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Every year during the warmer months, we get a bunch of flies lazily flying in circles outside our front door and making a dash inside whenever anyone opens the door. There is nothing out there, like garbage, that seems like it would be attracting them. I've researched this online and have tried everything suggested, including hanging a plastic bag full of water to supposedly confuse the flies (neither attractive nor effective), fly strips, organic sprays, and grossly toxic sprays . . . nothing seems to work. Any suggestions as to what I can use to get rid of these unwanted visitors? Why are they there in the first place?? Sick of chasing them out of my kitchen with a fly swatter
Here's the DIY: 1 Big glass jug (like a 1.5 gallon E&J wine jug) (screw top for same jug or similar) small amount of red meat small amount of black paint or black sharpee 4-6 tooth picks = paint the inside of the screw top black = poke holes in the side of the screw top = insert the tooth picks so they're half in/half out of the screw top = put the red meat in the jug = set the screw top onto the jug so the toothpicks hold screw top a little above jug mouth. = Place the jug someplace where the odor of rotting meat won't bother you (but near the flies) This set up will allow flies to smell the meat and enter the ''trap'' - once inside they will tend not to figure out how to get out again and they die inside, feeding the system. (I told you this was gross).The guy who taught me this system called it ''the Big Stinky'' - but it works amazingly well and lasts a long time. Judiah
Seemingly out of the blue have come The Fruitflies. We cannot locate from where they emanate and are going crazy with these little critters. For every one we smash, seven appear, like some Medusa-like being! Does anyone have any idea how to eradiate them? Our landlord told us to spray the entire house but with young kids/pets and people with allergies here, we think this is not a viable option. Besides they like to hang out up at the top of our cathedral- like ceilings. Please help us give these fruities the booties! Thanks!
Help -- we have an invasion of fruit flies and can't find the source. Any recommendations?
Help, we are under attack by flies! This last summer we were beset by flies. We could not eat outside on our patio because of the hordes of flies that would decend upon us. There were days when I would kill 30 flies in out house, despite having 3 fly-traps scattered around our yard. We strongly suspect that the real source is the neighborhood cats pooping in our yard, but that is just speculation. So I guess I have 2 questions. 1) How do I get rid of the flies, in a reasonably non-toxic fashion, and 2) how do I stop the neighborhood cats from pooping in our yard, short of getting a large dog? I hate to use anything toxic, as our children play out in the yard and we have a large vegetable garden. Thanks! Lady of the Flies
You can buy a disposable one, a plastic bag filled with attractant, or make one and fill and refill it with store bought or homemade attractant.
To make trap, get a jar with a metal lid, and poke some 3/16'' or 1/4'' diameter holes in the lid, fill about half full of attractant, and set out in an area not too close to your door or patio, preferably in the sun and where it won't get knocked over. You can hang it in a tree, too.
For homemade attractant, use 1 T. yeast, 1T sugar, and a cup of warm water. Or buy this really great stuff, Safer! fly attractant. It's very effective. Within minutes of setting out a new trap you will catch some flies. The homemade stuff takes a little while to ferment and activate. The Safer! stuff is supposed to be pesticide free and safe to dump in your garden. It seems to contain something fishy, so maybe you could make a good bait with old fish.
The flies get stuck in the trap because they can't climb out of the holes in the jar. When the trap is full, empty most of it but leave a little in there to make the next trap extra potent.
I have chickens, and the Safer! stuff has helped us totally get rid of the flies. sc
We just noticed tiny black flies that are coming up through our bathroom sink drain and the shower drain, all in the same bathroom. So far, the other bathroom hasn't been affected, so I don't think it's a house-wide issue. I've tried flushing the drain with a chemical cleanser (yuk!), a baking soda vinegar combination, etc. but the bugs aren't going away. The worst is when I'm brushing my teeth and I see one flyng around on the side of the sink...we just don't want them to start multiplying any more than they already have! Anyone have an idea on how to get rid of these pesky little flies? --going buggy
I have a lot of little gnats in my bathroom. My regular exterminator has no idea what they are or how to get rid of them. I have called other exterminators with the same results. Do you have any idea what they are?Mimi
The insects you brought to my office are moth flies. These little flies breed in the overflow drains of sinks and bathtubs. They lay their eggs in the gunk that builds up in these areas. Use a funnel and pour some boiling, soapy water in the overflow drains which will kill the fly larvae and help dislodge the gunk buildup. Subsequently you can pour a capful of bleach in the overflow drains several times a week to prevent a re-infestation of these flies.
We have lots of flies swarming in our kitchen. Looking for ideas on how to get rid of them. I've checked the archives. peggy
Method 1: Get one of those 12" diameter perforated aluminum discs or screens with a handle that are sold in stores for putting over frying pans to prevent splattering. They cost about the same as a can of insect spray. These gismos work marvelously to swap flying insects right out of the air, presuming you are physically able to swing one vigorously as one would wield a tennis racket. Perhaps it is sadistic, but I have experienced a perverse satisfaction taking out two or more of the hapless critters in a single swipe; but hey, no pesticide pollution, no left over can, no ozone depletion (propellent), and you burn a few calories to boot.
Method 2: This takes a little more finesse but you can actually suck them right out of the air with the hose of your vacuum cleaner, preferably a shop vac. If you tape a plastic pipe to the end of your vacuum hose the flies, bees, etc. don't easily recognize this as a threat, at first. As an aside, a shop vac with a 20 foot long plastic pipe is a pretty safe way to rid your eaves of wasp and hornet nests, if the need arises. Considering the current power crunch this may be a risky alternative to Method 1.
Happy hunting ! Frank
#1, I've run around with a spray bottle with dish soap and water in it and a magazine. If you can zap the fly with soapy water, they usually fly or fall to a wall, ceiling or floor where you can smack them with a rolled up magazine or fly swatter.
#2 I've had very good success using a clothes hanger shaped into an O with a plastic bag taped around the O - a rudimentary insect net. You swipe the fly, then pull the end of the plastic bag down so the fly can't escape. If you want, you can let the fly go outside captive release style (although I've seen them waiting by the door to come in).
#3 I've found that if I get up in the middle of the night for some reason, I could kill basically all the flies in my house, while they were on the ceiling "sleeping." Elizabeth
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