Saturday, November 13, 2010

Putsy Fly

Warning:  Do not read this or look at the pictures if you don’t like gross things.  Gross or not, this is what we have to deal with here.


About a week ago I noticed our one dog, Buddy, had a wet spot on him where he had been licking himself.  I noticed a hole in the spot and thought our other dog, Vern, finally bit him good.  The more I thought about it though, that didn’t make sense.  There would be more teeth marks.  I finally remembered to tell my husband this past Thursday morning.  He meets with two other guys for prayer.  The one guy has been here for 12 years and has lots of experience with this. 

So after prayer time they went to work.  You have to let the thing grow for 4 or 5 days so that it gets big enough to get it out.  So on a person this can be very annoying.  Then you put Vaseline over the opening.  At this stage the maggot breaths air and so it starts to go crazy wiggling to the hole to come out.  Then all you have to do is gently push it out.

Putsy Fly I This is a picture of the whole.

Putsy Fly II

This is the maggot.  Steve enlarged it so that you can all see it.

This is why we don’t hang clothes on wash lines.  The fly lays its eggs in your wet clothing.  You put on the clothes and the egg hatches and crawls inside your skin.  It is itchy.  You have to try and endure this for 4 to 5 days without scratching it!

You can hang clothes on the wash line.  You then need to use a hot iron on everything.  Or you can put them into the dryer on hot heat for 10 minutes.  Or you can not wear them for 4 to 5 days.  If it doesn’t have a body to crawl into it will die.  Our family doesn’t have enough clothes to let them sit around waiting for bugs to die.  I also don’t trust the dryer for 10 minutes and I refuse to iron all of our clothes.  So nothing goes on the wash line at our house.