i can't find the topic i posted last week, so i'm just starting fresh. to make a long story short, i asked about alternatives to those sticky fly strips cuz one of my red stars flew into one and got all gooed-up. someone suggested i try to use those vanilla scented "pine tree" car air fresheners. well...i'm here to tell you THEY WORK !!! i put 3 up in the coop (2 in the bunk house and 1 in the other room of my 2 room coop) over the weekend and have noticed a DRAMATIC decline in the fly population. i've actually seen flys fly in, take a whiff, and fly right back out. they do kinda stink at first, but the chickens don't seem to mind, and the flys HATE IT. i was a bit sceptical, but now that i've tried it, i'm gonna go buy a case of those things. last night when i "tucked them in", there was not a single fly in the bunk house. amazing !!! so, to whoever suggested that : THANX ALOT for the advice. and i encourage y'all to try 'em. i love it when a plan comes together !