(Not entirely) Lord of the Flies

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Partly thanks to a seriously mild Indian Summer here, I am suffering a plague of flies at the minute. But much as I would love to blame the entire syndrome on ‘Climate Change’, this morning I discovered a more profoundly disturbing reality: the common house fly is now immune to many of the leading brands of insecticide.

A variety of internet pages confirm that ‘with the repeated use of the same insecticides, flies develop resistance through genetic mutations that make these products less effective’. To be clear about this, I inflicted a popular brand of French fly-spray on my invaders….and it had zero, zilch, no effect on the recipients. The odd bluebottle I targeted…yes, it began the familiar manic dipping and diving one associates with imminent flying insect death: but your house-fly laughed in the face of my attack.

Hitchcock sought a suitably terrifying follow-up to The Birds, but…

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