Flies in the Ointment

Have you ever been on an outing where you were looking forward to sharing some wine with superb friends at a local park or nature reserve? The weather is perfect, & all the people is in a superb mood, but no a single bothered to bring a corkscrew to open that special vintage you had been saving for the occasion, and the lack of the implement becomes the “fly in the ointment”, a small thing that can potentially ruin the event, and i’m amused by that trite saying because I’ve never known flies to be attracted to salves & creams.

If a fly alights in a jar of skin cream, how can it possibly ruin the entire contents of the jar? Flies are a dangerous pest when they get inside the house & begin to look for food, a place to sit their eggs, & to carry on their other disgusting activities that flies are well known for, fly swatters, flypaper, pesticides, & vinegar are all ways to get rid of flies but another way to control them is with your home’s HVAC system… Note that the word used in the previous sentence is to “control” instead of “kill” because even the best AC cannot produce the hot & cold temperatures needed to kill them.

The best thing an HVAC method can do is slow them down a bit with their breeding & buzzing. Flies love hot & cold temperatures between 20°C to 25°C (73°F to 75°F) but they can breed quite abruptly in warmer environments up to 38°C (100°F). At 15°C (29°F) they stop all activity. The better solution is to prevent them from getting inside the house in the first place. It’s also wise to keep your HVAC in a fly free condition with twice-yearly repair & cleaning by a qualified HVAC business.


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