Bananas. I love banana cream pie, banana pudding and banana bread. However, so do fruit flies. I thought after the bananas were gone, and I hadn’t bought any more, the fruit flies would die out. WRONG. They stayed and multiplied and swarmed. A few followed me to my computer and flew around to keep me company. Some even found the master bath at the other end of the house and sat on the mirror, admiring themselves.
My daughter suggested a bug bomb. That would mean leaving the house for a while, but I had too much to do with a book coming out (ROMANCING THE GOLD) and company coming for the weekend. I still had my later room, otherwise known as the guest room, filled with stored odds and ends, to straighten, menus and a shopping list to make, as well as goodies to cook.
With a wadded up paper napkin, I could nab a few tiny flies, but most flew away from my cupboard doors before I could squash them. When several dozen called a meeting on my white dish towel, that was too much.
After moving my blender and my Keurig to the other side of the kitchen and storing, two bottles of wine in the refrigerator, I got out two sheets and covered everything, including the microwave.
My husband said to open the window, so I had to move my coleus and the pointsettia from the sill. Then it was spray time. I aimed the can of Flying Insect Spray and tried not to breathe any in. I was about to sit down in the family room and breathe in good air when my husband reminded me to spray the garbage can under the sink. After a quick dash to do that, I returned to the family room while my husband set up a fan to blow the air toward the open window.
I left for my writers’ group and wished the fruit flies a quick journey to perdition.
When I returned, the smell had died down, but my husband had to dine on hot dogs and leftover Mexican restaurant food heated in the microwave because the stove was covered up, and I was too tired to straighten the kitchen.
From now on, I will keep bananas in a plastic cake box in case they bring along more of the little devils.