Now, I Love Fly-swatters

Swatting Flies.

I don't think he will make it.  LOL.
I don't think he will make it. LOL.
Hummm, I think my son would love this one.  I hope he will know it is not real.  LOL.
Hummm, I think my son would love this one. I hope he will know it is not real. LOL.
A man trying to get his fly any way he can.
A man trying to get his fly any way he can.
I keep my ... swatter close by at all times in my living area.
I keep my ... swatter close by at all times in my living area.
I love choices.  LOL.
I love choices. LOL.

Ridding Home of Flies

There was a question about getting rid of flies, and I thought, Hey , I know how to do that . Fly swatter . So, I thought I would tell this story.

Years ago, the fall of 1996, I moved into my two bedroom apartment in the Bronx.

When my baby brother and I walked into the foul smelling lobby nothing about the building was appealing. Urine on the rust colored ceramic floors, drug users walking up and down the four story apartment building, because the elevator did not ... work. My brother turned to me and asked, "You sure you want to live here?"

"Yes!"

"Okay." He did not look comfortable, as we continued to the third floor to wait for the super.

Hey, I was temporarily living back with my parents .... I was 34 years old, newly disabled, and I was called for an apartment. I was not going to be choosy.

The apartment I was going to move into was a little more appealing. I loved it accept for the pigeons flying in and out of the opened window inside the room which is now my son's bedroom. Also, the place was really dirty, and the old tenant left a medical bed inside what was to be my bedroom. That kind of freaked me. Remember, I was disabled, and I did not want to see what could be my possible future. Still, I did not remember seeing any flies.

Soon after moving into my apartment, in November of 1996, I started seeing flies. That just did not make sense to me. Flies in cold weather ? I thought, Really ?

Well, there were some big flies and some small ones, and I was not a happy camper with any of them. All I kept thinking was, flies on my food? I don't think so .

Days later, while at my local supermarket, I ran across a roll of flypaper. I bought several.

Once home I placed a few of them on the ceiling in four of my five room apartment. Plus my hallway areas. Not in my kitchen though. Nasty.

The Fly Paper was sticky. The brown wax kind of stuck to my figures, and made it sticky. I hated it. Still, I thought, No more flies on my food .

That same day I would notice flies were stuck to the waxed paper. First in my bedroom, then in the bathroom, soon in my hallway, and definitely in my living area. As days went by I became fascinated. I would cry to myself, No more flying around.

Days later there were several flies sticking to the Fly Paper in my hallway. It was closer to my front door. I once saw a fly walking under my door. Oh, you dead fly, I thought to myself. I got sticky paper.

I was so happy to see my sticky paper filling up. I did not think about how it looked just that I was saving my food.

Then one day, company came to visit me, and they had to duck their heads, because of all of the flies hanging down on my sticky paper. Seeing slight disgust on their faces I realized I should be removing the Fly Paper more often than I did. At least before company visited.

The next day I went to my local Dollar store, and I decided not to get the sticky paper, but two Fly Swatters. One for my living area, and the other for my bedroom.

It takes a little more work. More hands on. See the fly, swat it, clean it up, and throw it away. That is it. No more looking at too many flies dead on a strip of brown waxy paper looking very unappealing ... though I was a little too fascinated.

I still have one of my fly swatters, and from time to time I still need to use it.

So PETA, do not contact me for getting rid of my pesty flies.

Please scroll down and leave a comment.

Thank you.

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N.E. Wright 4 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hey Ranfi,

Thanks for that information on SwatMate. I have not heard of it before.

Thanks for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


Ranfi 4 years ago

I can recommend the SwatMate for those situations where you have to get rid of the fly/bug asap without actually splatting it, "swat without the splat" lol.

Also, one good thing about the swatmate is you can lay it on your table without grossing people out like your typical fly swatter.

They have em' on both Amazon & Ebay


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Wolfyone 5 years ago from Central Maine

Aren't bug invasions awful? I lived in a Queens NY apartment that had a roach problem. You wouldn't see them so much during the day, but at night when you turned on a light it was as if they were holding a convention. Horrible, and you couldn't kill the darn things. I remember whacking one with a shoe, repeatedly, and it was like the energizer bunny, just kept going. Exterminators had no luck cause they just moved in from next door. My great find was Windex. Having nothing else at hand one day I grabbed a bottle of windex and sprayed the little cheeky bugger who was sitting on the end of the sink flicking his antenna at me. He staggered drunkenly and croaked. Yay for Windex. And fly swatters! I've done the flypaper thing too. I agree nasty stuff. Thanks for bringing back some old memories.


