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FLIES! ACK! [Mar. 29th, 2012|09:01 pm]
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As I mentioned awhile ago, I buried two javelina skulls and five bobcat skulls in a spot in the yard (mid February I think?). I was thinking of digging them up to see how they're doing but suddenly I have a problem. The spot I buried them in is suddenly attracting swarms of flies!!!! :O The skulls are buried at least a foot down (or more), I think, so they're not at the surface or anything but the flies seem to be able to smell them anyway! (I didn't smell anything last time I checked the area.) My Mom is not happy and I need to get rid of the flies somehow- but how? Any suggestions?
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[User Picture]From: skullgrrl
2012-03-30 05:46 am (UTC)

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No luck for you. The flesh that rots is a powerful attractant, and that's why burying isn't ever a good idea. Removing them may help a bit but now the juices have all soaked in the soil and this have to dig a pretty large pit to get it all gone. Best bet is remove the skulls and macerate, and pour hydrogen peroxide all over the dirt to neutralize the organic matter
[User Picture]From: hannahsarah
2012-03-30 07:24 am (UTC)

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The flies may be hatching out from the maggots underground, that were eating away all the flesh. That's why you're seeing them in that area. They'll move away soon enough, just give them a little time.
[User Picture]From: jacques_strappe
2012-03-30 11:48 am (UTC)

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Echoing what has already been said. When you first buried the skulls, it's very possible that they had fly eggs on them, and the swarms of flies you're seeing now are the result of maggoty activity underground. It's also possible (and very likely) the flies are laying eggs on the surface of the soil, where they smell the corpse odor, and those eggs will hatch as maggots and burrow underground to feed. If you're letting nature take of things, you've got to bear with it -- it's part of the process, flies, odor, and all. Give the flies a few days, and they'll be done. Don't harm them, though -- they're your ticket to clean skulls!
[User Picture]From: sssage
2012-03-30 11:59 pm (UTC)

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Get a Karma Karma Karma Chameleon. Lol Just kidding but if you have a friend with one see if you can borrow him.
[User Picture]From: desertcoyote
2012-04-01 02:16 am (UTC)

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Ok, thanks everyone. I'll keep an eye on things and we'll see if I need to macerate or if the flies dissipate soon enough to make my Mom happier! Sounds like I may need to buy some hydrogen peroxide regardless....