Natural Remedy to help with flies.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Ellenaj, May 5, 2016.

  1. Ellenaj

    Ellenaj Out Of The Brooder

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    If you want to stay away from chemicals, this is the way to do it.

    Fresh sprigs of Rosemary (about 4-6" long), spread around the perimeter of the run, hanging in the coop and right around the coop helps eliminate flies. We have a Rosemary bush, and whenever we trim it (just like other hedges), we spread the trimmings and it has worked great! There are other herbs that will help and I'll update this, as I find out more "helpful hints".

    I combed through a lot of similar posts asking for help with flies. I don't know how to reference one post, to add this to all of the posts at once, that are asking this question, so will post this here, in hopes a moderator will see it and spread it where it needs to go, or combine all the posts of the same question, so it's easier to find. Please feel free to delete this, if I'm not supposed to put this here. Thank you.
     
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  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Overrun With Chickens

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    You are just fine starting this thread.[​IMG]. Thanks for your solution to a persistent problem. My solution is fly traps. I keep a number of them around my coop. In a weeks time it looks like I caught about 5000 flies.
    They are less than $5 each.
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  3. Ellenaj

    Ellenaj Out Of The Brooder

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    I've not seen these anywhere, but I like that it says no pesticides. I bet I can find them on line though. lol thanks for adding to the input, maybe these ideas will help others here.
     
  4. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Overrun With Chickens

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    Many stores sell them . I get the bag type at Walmart. Amazon has a mess of different ones available. If you buy enough $ amount , the shipping becomes FREE.. I'm sure all the Farm and Fleet, TSC, and other Feed stores carry such as well.
     
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  5. bigoledude

    bigoledude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What attracts the flies into the trap?
     
  6. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Overrun With Chickens

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    The traps come with an attractant inside the bag. You just add water to proper level and the sack inside dissolves and provides the attractant. On the top one in my post above there is a small vile of attractant that you squirt into trap and fill with water to proper level. The buzzing flies inside eventually drown in the water which causes more flies wanting to get in. When it gets going, it looks like you cleaned out the whole neighborhood.
    These say disposable when full. That is just a manufacturers suggestion to come and buy another. I have found ways to empty the top version and throw out the 5000 dead flies and refill with water. I then threw is some dry cat food into water to act as attractant. It takes a couple days longer to start working again, BUT IT DOES. Once it is in action with flies inside, its just as good. Considering the $5 price, it is not a budget breaker just to toss and get new. New with its proprietary attractant starts working instantly.
     
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  7. eleaserek

    eleaserek Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been fighting flies here too! I've had really good luck with this trap:
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    Which is reusable. I've been using this bait as refil:
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    But, when I ran out I just didn't pour all the dead flies out when I emptied it, and added more water. Worked just as well.

    The only downside though/ THE SMELL is enough to make you hurl. The bait stinks to start, then the decomposing flies just adds to it. It's really really horrible. So just this year I'm gonna try out fly predators. I'm really excited to see how well they work. I like the idea of no more stinky traps!! And it's about as natural as you can get!
    Here's where I got mine:
    https://www.spalding-labs.com/produ...t_flies.aspx?gclid=CNup8OrVzcwCFQWUfgod_OUNsA
     
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  8. Yoako

    Yoako Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow thank you all, I've had a huge fly problem lately, this really helps![​IMG]
     
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  9. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    Remember that fly traps ATTRACT flies, so place them further away from places you want them to avoid. Another really good option are Spalding's fly predators, which come in the mail monthly and do good work. Mary
     
  10. manddharris02

    manddharris02 Just Hatched

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    Ellenaj,
    Did you ever find any other herbs to help w flies?
    Doe the predators actually work? Where do you put them so the girls ( I only have Hens) won't eat them?
     
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