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Old 09-24-2008, 02:58 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by yarnrainbow View Post
You might try pouring bleach down all your drains, including the floor drain in your basement (if you have one). Sometimes flies collect in the damp areas like that and breed. They're a pain to get rid of when they do. I'd start bleaching drains daily for a while and see if that helps.
Thanks! This is a great idea. I didn't even think of the drains

I live in California so no basement.
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Old 09-24-2008, 03:12 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by ArtLady1981 View Post
To get them...if and when they land...you have to 'see' yourself getting it SMACK DOWN. "See it...get it!" It always works.

Visualize the kill...and you will succeed.

My goodness...did I just say that???


I have to admit I am not a fly swatter. My DBF and DS are though There were just too many of them recently to be affective!

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I was going to say, I find the fly-swatter most satisfying! Esp. those electric ones!

Can you maybe check the attic or basement for a passed away critter? I know it sounds gross, but sometimes it happens.

I also have heard of bags of water hung from doorways and windows, whatever entry points. They should be hung where the light shines in. It has something to do with the fllies not liking it because of the light refracted off of them and their funky eyes. I have friends that swear by this and use them in their horse stables and on front porches.
I don't have an attic or a basement (In California we don't have basements. I think it has to do with the earthquake code) I did check around the screens that lead under the house for any tell tale odor and didn't detect anything. I live hear Chatsworth, which is big time horse country so flies are usually bothersome in the summer, but this year they've been bad!!!!! Funny thing is it hasn't even been that hot really. Maybe during our last super hot years they were too tired to be bothersome

I did read about the water bags and I even talked to some people who put water bags up. I currently have no place to hang a water bag from. I will have to have my DS climb up and put a hook on our porch so I can attach a bag.

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Yup I am the fly killer in my home. They are disgusting things but me and my pink swatter are pretty good at getting them.
I did have a some fruit flies now they were everywhere. I went on line and found out how to get them. Put some apple cider in a small jar and cover it with plastic wrap. Then poke some holes in it. I used size two knitting needle. Worked great I could not believe that it worked. Also bleach doesn't work down the drain boiling water is what they said would work the best. Within a couple of days I was cleared of any flies.
I don't know if it will work for regular house flies or not but it sure does work for fruit flies.


Thanks - I did poke some holes in a couple of jar lids and put about a half inch of agave nectar in the jar. I caught a total of 3 in those jars. I caught more but they all got back out

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. . . I talked to my mom to see if she knew of anything that would get rid of them and she looked online and found that mixing apple cider vinegar with a little bit of water in a jar attracts the flies, and, adding dishsoap to it makes it impossible for the flies to escape the jar. Well, I don't have any apple cider vinegar, so she kept looking. Eventually she found that fruit flies are also attracted to beer. I did have that! I opened a can of beer, poured a little in a few jars, added a bit of dishsoap and bam, in 2 days over 50 of those suckers were gone. There are still a few here and there but not nearly as many as there were! I need to put some more beer in the jars, but, I'm down to my good beer (Blue Moon and Sunshine Wheat...lol) and I really don't want to waste my last 2 good beers on fruit flies!

If it's house flies you have, I'm not sure if the beer will work. I have read, however, flies don't like the smell of cloves and adding cloves to an apple or orange will deter them.
I'll have to try this! I never heard about cloves!