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fabulouslyfit 5 years ago

I am glad that you got those "darn flies" the funny thing is that when I was 3 years old, we moved from my native Jamaica to the Bronx. We discovered snow and someone welcomed us to the U.S. by stealing our car. We can laugh about it now, but I will never forget my dads face. It has been a journey, and glad that my dad made the decision to move his whole family to the states! Now I am 45 and will never leave the U.S. Thank you for your post, it made memories come back to me. You are a strong woman and "More Power to You"!! Keep your head up and keep going forward!


jami l. pereira 5 years ago

I seriously needed a good smile and giggle this morning and i appreciate you for it ! :) although a sad situation , it is a blessing that you can find some humor despite everything else happening around you! , it takes a strong woman to be able to overcome such struggles ,and they in turn make good writers! ,you are by far an astonishing writer AND woman ! Take A BOW ! you certainly deserve it ! i voted this up ,funny,awesome and if they would have had an incredible button ..you'd have gotten that one too!:) have a blessed day ALL day!:)


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hello Pauld43,

I can sort of relate to your story. LOL.

When I was growing up we would try to catch bees in a jar. That actually was crazy and dangerous. LOL. I do not know why that was some sort of sport to us kids, but it was. LOL.

Thank you for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


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pauld43 5 years ago

As a young boy my summers were filled with swatting flies. It was a game to me to try and see how many flies I could kill.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hello Anidae,

Thank you for your lovely praises.

I sadly keep my one -- I can not find the other -- fly swatter on my cocktail table. LOL.

Not that I want to, but it would not be wise for me to have sticky papers any longer mostly, because my seven year old son's curiosity about everything. LOL.

Again, I thank you for your kind words.

Take Care,

N.E.


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anidae 5 years ago from Tennessee

Awesome hub and funny,too. I share your disgust of flies and I tried the flypaper but it was so messy and it smelled after a while. My flies did not seem to like the fly paper so I went back to using my trusted fly swat and that worked. I own 3 or 4 fly swatters because I keep misplacing them. At first I couldn't kill any flies but I kept whacking away and finally outsmarted them so I have a very good elimination rate now.You know flies seem to have irritating personalities and they are so nasty.

You have a good outlook about life and how to make lemonade in life situations. I look forward to more of your writing.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hey Roshall,

LOL. Thanks for your comments.

N.E.


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roshall 5 years ago from Ohio

This was really cute. I hate flies too.good job.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hey Shygirl2,

Fly paper is gross to touch. LOL.

I became lazy and kept them up way too long even when more than three dead flies were sticking on them. LOL.

Flies getting on my food freaks me out. LOL. Well, that is why I keep my fly swatter with me .... LOL.

I thank you for your praises.

Take Care,

N.E.


shygirl2 5 years ago

Wow! First of all, you are one brave lady to move into such an area...secondly, the flies would be disgusting, with the threat of spreading disease as well. Thirdly...who likes the sound of those things buzzing in ones ear? I love fly swatters, as there is nothing else like them. They work on bees and wasps too! The fly paper would probably kill more at one time...but sounds nasty to have to clean up after. Great hub! Loved it. :D


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

LOL. I know. LOL. It is sad to say ....

Thank you so much for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


Deirdre R 5 years ago

Ha - this made me giggle. I've just discovered how great fly swatters are too. The suckers don't know you're creeping up on them and bam! What a great invention :)


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hello Anthea,

Thank you so much for your kind words.

Take Care,

N.E.


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Anthea Carson 5 years ago from Colorado Springs

You are a very good writer.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hello Fay,

Thanks so much for your lovely praise.

Take Care,

N.E.


Fay Paxton 5 years ago

You're an excellent writer and funny too. Thanks for the laugh.

voted up/funny


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hi Cher0079,

I appreciate your praise.

Thank you so much for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


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cher0079 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Very interesting conclusion. Very well written.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hi Fayehelen,

My son really freaks out about flies. Sometimes he will stand still and not do anything, because he noticed a fly. LOL.

I thank you so much for sharing your story with the electronic ... swatter. LOL.

Take Care,

N.E.


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fayehelen 5 years ago

Yeuck yeuck yeuck, i hate flies and just the thought of the big ones grosses me out. My dad brought an electronic fly swatter last year - the metal bits in the middle electrocuted the flies as you swatted them. It was his favourite toy for a while, but even I (the biggest fly hater) thought hearing the flies sizzle to death was a little mean! lol. I will be using the normal plastic ones from now on!

Thanks for sharing, and making me laugh! Best wishes, fh :)


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hey MiseryHinata,

Death to mice and rats also. LOL.

Thank you so much for your kind words.

Take Care,

N.E.


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MiseryHinata 5 years ago

Death to flies and cockroaches!! lol, good humorous hub :) I enjoyed reading it, thanks for the story


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hello ChristineVianello,

It is wild you say Maury, because as I read that flies were your worst fears, I thought about the woman who fear was ... foil. She was on Maury. LOL. I can understand the fear of flies, but ... foil? LOL.

Thank you for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


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ChristineVianello 5 years ago from Philadelphia

One of my worst fears in life is being trapped in a room of all flies! Sometimes I have nightmares about it. Flies are the one thing in life that makes me sick to think about it. I should be on Maury hah


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hey Georgiecarlos,

Thank you for your praise.

I found those pictures on Google. Thanks, I thought they were cool too. LOL.

I really want those guitar swatter too, but my son will play with them like they are toys. LOL.

Thanks for your comments.

N.E.

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Hi Suziecat7,

Yes, flies are nasty. I hate them getting on my food, or drinks. I just hate it. LOL.

