I have flies in my back yard, neighbors on both sides have dogs. This simply might be due to the multiple rains and not the dogs, but if you have a suggestion I'd like to hear it. Thanks.
Holly from Richardson, TX
Sounds like the neighbors need to dispose of either dog food or dog stool, either seems to draw flies. Unless they take care of the problem, it will be your problem.
There are passive fly strips at our local Wal-mart in the section where fly spray and roach items are shelved. The bug zappers do work. If you have children I wouldn't want to use sprays. If it'll kill a fly it can harm a child is my rule.
I'm not aware that rains make flies worse, except they want shelter under your roof. If that is part of the problem, try the fly strips.
Good luck> (03/19/2008)
Get a spray bottle fill it half with warm water and half with Listerine mouthwash and spray around your yard or seating areas. You might try spraying on each side of your yard where the dogs are. I have used this for years and I know it clears out mosquitoes, bees, and gnats. It should work for flies. You will need to do this every couple days and if it rains. I hope this helps. (03/20/2008)
Do not use mothballs! They are poisonous to both kids and pets. Breathing them is not good, let alone if one gets ingested.
Remove any containers that may hold water. Anywhere a puddle may set, fill it in. If there is any feces anywhere near, then clean it up and keep it far away from your house.
As for a safe fly deterrent use vinegar, you can dilute it with water. It's safe on the environment, actually healthy if ingested. So no worries with pets or children and it works. I have used it for years in animal barns with terrible fly troubles. You will be amazed with its results.
Anything that produces or offers heat and warmth is a huge attraction for flies. (03/20/2008)
Take plastic sealable bags, fill with water and place throughout your yard. It really works. (03/21/2008)
There is this amazing fly catcher my husband brought home from the local farm store.The name of it is Fly Catcher it smells really bad, but works wonders and it holds up to 30,000 flies. It is kinda like the fill a bag with water, but this one has a odor that flies are attracted to. Good luck. (07/22/2008)
I had your same problem, flies everywhere, until I bought a Rescue Fly Trap. This baby works and it's entertaining. Thousands of flies in one bag. No more flies flying around my face or on my plate. Must try. (09/21/2008)
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