I know... fly strip stickiness in your hair? Gross!
Although farm life may sound dreamy, quaint, and peaceful, the truth is that there are some distasteful and unpleasant qualities to rural living.
Several of those irksome traits involve the never ending battles with critters. Deer trample through the garden. They break tomato plants in half trying to get to the tender lettuce leaves and tempting carrot tops. Chipmunks scurry around in the strawberry patch, taking one bite out of every fruit. (Seriously, Chipmunks? I'd be glad to share, but do you have to take one bite out of every strawberry?) Groundhogs lurk at the edges of the garden and sneak in to steal... um, everything. And mice once tried to establish a whole village for themselves in the barn. That situation was so bad that I considered inviting Steven Spielberg and Stephen King here so they could be inspired... but that's another story for another time. (And thank goodness, I did get the problem under control... sorry Steven and Stephen.) (And mice.)
This year the wet weather has made the insect problem particularly horrendous and I am in a constant battle with the flies.I have hung dozens of fly strips in the barn and the hen house. I placed one under the porch light. And I even shamelessly strung one up in the kitchen. With all these fly strips hanging around I'm bound to get into an accident once in a while. And yes, more times than I would like to admit, I have accidentally bumped into one, getting that sticky icky goo (and dead fly bodies) in my hair. Yuck!
So today when it happened, I thought, surely I'm not the only poor sap this has happened to... maybe others would like to know how to get that disgusting sticky stuff out of their hair.
My secret? Cooking oil.
If you bump into a fly strip, pour a tiny bit of any kind of vegetable oil into the palm of your hand, rub it into your hair, and the sticky stuff will completely dissolve. Then just shampoo the oil from your hair.
Go ahead, laugh at me and my unfortunate accidents if you must, but someday you might thank me for posting this valuable information.