It was like a scene from a horror movie. I looked around the room wondering where the dead body was hidden. It was like the episode of CSI where a room was infested with flies, but the body was well hidden and Grisham’s team had to knock down the walls to find it. I looked in the rubbish bin, and there wasn’t even a mouldy ham sandwich which could have attracted such a following.
The window of room 5 was dotted with hundreds of black dots, and several more were flying around the room nonchalantly, like they owned the place. They had claimed their domain, but it was time for us to reclaim it.
Armed with just a Nippon Fly Killer spray and wet towels around our faces to avoid breathing in too much toxic air, we got to work. The instructions said that for a “knockdown” you should spray in strong bursts then leave the room for 15 minutes. That done we sorted out the lesser gatherings in reception and other rooms.
We had to be ruthless. Not one fly survived our reign of terror. The cowards who tried to escape were also defeated.
The spray didn’t have an immediate effect, it wasn’t just a matter of spraying once and that’s that. A fly might get a whiff of the spray and start to fly at a lower altitude, like it couldn’t control its flight path as much. Another spray or two and it might drop to the ground and wriggle its legs in the eternal death dance.
It was disgusting. We have to show the bodies to the health inspectors next week, so we couldn’t completely destroy all trace of them and had to leave them on the window sills in reception and room 5. Yuck.