I have over a hundred dead bodies spread all around the bottom floor of my cottage now. I think I might have around twenty more to killl until I´m happy again. Well it sounds like I have to crawl over the corpses to get around, but they are very small to be honest. I´m talking about flies and mosquitoes. When I grew up all crooks in films usually still were german nazis, usually talking english with a typical accent. So I talk just like that when I´m walking around here killing all flies. I do hope no one outside hears me, they would think I finally had fallen over the edge so to speak :-) :-) :-) The vacuum cleaner is already standing beside me, redy to be used to get rid of all evidences :-)
Maianthemum bifolium, May lily. We call it Squirrel berry for a reason I just can´t understand :-)
While commiingt mass murder I was thinking that I couldn´t remember that it was this bad last year. But then my brain started to work and I remembered that I had those fly traps all around the cottage. It´s a plastic bag one puts a powder, mixes it with water and hangs the trap in the sunshine. It works great after two weeks, leaving a weak scent of rotten meat. Flies can feel it much better than we can, thankfully. I wasn´t especially disturbed by the smell at all. Only once or twice I started to look after that rodent that must have died somewhere close :-) :-) :-)
After that my brain did some more work and I remembered that I still had one that wasn´t needed last year. It now hangs just a couple of meters from my kitchen door. Wiyh a bit of luck I can have that door open during days in two weeks time. I´m also thinking of getting a couple of fly eating plants. Both to have by the pond and pot plants to have indoors. There is a family of plants called Nepetens (I don´t think they have an english name because I can´t find any), these have a sort of jug filled with fluid that attrackts flies. The fly walks in to it and slippes down into the fluid, drowns and are eaten by the plant.
The only problem with it is that it has to have it rather warm during winter, a bit more that is comfortable for us humans. It does survive otherwise too, but takes longer times to make those jugs. It´s expensive too, but it´s worth it!
I´ve also killed two wasp queens (is it yellow jackets You call them in the US?). I know that they are really great as fly catchers. They feed their younglings with flies, but these two just refused to get out when I offered them a chance to. They seldome bother me during summer but in autumn they´re just a pest to be honest.
It may look as if Teodor is relaxing, but he is keeping an eye on his brother.
These two can play all dy. I´m soo glad that they never have real fights!
Now it´s time to vacuume the house and then I think I´ll make another pot of tea.
Have a great day now!
I´m happy for all help I can get in my war against flies! I call all spiders for Charlotte. This Charlotte has a slightly bigger sister living in my kitchen. This is probably the tenth generation of these that lives in my home. No one has written anything on their webs though :-)