I am okay for now. It is the winter. Here in New York all there seems to be is snow this year. LOL. My son loves it, and it is getting on my nerves. LOL.

I appreciate your kind words.

Take Care,

N.E.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

Flies are nasty little critters. Glad you found a way to silence them. Great Hub.


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georgiecarlos 5 years ago from Philippines

I love reading your hub but I especially love your pictures! Goes well with your hub and are also quite amusing!And wow, do they sell those guitar swatters? I would love to have one!


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hi CountryCityWoman,

Weird my mother always caught flies with either news papers or magazines. I do not know why I never mentioned that before. Still, she did. She killed them dead with paper. LOL. It was cool.

I could not swat a fly with a paper or magazine to save my soul. LOL.

I hate those big flies. Wow, a cat eating flies ... too cool. LOL.

Keep that fly swatter close by for the summer. I know I will. LOL.

Thanks for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


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CountryCityWoman 5 years ago from From New York City to North Carolina

And they work! I have tried to swat flies with paper and failed every single time. Ah, but I remember those summers I spent as a child on my grandmother's farm and everyone had a fly swatter. Then it was just fun to use them.

Recently a giant fly came in my window - and it is winter - where'd it come from and, like all the others, planned to drive me crazy by flying around my head. Fortunately, I just adopted a nearly grown cat and you should have seen that hippopotamus-sized fly run and hide - but finally she caught it - and ate it of course.

But the fly swatter, next summer, for sure I'll get one. Love the new shapes and styles.

What a fun hub. Rated up! Yay!


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hello YouabcStyle,

LOL. I know what you mean about hating flies.

I love my little red Fly Swatter also. LOL.

Take Care,

N.E.


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youabcstyle 5 years ago

lol I hate flies with a passion. If they touch my food I want to throw out that part. EWE. Since I dont like looking at them, I could never use the fly paper.I love my swatter!!! High swatter! :)


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hey Not White Trash,

I have not brought the Fly paper in a while, but they do still sell them.

I became too lazy to remove the Fly Paper, and that is why I use Fly Swatters now. LOL.

I appreciate your praises.

Take Care,

N.E.


not white trash 5 years ago

ha ha that is awesome, great you can still buy the sticky brown paper, haven't seen any of that here in ages, so much easier to get them with the sticky paper than chase them with a fly swatter sometimes!


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Thank you so much for kind words, Instantlyfamily.

N.E.


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instantlyfamily 5 years ago

Another fantastic story. I like your writing style. Great work!


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hey Tim,

Thanks for the praise.

I am not sure about a fly gun. LOL. Not that I have ever heard of it until you mentioned it. LOL.

I am going to check out your Hub soon.

Thanks gain for the comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


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Tim Blackstone 5 years ago

Great Story and I'm pleased you have solved your problems with flies.

I hate those fly papers hanging everywhere and a fly swatter is very direct and does the job fast and well.

You might want to look into Fly guns as they add a sense of fun to the process.

Not much fun for the fly though..lol

I mention them on my page about fly swatters.. http://hubpages.com/living/Fly-Swatter


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Mitch, you did not miss anything. I hate thinking about what I was actually eating. LOL.

It is true about most people not knowing how to clean them. My mother was one of them. LOL. That is why she had my late Great Aunt do it for her.

When she learned and my siblings and I smelled them that was it.

None of us eat them at all to this day. We stopped when we were kids. LOL.

Take Care,

N.E.


Mitchell Allen 5 years ago

Hi N. E.,

I never had the "guts" to try them.

Glad I left them alone: most people don't know how to clean them properly, so I'm told.

Thanks for sharing!

Cheers,

Mitch


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hey Mitchell,

That is funny. LOL.

You know I never paid attention to the smell of Chitterlings, because my mother never really cooked it. My late Great Aunt use to clean it and cook it for my mother.

One day, when I was a Freshman in high school, I walked into our house and smelled the most disgusting food cooking. I asked my mother what it was and she said Chitterlings. OMG, I use to eat that crap? LOL.

The last time I ever had Chitterlings was when I was 14 years old. I could not believe that I ate something that smelled so foul. LOL.

When I was in the Western-Beef Supermarket New Years Eve there were way too many people buying big buckets of Chitterlings. LOL. Most of them had two and more. OMG. LOL.

Take Care,

N.E.


Mitchell Allen 5 years ago

Ha, ha! I was going to comment about eating there, but I honestly don't remember. I'll tell you what, though. My grandmother, rest her lovely soul, lived in a NASTY rowhouse, right next to a candy store. She had mice, roaches and flies. On top of that, her sewer line was broken, so it always ALWAYS smelled like someone was cooking chitterlings up in there.

But, her kitchen was clean and she put her foot in everything she made. So, I can't speak for all them other nasty homes, but hers, yeah, the food was good. (Except for the one time when she actually did make "chitlins" ... whoo! That was just nasty on top of nasty!)

Cheers,

Mitch


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hey Mitchell,

Thank you so much for your kind comments.

