Shoo Fly!

dawggardnerJune 18, 2009

Flies are horrible this summer! They seem to swarm my back patio, and it's impossible to open the door without letting one zoom in the house. I have not planted anything different than in years past, no pooled water, no pets, etc. Just herbs, a few veggies, and some annual flowers. Anyone have non-toxic suggestions for fly control???

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I've been using a non-toxic method - and probably look like a total wild woman doing it - use a fly swatter! I spent close to an hour in my bedroom with my swatter - killing maybe 40 of the nasty creatures.

I haven't seen fly populations like this for many years. Have probably swatted several hundred! Doors were left opened until I finally broke down and turned on the a.c. this week.

I hope someone can explain why we're seeing so many. Thought it might be from a load of trout compost, but don't think so.

Rosie, in Sugar Hill

    Bookmark   June 19, 2009 at 7:13AM
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Have you seen the commercials for the really, really gross flycatcher bag? I don't remember the catchy little name it has, but it is some sort of hanging ziploc looking bag with a liquid bait in it. You can hang it up for a ridiculously long time, IF you can stand seeing the bazillion dead flies floating in it. I think it is called Flies Away or Flies Be Gone. It is truly yucky, but I wonder if it works. My favorite part of the commercial is when they show all the many places you can hang the trap. One of them is 'by picnic tables!' Eeeeewwwwwww. Like I want to see that while I eat!!!! :)

Here is a link that might be useful: flies away

    Bookmark   June 19, 2009 at 11:11AM
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Why not just craft a piece of fabric around it so that it still works but you don't have to look at the contents? Seems a perfect solution. Perhaps like a drawstring bag that fits?

    Bookmark   June 20, 2009 at 3:51PM
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I think it is in some way related to the amount of rain fall that we have had in the past year. I have noticed that the amount of fire flys have increased as well. When you look into te woods at night it is very "sparkly".

    Bookmark   June 22, 2009 at 1:07PM
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On the fireflies, I have noticed that too! It is so beautiful! Unfortunately, the mosquitoes seem to have increased too. Yuck!

    Bookmark   June 24, 2009 at 10:05PM
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I'll loan you my 5 yr old and his cymbals. He walks around my garden crashing the cymbals over the flies hoping to smush them.

I told my neighbor it was a ritual for a good harvest and he was exorcizing the bad vegetable spirits from the garden. The neighbor didn't care so much after I gave him four cucumbers.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2009 at 6:54AM
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Thanks for the replies everyone. Must be all the rain we're getting this year. Seems like every time we open the back door one of those boogers is just waiting to fly into the house. I was hoping to hear about plants/etc that they may not like, but sounds like I'm just going to have to put up with 'em.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2009 at 8:52PM
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satellitehead(z8 ATL Metro)

What ever happened to hanging a ziploc bag full of water up? Isn't this the oldest method known to man in enticing flies away?

    Bookmark   July 2, 2009 at 9:37AM
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