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post #21 of 28

I would use some DE () Eggcartons.com sells Food Grade DE called Incredible Poultry Powder. I use this for lots of different things around the coop. drying up droppings and pest control too. Here is a link. http://www.eggcartons.com/Poultry-Care/Eco-Friendly-Products/FHP-IPP-1-5

 

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  • This remarkable substance is a natural desiccant. By drying up manure faster, it controls flies, as well as keeping coops cleaner and drier.
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post #22 of 28

What I just discovered is a gallon ziplock filled with water and one penny. Seriously, it works, just hang the bag anywhere they flies are. I keep one by the front door where the girls get their treats and often poop we get lots and lots of flies, especially when the sun is on that spot. But I put that stupid bag of water out and the fly population has dropped 90%!!!!! I have absolutely no idea why or how it works... if anyone else does, please explain!!! :) 

post #23 of 28
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What I just discovered is a gallon ziplock filled with water and one penny. Seriously, it works, just hang the bag anywhere they flies are. I keep one by the front door where the girls get their treats and often poop we get lots and lots of flies, especially when the sun is on that spot. But I put that stupid bag of water out and the fly population has dropped 90%!!!!! I have absolutely no idea why or how it works... if anyone else does, please explain!!! :) 


Pls explain how you hang the bag, is it ziplocked shut? or open so the flies drown?

post #24 of 28

I double bagged (zipped up) and hung it (right side up) on a pants hanger with binder clips.

post #25 of 28

I use a product called VetRx, been using it for awhile and it contains 2.0% camphor (which smells like vicks). It's very aromatic and has been around forever for internal and external use, i use it has a respiratory conditioner. Also use a product from HB Earth a DEET-free Mosquito repellent which has Neem oil vanilla, catnip and eucalyptus oil, it seems effective as a lice preventative. Both products are 100% natural!

post #26 of 28

Ditto on the car air fresheners.  We get them free at the carwash and hang them from the coop rafters--no flies.

post #27 of 28

X3 on the vanilla car fresheners. We had a bad problem here last year due to unsanitary neighbors. I used the stinky fly traps AWAY from the house and chickens, vanilla hanging in my stalls and pen and planted basil everywhere. It really helped. 

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post #28 of 28
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What I just discovered is a gallon ziplock filled with water and one penny. Seriously, it works, just hang the bag anywhere they flies are. I keep one by the front door where the girls get their treats and often poop we get lots and lots of flies, especially when the sun is on that spot. But I put that stupid bag of water out and the fly population has dropped 90%!!!!! I have absolutely no idea why or how it works... if anyone else does, please explain!!! :) 


I used to live in Louisiana and every single person I knew swore by this method of reducing flies. I am not kidding when I say that every front/back porch, carport, etc. had a water bag hanging there. I know that it worked for me too, but I honestly can't explain why this is. I asked some folks once, but I got an answer that I just laughed at. I was told that the flies' eyes are magnified and they get scared off. Some say it makes it seem like the flies are approaching the surface of water, but I don't know how this would keep them away. Personally, I suspect that it has more to do with light refraction and their mosaic-style eyeballs than anything else. Here is an example of a hanging water bag fly deterrent (note: This is not my photo - I borrowed it from Google.)

 

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