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Help! Flies are invading my home =(

topic posted Fri, May 5, 2006 - 1:24 PM by  Martini
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Hi everyone

Appreciate if anyone can give me some tips or tricks on how to get rid of those annoying flies. We don't do a lot of cooking in the house and we take out the trash once to twice a week. I don't understand why my house has become a Fly Haven.

My current remedy is a lot of swatting with my flower shaped fly swatter. Everyday it takes me a good 10-15 minutes of swatting right after I come home from work before I can sit down and do stuff. That is A LOT of exercise to me!!

Plus, the flies are also invading the catfood. I always open a new can of Sheba for my cat before I leave for work. My cat is 16 years old, she eats really slooooooooow and she likes to take a few sessions in finishing her meals. My cat doesn't like flies. But unlike other cats which would chase the fly away. When she sees a fly standing on her food, she will just freeze there, a few inches away and then back away! And she would NOT touch the food again. That means I have to toss that bowl of food and open a new can for her. Sheesh...Sheba is not really that inexpensive, man! But one cannot argue with a 16 years old cat, they are just too stubborn to compromise!

Anway, please, anyone, any advice?

Thanks!!
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Martini
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  • Re: Help! Flies are invading my home =(

    Fri, May 5, 2006 - 2:06 PM
    Try hanging flypaper. When I had a fly invasion, it really worked.

    Not sure what to tell you about the cat food, except maybe don't give her a full can, if she's not gonna eat it anyway. Give her more when you get home. Or see if there is a neighbor who can come over once in the middle of the day and give her a fresh scoop. It's also possible that the flypaper will reduce the flies enough that they stop bothering with her food (one can hope!).

    Tip- If you go with the flypaper, make sure to "warm" it up a bit before you try to open it. You can do this simply by holding it in your hand for several minutes. It will open MUCH easier if you do. :)
    • Re: Help! Flies are invading my home =(

      Fri, May 5, 2006 - 7:43 PM
      Flypaper is good. If you're having an unusual amount of flies, there may be something dead rotting somewhere close to your house. We get few flies where I live and when we get them, they swarm! Once the dead thing has hatched its brood and those flies have gone their way, you may be through with them for awhile. Try flypaper in the meantime. No fumes or poisons, though I have resorted to judicious spraying of safer insecticides when I just can't stand it. Just be sure all food and kitties are out of the way. Good luck! I HATE flies almost as much as ants!
  • Re: Help! Flies are invading my home =(

    Fri, May 12, 2006 - 12:14 PM
    Flies come into homes because of temperature, pressure and humidity differences, too. Even if there aren't any food sources for them, they'll prefer an environment they perceive as "friendlier". So basically, you can either eliminate them once they're inside your home or keep them from entering in the first place by making their route into your home less hospitable.

    To keep them from entering in the first place, arrange your defenses along windowsills or over doorways. Instead of toxic (and one-use-only) fly-paper strips, I'd look into glass bug traps, carnivorous plants, cabbage leaves or other attractants, and plants with insect-repelling properties. Also, leaving spider webs alone near home entry sites also allows natural predation, which will reduce the local fly population to something a bit more liveable.

    I've experimented with both natural attractants and natural repellants, so I'll say a bit more about those. House flies, apparently, LOVE cabbage (never, ever cook cabbage soup or sauerkraut with the windows open unless you're trying a new horror-house decorating scheme!!). I place a raw leaf on the windowsill in the morning and roll it up tightly before putting it in the trash at night. Flies will collect on the leaf during the day, and be removed with the trash (be sure to roll it tightly before putting in the trash or you get escapees). Cabbage is really cheap, and there aren't any strong concentrations of toxins to make handling and disposal a concern.

    To repel flies in the first place, I've planted windowboxes with marigolds and had geraniums in pots in my kitchen. I've seen flies make wide circles or simply choose to go another way in order to avoid whatever repellant the plants are producing.

    Resources:
    glass bug trap--www.gaiam.com
    carnivorous plants--www.carivorousplants.org


    Hope it helps!

    --Kat
    • Re: Help! Flies are invading my home =(

      Sat, May 13, 2006 - 10:57 AM
      Thank you, ladies. I have put up some fly papers and I am going to check out Home Depots to see they carry Marigolds or Geraniums.

      It is very interesting about using Cabbage to catch flies. I have a question though, by collecting the flies, do you mean the flies will somehow attached to the cabbage leave? They can't fly away when I am rolling up the leave?

      Thanks again for all your help!

      Martini
      • Re: Help! Flies are invading my home =(

        Sun, May 14, 2006 - 9:46 PM
        No, they just really really LOVE it. They get all dopey and act a bit drugged out. I don't know why.

        Moving slowly helps keep them from realizing they're in danger.

        As for whether fly-paper is toxic, depends on the brand. The ones we used to use in the barn down South gave me headaches...
      • Re: Help! Flies are invading my home =(

        Sun, June 18, 2006 - 7:01 AM
        i hope you got rid of the flies by now. but if you haven't, here is what i have to offer. first of all, you should put your trash out of the house every day, no matter the amount. secondly, get your drains cleaned. if the flies are little hovering kind, they might be drain flies and they live and breed in the drains. thirdly, keep all fruits and veggies in the refrigerator, at least until you combat your problem. you want to give the little bugs no host to settle on. the flies will go away if you combat where they breed and feed.
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    Re: Help! Flies are invading my home =(

    Tue, July 4, 2006 - 11:12 PM
    ditch the cat...no cat food, then no flies...i suppose some people have attachment difficulties.

    Do you know why dragon flies are called dragon flies?...becoz they feed on flies, i was watching a dragon fly hunt outside my flat where i used to live...they have amazing agility and speed, hence the name, if flies where antelopes, the dragon fly would be the lion..plus its cool to watch it hunt...so problem solved.

    keep dragon flies as pets, or you could just have a sign infront of the cat food...BEWARE RABID DRAGON FLIES!!!!

    i suppose if you wanted to have a seious conversation, i suggest to give the cat a through wash, the cat may be stinky hence bringing the flies in, or perhaps it has urinated or crapped somewhere you havent found yet.

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