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21 July 2010 @ 08:20 am

For reasons not entirely clear to us, though the landlords had kept the recycling and trash bins in front of the house, the compost bin was in the back garden. Today is compost-collection day, so last night Ted brought the bin in through the kitchen (the only way it can be brought in) out to the front.

In the brief time it took to do that, one jillion fruit flies swarmed out of it.

We set out hole-punctured plastic-wrap-covered jars of cider vinegar, which got most of the little fuckers, but there are still enough to make me shudder. Hopefully a few days of vinegar-jars will get rid of all of them. *shudders more*

Also, I appear to have athlete’s foot (& have had for some months now) which has not been killed by the applications of tea tree oil, and as a rule all the other homeopathic cures involve sitting around lollygagging with feet soaking in vinegar or bleach or whatever for 20 minutes at a time twice a day. *snort* Yeah, right. But I’m loathe to use topical ointments while breastfeeding (or while pregnant, which is why I’m still infested). Argh.

This morning’s post brought to you by mildly gross things, apparently. :p

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Patrick Samphirepsamphire on July 21st, 2010 09:00 am (UTC)
Huh. I was wondering how on earth to get rid of fruit flies. They seem to be swarming at the moment. I shall try this.
kitmizkit on July 21st, 2010 11:13 am (UTC)
We have a jar full of dead fruit flies, so it apparently works pretty well. Also put a squirt of dishwashing liquid and some water in with the vinegar. The dishwashing liquid's what kills them, I gather, and the water's just to make it foam up a bit. And the holes need to be big enough for them to get in, but not so many that they can get out again. Good luck.
T. Revst_rev on July 21st, 2010 11:47 am (UTC)
Soap makes them drown faster, by reducing the surface tension of the liquid so it wets them more/gets into their sphiracles.
kitmizkit on July 21st, 2010 03:48 pm (UTC)
Ah so. Well, yay soap. *shudders*
Cymru Llewes: Wedding Receptioncymrullewes on July 21st, 2010 05:57 pm (UTC)
We have sprayed soapy water all over the ant nest we found in our yard. It worked a treat. Got a fountain of egg carrying ants out of it. Then we took a torch to them. Propane, IIRR. Don't think it was the acetylene torch. Never had an ant problem at that house afterwards.