We don’t have a doggie door. We plan to get one soon, but for right now, there is no such luxury. For the first week or so when we got Rosie, we would just leave the back door open a little bit. Just far enough so she could go out and in when she wanted/needed. I wanted to make this whole potty training thing as easy for both of us as possible.
Unfortunately, with the open door, came the flies. There were only a couple at first. But then, seemingly overnight, their population exploded, which I suppose is not surprising considering a female lays 75-150 eggs per batch. Flies were everywhere. They followed us around the house trying to get moisture from our faces with their stupid sopping mouthparts, landing repeatedly despite our many attempts at the Aussie salute (for you non-Aussies, that means waving your hand(s) in front of your face to ward off flies).
I made sure the bins in the house were tightly sealed. I washed the dishes straight away after every meal, no food was left out, and I stopped leaving the back door open (resulting in lots of pee accidents).
But still, they lingered, copulating like wild dogs on our countertop, in the air, and in the bathroom, multiplying all the time. At least when they are distracted by coitus, they’re easier to swat.
We cut the tops off two water bottles, inverted the top into the bottles like funnels, taped them on, and filled them with sugar syrup – home made fly traps. A few flies wandered into the sticky liquid, unable to escape, but the majority of them flew on.
Upping the ante, we bought fly spray. Aaron sprayed the bathroom and shut the door, killing about nine of the little buggers. We covered everything in the kitchen with towels and he sprayed them as they slept on the kitchen ceiling.
Still there were more. Not as many as before, but enough to be pretty darn annoying.
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