By d'ArkHorse from Sarasota, FL
Well, it's not good news. The beer has attracted flies of all kinds. Huge fat ones and smaller variety have now come to my yard.
I've stopped using this recipe and am really disappointed because I did have good luck at the beginning.
I used the fly drowner recipe and am getting rid of the flies:
pour apple cider vinegar in a styrofoam/plastic dish; the dish has to have a lip because you'll need to pour 1/4"-1/2" of apple cider vinegar in the plate.
Then take Lemon dish washing liquid (it HAS to be Lemon) and squiggle some on the vinegar in the dish, top to bottom. In the morning I had a ton of flies big and small, lots of small flying things. Why it works now and didn't before, I haven't a clue.
So I'm still looking for a recipe to get rid of mosquitos, so please keep sending them in!!
I tried Robitussin cough medicine; vanilla; avon skin so soft, regular bug repellent spray w/out deet; alcohol; peroxide (ok I was desperate); avon skin so soft and alcohol; sage; planting marigolds - no luck, they still bite.
Bounce dryer sheets (sometimes they work and sometimes they don't). Someone on this site said the Bounce sheets have to be the original scent, but
I can't find Bounce in my grocery store that says 'original' on the box. does anyone know what the 'original' spray is called?
On this site there is a recipe under getting rid of mosquitoes that calls for -
1/3 part flat Coors beer*
1/3 part epsom salts
1/3 Listerine - the brown one
Mix all together in spray bottle and spray area.
It worked for me.
I didn't use Coors beer, I just used any kind of beer in the fridge.
make sure you dissolve the epsom salts by shaking the spray bottle really well and for a good amount of time.
I went through three spray bottles that wouldn't spray the mixture once i had put it in the bottle.
but at the end of the day, I think when the epsom salts really completely dissolved, my spray bottle worked like a charm. it worked keeping mosquitoes away too, but not gnats or other flying things. but it did kill a lot of other kinds of bugs too.
As far as flies mine aren't in a barn, but I had to spray them as they flew by or sat down, but it also helped to spray the area and it did help keep flies away. I live in Houston, Texas, USA and we have mosquitoes, bugs, unidentifiable things even in the winter.
I tried avon skin so soft and most of the other recipes for mosquitoes, but they didn't work for me.
I tried vanilla extract and have to re evaluate the results because I was using other things at the time.
Check this site; there's a lot here.
Good luck too!
I recently read in the newspaper that having a dryer sheet sticking out of your pocket will work. The scent keeps them away. Another tip I read is to mix 9 parts water to one part Listerine (preferably the yellow one-mouthwash) in a spray bottle and spray is around the yard.
Mosquitos, we have bought citronella plants, you should be able to find them at a local nursery.They look like sawgrass.When they get big enough you can separate the plants to have more to plant other places. Flies, I go the dollar store and buy those strips they work great.
I have been a Large Animal RVT for many years. Please go to your local feed store and ask them. Please remember to put on fly masks on your horses as you know they can end up with "fly Strike" Please keep their water clean as the mosquitos will breed in standing water. But, being a horse owner I am sure you already tknow all of this. You cannot spray anything toxic in the barn. Put up screens and keep most doors closed especially at night
To get rid of those mosquitoes, flies and bugs out of your home, try this; hang bunches of dried tomato leaves in all your rooms. They will leave fast.
How do I get rid of flies and mosquitoes?
By charcoalfluid from Ripley, TN
I read somewhere else that taking an empty gallon milk jug and filling it with 2 cups of water and 1 cup each of vinegar and sugar and hang it far from your place. I have mine about 100 ft away on a fence post and haven't had flies on the deck, but the house needs those tomato leaves. Definitely will try this and thanks. (07/16/2009)
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