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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12885 on: September 08, 2013, 12:18:34 AM »
Flies are the bane of my existence and this year has been HORRIBLE for them!!!!!  It is embarrassing to have to hang fly strips up but there is nothing else I have found to get rid of the stupid buggers!

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12886 on: September 08, 2013, 12:54:14 AM »
About the flies - fly screens fitted to all the windows works a treat. They're pretty much standard issue in Australia. Of course, it doesn't help when you're out and about but only the occasional fly manages to sneak inside when a door opens.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12887 on: September 08, 2013, 05:01:15 AM »
E-books that hare not well formated, which is a first world/entitled problem to have since this concern free books - or you know, books that might have been obtained not by the official means...
But books whitout any of the accents when every other words have one or two in french is not easy to read.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12888 on: September 08, 2013, 05:23:54 AM »
My co-irker's hyper-competitiveness. (I may have posted about her previously.)  She has to turn EVERYTHING into a competition. And of course, she has to win.

Latest installment: Both her daughter and mine went off to college recently. I mentioned that on move-in day, one of dd's roommates showed up with a huge (and scrumptious-looking) platter of cookies, brownies and bars frm a local bakery and said how kind that was of her.  Co-Irker immediately says, "Well, MY daughter made brownies from scratch and then decorated the top with her roommates names in icing!"

Honestly. Just. Stop. It.

I don't think I would be able to stop myself from laughing at that.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12889 on: September 08, 2013, 08:27:17 AM »
About the flies - fly screens fitted to all the windows works a treat. They're pretty much standard issue in Australia. Of course, it doesn't help when you're out and about but only the occasional fly manages to sneak inside when a door opens.

In the summer we don't open windows at all (humidity + heat = uncomfortable house), and the front door has a screen door, but it only takes one pregnant fly coming in to give you a colony.
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12890 on: September 08, 2013, 08:55:10 AM »
About the flies - fly screens fitted to all the windows works a treat. They're pretty much standard issue in Australia. Of course, it doesn't help when you're out and about but only the occasional fly manages to sneak inside when a door opens.

In the summer we don't open windows at all (humidity + heat = uncomfortable house), and the front door has a screen door, but it only takes one pregnant fly coming in to give you a colony.

First, I've never seen a home without screens on the windows, even both sets of grandparents, whose homes were built in the very early 1900s. (US)

Also, Diane, I'm wondering where in a home a fly could have laid her eggs. I really want to know if I am missing something. Thanks.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12891 on: September 08, 2013, 08:59:11 AM »
About the flies - fly screens fitted to all the windows works a treat. They're pretty much standard issue in Australia. Of course, it doesn't help when you're out and about but only the occasional fly manages to sneak inside when a door opens.

In the summer we don't open windows at all (humidity + heat = uncomfortable house), and the front door has a screen door, but it only takes one pregnant fly coming in to give you a colony.

First, I've never seen a home without screens on the windows, even both sets of grandparents, whose homes were built in the very early 1900s. (US)

Also, Diane, I'm wondering where in a home a fly could have laid her eggs. I really want to know if I am missing something. Thanks.

Probably in a sink drain.  Pour boiling water down every drain in your house.  I'd repeat it everyday for a week or so, just to be one the safe side.

From a website: How to make a fly trap...

Making a fly trap
Cut the tops off several plastic water bottles and invert the tops into the lower portions, forming a funnel. Put about 2-inches of apple cider vinegar in each bottle with 1/4 teaspoon sugar. Almost all flies, no matter their normal food preference, will enter the trap. Death by drowning or by acid--sugar though is the lure. Flies aren't so different than humans after all.
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12892 on: September 08, 2013, 09:11:06 AM »
About the flies - fly screens fitted to all the windows works a treat. They're pretty much standard issue in Australia. Of course, it doesn't help when you're out and about but only the occasional fly manages to sneak inside when a door opens.

In the summer we don't open windows at all (humidity + heat = uncomfortable house), and the front door has a screen door, but it only takes one pregnant fly coming in to give you a colony.

First, I've never seen a home without screens on the windows, even both sets of grandparents, whose homes were built in the very early 1900s. (US)

Also, Diane, I'm wondering where in a home a fly could have laid her eggs. I really want to know if I am missing something. Thanks.

