Guest Blog by Lu Ranere, www.lrdsgn.com

Like any self-respecting female, I spend a bit of time in the bathroom during my morning routine and on occasion, I have an unexpected companion with me…. a moth, a springtail, sometimes a spider.  Then along came a fly.  I’m not one to swat, step on or squash my little visitors, as I’m a firm believer in the relocation program.  So, when the fly first came to visit me in the bathroom and buzzed around I figured it would move on eventually.  I was wrong.

 Fred

Fred

The next few days, my little fly friend would buzz around the bathroom while I did my morning routine, but it was uncharacteristically respectful to not fly in my face or hair and seemed to have a respect for my personal space which as we know most flies know no boundaries with us humans!

When the days turned into a week, I decided to name my fly…. Fred, yes I know a very clever name.  I actually began to grow quite fond of Fred, everyday fluttering around the bathroom and the funny thing was Fred never ventured anywhere outside the bathroom.  It had become his domain, his world.  My family reluctantly went along with my new friend living in our bathroom and even began keeping tabs on him with me.  I did start to have some concerns on what Fred would do for food, how long would he live, what kind of fly was he?  So many questions ran through my mind when the days kept rolling by and Fred still lingered in our bathroom. 

My go to person for anything insect related is Mariana Harmon of Harmon Pest Control, so I began texting with her about Fred’s progress and all things related to Fred.  She told me most flies could live up to 10 days on average.  By now, we had our guest in the house for two weeks and he was still going strong.  I got to the point where I found myself looking for Fred when I went into the bathroom and would tell him to have a good day when I was finished with my morning primping.

 Fred

Fred

One night, a little over two weeks since Fred joined our family, we were getting into bed and I caught a glimpse of Fred coming out of the bathroom.  I couldn’t believe after all this time he was actually going to explore the rest of the house.  I warned him that probably wasn’t the safest idea considering we have 2 cats and a dog!  Not more than a few minutes later Bean, our two year old dog caught site of Fred.  It all happened so fast, Fred swooped down then Bean leapt up and caught Fred in her mouth.  She immediately spit him out and I went over to check him but it was too late.  Fred had met his demise.  As crazy as it sounds, I felt a little sadness.  We had actually welcomed Fred the fly into our family and we welcomed him to stay as long as he lived. 

I immediately texted Mariana and asked if she would take a look at Fred through the microscope and let me know all she could see.  Turns out, first and foremost, Fred was a girl and she was a Face Fly.  I missed Fred for the next few days and still think of him from time to time.  But, it definitely made me a little more enlightened to living in harmony with our environment.

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AuthorMariana Harmon