How to get rid of "round-em up" or "hover-craft" flies

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Enchanted Sunrise Farms, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    i don't know what they are officially named, but these are smaller than house flies, and they hover in a group in the air, going in somewhat erratic circles. They hardly ever land.

    We started with just a few on our back porch and near one of our chicken pens. Now we have hoards. They're getting in the house and flying in circles in front of our television. No fun trying to watch your favorite show at night with a swarm of flies in the way.

    Any idea how to get rid of them without poisoning my family and pets?
     
  2. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    Quote:Find where they breed and douse them with kerosene?

    (kerosene cures everything, ever notice?)
     
  3. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    Very funny! [​IMG] And here i thought i was going to get a logical suggestion.

    See, that's the thing, i don't know where they breed or what they eat. i just see them mid-air, flying in circles.
     
  4. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    Quote:Same here, I know the little buggers you're referring to. I call them gnats or midges or "$#*^&" ...depending on how hot it is outside.

    But, I seriously dont know what to do about them but curse and
    swat.
     
  5. Uzuri

    Uzuri Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2009
    When they're inside, a vacuum cleaner really helps cut down the numbers. Take the attachment hose and just suck 'em down. Hours of fun.
     
  6. Davaroo

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    Quote:Now thats as good as a six-pack and a bug zapper, right there!
     
  7. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Do they like lights?? Coz a bug zapper might just help ya out.

    We had the best success indoors with these little traps that look like inside out packing tape, or like a clear sticky mousetrap, it goes on the windows and when flies land on the windows they get stuck. Works wonderfully on "regular" houseflies anyway.
     
  8. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    i know you arent talking about fruit flies..but would a fruit fly trap work on them?
     
  9. OrpingtonManor

    OrpingtonManor Building the Castle

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    does it look like a common house fly, or more like a little wasp? Do it they have bands/stripes?

    We were just talking about "hover flies" yesterday, and discovered that they are actually called "syrphid flies" and eat pollen and nectar. Their larvae eat aphids. So, they're a beneficial insect.

    Any chance of relocating them, maybe using a butterfly net? Just a thought.
     
  10. mellyjo777

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    We have them as well. In fact, I just googled "flies that hover" and ended up here. They started out on our back patio and just entered our house today. We also have chickens in the very back of our yard, but they aren't hanging around back there. The vacuum cleaner is the best sounding solution so far. We have kids and pets, so we need a natural solution. I tried spraying the crap out of them with air freshener, but they're still here. Ugh!!!
     

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