What can I do about flies?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by HudsonValleyGirl, Jul 4, 2010.

  1. HudsonValleyGirl

    HudsonValleyGirl In the Brooder

    Jun 9, 2010
    During these hot days flies are in my chickens yard. What can I do to keep them at bay? I clean the chickens droppings every morning and sprinkle DE, but the flies come back. Traps?

  2. FancyHairChickenLover

    FancyHairChickenLover In the Brooder

    Jul 3, 2010
    Canton, Georgia
    We had a fly problem and the regular fly strips took care of them in about 3 days. I think they were $1.39 for a pack of 4 at Tractor Supply and we used about a dozen. The strips worked a lot better than the traps we bought.
  3. HudsonValleyGirl

    HudsonValleyGirl In the Brooder

    Jun 9, 2010
    Thanks. It seems to be on hot days. I can't be in the chicken yard every second picking up poop.
  4. sgtmom52

    sgtmom52 Birds & Bees

    I use one of these which I got at TSC. I dump the flies into plastic bags & toss in the trash. You could dump or bury the dead flies, but I have a Beagle who would love to find & roll in it [​IMG] You can buy refill tubes of liquid stink to put in them. I hang it about 20' away from the coop to draw the flies away. And it does stink!

  5. Chicks&Chihuahuas

    Chicks&Chihuahuas In the Brooder

    Apr 5, 2010
    Tulsa, OK
    I use the same trap as Julie. Works great, but yes they smell terrible! The one I use by the back door I bait with fruit instead so so we don't have to smell it. They are also great for fruit flies in the kitchen.
  6. ottovan

    ottovan In the Brooder

    Jun 19, 2010
    Ingleside Texas
    I know this sounds strange but I had a problem with flies til we let the guinea hens out in they're grow up cage. They eat all bugs constantly! No problems with flies - I think I'll be afraid to eat their eggs - and meat! They're just noisy insect eating machines! Now if they could take care of the snakes! Oh well they're only two months old!
  7. dieselgrl48

    dieselgrl48 Songster

    Feb 21, 2010
    The fly trap's work Great.There are several type's available.They smell really bad so I wouldn't recommend putting them near your house.I usualy have 2 or 3 up here in the coop area's and keep one on clothe's line in backyard since We rarely go back there.

  8. Tomhusker

    Tomhusker Songster

    May 28, 2010
    Hamburg, Iowa
    I just read a thread on here somewhere about this. One member said they heard about using those pine tree air fresheners in Vanilla Scent. They said they bought some and put them in their coops and it actually worked pretty well. I would post a link, but in all honesty, I have been all over the site today and wouldn't know where to start looking.
  9. gamamachik

    gamamachik Songster

    Feb 24, 2009
    South GA
    The fly strips do work really well, just toss in the trash when full...very inexpensive, no smell
  10. We use the same fly traps from TSC; works great UNLESS it rains and adds more water to the container! Does stink [​IMG] The sticky tapes did not do as good a job for us as the fly traps.

    I have June bugs after my peaches which are not even ripe. I read that the chickens like them...need to make some traps for them so I can feed them to the girls...would be some good protein IMHO.

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