HELP!! It's fly season in FL!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by suenrob, Apr 25, 2008.

  1. suenrob

    suenrob Songster

    Jan 22, 2008
    Ft. Myers, FL
    This is my first fly season with chickens!! There is no way I can clean the coop everyday, is there something I can put in the coop to help with flies?

    I have a sand floor with several inches of shavings which I mix up everday.
  2. Josie

    Josie Songster

    Jan 3, 2008
    I have tried alot of the conventional things with conventional results, meaning it alleviates the problem some, but no outright solution. At least there is the upside of watching the chickes chase the bugs! [​IMG]
  3. BamaChicken

    BamaChicken Orpingtons Bama Style

    Nov 14, 2007
    We have used these things you add water to and hang up that have an aweful smell inside them . It draws the flys by smell and they go inside and can't get out. Will hold thousands of flys. Works pretty well.
  4. Blondie

    Blondie Songster

    OK, I know this sounds crazy, but I did this last year and I swear it works. And it's cheap!! Put a couple of pennys in a baggie of water and staple or attach a few in the coop. Here's a pic: (the pennys are in the corners of the baggies, not on purpose, tho)

    Last edited: Apr 26, 2008
  5. Miltonchix

    Miltonchix Taking a Break

    Jul 14, 2007
    Milton, Florida
    Quote:and...........what?? [​IMG]

    Is it a magic charm?? [​IMG]

    PLEASE post a little more info. [​IMG]
  6. kaylakala

    kaylakala Songster

    Mar 19, 2008
    Melbourne Florida
    yea please elaborate
  7. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    I tried the pennies in the bag thing when it came around last year, too. I can't see where it did a thing but make people ask questions. [​IMG] I have just as many flies as ever.
  8. southernsibe

    southernsibe Songster

    Jun 15, 2007
    kensington, maryland
    Blondie's idea does work. The flies are confused by the light reflecting off of the water in the bag. I've not heard of using pennys in it before but I would think it makes more reflections. When I've done this I usually put the baggie above a window. When I was in my old house, there was a room near the dog yard that got slammed with flies, nothing I tried helped. The room had the door that we let the dogs in and out of, so each time the dogs went in or out, or we had to go into the yard for something in swarmed the flies. I read about this idea on one of the frugal web sites and figured it wouldn't hurt. It worked very well. I used duct tape and put bags with a bit of water in them above every window on the outside and on the window part of the door.

    If you scroll down you will see several similar ideas.

    I like this site, there are some really whacky ideas for things, but I've found a few that work really well and save money to boot!

    I just saw BeckyLA and wanted to add that you do need to make sure there is some light hitting the bag somehow, and a little breeze goes a long way, even a tiny fan, battery operated would be enough
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2008
  9. carousel

    carousel Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    NW Oregon
    it is a plastic bag filled with WATER.

    I have mixed results using this.

    flies are starting here also and today I will be a warm day and I know will drive me crazy!

    as anyone used parasitic wasps?
    I ran into this page while searching the web

    I know I need to get going on something TODAY
  10. NoelTate

    NoelTate Songster

    Apr 8, 2008
    Mobile, AL
    I have fought flies in my coop as well. Last year, I started using the hanging bag traps filled with water with the stinking stuff in it. They worked well last year, but so far this year the one in there does not seem to be doing much for the flies down there. I am going to try lime.

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