DE is AWFUL!!!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by TnChickHen, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. TnChickHen

    TnChickHen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2011
    Ok, so I've pretty much DE'd everything in sight. And to no avail, I STILL have flies. Will the madness ever stop?? Is there something else out there that I can use??? I'm just tired of being mauled by flies each time I go out to the coop......
  2. Noncentzter

    Noncentzter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 17, 2009
    Southern Oregon Coast
    I read on here that vanilla scented air fresheners work well with getting rid of flies.
  3. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    I cannot personally attest to the efficacy of this but some find that vanilla deters flies. There is a thread somewhere here on BYC that goes into this extensively. Try the "search" function up above.
  4. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

    Jun 11, 2010
    York PA
    How often do you rake your run? How close do you have your compost pile? Things to think about when it comes to flies. Sometimes you just have to deal with them. [​IMG]
  5. sabianshepherds

    sabianshepherds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 2, 2011
    DE only kills the larvae on things that the flies lay eggs on, it does not kill the actual flies. If they are hatching in your neighbors yard or a place you don't know, DE won't help. I have flies in the trees!!!! ugh!!!
    I have pretty much tried every natural concoction to ward off flies, to no avail. I have resorted to hanging up fly traps in inconspicuous places, and using the automated fly insecticide. I hate to do it, but the flies are biting my dogs.
  6. mons02035

    mons02035 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2010
    Carmel, Maine
    I live in central Maine and we have a wicked black fly season up here. Back in late May I changed the coops litter and in the process I was being swarmed by hundreds of black flies. Well, once I started the process of putting down the stuff that McMurray sells which contains some DE, they fell from the sky. I looked down at the floor of the coop and it was littered with black flies. Now, I know black flies are not the same as the flies you are trying to kill but it does work for some things. My chickens actually chase the flies around trying to get them, it's funny to watch..... Come to think of it, my black lab does it too but she knocks things over and scratches up my walls trying to get them.
  7. crawfordmama

    crawfordmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2010
    The Lakes Region, NH
  8. larryj57

    larryj57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 13, 2009
    I put 6 of the vanilla scent car air freshners in my coop every month so far fly problem sloved.
  9. TnChickHen

    TnChickHen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2011
    well, just went out there after spraying some yard spray (not allowed to let anything on it until after it dries, it's pretty hot here, so I think that it will be dry this evening, if not, I guess the dogs might be losing their kennels tonight) and WHAM!!! MAGGOTS!!!! So, I sprinkled the rest of the DE that I did have, which was about 2.5 lbs, and I'm waiting on it to work . I may need to use this yard spray 2-3 times a week. I did notice that AFTER I sprayed it, the fly population kind of went away. I clean out the coop every 3-4 days. I'm thinking this might be what is causing my chickens to be sick! The maggots. And, as I was scooping out the straw, I saw a creepy crawly BUG that had a similar tail to a scorpion. hmmm....

    We do not have a compost pile this year. Don't know how yet, and our garden went to crap after our flooding. So we burn most of what we take out of the coop.
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2011
  10. BayouPoules

    BayouPoules Chillin' With My Peeps

    We use the disposable fly traps. the Rescue brand from Walmart has worked best for us,. there is a noticeable difference and no scary poisons since we free range the flock. It's pretty disgusting towards the end when it has a thousand flies in it but it's great to throw them out!

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