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    Default Getting Rid of Flies!!!

    It is fly season here - bad!

    I prefer to leave the back door open for Inca to come in and out at will. I have considered those fly curtains, but we realise it would probably only be chewed apart by Inca anyway. Not only that the danger of her chewing it is an issue anyway.

    I'm not liking having to spray flyspray around, I really hate the stuff. Even the lowest irritant one makes me cough and carry on.

    Does anyone have any ideas? Has anyone ever used those electric fly zappers you plug in, or those ones that are supposed to catch the flies and stick them to it?
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    There are fly traps you can buy from Bunnings and I have had pretty good success with those. The electric zappers are better at night I find. I use a combination outdoors of the fly traps with the zappers outdoors and I have the sonic thingy indoors. Works pretty well for us.

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    Thanks. we don't have a bunnings here, it's a long drive to one, so I guess maybe places like Mitre 10 etc might have them? Will check it out.

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    I have an open door policy when the dogs are in, I have hung the plastic fly strips at the door and amazingly enough none of the whippets have had a chew on them. Now that I've said that I bet they eat them today.

    I've also mounted a candle holder just outside the door about 1/2 way up the wall and light a citronella candle when the flies are particularly bad.

    Our problem is more of an evening with bugs being attracted to the lights so I use the candle more of a night.

    The raid candles in the container with the blue tab you put in the top work extremely well but are expensive.

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    Thanks MAC, a few ideas there. The candle interests me, as the back door is the only area the flies can come in whatsoever. The rest of the house is entirely screened.

    I do have some spare wrought iron fancy wall-sconces, so when husband gets home will get him to secure one to the landing wall outside back door.

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    Apple Cider Vinegar and flies

    For flies, you can mix 1/3 Apple Cider Vinegar and 2/3 water. Mix in a spray bottle and it makes the greatest fly spray for dogs, horses etc as well as pet bedding to keep flies down.

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    I have the same here with the back door open all of the time. I have one of those Raid release sprays, cant rermember what they are called, the release a hit of spray every 7 minutes I have mine on a wall unit so its up fairly high and its very effective, still doesnt stop the flies from coming in. I reckon the flies this summer have been especially bad and I think they are dam near ammune to any spray regardless of brand. I have another one that hasnt been put up yet which will be aimed at the back door which should help even more, will have to extract the didget and get that one put up.

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    You can make the fly traps that you buy at bunnings, not an exact replica, but works the same. Start with a large jar, and also a 1 litre bottle of coke, cut the coke bottle to make a funnel, and stick the pointy end into a hole in the lid of the jar, making the pointy end big enough for the flies to go in...... fill a 1/4 of the way with water, and drop a peice of meat or similar into it, and place away from house, just make sure you empty it every week or 2. have 2 or 3 of these around will keep the flies to a minimum..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    Apple Cider Vinegar and flies

    For flies, you can mix 1/3 Apple Cider Vinegar and 2/3 water. Mix in a spray bottle and it makes the greatest fly spray for dogs, horses etc as well as pet bedding to keep flies down.
    OO, thanks Clea. I put the ACV in their breakie every morning so I don't have to give them a flea treatment. Didn't realise it was good for the flies as well. Like others, I have an open door policy with the back door because Spirit is like a fart in a bottle all day & my job is not to be a door person for her all day.

    Tried those outside fly catchers from Bunnings. They're somewhat effective, but after a while, they have little effect & they stink to high heaven.

    I've got one of those plastic strip thingies hanging over the door. The strips are 7.5 cms wide. Other than that, I use the good old fly swatter. I've found that when I spray them, while they're dying, they expel all their wrigglers & it turns my stomach. With the good old swatter, they don't see it coming & don't have time to expel their wrigglers. Sure, their squished bodies make a bit of a mess on the counter, but a bit of bench spray & paper towel constantly at the ready is better than watching all those wrigglers squirming all over everything. *yuck*

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    I have never had such a problem with flies as I do since moving to the area I'm in. The river is directly across the road, so maybe that has something to do with it?

    It's driving us crazy! So thanks for all your tips!

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