Monday, July 23, 2007

gaaawwwd, I hate flies!


What is up w/ the flies in this country? Never have I seen flies that don't go away and aren't afraid of humans.

When I was a young girl, I hated them so much that I would go outside, taking the fly swatter w/ me, and kill as many flies as I could in order to keep them from coming into the house..... yeah, ok... I was young... so bear w/ me here! :) I would spend hours killing them. My mom would always be home and I can remember her telling me on more than one occasion that it wouldn't make a difference, but it never deterred my determination. For I was the Fly Killer and proud of it!!!

Now... living here in Bahrain, I don't think I'd ever be able to swat one of these dang little creatures... they're so fast. Not only that, but they seem to withstand even the hardest swat w/ the hand.... so would they even be affected by the good 'ole swatter?

It's gotten so bad that I can't hardly stand to go outside and sit during the summer. They're always buzzing around me... landing on my clothes, my feet, my face, my hair, my arms... and don't get me started about how they worship the baby! There was one in our bedroom the other day and I couldn't kill it for nothing. Every time I'd turn around, it was on the baby's face. aaarrrrggghhhh... I hate them.

I think my big thing w/ flies is that when I was small, I believed that every time they landed, they were laying eggs - which, as you know, turn into maggots. So... every time I'd see one on a plate, a glass and such, I'd fear that they had contaminated whatever it was and such would have to be thrown away. Well... I'm still not sure about that or about what they're doing and why they feel the need to land on me and the baby or how they're always flying around the table when you're eating and no matter what you do, they won't go AWAY... and what's up w/ them always waxing their little legs.... such vile little creatures!

What's the key to getting rid of these things? They're not afraid, that's for sure. I will say though... I do have a few cats that love to kill and eat them. Our cat Ammie is a skilled fly killer. She eats them right up.... she and Petunia love them... makes me wonder what they taste like... kidding. ;) But I do kinda wonder.

anyway.... at least they don't bite.... but now that I think about it... I think I have been bitten by a few of them outside. I know the horse flies in the States bite big time... and it hurts.... are there horse flies here?

25 comments:

Puppy said...

May be they are blind flies and dont see human approaching :) Hot weather makes them blind.
If serious, may be they like ur perfume or smell of shampoo? Are you the only one attacked? You know my friend use hair spray to “freeze” the fly, then she thro them away, or kills on open air.
The thing I hate about flies that they sit on different type of ---- then if they sit on the table or even worse my plate, that is where I start to go nuts and don’t eat anymore. I think that is why they waxing their legs to collect the yummy ---- from them, ieuuuuuuuuuu.

And on this positive note i will finish my comment:)

Have a nice day.

Ammar456 said...
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Ammar456 said...

hmm... thats wierd; do you live next to a garbage disposal? I mean, I know flies are all over the place, but the way you describe is like some sort of freak horror movie (attack of the flies, or something). Anyway, just thank God you don't live in Sharjah or Ajman. Now the flies there have BALLS. At least the flies here fly around a bit if you swat them or shake your hand; over there, they don't really care, the don't move, no matter how much you try to shoo them off. They're like the terminator of flies.

The Moody Minstrel said...

Never have I seen flies that don't go away and aren't afraid of humans.

The deer flies in the pine forests on the eastern side of the Cascades are like that. They look just like small houseflies, but they are very persistent...and they bite! Let's not even get into horseflies...

Um Naief said...

puppy, hey there! lol... maybe they are blind... and stupid! ;) i don't know what it is, but i know they drive me crazy. i've never heard of freezing flies... but that's an idea... i wonder how many times i'd have to run around our room trying to get one tho! ;)

ammar, no, these are killer flies or anything! ;) seriously tho, i would bet there are probably 3 or 4 really persistent little boogers and as soon as i shoo them away from my leg, they land on my pants, shoo away and their on my arm... it just seems to never end. as far as the dumpsters.. well, there's an empty lot next to us and there's a dumpster over there, and then at one corner, across the small little street, there's another... so maybe that's why they are here... who knows. i just know that i really enjoy the cooler weather because the flies seem to go away.

moody, these dang little things are persistent too! so.. you have some good horse fly stories???!! :)

Ms Bees Knees said...

hey beautiful!!! so wonderful to hear from you! and you have a new BABY!!!!!! he's stunning... wow. all my love to you and your sweet little family, xo ms bees

BOSSY said...

Anything is better than Suburban America. Trust Bossy.

Rain said...

:S
These are the worst insects ever!! they seem to stuck on the place they exist in...they dont' give up...no matter what u do!
so what do i do when i find one in the room? i use insects spray killer ..i know it's harmful for humans , but i just can't stand them!

and i really hate it when they land on a baby...they really bug these little angels :( and moreover they can't shoo them away.

