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Marie2020

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I use fly tape. I definitely don't love flies.
I'm sad to say I got similar on sticks after an aloe vera plant attracted them. Not one has been trapped so far, since the plant is outside and using various oils.
 

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Hi Marie 2020 ... thank you for your version of an insect stray. It sounds that it only makes the insects LEAVE and go on to reproduce someplace else. I do NOT want them to return with their offspring, in-laws, out-laws, neighbors, and friends in tow. I want them DEAD NOW , never to return again, as I have much more important things to do ( like recover from a recent bout and stay in a hospital for 11 days from pnemonia that has still left me squite weak ) instead of playing host to pests !
there is a difference between inside and outside - i think most people would accept that trying to poison and control all flies outside the house to be rather futile.

i live with someone who thinks all ants outside the house must be controlled. i will keep the perimeter of the house clear of ant hills as best i can, but there is no way i will keep all ants in the yard under any kind of control and i won't even bother to try. if they try to invade the house i do deal with them as best i can.

carpenter ants are no fun, we've also had other species of ants try to take up residence in the walls. i've managed to get most of them out shortly after noticing them but a wood house with wood siding isn't the best approach if you're worried about ants - especially if you use the wrong materials and methods in making a barrier to infiltration... *sigh*
 

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there is a difference between inside and outside - i think most people would accept that trying to poison and control all flies outside the house to be rather futile.

i live with someone who thinks all ants outside the house must be controlled. i will keep the perimeter of the house clear of ant hills as best i can, but there is no way i will keep all ants in the yard under any kind of control and i won't even bother to try. if they try to invade the house i do deal with them as best i can.

carpenter ants are no fun, we've also had other species of ants try to take up residence in the walls. i've managed to get most of them out shortly after noticing them but a wood house with wood siding isn't the best approach if you're worried about ants - especially if you use the wrong materials and methods in making a barrier to infiltration... *sigh*
For three years I had ant and tiny flies coming through my walls, this place has been neglected for many year's even the guttering is 70 plus years old.

The landlord painted the lower part of the wall with all the cracks in which has now cleared up the infestation. So now I'm able to use the oil remedies that I use to keep this insect problem under control.

This building was built on a mountain just after ww2 with only a few surrounding farms, so the insects can be expected. I love the fact that we are not on top of mines or old steal works and know the history of the land we live upon.
I would love to be further out in the country but nevertheless I'm happy being considered poor but feeling rich and very content :).
 

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Never mind the flies, the met has spotted flying ants 50 miles radius in the south east coast of uk. Splashing a lot of peppermint around here later.
 

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Consider what is causing the flies to gather. Maybe your garbage pickup can needs cleaning?
Maybe it's your neighbors? Maybe your dog?
My flies are from my horses. It is stinky but those jars with fly attractant DO work and they are cheap. I even put broken bricks in them so that windy storms won't blow them off of my canoe and my Rubbermaid plastic garden shed, where they are now practically black with those nasty critters AND some moths, btw.
You could purchase Fly Predators at $24.00/month. They are the reason that We are not covered with flies! But I pay about $135.00/season for them. They are sterile, so we have to keep buying more, from April-October.
I also buy 50 pound feed through blocks, $13.00/each, so far they have eaten through 2, 1 is halfway gone, so that my horses help kill their flies, too.
ALSO, keep ALL grasses mowed. Flys rest on grass and weeds and you encourage them. Flowers don't seem to do that, so your sunflowers and cosmos won't contribute to this problem.
Fly season/gardening season runs me sometimes close to $300.00, when you add the fly spray on for the horses, too.
When my can is stinky I pour in some Dawn and put about 8 inches of water in it on a hot day, let it sit, then just dump the contents on the grass, and let it dry out. It stays smelling nice for a good while.
AND, if you think your kitchen garbage bag needs it, Double bag.
 

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I suggest traps they work well ~ some products can be put on animals to help ward flies off ~ But, for inside the house I suggest Bug a Salt
it's fun ```
as a kid i would shoot flies off the walls with rubber bands, inside the house, white painted walls, Mom not happy. the flies that come in here go on the windows and i pick them off and then they are gone.
 

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Consider what is causing the flies to gather. Maybe your garbage pickup can needs cleaning?
Maybe it's your neighbors? Maybe your dog?
My flies are from my horses. It is stinky but those jars with fly attractant DO work and they are cheap. I even put broken bricks in them so that windy storms won't blow them off of my canoe and my Rubbermaid plastic garden shed, where they are now practically black with those nasty critters AND some moths, btw.
You could purchase Fly Predators at $24.00/month. They are the reason that We are not covered with flies! But I pay about $135.00/season for them. They are sterile, so we have to keep buying more, from April-October.
I also buy 50 pound feed through blocks, $13.00/each, so far they have eaten through 2, 1 is halfway gone, so that my horses help kill their flies, too.
ALSO, keep ALL grasses mowed. Flys rest on grass and weeds and you encourage them. Flowers don't seem to do that, so your sunflowers and cosmos won't contribute to this problem.
Fly season/gardening season runs me sometimes close . $300.00, when you add the fly spray on for the horses, too.
When my can is stinky I pour in some Dawn and put about 8 inches of water in it on a hot day, let it sit, then just dump the contents on the grass, and let it dry out. It stays smelling nice for a good while.
AND, if you think your kitchen garbage bag needs it, Double bag.,
I have been in the horse breeding business ( my own mares and stallions standing at public stud as well as outside mares , so my ranch always had visitors that expect their mares to have proper feed, housing as well as a clean and healthy environment ) for over 40 years as well as working at UCD Vet Pathology as well as at UCD Animal Science Dept. working with a large herd of dwarf cattle, followed with hundreds of sheep . Working at a University, cleanliness and pest control is at the top of the list to have effective research programs ... so I have used every trick in the book from the fly strips, attractants, traps, feed throughs, fly predators , etc., etc. they all work to a point, but they need a follow up with fly sprays /foggers.
 

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I have been in the horse breeding business ( my own mares and stallions standing at public stud as well as outside mares , so my ranch always had visitors that expect their mares to have proper feed, housing as well as a clean and healthy environment ) for over 40 years as well as working at UCD Vet Pathology as well as at UCD Animal Science Dept. working with a large herd of dwarf cattle, followed with hundreds of sheep . Working at a University, cleanliness and pest control is at the top of the list to have effective research programs ... so I have used every trick in the book from the fly strips, attractants, traps, feed throughs, fly predators , etc., etc. they all work to a point, but they need a follow up with fly sprays /foggers.
no, the problem isn't of needing poisons to control the flies, the problem is running any herd of animals in a confined space without rotating the space so that the crap coming out of the backend of the animals isn't causing too many flies to be hatched out after the animals have passed by.

in some places people have taken to using chickens to go in after the herd has mob grazed so that the chickens will pull apart the animal poop to get at the fly grubs.
 
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