Growing up I distinctly recall meal times in “stately homes” in the province where one or two helpers would dutifully stand a foot or two behind the diners chairs and wave long sticks with paper pom-poms to ward off flies. It was just way too feudal for me. Can you imagine what goes through oneâ€™s mind when you are asked to ward off flies day after day after day? I would almost certainly grow up to be a serial fly killer, devising ways to torture and kill as many darn flies as possible before I myself died of natural causes or worse, by a disease borne by the filthy paws of a fly. Do they have paws? At any rate, flies can be a real nuisance to anyone who is an obsessive compulsive clean freak. To be fair, I looked up flies in an attempt to understand what positive role they must play in the universe. Turns out their role is to help eliminate the vast amounts of rotting plant and animal matter by feeding on it and â€œprocessingâ€ it. They lay thousands of eggs on decaying vegetable and animal matter which then turn into maggots that then turn into more flies. Yuck. If you have ever seen Discovery channel features on maggots you would say double yuck.
So keeping flies off of your food is critical. Particularly if you have pets nearby and the flies have recently landed on doodoo teaming with germs and diseases you donâ€™t want to contract. Some folks like to use candles, the logic behind it I am not sure and despite that tact used by many restaurants, I am not convinced it is really effective. Other than possibly burning the wings of flies, I donâ€™t see how it is supposed to work. Other folks use fly paper to slowly stick flies to their death. The macabre in me likes to watch them squirm though should I accidentally get stuck to the paper myself, it is a real mess. Still others like to wave them with pompoms without killing (the my karma will be good folks) while others take these plastic fly swaters and just go smush crazy. Still others go electronic and use blue lights to attract the flies then electrocute them with a hair raising zzzzzap sound. Some use â€œhigh frequency wavesâ€ to deafen the buggers and keep them away from the area. I have decided to go low tech and use these food covers made with abaca or sinamay that keep the flies away from the food. I like the non-aggressive nature of these, the fact they donâ€™t use electricity or chemicals and there is an inherent torture side to them in that the flies can smell and see the food but canâ€™t get to them! It was difficult finding them plainâ€¦Filipinos are so in need of borloloy and they come with straw flowers, shells, coconut monstrosities, etcâ€¦.so I found the manufacturer and convinced them to sell me the abaca covers â€œnakedâ€ or without adornment. It seems to have started a trendâ€¦the vendor now sells them au naturel and is doing a brisk businessâ€¦