June 2010

How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

Fruit flies give me the heebie-jeebies, and not just because they are bugs. One summer, when I was at the tender age of 16 and spending most of my disposable, fast food-earned income on my menagerie of pets, we had a nasty bout of fruit flies in our home. My dad, fed up with it after a while and blaming it on my hamster’s food source—we never really did find the source, actually—sprayed my room with chemicals and killed all of my darlings—two frogs, fish, snails, and a hamster—save one, my spiteful little hamster, Diane, who always bit. My beloved Jack, “the sweet one,” was gone. So when I see fruit flies, I remember my poor, ill-fated pets and my ineptitude with dealing with the insect pests.

Keep Strawberries Safe and Scrumptious

It’s one thing when a new pesticide, herbicide, or other chemical treatment has just been approved and people start using it. You don’t really know its side effects, you don’t know how harmful it is, but you go ahead anyway to only discover that it makes babies develop a third leg or lose an ear in the womb. Hey, nobody’s perfect; in this case, the blame is on sheer ignorance. Sure, the chemicals should’ve been fully tested before being used on anything in contact with humans, but we are human, and we do make mistakes. Big ones.