I was so hating the flies ... that one day when I went ... shopping, and I saw the fly paper I thought to myself, "Yeah, I remember this. You dead flies." LOL. Seriously, I thought like that. LOL.

Wow, did you eat at their home? LOL. I bet you that food looked good. Nasty people always seem to have clean and good looking food. LOL. So I heard. LOL.

My moms use to warn us about that. LOL.

Thanks again for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


Mitchell Allen 5 years ago

N. E., thanks for making me laugh! I had a friend whose parents used flypaper. I always wondered, "which unlucky kid will have to take those nasty things down?"

I was too polite to comment on it - their entire house was a pigsty, though! Flies were the least of my concerns when I went over there!

I'll be checking out your other hubs!

Cheers,

Mitch


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hello Hillrider,

Thank you so much for your praises.

Water, and a penny inside a zip lock bag huh? LOL. Interesting.

I am going to have to try that when my son is in school. LOL. I will be in trouble if he see me doing that. LOL.

Thanks for sharing.

N.E.


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hillrider 5 years ago from Mid-west United States

Enjoyed your post. I found it entertaining and down to Earth. Your manner is refreshing.

I have a possible alternative to suggest that coupled with your swatter may make your Fly problem less a hassle. Awhile back I heard about a trick using zip lock bags with water and a shiny penny inside them. There are plenty of testimonials to this method if you Google it I am sure you will find it. Hope it helps...


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Yes, Scott, I did. LOL.

From under my front door. LOL.

They would crawl in from the lobby of my building.

Take Care,

N.E.


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Scott_Grigg 5 years ago from Midwest USA-Southeast

Funny story. Sooooo...whatever happened? Did you finally figure out where all those flies were coming from?


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

LOL.

Imatellmuva, that is the truth!!!

First of all you were probably hungry. So food was on your mind first and foremost. LOL.

The moment you started looking around, when there is a lull in conversation, oh, oh! LOL.

Suddenly your food arrives, and you are really hungry. What you have seen that bothered you is dismissed immediately. LOL.

I been there, done that, and quickly prayed I survived before I began chowing down. LOL.

Thank you so much for your funny comments.

Take Care, N.E.


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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore

It is said that some of the best places to eat are what's considered greasy spoon joints. One summer day, I decided to visit this dive, because I heard the food was BANG'N! After I ordered my food, but not before it arrived to the table, I noticed flypaper hanging from the ceiling! I'm unsure how I didn't notice this before?! But oooooo...chile', when the food arrived, and I tasted pure awesomeness, I forgot about the flypaper, the gum on the floor, and the old man in the corner booth just a grinn'n!! Anyway, my point is, while flypaper is nasteee...just nastee chile', you can soon forget that it's even there once you're in great company!


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

You really did make my day with laughter. LOL.

After that I was out food shopping for the New Years. Not much fun. LOL.

I really will keep the promise to myself to write more this year.

Take Care, N.E.


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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge

I love to laugh Wright and if I brought some laughter into your day I'm happy. I could tell you other stories about bats that would have you in stitches but I just woke up and am trying to get enough coffee in me to see straight. Please come and visit whenever you're in my neighborhood and I'll do the same. I'm looking forward to reading more of your writing, please keep that promise to yourself and write - write - write! Love it!


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

LOL.

OMG, OMG Poohgranma, LOL.

You are funny. I cannot even think right about what response to give. You are just too damn funny. LOL.

I will say I would not have been able to use the toilet either after that. LOL. Oh, and my son? Please ... he would not have enter the whole bathroom after I would have told him I flushed the bat down the toilet. LOL.

OMG. LOL.

It is nice meeting you also. LOL.

HAPPY NEW YEARS, 2011, TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!!!


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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge

I came to meet the lady that is following me and left me fan mail and I'm so glad I did. You have a delightful style of writing and an attitude of gratitude which is really hard to maintain some days, yes? I have no idea what you read of mine that got you following me but if it was the one about the flyswatter I will have to laugh!!! Although they still make me cringe to tell you the truth.

I can't hit a fly with a swatter to save my soul and have used the sticky tape too. We had a hole in our old roof and bats have got in here a few times. You would have laughed your butt off at me screaming at my husband - "Kill it! Kill that nasty beast from Hell!" Get it our of my house NOW." Here he is, disabled like me chasing this bat with a racket-ball racket! Then he tells me he flushed it down the toilet. Don't you know I could not use that toilet right for months....LOL

So good to "meet" you!


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

LOL.

Okay, WannaB Writer,

Very funny skunk story. LOL.

Now you know we all were taught -- since grade school -- not to scare skunks or they would spray us. LOL.

If that skunk would have sprayed you ... oh lord. LOL. How could you get that stink off. LOL. OMG.

I really would have did the same thing. I would not have chased it either.

I do not need to be getting sprayed is all I would have been thinking.

LOL.

I did watch the episode of the Partridge Family when they were all sprayed by a skunk. LOL.

Thanks for the story. LOL. I love it.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!


