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how do u get rid of gnats in the chicken run?

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We have had a lot of gnats and flies in the chicken run. What is the best way to get rid of them? We have gravel in the run to help with the moisture. I was hoping this would also help with the smell, but we have a lot of little gnats .

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Hanging zip-loc baggies( half full of water) around will work for flies.  I don't know how it works, but it does. I think it resembles some wasp nest that flies avoid.

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I've been noticing a lot of flies in my run (sand) since the weather has been warmer.  I did some searches on here and came up with something called "Dry Stall" that people sprinkle in their runs and coops.  I think it helps dry the poo quickly so it doesn't attract bugs.  It's fairly inexpensive at $10-$15 for a 40 pound bag, but I can't find it with a reasonable shipping price, so I'm going to try and find it locally.  I hope this helps and that it works!!  Any other ideas would be great.
Thanks for the info, birdaholic.  I'm going to try that tomorrow!


Edited by BonnieJean - 6/20/10 at 6:16pm
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Hanging zip-loc baggies( half full of water) around will work for flies.  I don't know how it works, but it does. I think it resembles some wasp nest that flies avoid.


Your suppose to put a penny in it too aren't you or is that something else ?


Edited by Paco - 6/20/10 at 8:16pm
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Hanging zip-loc baggies( half full of water) around will work for flies.  I don't know how it works, but it does. I think it resembles some wasp nest that flies avoid.


Your suppose to put a penny in it too aren't you or is that something else ?


Never heard the penny part, but has something to do with reflection. Wotks though.

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