Probably in a sink drain.  Pour boiling water down every drain in your house.  I'd repeat it everyday for a week or so, just to be one the safe side.

From a website: How to make a fly trap...

Making a fly trap
Cut the tops off several plastic water bottles and invert the tops into the lower portions, forming a funnel. Put about 2-inches of apple cider vinegar in each bottle with 1/4 teaspoon sugar. Almost all flies, no matter their normal food preference, will enter the trap. Death by drowning or by acid--sugar though is the lure. Flies aren't so different than humans after all.

Thanks. I never heard of that, but then all of our sink drains get used daily, except the one at the bar, which never has anything but water and alcohol in it. Nothing to breed in.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12893 on: September 08, 2013, 10:14:55 AM »
Anybody have a version of that for roaches?





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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12894 on: September 08, 2013, 10:54:23 AM »
Check Amazon for Roach Traps. There are some that aren't all that pricey, but most are a little too high for me - unless they work like magic!

I had good luck with borax powder. Raid works well, but I couldn't deal with the lingering odor. Hot Shot makes a spray that is nearly odorless (not the one with an antibacterial ingredient). Oops! Forgot about the cats! The borax powder can be put under bookshelves and behind junk in closets, and the pests take the stuff back their nests so the cats can't play with the contaminated corpses.

(We have always lived in single-family homes, so once we took care of our own property, we rarely had a recurring problem from the neighbors. I don't have any suggestions for that.)
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12895 on: September 08, 2013, 10:55:00 AM »
Anybody have a version of that for roaches?

Here you go...

Use water jars. A simple and effective homemade way to lure and trap roaches is with a jar placed next to a wall, allowing the roaches to get in, but not escape. Any bait can be placed in the jar, including coffee grounds and water, but it also works with just plain water in drier climates.

Use soda bottles. Cut curved top off, invert and place into top of body so it acts like a funnel into the bottle. Tape into place. With beer in bottom, bugs enter and drown.

http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Roaches for other ideas.
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12896 on: September 08, 2013, 11:15:38 AM »
Windshield wipers dragging over a dry windshield. And the person driving doesn't turn them off until I start whining.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12897 on: September 08, 2013, 01:28:52 PM »
Skunks spraying right under my window.




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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12898 on: September 08, 2013, 02:07:58 PM »
About the flies - fly screens fitted to all the windows works a treat. They're pretty much standard issue in Australia. Of course, it doesn't help when you're out and about but only the occasional fly manages to sneak inside when a door opens.

In the summer we don't open windows at all (humidity + heat = uncomfortable house), and the front door has a screen door, but it only takes one pregnant fly coming in to give you a colony.

First, I've never seen a home without screens on the windows, even both sets of grandparents, whose homes were built in the very early 1900s. (US)

Also, Diane, I'm wondering where in a home a fly could have laid her eggs. I really want to know if I am missing something. Thanks.
I was told that in the UK window screens were taxed.  Not as sales tax, but as a property tax.  Never could figure out why such ridiculous tax was imposed to begin with.
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12899 on: September 08, 2013, 03:35:03 PM »
About the flies - fly screens fitted to all the windows works a treat. They're pretty much standard issue in Australia. Of course, it doesn't help when you're out and about but only the occasional fly manages to sneak inside when a door opens.

In the summer we don't open windows at all (humidity + heat = uncomfortable house), and the front door has a screen door, but it only takes one pregnant fly coming in to give you a colony.

First, I've never seen a home without screens on the windows, even both sets of grandparents, whose homes were built in the very early 1900s. (US)

Also, Diane, I'm wondering where in a home a fly could have laid her eggs. I really want to know if I am missing something. Thanks.
I was told that in the UK window screens were taxed.  Not as sales tax, but as a property tax.  Never could figure out why such ridiculous tax was imposed to begin with.

Not true.  We don't even have window screens here.

"Window tax" (as in, property tax based on the number of windows you had) was abolished hundreds of years ago.

There's a Snopes thread on it here: http://msgboard.snopes.com/message/ultimatebb.php?/ubb/get_topic/f/80/t/000675.html