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WannaB Writer 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

What a funny Hub and funny comments! I also hate flies and fruit flies, but I'm not very good with a fly swatter. Those little varmints always land where I would not want to swat them a clean tablecloth, around food I'm preparing, etc. If they land somewhere I can swat, they always seem to know I'm coming and fly away just in time. Occasionally I get lucky and kill one. I actually have better luck with using rolled up papers.

As for skunks, I've had my own encounters, since I do live in the country. I often have one living under my book shed (I sell books online).I remember one night years ago I was loading a larger U-Haul type truck I owned with books for a home school conference where I was signed up to exhibit. The truck was backed against a high porch. Where that porch met the wall, about a yard from the truck's roll-up-door, which was open, was a water heater unclosed in a cabinet. I heard noises from the cabinet and opened the door to see what was wrong. There was a skunk staring right at me, about a yard away and the truck was open.

What a bunch of conflicting emotions. I wanted to move, but didn't want to leave the truck door unguarded. All I'd need would be the skunk to flee into my stacks of book boxes to hide! I was afraid to shut the truck door because it would make a lot of noise and I didn't want to scare the skunk. We each stood there staring at each other for I don't know how long. Seemed like forever. Finally the skunk walked off in another direction, and when I thought she was gone, I shut the truck door and went back in the house for a while.

My mil also lived on acreage in another city. She used to feed a feral cat outside. One night a skunk came up and tried to eat the cat's food. This made my mil mad, since she used to leave her garbage for the skunk to eat and she felt the skunk shouldn't be eating the cat's dinner. She actually started chasing the skunk away with a broom! Can you believe it? The skunk ran in stead of attacking. I'm not that brave.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hello again, Christopheranton,

I would have choked on the fly spray. LOL.

Thanks for the comments.

Again, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

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Hello Jalus,

LOL. That is so funny about your dog. The things dogs are attracted to are so wildly funny to me. LOL.

At least you do not have to worry about killing the flies yourself with your dog around. LOL.

Thank you for your praise.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!


Jalus 5 years ago

I am very lucky - my dog thinks that all flying insects are special toys for her to hunt. Once I killed a fly and she actually looked insulted and went to the corner to lie down. Now I just call her name and she takes care of them quicker than I can pick up a swatter! Great story telling!


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christopheranton 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

I'm glad things got sorted out now. Perhaps flyspray would have been a better option.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Thank you so much for your comments Butch.


Butch News 5 years ago

Nice story. Regards from Butch


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

OMG!!! That is a nice way of putting it ... extra nutrients. LOL.

Thanks. LOL.


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LivingFood 5 years ago

Oh gosh, you are right, lol...fruit flies are worse! Now when I eat I'll wonder whether I am consuming any extra nutrients. :)


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

It is the winter now so I am lucky. LOL. When the spring and summer comes back we are in trouble. LOL. My son has a melt down. Poor thing.

I hate fruit flies, because you could be taking a bite and the fruit fly is right there staying on you food as you are eating it. It sounds funny now, but there goes your dinner. LOL.

Thanks for your comments.


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LivingFood 5 years ago

Wow, I cannot imagine what you went through...I hope you no longer have to deal with flies...I have those tiny little fruit flies, and know how annoying they can be, let alone huge flies. Thanks for sharing your story.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

LOL. Okay, this comment in the form of a poem is just too funny. LOL.

I just kept laughing while reading ....

Thank you so much for your hilarious poetic comments.

Take care, N.E.


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Poppapoetic 5 years ago from Hershey Pa.

Flys can deffinatly be a pest

but I'd rather have flys then rats sharing my nest

& the idea of bats is too creepy indeed

I have far too much blood on which they could feed

but out here in the mountains we get mice & crap

in the winter you just put some cheese on a trap

& you wait for the clasp on the trap to go snap

but the thing I hate more than the occasional mouse

is the occasional skunk getting under the house

you see I was a city kid raised in south florida

& our biggest pest usually lived around water

but in the hills of Pa. I now deal with the skunk

at first It smelled like good weed I just thunk

but once it got under the house Oh It stunk

& I burned so much insence till my neighbors got drunk


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hi ... Susan,

I seemed to have lost my yellow fly swatter, but I still have my handy red one. LOL.

Mice. I cannot stand them. So, I have the electronic pest repellers. The ones you plug in with the A/C adapter cords. I have 12 throughout my apartment. LOL. I have not seen a mice in years.

I place most of them where ever my radiators are in my apartment. Two by each. LOL. For me that is where there are opened spots. Inside each radiator.

Wow, I love old homes -- except for mice getting in. LOL -- because they have a story to tell.

I printed one of your stories earlier. Have a sick son so I could not get to read it. Will soon though.

Thanks for your nice words.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Great story. I myself own not two but three fly swatters. They do come in handy. As for the mice I use a battery operated device that once they go in they get electrocuted. I used to use a live trap but I think they just kept coming back into the house. I live in a house that is over 130 years old, so there are many spots the mice can get through I guess. Look forward to reading more of your hubs.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hey GistngRosePetals,

Thanks so much for your comments.

I always wanted my mother to buy the outdoor Fly Zappers, and she would not. She hated the sound she said. I think she hated the cost. LOL.

