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by John » Tue Feb 07, 2023 05:58 pm
For whatever reason, we've been overwhelmed with flies all winter. I've found that they love hot coffee and often get stuck in it so, I try to keep my coffee cup covered. I'm not using insecticide, especially with the animals around. Swatting them is not a viable option as they love to land on the television and my computer, probably because it puts out heat. So I resorted to glue traps. They're maybe 5 or 6 inches square and if a fly lands on it, that's where he stays. I feel sorry for the little buggers but I can't just let them go. The cat, after a couple of bad experiences, has learned to leave them alone.
Lately, she's been getting a little careless, sniffing at them and sitting next to one. Last night she got too careless. She sat next to it and lay her tail right on one. Everybody in the house was asleep except me, until that moment. The screams were ear-splitting and she went racing through the house, back and forth, screaming the whole time. When she finally settled down, I put on a pair of leather gloves to protect me from slashing claws and slowly got close enough to grab it, and quickly rip it off. There was a strip of gray hair right across it. I haven't put out another one but I'm sure I'll have to. Hope she remembers this time.
Once I got it off, she settled back down and later slept next to me as usual. John