Flies no more!! Found the perfect fly repellent.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Three Cedars Silkies, Jul 4, 2010.

  1. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

    5,033
    51
    283
    Apr 17, 2008
    Gainesville, Fl.
    I think I might have read this on a thread here, but wanted to shout it from the barn top. We were having a horrible time with flies and nothing seemed to help much, including the stinky fly traps.

    I bought several packages of vanilla scented "christmas trees" like you put in your car. I hung one in each pen, one on the back porch and one on the front porch of the house....and we don't have anymore flies. I thought maybe it was a fluke so I didn't post right away...but it's been over 2 weeks now and still no flies.

    We do use DE and Stall Dry in the coops in addition to the vanilla air fresheners. I guess the flies hate the smell of it as much as I do. [​IMG] I'm not crazy about vanilla scented stuff but I'll sure tolerate it if it keeps the flies away. [​IMG]
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    30,361
    163
    446
    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    WHERE DO I BUY THEM????

    I'll buy a couple of dozen tomorrow!!!
     
  3. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

    5,033
    51
    283
    Apr 17, 2008
    Gainesville, Fl.
    I got them at my local Walgreens but you can probably get them all auto parts stores...plus I'm sure Wal-Mart has them. I swear it's like a miracle!
     
    1 person likes this.
  4. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    35,112
    128
    458
    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Gonna try this! Thanks!
     
  5. dee88

    dee88 Chillin' With My Peeps

    126
    1
    99
    Jun 26, 2010
    Texas
    I've always heard (and seen) people with fly problems use water filled ziploc or some other clear bags hung up. I think the flies see their own reflection and then fly away!!!
     
    black_dove2 likes this.
  6. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

    5,033
    51
    283
    Apr 17, 2008
    Gainesville, Fl.
    We have the plastic bag fly traps hanging up and they do work pretty well. There is some stinking stuff in them, though and they will just about make you gag. But we still had flies inside the pens/coops until we hung up the air fresheners.
     
    rbnk1 likes this.
  7. Dingleberry

    Dingleberry Chillin' With My Peeps

    436
    2
    123
    Apr 22, 2010
    Woodinville
    ooh I gota try this!!!!

    anything for mosquitoes??????
     
  8. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

    5,033
    51
    283
    Apr 17, 2008
    Gainesville, Fl.
    Come to think of it, I don't remember hearing any mosquitoes buzzing around when I was out in the coops.

    BUT, my DH calls me "sweet meat" because they swarm all over me, eating me up when they leave him alone. So, I usually put insect repellent on before I go out outside at all in the warm weather.
     
    CapricornFarm likes this.
  9. GratefulGreens

    GratefulGreens Out Of The Brooder

    17
    0
    30
    Jul 2, 2010
    Good to know it's tried and true!
     
  10. lovinlife

    lovinlife Chillin' With My Peeps

    Very interesting! What made you think to try that? Sometimes the silliest things work, but how in the world did you come up with that? [​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by