I will be checking out your work ....

Thanks again for your comments.


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GlstngRosePetals 5 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

I love your hub it made me laugh. I know flies can be annoying and who really wants them in there food knowing where they've been. LOL I remember I went and bought a fly swatter that use to zap and fry those pesty fly's. You know the as seen on TV deal.. lol Have to say it works pretty darn good.I'm definitely voting your hub up as being funny.. check out some of my hubs.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

You, my friend, are way too funny. LOL!!!

I thank you so much for making laugh, because of your comments.

Take care.


Reggie D 5 years ago

OK, here is my proven technique for taking out flies. It make take some time to master the technique so don't get discourage. First, when you see one of your winged adversaries, you must first respect the fact that he can see hundreds of you and he knows that he needs to get away from every last one of "you". This means he is probably more committed to winning this encounter than you are. This means that he is going to give it all he has to escape your wrath. Even if he has been successful in getting away in the past, this time he will not be so lucky. You are about to introduce him to your secret weapon...fly hypnosis. That's right! You are going to hypnotize him into thinking that he is already stuck on the fly paper and he won't be able to move. Once he believes that he can't move, you can hit him in slow motion with the fly swatter, or you can pick him up by his tiny little wings and set him free (which will make PETA happy.)

Seriously though, N.E. Wright, this is just my way of letting you know that I enjoyed your story and I hope things are going wonderfully for you. I wish you all the best. Take care.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hey Granny's House,

That one is too funny! LOL.

Thanks so much for your comments.


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Granny's House 5 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

I was waiting for you to say someone got their hair stuck in one. lol

Fun hub


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hey Quicklysilver,

That is a funny thought. LOL. On either side of you? Too funny. LOL.

Thank you so much for your comments.


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quicklysilver 5 years ago from wexford, ireland

Memories of fly paper. I grew up in a street where every house had sticky fly paper in every room, i even have an old picture of a young me in our kitchen with strips of dangling fly paper either side of me.

Classic stuff


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N.E. Wright 6 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Airikah, Well, thank you so mujch for your kind comments.

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Nikki D. Felder, Boy, I never thought about it before, but I really did have to do a lot with little when I became disabled. A fixed income on S.S.D. really does help you towards that goal. Thanks for your comments.

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Scribenet, Oh my, your cat eats the flies. You bet Yuk. LOL.

I tell you I keep my little red fly swatter right on my cocktail table. Sure it is tacky, but I am a bit tacky from time to time. LOL.

Thanks for your comments.


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Scribenet 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Fly swatters are handy!

I always have a fly swatter in my apartment for the flies that manage to get in! However, I have a secret weapon... a cat! He takes care of any flies and he is fast and deadly with his aim. I think he eats them, because I never find a dead one...lol! Yuk.

Enjoyed your Hub!


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Nikki D. Felder 6 years ago from Castle Hayne, N.C.

N.E. Wright, you seemed determined and like one who can make much out of little. I enjoyed the story and have learned how to kill a fly in mid air with a handy, dandy fly swapper! Thanks.


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Airikah 6 years ago from washington state

smiling, your story cute. and real. made me giggle and understands. esy to follow easy to read. good jobe will read more of your hubs


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N.E. Wright 6 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Wealthmadehealthy, It is always great to read your comments. Sorry I took so long to respond.

Lisadpreston, Sorry I took so long to respond.

I love your comments. Funny. LOL. PETA has great intentions, and then they go overboard and back me wince.

Flies may be smarter. LOL.

You share your rat story, and I'll share my cousin trying to save a loaf of bread that mice ate through the plastic. LOL. Scary and cheap. LOL.

TomHellest, What is it with cats playing with mice? They will kill them, and then play with the head. Yikes!

Sorry I took so long to respond.

JY3502, Thanks for your kind comments. Sorry I took so long to respond.

Affinity2010, Sorry I took so long to respond.

Thank you for your comments. Hey was that Roast Beef tender? LOL. My son would have wanted a piece regardless. I have not made a roast in over twenty years. My son is seven years old. LOL.

LeslieAdrienne, Flies freak me out, because you cannot ever leave your food uncovered for a second to get the door, phone, or stop your son from getting himself in trouble. LOL. Thanks for your comments.

Ptosis, LOL!!!

Webnatin, No flies? Oh, jealous much am I. LOL.

Mommeman2,

Sorry I took so long to respond.

OMG. I jumped as I continued to read your comments. Sorry I brought back that memory. LOL.

Still, I admire your parents for their work.

Giselle Maine, Sorry for responding so slowly....

LOL. Oh my, I lover your comments they are too funny. LOL.

Still, my mom use to use magazines, and newspapers all the time to kill flies. The New York Daily News. That was our paper. She used it well all the time. LOL. No recycling in the 60s or 70s though.

Mobywho, Sorry I took so long to respond.

Thanks for you comments. Watching TV with a cute Deer Mouse, and not freak out? Wow, much respect to you. LOL. I would have freaked out completely. LOL.


