Because I said so…and now I told you so

Finally, a non-political post.  What finally dragged my attention away from the most riveting presidential race in decades?  Those little bugs that swarm around overripe bananas, that’s what.  I don’t know what you call them.  I’m sure a web search for “those little bugs that swarm around overripe bananas” would tell me, but I’m trying really hard not to waste so much time on trivial things.  Anyway, last night they ruined a perfectly good glass of Chianti, and this morning I found out why.  When I saw them swarming on the bookshelf in the hallway, where there are no overripe bananas, or where there aren’t supposed to be, anyway, I got that sick feeling that moms get when they know there’s going to be a really big mess to clean up.  Sure enough, my 3-year-old had dropped a half-eaten banana behind the books.

That’s why I keep saying no food outside the kitchen and dining room!  That’s why we mothers have rules that we harp on day and night, driving our kids (and often our husbands) crazy and making them mutter under their breath that we’re mean (kids) or compulsive (husbands).  I couldn’t resist saying, “I told you so,” to Tessie.  Like she cared.  It just made her hungry for a fresh banana.

I also couldn’t resist Googling the bugs.  They’re called vinegar flies, a very small variety of fruit flies.  Now I know why they liked the Chianti so much.  Don’t you just love the internet? 

Only problem is, how much more vinegar fly bait did Tess deposit in the nooks and crannies of our home while I was online?

Comments 3

  1. Sharon wrote:

    OMG, LOL! This is so my life. I can’t begin to tell you the gross stuff my kids have left stuck in weird places around my house.

    Posted 07 Sep 2008 at 4:20 am
  2. Melissa wrote:

    This must be the fruit fly (or vinegar fly) time of year! We have been inundated with them. The gross thing at our house this year is that they seem to be hanging out near the water dispenser on the fridge and landing in glasses of ice water. I think they latch onto a piece of ice that gets stuck in the hatch and come out with the next bunch of cubes. YUCK!

    I did try to destroy them another year and seem to remember taking a disposable cup filling it with apple cider vinegar and covering it with saran with a few smallish holes in it. Then in the morning they are stuck and drown in the vinegar. I’ve caught a few with cups of fruit scraps and tossed them. They can also thrive in the soil of plants, so beware of the green thumb in the kitchen.

    Aaahhhhh….the things we moms have to think about.

    Posted 08 Sep 2008 at 3:14 am
  3. Disgrunted Female wrote:

    Ah, a brief respite from the exciting political happenings as of late!
    You want to hear something really really gross? My husband sprayed the outside of the house for ants last week. HOWEVER, the little buggers always seem to decide to move into the house when he does that. I guess our non-chemical abode is better than their newly poisoned surroundings. What do I find yesterday but a happy family of twenty or so ants living in my coffee maker!! Why oh why? Not what I wanted to deal with in the morning. I’d take buzzing vinegar flies over swarming ants any day.
    Don’t get me started on crane flies.

    http://insects.tamu.edu/fieldguide/bimg215.html

    Posted 08 Sep 2008 at 3:54 pm

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