to be feeding on and breeding in (food, feces, decaying bodies, etc), and yet I can go around a room and kill 4 or 5 and the occasional straggler in another room. [more inside]
posted by edmcbride
on Nov 2, 2005 -
We have a small but persistent problem with flies in our house. Every other day we'll see one, maybe two. We can't figure it out! The house is kept very clean, there are no obscene smells such that would indicate a dead animal or something, there's no food left out. The flies are primarily in the kitchen. Any idea on a source or a solution?
posted by xmutex
on Oct 23, 2005 -
Itty-bitty-fly-filter: Every year around this time, our home is invaded by these teeny-tiny flies... [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad
on Jul 22, 2005 -
A friend who lives in the country is trying to keep flies out of her cafe. She heard a rumor about an Amish technique where you can keep a clear bag of water over the entrance, and somehow the light refraction keeps them away. Sounds like an urban myth, but short of swatting or unsightly strips, does anyone have any ideas about how to conquer flies?
posted by jgballard
on May 31, 2005 -
OK, I have Drain Flies. Dirty, disgusting, ewww, gross!!!! How can I get rid of them quickly without poisoning myself in the process? I hate flies more than spiders, snakes, mice, more than anything; so THIS IS AN EMERGENCY!!!!
posted by lilboo
on Oct 13, 2004 -
Question for carnivorous plant aficionados: I have a Sundew plant (drosera adelae
) that seems quite healthy. It catches a lot of fruit flies, but seems unable to actually digest them. Often, dead flies just sit on the Sundew's leaves until the fly bodies eventually mold from the humidity of the terrarium. Is the plant overeating?
posted by arielmeadow
on Jun 28, 2004 -
When I open the doors and windows sometimes these little gnats/flies come in and proceed to fly in small circles in the center of the room. I am sure many of you are familiar with this. What are they? Why are they doing this? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by vacapinta
on May 24, 2004 -