fly control?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by monster1, Nov 22, 2008.

  1. monster1

    monster1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    is it just me or are the flies bad this year? is there any household remedy to controling them near the broader, chicken and pig pens? maybe bleach mixed with water, etc??
  2. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    Your best bet - MOVE HERE.

    The flies are all gone now because its so cold.

    You want the nice warm weather - you gotta take the flies with it.


    We used a lot of those hanging fly traps in summer, the plastic bag with a lid basically. At some point I was starting to wonder if the nasty trap/lure stuff wasn't bringing MORE flies than we would have had without them [​IMG]
  3. crazy cat lady

    crazy cat lady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 20, 2008
    NW Illinois
    We used flytraps, a pesticide spray for barn, home,whatever. I don't know about using it around brooders, tho. We also used the fly catcher (tape) and should have seen all the flies stuck to those. The only problem is you have to watch where you walk so you don't have them sticking in your hair , on your clothes you.

    Hope you find a solution, tho.
  4. BethinIrving

    BethinIrving Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 13, 2008
    Flies reproduce (lay eggs and hatch) in a wet, warm environment. Keeping the environment as dry as possible helps.

    And, the critters are brought in on stuff like banannas.

    I've not found the bleach solution works well for a fly problem. But, what did work were bags of water hung everywhere.

    I couldn't figure out where all our flies were suddenly coming from since going the extra mile to keep the critters at bay was done here on a daily basis. Then I learned a neighbor was dumping his sewage out in his yard when he had a plumbing problem. He wasn't treating the waste.

    After buying a box of one gallon zipper freezer bags at the grocery, I filled 12 or 14 of them with water, zipped them shut, and hung them around the fence using coathangers as hooks. I also put some by our patio and patio door and bbq grill.

    It worked.

    Of course, on the internet there are claims it's "an old wives tale".
  5. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

    Sep 25, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    If you like plants order you about a dozen venis flytraps [​IMG] Their awsome.
  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I use FOOD GRADE DE, Diatomaceous Earth in the shavings, in their run, where they dust. No problems with flies, fleas, mites, lice or any other pests. I just add some DE periodically.
  7. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
    My cat Zeus is a great fly catcher. Maybe I should rent him out [​IMG]
  8. lovemychix

    lovemychix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 14, 2008
    Moulton Iowa
    We just got rid of flies....but trade is 20's temps. I'd like to deal with flies and not frozen water.
  9. Parson's Wife

    Parson's Wife Blessed Abundantly

    Jan 22, 2008
    [​IMG] Ok...I didn't believe this till I tried this.
    Hang a ziploc back above the outside of your door, about 3/4 to 1/2 full of just plain tap water. It really works.
    My mother put bottles of water near her door on the porch, (she peeled off the paper) cut the flies...they live on a farm (cattle) and flies were really heavy. Once you try'll believe it. Hey, what have you got to lose?
    Cheap, no toxins... [​IMG]
  10. lovemychix

    lovemychix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 14, 2008
    Moulton Iowa
    Quote:My cat just eats and sleeps...and poo's. [​IMG]

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