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MobyWho 6 years ago from Burlington VT

Hi, N.E. - love your style; fun and easy to read. Mice? As soon as it got cold, we would have one cute deer mouse that would sit between our chairs and watch TV with us. Didn't have the heart to kick him/her out. When I was working, a fellow worker couldn't stand spiders and I couldn't stand frogs or snakes. We'd exchange "ridding" jobs. It worked. Have just given you an "up."


Giselle Maine 6 years ago

Great hub! Yeah, in the summer we sometimes get flies coming in... I swat them with a rolled-up magazine or newspaper (which is also handy because then it can go to be recycled). We joke that some magazines are better for swatting at flies than others e.g. 'Better Homes and Gardens' is a sure winner!


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mommemau2 6 years ago from Fort Worth, TX

My parents were missionaries and when we were back in the USA, my dad would travel to various churchs that supported his mission or were thinking about supporting his mission efforts. As there were 7 kids, more often than not we would stay with some family from the church. You made me remember the time a church put our family up in a trailer house. That night we heard all kinds of noise and we had to get up and turn on the lights and there were MICE everywhere, even in some of the beds!! My mom found some steel wool cleaning pads and propped all the bed legs with the steel wool cleanng pads, moved the beds into the middle of the rooms and tucked all the blankets in, off the floor. We only stayed there one night. I am not sure anyone slept at all.


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webnatin 6 years ago

LOL. Nice post. I am more fortunate coz we don't have flies anymore in our place.

thanks


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ptosis 6 years ago from Arizona

On latv, the show-almohadazo, the woman uses a fly swatter to gesture and swat her sidekick. We had a problem with flies in AZ with too much water and since I was watching her show I was starting to swat people who were pests. :):):):):):):)


Stuck in Orbit 6 years ago from LEO

That is pretty funny. I had one of those strip things, but it takes the fun out of attacking the fly. That's an art in and of it self. Nice article :).


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LeslieAdrienne 6 years ago from Georgia

I have had a similar experience with flies in my house. I certainly can relate. Enjoyed your hub.


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Affinity2010 6 years ago from New Orleans, La

I can't stand flies either Just the other day I was cooking a roast in the oven and The flies found a way in through my window by the smell of the roast. I was offended that flies found the smell of my roast appealing. But my boyfriend says they know a good thing when they smell it. Your article was very funny, loved your hub. Vote Up's to you.


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JY3502 6 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

Good writing and funny. You have talent.


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tom hellert 6 years ago from home

I live in a more rural area for sure-

the field mice here are un phased by my new set of lazy appathetic cats sometimes watch them before attacking playing with them but flies i could not deal with that- I hate flying things- we get these wacky beetles at times around us they come flying in your face there these little armoredcoffee beans that are only good to hear them snap in half... i digress i hope your flies go away- maybe something died in the walls

TH


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lisadpreston 6 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

Now this was a funny story. Although I am sad at your living conditions. At least you have a roof over your head. At times I didn't even have that. It wasn't all that long ago either.

In my day with flies, i have tried that sticky paper and for some reason i never caught one fly. And the weird thing about fly swatters, is, it never fails, a fly will buzz around me all day till i pick up the swatter, the fly is then nowhere to be found. Are flies smarter than we think? My fly swatter ended up being my kids paddle. Worked really well for their behinds when being really bad.

I'm an animal lover and love PETA but the flies, roaches, mice and rats, have gotta go. The ants too. I'll include spiders, and my all time hatred of snakes. Yes, call me a hypocrit if you will, I despise them. I have a funny rat story from the last place I lived. Ill tell you sometime. I broke the record of how long someone could stand on a chair and scream. Loved your hub.


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Wealthmadehealthy 6 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

If you go to "terms and conditions" in the sign up page and elsewhere in admin...it does state that the comment section is not a place to promote your own hubs...Since I try to follow the rules, I do not promote my hubs in the comment section....We are allowed to leave links to other hubs we have written at the end or a hub we are writing or add them to our hubs for added reading. Hub promotion is key to getting views on your hubs. You should promote your own hubs too. I always help other people, always...but promo your stuff...It is good!!


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N.E. Wright 6 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Well, I am glad you did something against your Landlord, because he was horrible. Too soft a term right? LOL.

I never thought of promoting my Hubs before, but I did not know we could not suggest one. I have people requesting I look at their Hubs all the time. I just never requested that myself. I am not comfortable with it.

I actually requested people read your second comments to me, because it was just hilarious.

I also promote other Hubbers' Hubs on my FaceBook page when I think they will help others in some way.

I will be going to your page http://hubpages.com/hub/Cookie-Sheets-and-Flying-m... I want to print your Hub so I can read it later when I have the time.

Thanks again for your very welcomed comments. They are making my day.

You have a great day also.


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Wealthmadehealthy 6 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

Actually after 7 months of turning in a repair list and it being ignored, I did what any other sane person would do, I hired an attorney. The lease was voided and I moved. Had I not had this done, I would still owe that landlord rent and could have been sued by him. So it took a little doing and I really liked that place as I could grow all my vegetables there, but am doing alright now.

We are not supposed to promote our hubs in the comment section, but since you did ask for it, I guess it is ok.

http://hubpages.com/animals/Cookie-Sheets-and-Flyi...

