Biblical plague at my house?

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  1. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    A few days ago I noticed we had some large house flies. Swat, swat, all gone. And then more, and more and more... Three days and at last count I've killed over a 100... :shock:

    The thing I don't understand is that we have a garbage disposal, so it's not like we have festering food sitting around in garbage cans or anything. Where are all these damn flies coming from?
  2. Miller

    Miller Tweak Guru

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    The dead corpse in the basement?
  3. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    Ha! I joked with the wife I was going to roll her over and check for sores. :)

    We haven't had our windows open or anything like that. The windows are just a few years old, solid seals. Sump pump has a lid with a silicone seal on it. I just can't imagine were 100+ flies have been finding sustenance.

    Somebody suggested yesterday that it's because we had such a mild winter, that bugs are just going to be bad this year.
  4. bigwill51534

    bigwill51534 Saint, Church of Ryanism

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    This. My dad (lives in Glenwood, IA) complained that he seen his first mosquitoes back in late January, which is incredibly early. Supposedly, insects are going to be insanely plentiful this year due to the mild winter. I am actually spraying tomorrow for termites/ants under my home and at the base of my garage, in an attempt to fend them off. Also going to get my bug zapper set up and plugged in.

    ~Will Courtier~
  5. Torx

    Torx Indigenous Nudist

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    remember that dead rat you found in the basement?

    check again
  6. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    There's a dead animal somewhere, like torx hinted at. One that was innoculated with magots and they've morphed into the adult blow-fly..
  7. MSP

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    It was a little field mouse actually, and I have combed the whole house. No food out, no stinking trash cans, etc. The only thing I can figure is that the fruit I bought late last week had a batch of eggs in there somewhere. The flies are starting to peter out, just a few now, so I think I might have finally vanquished them.
  8. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    I do think this may be the year of the bug though. thus far it's been the warmest (average) year in the first quarter on record. http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2...t-march-and-first-three-months-of-a-year?lite

    I was out mowing the field yesaterday (third time this year) and there were lots of bugs swarming in clouds of bugs. About a month earlier than most years. It's been good for wild mushrooms too! lots of rain days mixed with warm days in between. I got to gorge on early morrels (verpa bohemica) a couple days ago.

    One thing I've been watching is the imported friuts/veggies from Mexico and S. America and the posibility of invasive bugs coming from them. You may have seen some of those first hand if the bugs did come from the produce.
  9. Goofus Maximus

    Goofus Maximus Too old to be this dumb!

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    Forget the fruits and veggies! It's the wooden palettes that have given us our worst foreign invaders, in the form of the Japanese Beetles, which are killing off sweetgums and fruit trees, as well as Formosan and Asian Termites. Also, tanker ballast holds have given us Zebra Mussels that are clogging up water intakes in places like the Great Lakes and Mississippi. We have Fire Ants and Killer Bees that will march northward as the climate changes, as will the traditional domestic pests that have largely stayed to the South for now. Then there are the foreign plants like Kudzu, which grows like... well... kudzu.

    Whatever. We'll just have to learn to deal with it, because it WILL happen. Modern transportation has made this inevitable, and no precaution is going to stop it, or even slow it significantly.
  10. MSP

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    Yeah, for a while I was volunteering at the local nature center cutting down invasive species. Eventually I stopped because I saw how pointless it was. Bush honeysuckle is here to stay, you'd have to scorch the Earth from New York to Los Angeles for 7 years straight to get rid of entirely.
  11. Coleman

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    Here in VA we've had an inchworm infestation.. it's crazy. My neighborhood has mostly been spared but I was out in the boonies last week and they were EVERYWHERE. Looked like the ground was moving in some spots.
  12. braaains

    braaains gubble gubble

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    I was out doing some yard work this weekend and one of the trees here seems to have about a million gnats clouding around it. Gnats dont bother me so much as they stay outside all clumped together - but I think this summer im gonna throw some ziplock baggies with water up and see what happens. It sounds like the stupidest idea i've ever heard, but ive seen it so many places, and people swear by it.

    http://www.snopes.com/critters/wild/flies.asp
  13. mistawiskas

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    Increasingly, though not an invasive, but rather indiginous species, the tent caterpillar has run amok around here. Every single deciduous tree from the valleys to the mountaintops were engulfed in tents.
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    Jishory Junior Member

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    doesnt work... think it was on mythbusters

    i hang one of these in the back corner of my yard to draw flies away, and kill them, it becomes really disgusting
    flytrap_bigflies.jpg

    also hang fly paper things in my garage to catch the ones that wander in there, still have to change everything every couple weeks because my neighbors have shit factory horses...
    LadyBlaze says thanks for this.
  15. crowchaser

    crowchaser not to be taken seriously

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    didn't a bunch of bats get killed off recently because of a foreign bacteria?
  16. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    It was because of a fungus from EU.
  17. MSP

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    So Wednesday AM update - no flies have been spotted in over 12 hours, fingers crossed they're finally gone. I'd feel better if I knew where they had all come from, total count exceeded 120... :shock:
  18. Goofus Maximus

    Goofus Maximus Too old to be this dumb!

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  19. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Whitenose syndrome for bats, brown nose syndrome for people. Too bad the results weren't the same. We have way too many people with brown noses. :wink:
  20. LadyBlaze

    LadyBlaze Junior Member

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    Jishory, where did you pick up that fly bag?
  21. crowchaser

    crowchaser not to be taken seriously

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    you can usually get them at any gardening store, or hardware store