It’s pretty cushy living here in Lusaka, but one thing that kind of freaks me out is the “putzi” fly (sometimes called “putsi” fly).
Back in September when I commented on the fact that hardly anyone has a dryer (just like Italy) someone said, “oh, you can have your help iron your clothes.” I said, “we don’t have much that needs ironing,” and they responded, “you have to iron everything, even your underwear, otherwise the putzi flies will get you.”
Apparently, the putzi fly lays its eggs on damp clothes and then when humans come into contact with the eggs through putting on their clothes, the eggs hatch into maggots who burrow their way under your skin and create boils. This scenario, truly, is the only thing that has alarmed me about living here. Malaria, polluted water, snakes, those are all fine, but the idea of a maggot sneaking up on me through my clothes gives me the heebie-jeebies.
Fortunately, heat kills the eggs very easily (if, in fact, a putzi fly has found your clothes). So, you can iron everything as my friend said, or, you can get a dryer and dry all of your clothes like most Americans (Angie excepted … 🙂 ). (BTW, we have no problem living without a dryer; we lived a year in Rome without one just fine though I do have to say I don’t miss the stiff jeans.)
As you know, we arrived last Thursday, guess what we bought on Friday? White Wanda below.
The odd thing about dryers here are that they have no vents; you just plug them in and see that grate in the front? It spews out all of the lint and hot air. Luckily, we have a little laundry room with big windows so the lint is well-contained.
p.s. for those who want to read up on putzi flies, here you go:
p.s.s. To all of our anticipated visitors, we have seen no flesh-eating-bugs/snakes/lions/terrorists and rest assured, we will make sure your sheets are dried by Wanda and ironed.