Every April there are a couple of weeks where the termite hatch is on. When we were new here we were surprised one night when jillions of these flying critters invaded our well-lit home. We asked our housekeeper what they were and she said they are “things that go to the light.” Now we know that we just turn out the lights for about 15 minutes and they find some other light to go to and not bother us. They leave behind thousands of little wings.
The picture at the top is our two favorite geckos hiding in the outdoor fixture. Can you see the bulging belly on the gecko on the left? Last night there were dozens of termites walking zombie-like up the wall to be eaten by the waiting geckos. Creepy, right? The zombie picture is below.
In other wildlife news, we have licked a fruit fly problem with thanks going to our friend Michael. A cup with some honey and a piece of mango in the bottom – add a plastic bag and a rubber band. Poke a hole in the top and – presto – you have a miracle of a fruit fly snare. They are attracted to the smell, go in the hole in the bag and then can’t find their way out. I believe they stay in there eating mango and making more fruit flies, but whatever they are doing in there is fine with me, since they are no longer a nuisance in the kitchen.