How to breed healthy flies, By Robert (Bob) Plumb
One common problem of living in the country is flies. As you know, flies carry disease. Since most of us do not want very much disease, we usually do not want a bunch of diseased flies around because they could be the source of the disease.
Having healthy flies, then, will solve this fly problem. Since you have observed for years that getting rid of your flies is nigh unto impossible as long as you have animals around, keeping your numerous flies healthy is a big deal, and, fortunately for you, it is not complicated.
As soon as you spot a sick fly, possibly by observing that he is flying erratically, simply cull him out of your healthy fly herd so you can treat him. You can best do this by setting out a piece of rancid dead animal you keep around for this purpose. Pretty soon all the flies in the room or barn will be on that animal, including the sick one. Then, all you have to do is slam a cup down over the sick fly. He will likely be slower than the other flies because he is feeling lousy, so this should be pretty easy.
I know what you are thinking, “so what do I do with a sick fly?” Considering the vet may not be qualified to treat a sick fly, and I can only speculate on what the local vet, Alvin Fronk would do, you are left to do the best you can…kind of like the time you treated that sick hamster and muskrat.
I suggest you make up a poultice out of Pepto Bismol just in case he has a sick stomach; add some hydrogen peroxide in case he has an infection, and Robitussin in case he has a cough. We figure that should cover most of your bases.
Pour a little bit of each of these medicines onto a folded up dish towel. Carefully lift up the side of the cup, then bring the dish towel covered with medication down quickly onto the fly, using care to make sure that a little bit of each kind of medicine touches him.
Using this technique, one of two things will happen: either the fly will get better from the medication or he will not survive the trauma of being smashed under the weight of a medicated dish cloth. Either way, he will no longer be sick. And you will be glad to know that he is no longer spreading disease. That’s a win-win for you.
July 23, 2016