My family has a new pastime when we sit down to eat dinner. Besides sharing our activities and things we learned and telling the boy (yet again) the story about the mean dragon, we stalk flies. Have you been having a problem with flies? They are driving me crazy...I think they're following me. Hubby has compared them to Sammael from Hellboy, where you kill one and it multiplies. The boy screeches "Mommy, get the fly smacker!" anytime he sees one fly past. I am getting better at whacking them and even killed one when it flew past me in the air.
House flies are about 3/8 of an inch with 4 dark stripes on the thorax. The old "kid-thriller" of a fly spitting on your food when it lands is true; house flies have sponging mouthparts and need to dissolve solid food with saliva before slurping it up. Adult females can lay hundreds of eggs. Eggs are laid in warm, moist organic material in what I call "funky" areas- garbage, fecal material, decaying fruits and vegetables, lawn clippings or unmanaged compost piles.
Blow flies resemble house flies, but are prettier (if possible with a fly). They come in metallic colors of blue, bronze, green or black. They lay their eggs in the same types of areas as house flies, but also are important a decomposers with animal carcasses.
Other items to consider would be excluding the home to keep flies and other wee-beasties out. There are also fly traps that contain a lure, but that's a little more effort than I want to expend. I guess I'll stick to keeping my fly smacker (as the boy calls it) handy since I refuse to hang up random bags of water to "scare" off the flies.