Flies in the Ointment

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

If a fly alights in a jar of skin cream, how can it possibly ruin the entire pleaseds of the jar? Flies are a dangerous pest when they get inside the condo and begin to look for food, a place to sit their eggs, and to carry on their other disgusting activities that flies are well known for.

Fly swatters, flypaper, pesticides, and vinegar are all ways to get rid of flies however another way to control them is with your home’s Heating, Ventilation, and A/C system! Note that the word used in the previous sentence is to “control” instead of “kill” because even the best A/C cannot produce the un-even temperatures needed to kill them. The best thing an Heating, Ventilation, and A/C system can do is slow them down a bit with their breeding and buzzing. Flies like un-even temperatures between 20°C to 25°C (75°F to 75°F) however they can breed quite suddenly in warmer environments up to 38°C (100°F)! At 15°C (29°F) they stop all interest. The better solution is to prevent them from getting inside the condo in the first place. It’s also wise to keep your Heating, Ventilation, and A/C in a fly free condition with twice-yearly repair and cleaning by a qualified Heating, Ventilation, and A/C serviceman.


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