Has my neighbour killed his girlfriend?

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  1. Applespider macrumors G4

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    I've suddenly been infested by bluebottles (blowflies for the US contingent)
    I've probably seen about one a month for the past 6 years in the house but today there have been about 50 or 60 crawling/buzzing around the place. My fly swat (which I bought for decorative purposes - it's an Alessi one with a face) has never seen so much use... I think I've got them now!

    But where did they come from? My house is clean enough that there's been nothing hanging around my flat for maggots to feed and grow on. Which makes me wonder when was the last time I saw my neighbour's girlfriend... :eek:
     
  2. faintember macrumors 65816

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    I have no clue, but i wouldnt go next door to borrow a cup of sugar. :p
     
  3. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040

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    I am used to calling them bluebottles here.

    Maybe he did. Ever hear the song "Garbage Cans" by Artifical Joy Club?

    Most likely its a 'coon or possum which crawled in and died somewhere.
     
  4. skunk macrumors G4

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    Sounds like you're getting ready to play Grace Kelly in Rear Window....
    :eek:
     
  5. Applespider thread starter macrumors G4

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    Unlikely in the middle of London. ;)

    I am wondering though whether some of the little bluetits (birds) that were nesting in my outer kitchen wall didn't make it. But I've seen lots of young bluetits flying around but not Vanessa...
     
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    Do have a cat or dog? I wonder if letting a pet sniff around (their sense of smell being better than ours) might identify something that is attracting bugs.
     
  7. exemacs macrumors newbie

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    it would be pretty funny if your neighbour was to read this :p
     
  8. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040

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    Even funnier (in a grim sorta way) if Vanessa really was drawing the flies...
     
  9. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    Well, if you don't have possums and coons, rats are always good, or even mice. You should see if other neighbors are having the problem, or if its just localized...

    D
     
  10. Leareth macrumors 68000

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    That many blowflies is not enough for a human,
    when humans decompose and maggots feast on them there a thousands of flies around the place especially in a building or urban area.
    Forensic entomology is an academic hobby of mine
    http://www.sfu.ca/~ganderso/forensicentomology.htm for those interested :rolleyes:
     
  11. MacRy macrumors 68040

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    ....and you wondered what that large thudding noise from next door was a few weeks back.... ;)
     
  12. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Exactly what I was thinking!
    What an awesome movie.
    Hitchcock was a genius.
    And they don't make movies like that anymore!



    Woof, Woof - Dawg
     
  13. Savage Henry macrumors 65816

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    Bout ten years ago I worked in an office, 8 stories high, cheaply built in the architecture aesthetic-free decade of the seventies. Each window was a vast 5' by 5' clumsily fastened panel of double glazing. Every summer we'd have problems with bluebottles and nothing was done until the condition of the windows got so bad the flies would lay their eggs in the rotting sealants. The eggs in a couple of windows started to hatch and worked their way in between the panels. The flies did not take long to become full grown and too large to escape through the teensie panel hole from whence theiy came. So trapped in a double glazed window, they procreated, laid eggs, died, hatched, procreated, laid eggs, died, hatched, ad infinitum. By the time the mound of decaying calliphora vicina reached halfway up the window, the infestation experts were brought in.

    Just thought I'd share that with everyone.

    And it's probably just steenkin garbujj outside a window or summink.
     
  14. MacRy macrumors 68040

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    What a beautiful and touching story ;)
     
  15. skunk macrumors G4

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    Thanks a bunch.
     
  16. munkle macrumors 68030

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    Should have just got Damien Hirst to sign it, declare it as a stark meditation on mortality and you could have made millions!!!! :p
     
  17. Applespider thread starter macrumors G4

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    Eeesh... that's horrible! Mum's down visiting so haven't been online much this weekend. There have been less than 10 flies today so hopefully it was a one-off. My neighbours are away this weekend so haven't been able to ask if they're affected - obviously still no sign of Vanessa although good to know she'd likely have produced more.

    Incidentally though if there was an Olympic medal for flyswatting, I'd have won it this morning. Fly circling around kitchen, whacked with flyswat beautifully centred, splatted across kitchen, down the gap in the sash window and outside. Perfect 10... it was immensely satisfying! :D
     
  18. superbovine macrumors 68030

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    your in the UK, but at here you can call the city goverment office and there is usually ppl charge of investigating things like this and other things like abandomn cars, poisonous plants in someone yard, etc etc.
     
  19. crap freakboy macrumors 6502a

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    Do you do childrens parties?
     
  20. skunk macrumors G4

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    Maybe there's only a bit of her left...
    :eek: :D
     
  21. skunk macrumors G4

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    We do have a few primitive services here. They're not likely to send a fully-armed SWAT team with ABC kit, but we usually muddle through, somehow.
     
  22. neildmitchell macrumors 6502a

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    Probably some animal or something somwhere has kicked it, or its breed season for the bugs. In California, ants are a problem twice a year, it has something to do with water
    If it was your neighbors girlfriend, you would smell something

    You might want to call an exterminator, I saw a bug show on the discovery channel, a woman in England had a HUGE nest of flies in her attic. harmless but NASTY

    your post Reminded me of the scene in ..?Cats Eye? ?Twilight Zone? ?Tales from the Crypt? Where the guy lives in a completely sterile bug free enviroment, the man has such a fear of insects that he is eventualy killed my roaches that invade his apartment, or has tricked himself into believing that he has been invaded by roaches.
     
  23. Lyle macrumors 68000

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    I think that was one of the stories in Creepshow.
     
  24. glosterseagul macrumors regular

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    ok. There are a lot of clever and witty comments here....

    I suggest you go borrow that cup of sugar and report back. Maybe She is ok and the hot weather ..... :eek:
     
  25. Daveway macrumors 68040

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    Here is a helpful article: Clink

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    BINGO!
     
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