flies in my coop

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by RoyalCoopMom, Jun 8, 2017.

  1. RoyalCoopMom

    RoyalCoopMom Out Of The Brooder

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    Last couple days I have noticed really small flying insects in my coop. Looks like a fruit fly. What can I do to get rid of them?
     
  2. potato chip

    potato chip lunch-sharer

    If they are vinegar flies, you can make traps. Do you have fruit or veges in your run? That's what they go for.
     
  3. RoyalCoopMom

    RoyalCoopMom Out Of The Brooder

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    No fruit or veggies in the coop just layer feed. How do I make traps?
     
  4. potato chip

    potato chip lunch-sharer

    There are plenty of instructions on-line. Basically, you need some vinegar/rotting fruit and water in a container, and some means of keeping the flies from getting out once they are attracted. You can use jars with small holes in the lid, or bottles with a narrow neck, or inverted cool drink bottle tops (cut the bottle in two, turn the lid part upside down onto the other bit), you can use soapy water (you need to keep squirting water on to keep the foam up). You can also buy yellow coloured sticky fruit fly traps, although I haven't found those that effective with vinegar flies. You could also try some old-fashioned fly paper traps (but hang them well away from your girls).

    If you haven't any rotting vegetation, they might not be vinegar flies.
     
  5. ThomasKirby

    ThomasKirby New Egg

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    If you cannot find any help online, then you must go on with the pest control service.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Not sure they need to be got rid of to the extent a pest control service would be employed.
    Insects are everywhere, most are of no threat to chickens.
    Positively identifying the insect is the first task, then you can learn if they are a threat to the birds and how you might get rid of them.

    I'm guessing they are gnats....they look much like fruit flies..or black flies.
    Both can bother chickens a great deal...whether or not they are, you will have to ascertain. A fan can keep them from settling, best solution I've seen.
    Some folks swear by hanging vanilla scented paper air fresheners.
     
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  7. twilightgecko

    twilightgecko Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have made and used the vinegar traps in the past .. balsamic vinegar works great.. saran/plastic wrap and tiny toothpick holes.. they get in and can't get out.

    but lately i have been using herbs in my coop.. like basil and oregano.. flies seem to hate them.. the chickens don't care and the coop smells like a pizzeria.. lol..
     
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