I worked with fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) for the first time today! And it actually wasn’t so bad! I’m really not a fan of bugs, especially flying bugs, especially near my face, so I was a little worried it would be horrible. But they stay pretty well contained in their plastic vials, then on the carbon dioxide releasing pad that we put them on to work with them (the carbon dioxide anesthetizes them so they don’t move).
Of course some flies inevitably escape, so I was worried the fly room would be filled with flies all around. But there were actually fewer free flies in the fly room than in my apartment, haha, so not bad at all!