NewMe said...
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NewMe said...

i got my last post translated...
& i hope you will like it...
i remembered how i first got here...
it was through ur comment on my post of a poem by e. e. cummings...
"I carry your heart with me(I carry it in my heart"
keep in touch...
cheers

Um Naief said...

newme, you know...now that you mention this poem, i remember making a comment... but it was long ago.

i knew i knew your blog... but then when i went to it the other day, i was surprised it was all in arabic... so that stumped me. now... the e.e.cummings reference reminds me :)

i love your words... and thank you my dear for translating that beautiful piece of work on your blog... i've heard that sometimes when arabic is translated into english, that it loses the meaning... but i sooo disagree. at least w/ your words/poem it did not.

Um Naief said...

ms bees knees, well i'm tickled pink that you made a stop to say hi... !! yes, my life has changed sooo much... but, it's all worth it. you on the other hand... busy w/ those killings... where do you find the time??!! ;)

bossy, i agree... but then, sometimes, i miss that suburban life... but once i go back... i want to come back to this lovely slow paced lifestyle. :) i really enjoy your blog.. thanks for stopping by!

rain, no kidding!!! they don't give up! i swear... i've never seen flies like this! i can get up and walk away and it ain't no time before they're back. and you are right... w/ the baby it really bothers me because he can't shoo them away. i can't stand them landing on him.

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Um Naief said...

roop, i saw that! i think it's a great day when a country takes a woman as their president. not saying that i want hillary clinton as the next president of the U.S., i'd prefer Obama... but we'll see what happens.

glad to see you around again :)

Munther said...

Oh T ! I hate their guts, the bloody good for nothing flying pieces of @#$%

Did you know that they are none existent in Scotland ? The weather is too cold for them to survive and I am ashamed to admit that, but I missed them for a while !

Not anymore though my hate for ALL insects is indescribable ! And yes we do have horse flies usually at farms. Roaches are my biggest enemies and now that I mentioned the dreaded ugly !@#$s I'll have to tell you about my encounter with Ninja roach ! Wait for the post on my blog !

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Gazza said...

In England we only get them for a few weeks in the summer and thats bad enough,disgusting creatures...yuk

Jac said...

well, I know that flies are everywhere.

After reading your post and the lines "They're always buzzing around me... landing on my clothes, my feet, my face, my hair, my arms..."

Are you some kind of honey umnaief ? LOL
Kidding only.

You have written it with an awesome humour.

Jahooni said...

Wow, you are becoming very popular!

Mom was in the kitchen just yesterday trying to swat at one.

My hubby says its MY SWEET SWEET skin that attracks them!

Everything is created for a reason. I would rather have flies than big black widow spiders (which I have a ton in my back yard that I can't get rid of)

Um Naief said...

munther, i hate them too! i can't wait to hear your ninja roach story... we have a few of those around our place. i really hate them. i can stand flies, but not roaches!

anon, thanks for the tip! and for stopping by...

jac, YES... i'm terribly sweet... ;) that MUST be the reason... :) but honestly, these little boogers just love to irritate me.. that has to be it!

gazza, i wish they weren't around here so much... do you get the flying variety in england? we have them here. right now we're house sitting at my in-laws and yesterday the window was covered in the flying ones... they were all over the carpet, all over the sofas... and today one landed on my face. yuk!

jahooni, you get flies too?? i've never seen any flying around you... you must be kidding about your sweetness... it has to be! ;) now, i can't even imagine black widow spiders. hope they don't start coming inside. i'd be worried about your window facing the back yard!

Nabeel said...

i hate those big flies that come in your kitchen or lounge area, if you leave the door open .. dangit those flies.

Gazza said...

In the warm weather (not that we get much)we get ants as well,when we get like a month of warm weather we get flying ants.....twice a year for a few days we get dragon flys and i think their real name is crane flys but they also get called daddy long legs....harmless but ugly......my mrs flips with em.....

Storm'n Norm'n said...
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Storm'n Norm'n said...

Storm'n Norm'n said...
Flies have a proboscis...What is that you say?

Its what flies use to eat and drink...and vomit.
Here's how it works. (While reading all this think of how flies like to land on poop...dog poop, horse poop, any kind of poop!)
Lets start with your perspiration. Have you ever looked at your finger prints under a microscope? If you have then you would have seen the minute droplets of water oozing from your pores. Flies see this water and drink from it almost every time they land on your skin. They need the moisture to disolve the food solids they injested earlier (again, think poop). Now suppose they land on some dry poop or dry food on your plate. Flies have the ability to vomit their previous mixture of liquid poop to aid in disolving the dry food in order to injest it into thier bodies. That's really about it. Flies like poop both coming and going...and this is the number one way in which flies spread disease.

Lindsay Masters said...

Frankly I much prefer spiders. As long as they're not black widows/brown recluse/hobo spiders (the three really dangerous ones in the US) I *love* them, you know why? Because they know how to mind their own dang business and unlike these nasty flying insects they don't come around trying to bite you and bite you and bite you. I also like CRANE flies, when one gets in my house I always try to save it and put it outside, because they are aerial predators that hunt and eat the nasty old biters. I pretty much like all types of bug that a) don't want to bite humans and b) eat the ones that do.