Method 1 Use chopped up Cherry Laurel, Prunus laurocerasus, leaves, the vapour from which quickly kills off the aforementioned insects.
Method 2 Make use of a commercially produced fly spray.
Method 3 Requirements: a. two house bricks; b. a rapid arm movement.
Catch insect with the rapid arm movement and place on the first brick.
Bring second brick down firmly on the captive. Death is 100%.
(Likelihood of injured finger: >95%)
Method 4 Place some chopped up Amanita muscaria in a saucer of milk. The flies imbibe the milk and are stupefied.
I was reminded of Method 4 earlier today when out walking with Chris and friends across Northampton Golf Club's course just outside the picturesque Northamptonshire village of Harlestone. The acid soil is studded with birch trees and beneath the trees we found these specimens of the Amanita. It is known as Fly Agaric and its use for killing flies is well-documented; the specific name muscaria refers to this and is derived from the Latin musca - a fly.
Fly Agaric, Amanita muscaria. Harlestone, Northants.
29 September, 2017
|The fungi were beneath birch trees.|