Thanks everyone for your help. I really hope I can get this fly problem under control. Unfortunately, being in SOuthern California means that we won't get our "cold" weather (if you can call it that) until the end of October. We should be getting the dreaded Santa Ana winds soon though - maybe they will blow the flies away!!!
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Old 09-24-2008, 04:07 PM   #13
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When DD was little, she had picked some muscadines and brought them in the house. I kept seeing these big flies. Guess what? They must have laid eggs on the muscadines. Gross!!
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Yeah, I was just about to say, did you check the kids' coat pockets for leftover/saved fruit, cookies, etc? Check the yard, too, just outside the door/windows with the problem. Is the neighbor's dog/cat using the "facilities" right outside your door? (We had a neighbor who's dog did!) Check your trash, too! Make sure any meat bones, leftovers, etc., are tightly wrapped before disposal.
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Originally Posted by MoniDew View Post
Yeah, I was just about to say, did you check the kids' coat pockets for leftover/saved fruit, cookies, etc? Check the yard, too, just outside the door/windows with the problem. Is the neighbor's dog/cat using the "facilities" right outside your door? (We had a neighbor who's dog did!) Check your trash, too! Make sure any meat bones, leftovers, etc., are tightly wrapped before disposal.
Well my kids are 18 and moved out and 16 so I certainly hope they've gotten over putting fruit/cookies/candy in their pockets We do have a lot of stray cats in the neighborhood. I planted lavender around the periphery of the yard because I was told they don't really like it and we have timed sprinklers that kinda keep the cats away. I do run into the occasional bomb in my yard, but it hasn't been bad. I did think of them when we first started getting such awful flies. I heard cayenne pepper keeps cats away from yards, but I also heard it might hurt the cats so I stay away from that. But I also heard there is some stuff that smells like the urine of predators that is completely organic and doesn't hurt the cats I can use. I will have to check online to see what it might be.
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One thing to remember is that if a female fly is full of eggs, when you kill them, the ones most ripe will hatch into magots if not destroyed quickly enough, they hatch inside the dead mothers body and grow on the food provided. I was always told to burn them, and have no problem when i remember to do that. the kids do not always remember
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One thing to remember is that if a female fly is full of eggs, when you kill them, the ones most ripe will hatch into magots if not destroyed quickly enough, they hatch inside the dead mothers body and grow on the food provided. I was always told to burn them, and have no problem when i remember to do that. the kids do not always remember
AND we love the bug swatter that is electric
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Ewwwww! That is just too gross to even think about. I have too many to burn though and I don't honestly think I can do it!

I literally have over 100 flies on the fly tape now and still have live flies flying around inside. I've swatted a few of them, but I just can't keep up. There is no food lying around anywhere. I don't eat meat so there is definitely no meat lying around or in the trash. I put boiling water and baking soda down all the drains and I'm going to get shake away (which is an organic cat repellent made to smell like coyote urine to them) to keep he cats outside from the getting into the yard. I just hope the weather gets just a bit cooler to keep these pests at bay! I have no real hope for that for at least a month though
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I found this site on it...
Not really helpful...but has tips...

http://www.pestproducts.com/housefly.htm
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We got a compost bin recently as our local council has decided to only empty the bins once a fortnight. They are trialing collecting food waste in a small bin once a week, but we gave up on it as the meat waste got maggots in it and it was disgusting. We put vegetable waste and other biodegradable stuff that doesn't attract rats in the compost bin.
Since then we've had loads of flies, mostly fruit flies. I put loads of garden clippings in on Sat and it seems to have cut off their food supply and my dad has been catching house spiders and putting them in the compost bin too. My dad has been sucking them up the vacuum cleaner as there were loads of them in the kitchen.
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Ewwwww! That is just too gross to even think about. I have too many to burn though and I don't honestly think I can do it!

I literally have over 100 flies on the fly tape now and still have live flies flying around inside. I've swatted a few of them, but I just can't keep up. There is no food lying around anywhere. I don't eat meat so there is definitely no meat lying around or in the trash. I put boiling water and baking soda down all the drains and I'm going to get shake away (which is an organic cat repellent made to smell like coyote urine to them) to keep he cats outside from the getting into the yard. I just hope the weather gets just a bit cooler to keep these pests at bay! I have no real hope for that for at least a month though

I found out today 1/2 cup of ammonia is supposed to get rid of fruit flies (which I'm still battling). Let it sit in all your drains for at least 2 hours. Might help w/the house flies...
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