Last week I made a little boo-boo. Leaving for work in a hurry Friday morning, I tied off the trash and dialed back the aircon, but then forgot to take the trash out. It contained cat litter and last night’s left overs from Dominos.
I returned home to find a horde of maggots dripping out of the knot in the trash bag and fanning out around my kitchen. Unfortunately, these little guys only went a dozen paces before changing direction, so they weren’t getting very far…
I’m … not fond … of maggots, so perhaps my thinking wasn’t the clearest. I’m not sure why I didn’t think to just sweep them up and dispose of them, or something – they really ticked me off. A brief, hot, painful death seemed fitting. I powered up my steam cleaner, using a mop to keep them from getting to corners and such, and then I steamed every last one of the buggers.
Or so I thought. It seems a few dozen managed to find safety and hatch, resulting in an endless stream of “rookie flys” throughout the day, today. I say rookie because they’re easy to swat, step on, etc. But after about 20 of them… Well, see, the steam cleaner was still out. And I’d found the “high pressure” nozzle. I’m not usually to animals or insects, but I had to know.
The trick is to fire the superheated steam jet just above where you think the fly will fly. The jet action and the heating actions generally drag the fly into the steam as long as you get within an inch or two of the little guy. And the steam, 150c (302f) turns the ‘zzzzt’ into a ‘zzzzKPt’.
They are certainly dead when they hit the floor, which occurs rapidly on account of losing their wings and legs in the air, so if they feel anything its very very brief.
Certainly briefer than knocking them into the trash compactor unit in my sink with a jet of “7th Generation” orange-based shower cleaner, turning on the hot tap and then turning on the compactor. And probably still faster than grounding them with Fabreze (which seems consistently to cause them to land on their backs?) and then swatting them with a rolled up newspaper.