I worte one on whistling sausages and other microwave lunacies you would get a good laugh at and also how to burn a digiornos. They are all in my profile under more...just click on the names of people who comment to you and you will get to their profiles...or click on the hubhopping, or look in the different listings under nature, health or whatever yu want to read about....we have some interesting people here at hub....Have a wonderful day!! and many blessings to you....


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N.E. Wright 6 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Sorry, Reddog1027,

I just realized I was supposed to come back and respond to your comments and I never did. Please forgive me.

Okay, truth be told I really thought that I would not be able to hit the flies because I really had never used Fly Swatters. My mother did.

LOL.

Yeah, the Fly Paper works, but I really was becoming morid about seeing all of those flies dead on the sticky paper, and forgetting that I was suppose to actually take it down and replace it. Especially before people came to visit. LOL.

I am glad you had a good laugh. LOL.

Oh, read the last comments by Weathermadehealthly, because it is funny.

Thanks again for your comments.


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N.E. Wright 6 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Yes, Wealthmadehealthy, I would have moved. LOL.

I just keep thinking about the flying rodents, and I am freaking out.

OMG!!! You poor thing.

What is the name of the Hub you wrote about that experience. I have to read it. LOL.

It is easy to laugh about that stuff now, but I just could not imagine what you and your poor dogs went through at that time.

Actually, I am imagining it. LOL. Sorry!

Wow, you could not do anything against that Landlord? Geez. He/She sound like a slumlord.

Thanks for this cool, and funny response. LOL.


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Wealthmadehealthy 6 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

LOL I did have bats in the house I moved from...the owner seemed not to want to replace holes in the roof, nor holes in the basement and did not have the plumbing sealed under the sink in the kitchen, nor in the bathrooms, there were large gaping hole in the walls, nor at the washer dryer connections in the house, Soooo, they were roosting in my attic and getting into the house through the walls... Nope, don't live THERE anymoe at all...

But yes, I wrote a hub on flying mice and described the whole ordeal....looking at it now, I roflmao reading it. but it actually happened. And I was constantly removing dead mice. The problem go so bad, I had to move my dogs food into the living room and they sat and watched it all day, then at night, I put it away in a closed container, bowls and all....nope, nope, nope...don't like those kinds of things....rabies, lice, vermin.....yukkkkooooo!! LOL

Sad thing was, it would have been a great place, had the owner done his responsibilities and taken care of his own repairs. alas, I had to move...wouldn't you??


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N.E. Wright 6 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Wealthmadehealthy,

You really have bats? OMG!!!

Well, I know it does not sound real, but some Rodent Repellents really do work.

Not the ones you plug into your wall sockects as if they were air fresheners. No, the ones I have -- at least 14. LOL. -- are like small boxes, and they have an adapter that you plug into the wall.

Bats, wow, I know there are some repellants that claim to repell bats, but I do not know that to be true.

To be honest, Wealthmadehealthy, you need to write a Hub on how your dealing with bats. Tennis rackets, dogs? Wow. I was laughing at those images.

Thank you so much for your interesting comments. I have enjoyed them.


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Wealthmadehealthy 6 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

I am sorry, I have to laugh again...electronic rodent repellents?? At least you are fortunate to have only the flies and mice, which are repelled by electronics.

Where I just moved from, I had mice AND bats....I use decon for the mice, but the bats?? Someone told me to get a tennis racket they were afraid of those, and dogs are great to bring them down so you can call the neighbors to take them outside for you......love the comment section in hubpages....lol Have a blessed evening!!


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N.E. Wright 6 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hey lyricallor,

Please do not worry, because I had a choice. Even if I did not think so. I did.

I have to find humor or I would go crazy.

I would have nightmares if I had mice though.

Instead I have electronic rodent repellants and they work!

Thank you for your comments.


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reddog1027 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

I to am well acquainted with that brown sticky fly paper. I gave up on fly swatters years ago. Not because they are not effective but because I am a terrible shot. Got my laugh for the day with this one. Thanks.


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Lyricallor 6 years ago from Croydon

I am sorry, but I was distracted from your story with the living conditions. All I can see is how you are forced to live just because you are disabled. I can't stand flies, roaches or mice in my living space and would have very bad dreams. I do love to dream. Bless your heart for finding the humor to write about this.


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N.E. Wright 6 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hey Singlmomat52,

I agree with you.

Also, once again, I do not like flies landing on my food.

My son now has a complete melt down about flies in general. No, that is not because of me. LOL.

Thank you so much for your comments.


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singlmomat52 6 years ago

It irritates me to have a fly buzzing my head so I too have a fly swatter and get rid of the pesky little bug as quick as possible. Great hub!! Thanks!!


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N.E. Wright 6 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hello Wealthmadehealthy,

I thank you for your kind words.

Also, thank you for laughing.

That is what I was shooting for.


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Wealthmadehealthy 6 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

Good hub. I am sorry, I did laugh when the company came and you hadn't removed the dead flies...but they are not nice to have around....glad you got some swatters...

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