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These flies are driving me NUTS!
Old 07-23-2012, 10:02 AM
 
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I posted last week about having flies in the house. They are AWFUL! No matter what I do, they keep appearing. ARGH!

I got really good at using a magazine to get them, but apparently I was only stunning them and not killing them. Sigh.

The good news is that both my cats are still alive and healthy, albeit still hide in the cellar. Hearing me swatting a magazine against the walls doesn't help with their anxiety, though!


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They've been really bad here too! I killed something like 10 the other night in the span of 5 minutes. It seems like if the door is even cracked for a minute, a fly comes in!
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We get flies every summer. Every time someone opens the door, in comes a fly or two. I haven't found a way to get rid of them yet either. I usually just hand the 14 year old the fly swatter and tell her to get busy!

She's getting pretty good!
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Old 07-23-2012, 10:34 AM
 
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throw out all fruit, do you have a bag of potatoes somewhere...see if they're rotten. pour about a cup of bleach down every drain and don't rinse.
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Old 07-23-2012, 10:38 AM
 
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We never have an issue with flies, but this summer it is awful!!!!! I hung to fly papers that they are totally avoiding. Ours must be older flies because I was killing those slow things by swatting with a dish towel!!!


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Ugggg we had fruit in the fruit bowl and had some bananas and the fruit flies/gnats/whatever showed up! They are driving me insane and I can't get rid of them. I have sprayed flying insect spray and it doesn't seem to bother them! Driving me crazy. No more fruit/bananas and I checked for a forgotten bag of potatoes. Nothing! I had been pouring bleach down the drain but ran out (that seemed to make them leave). I need to get more.

Any other ideas besides bombing?
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What type of flies do you have? Where are you finding them?
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I will try bleach down the drain. I was doing vinegar, but will go heavy duty commando.

I stunned/killed upwards of 40 last night and had about as many this morning when I got up. I once had a cat that would hunt them down and eeat them (yuck) but this is the first year I have had more than 1 or 2. I actually opened my screen door to let some out and it helped a little.

Thanks for the bleach idea!
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May sound weird
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but do you have a sink you rarely use?? It is possible they are hatching in the trap. That is where mine were coming from, nice hot water and a little drain cleaner and wala (sp) they were GONE! (along with most of my sanity )
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All sinks/tubs/drains have been loaded with bleach and a stopper in place. Smells like a pool first thing in the morning at the Y! Blech!

Tonight, I bring out my super power (as my 19y0 says) and I will swat and kill!
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Is it possible they are cluster flies? They look like house flies, but are a little larger and tend to move slower. I discovered the difference when I bought my house and had flies that were "driving me nuts". Fall and winter came and I thought they were gone until I started finding a few in January on the windows. I looked it up because we don't have flies in Maine in January, at least not outside.

If you have cluster flies they won't be attracted to a food source in your home so cleaning the drains won't help. I vacuumed them out of the windows because there were so many there. I also made sure my home was sealed so they didn't have easy entry back in in the fall. I haven't seen any, but the 2 cats I have now would take care of them quickly if I did have some so I may not know about it.

If nothing is working for you try googling it to see if you can get some relief.
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tons of fruit flies and gnats
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get a small container and fill it with cider vinegar and put a drop or 2 of dishwashing soap in it. The gnats/flies are attracted to them and die. I empty it every few days and put more out.

It really works. If you don't want to kill them


get a cup, a a piece of fruit like a strawberry bite into it so the juice is out. Make a paper funnel to go into the cup. they get in there but can't get out. I recommend putting the cup insice a plastic bag and in the morning just pick up the bag, seal it and take it outside.


YOu can check both ideas out on you tube.
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Old 07-23-2012, 05:44 PM
 
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I posted this idea farther up the board:

http://www.proteacher.net/discussion...d.php?t=418473
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