the flies! ohmigosh, the flies! it's that time of year again - the time when the heaters come on in the apartment and the flies return from wherever they go during the summer months. but this year, this year they are horrible. they have taken over our home! they are not only annoying they are also unhygienic and embarrassing. (i clean my house, i swear i do.)
i took to the internet for causes and solutions and all the information was pretty much a variation of THIS SITE. some items i already had in the house allowed me to craft these simple fly catchers (good thing we had tacos for dinner last night and i hadn't taken the recycling out yet). glass jars, paper cones and honey water. if they work i will take the time to give the glass jars a proper clean and remove the labels and glue. not exactly sexy home decor but slightly more attractive than an obvious olive jar.
tasks i plan to work on this week are...
check all plants to make sure soil is "clean" of bugs and roots are still healthy
clear the linen cupboard, vacuum inside and wash all linen before putting away
same with all clothing drawers and closet
annnnnd, same again with kitchen cupboards and drawers
wipe down all baseboards with disinfectant cleaner and check for holes
clean all drains to make sure no water is left standing in the u-bend (good old baking soda, salt, vinegar and boiling water should do the trick)
i always feel that writing lists makes me more accountable towards completion. it's my thing.
other than that i am at a loss. i figure, worst case scenario i will have some clean and orderly cupboards and closets and maybe find some items for donation. as for getting rid of the flies... help! any tips would be happily accepted in the comments.