Back in the early eighties, in vocational school, I learned a great deal about house flies. In a 'did you know' spirit of things, let me tell you what I learned about them.
Flies are actually amazing pilots. When they land on a ceiling, they turn over and land feet first. That is quite a feat. When they land, they poop. That also is quite horrifying. It's almost funny. Especially if a germaphobe hears it.
When a fly starts to fly from a normal position, they fly upwards, and backwards. The natural expectation is that of a human origin, that they would fly up and forward.
Nope. Flies did not get the fly email.
Up and backwards. When armed with a fly swatter, chant 'up and back' to yourself.
That's your only hope of smacking these creatures. Unfortunately, once you have a swatter in hand, the house flies will go into freeze frame mode and will blend in with their environment.
Your only hope is to catch some eye movement or maybe it will sneeze...
Up and Back - Repeat - Up and Back
Flies can be annoying. Or, they can offer a small amount of joy by being a friend to a lonely person.
Whatever your particular relationship with a fly, rest assured there will be more born tomorrow.
An aunt of ours watched me stalk a housefly with a swatter and warned me not to kill it. She claimed that if I killed that fly, forty more would come to its funeral. I believe that!
Oh, yes... If you leave the fly swatter in the other room, the fly will know and will get quite cocky.
It will analyze the situation and will land, within reach. Taking time to pose in various position. Notice the selfie. If that's not an example of extreme fly bravado, I don't know what else is.
Fly Obituary, if Possible
Fred Fly, 28 days old, passed away suddenly in his home, surrounded by family. Survived by 30,000 brothers, 20,000 sisters, 14,900 nieces and nephews.
He is survived by his wife, Samantha, and special friend Dorothy.
There will be a private ceremony at a later date.
Char Milbrett (author) from Minnesota on September 23, 2020:
Mary Norton, thank you for your comment.
Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 22, 2020:
I can't stand houseflies as well. I will try what you showed here.