If there is one thing to hate about a South Carolina spring, summer and fall, it’s bugs. Flies, roaches, gnats, mosquitoes, horseflies, palmetto bugs, wasps, hornets, scary looking spiders, moths, no-see-ums and any other irritating buggy creature you could thing of. Towards the end of June and on through August we always get a ton of flies in our house. It was never as bad of a problem with the flies at our other house just a few blocks away, so I am not sure what about this house causes it to be a fly hell.

They congregate mostly in the kitchen window, in the big picture window in the living room, and they’ll branch off to sources of light at night, most irritatingly the lamps in my bedroom. Husband has found it more than amusing to watch me rage at this creatures. My weapon of choice for getting rid of the common housefly?










BISSELL PET HAIR ERASER! I suck the flies in (trash talking them the whole time, of course) and leave the vacuum sitting for a while til I know that they’ve died a miserable death in the chamber, then dump them outside in the trash bin. Every morning before work and every afternoon right when I get home, this is the first thing I do. Drop the purse, keys, lunchbox and pick up the Bissell. Suck flies. Be victorious until more appear. WHERE ARE THEY COMING FROM?

I’ve tried everything I can think of. I pour boiling water down the drain frequently. I pour bleach down the drain frequently. The house is pretty air tight from my vigilant efforts to keep it as warm as possible in the winter. By best guess is that they follow husband and the dogs inside and outside and inside and outside and inside and outside and you see where this is going. The next move to to affix some fly paper outside near the doors in an attempt to catch and kill more of them.

What else can I do to keep these little assholes from ruining my summer?