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Old 06-28-2011, 08:52 PM   #1
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Default Fly paper: how [well] does it work?

The new house seems to be popular with house flies (the outside). We can't seem to open a door without one flying in. While I'm trying to figure out why, I'd like to know what I can do to mitigate the problem. Does fly paper do much? What about an electric bug zapper?
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Old 06-28-2011, 08:54 PM   #2
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Hang a ziploc bag filled with water and pennies.
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Old 06-28-2011, 08:55 PM   #3
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venus fly trap. Grow an army of them.

that's not a joke, I'm serious. Those things work.
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Old 06-28-2011, 08:55 PM   #4
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Are you talking about the tape looking stuff you hang from the ceiling? Because that stuff works great.

Or venus fly traps if you want to be exotic
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Old 06-28-2011, 08:57 PM   #5
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What you smokin', Neek?


I want to hang it outside, not inside. Still effective?
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Old 06-28-2011, 08:58 PM   #6
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Old 06-28-2011, 09:02 PM   #7
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Old 06-28-2011, 09:03 PM   #8
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Old 06-28-2011, 09:07 PM   #9
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Works great, We used them in Afghanistan, but we had to replace them once a week due to sand
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Old 06-28-2011, 09:16 PM   #10
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Amazon.com: Sterling NFT-D Disposable Fly Control TrapWith Attractant: Patio, Lawn & Garden



This may smell bad, kid... but it'll keep you warm until I can get a shelter built.
That looks like a winner. Thanks.
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Old 06-28-2011, 09:17 PM   #11
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Any chance there are corpses in the walls?
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Old 06-28-2011, 09:20 PM   #12
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Funny you should say that, because that was a leading theory for a while.
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Old 06-28-2011, 09:23 PM   #13
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Old 06-28-2011, 09:26 PM   #14
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You moonpie as a cereal killer.
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Old 06-28-2011, 09:29 PM   #15
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Old 06-28-2011, 09:34 PM   #16
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I did have some kashi for dinner, but no moonpies.
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Old 06-28-2011, 09:35 PM   #17
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Electric bug zappers work great in enclosed spaces.

Fly paper everywhere else.
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Old 06-28-2011, 09:37 PM   #18
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That looks like a winner. Thanks.
My girlfriend's house backs up to a river (bed) and they put down sod & fertilizer. Backyard looked like a manure plant with all the damn flies. 3 of those suckers out there and about 2 hours later, not a fly to be seen. Still stunk to high hell from the mulch, but the flies were gone.
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Old 06-28-2011, 09:52 PM   #19
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Old 06-28-2011, 10:00 PM   #20
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The outdoor stink-bait ones work great.



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Old 06-28-2011, 10:05 PM   #21
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Amazon.com: Sterling NFT-D Disposable Fly Control TrapWith Attractant: Patio, Lawn & Garden



This may smell bad, kid... but it'll keep you warm until I can get a shelter built.
Smells bad is an understatement. They might as well call it bag 'o rotting carcass. :barf:
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Old 06-28-2011, 10:09 PM   #22
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Under no circumstance should you ever attempt to open the pack of attractant with your teeth...

Just sayin'.
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Old 06-28-2011, 10:31 PM   #23
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I like this! What is your mixture?
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Old 06-28-2011, 10:37 PM   #24
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Let me tell you that we have horses. Horses attract flies. ****ing lots of them.


We use one of the stink baits, a couple of the fly papers, and fly predators. Fly predators won't work in your case though. They hang out in manure and eat the fly eggs.
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Old 06-28-2011, 10:59 PM   #25
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I like this! What is your mixture?
The trap is some generic thing I got at Tractor Supply. I grabbed two. The bait that came with it was utterly useless, in a week one trap picked up a dozen gnats, and the other had maybe three flies.

Picked up some bait made by Victor, it's supposed to work in any trap. Didn't read the package, dumped the whole thing in, which was about 20 times too much (I guess that's why it was relatively expensive). It takes about 24 hours to ferment, for the lack of a better term. This is about three days worth of flies. There were two traps, equally dense.

A week later (was on vacation), I came home to a truly horrific scene. Both traps were almost chock full. About a half inch of liquid remained on the bottom, and there were about two inches of flies churning in there that couldn't escape, but wouldn't drown, not enough liquid.

Not sure of what exactly to do at this point (because it was so god-damned revolting I didn't really want to get near it), I sprayed both traps with water to drown the survivors. Forgot about it for a few days.

It got worse.

Soon enough, in another day or two, maggots appeared. In an unbelievably foul turn of events, fly spawn had emerged, eating the bodies of the dead and dying parents. Not wanting this disaster to become even more retched, a big hole was dug into our compost pile, both traps emptied into it, and quickly buried. Ack.

I sent an email to Victor, applauding their development of a product that was totally vile, yet brutally effective.

Both traps have been set again, with the correct dosage. A little less effective, but still racking up the kills.
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