John Ward – (Not Entirely) Lord Of The Flies – 6 October 2014

A variety of internet pages confirm that ‘with the repeated use of the same insecticides, flies develop resistance through genetic mutations that make these products less effective’. To be clear about this, I inflicted a popular brand of French fly-spray on my invaders….and it had zero, zilch, no effect on the recipients. The odd bluebottle I targeted…yes, it began the familiar manic dipping and diving one associates with imminent flying insect death: but your house-fly laughed in the face of my attack.

Hitchcock sought a suitably terrifying follow-up to The Birds, but never found it. Were the old sex-beast alive today, one can’t help thinking that he might have gone for The Flies. You may think I jest, but these persistent little buggers are cavorting all over my kitchen surfaces, tables, plates and skin: and I feel powerless to stop  them.

Worse things happen at sea, as my mysteriously bonkers Auntie Myra used to say. But there are very, very few seagoing flies. / link to original article

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