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    Help! FLIES in apartment!

    ONE fly got into my apartment about 3 weeks ago when the kitchen was renovated and the doors were open all day. I was not able either to kill it or else redirect it back outside. It must have laid eggs (and maybe the eggs laid eggs too), because since last weekend I have had a LOT of flies in the place.

    How do I get rid of them? I got some fly strips from the management to put up around the place. NOT ONE FLY has gotten stuck on any of these. I checked over at Ace, and it looks like the other stuff available is toxic to pets (I have 5 cats).

    What can I do? I hate these dirty things being all around the place.

    Thanks,
    Pat
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    I have a gadget that zaps them. It's in the shape of a tennis racket and works great. Like a hand held bug zapper.

    I also have my little bug killer, Shortie. She may have short legs but she sure can catch a fly in mid air. She eats them. Eeewww.

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    Get a few cats.

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    I meant to say get a few more cats. Ugh, Pat. Maybe more strips? Or a fly swatter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cataholic View Post
    I meant to say get a few more cats. Ugh, Pat. Maybe more strips? Or a fly swatter?
    Thanks, Cataholic. I already have 3 more cats than I'm allowed to have in this 2-room apartment (2 pets is "legal" maximum). None of them is much on fly-catching.

    The strips have been totally useless. Not one fly has gotten stuck so far.

    I got a fly swatter yesterday. Very little help, because so much of the time they don't land on flat surfaces.

    On Monday I will call the apartment-complex management again and tell them the strips aren't working at all, see what else they can come up with.

    Sigh, this is such a big pain in the @$$. There seem to be more of them just since this morning!
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    Sorry, no help here. We're lucky to have cats who hunt them down. Unfortunately, they are unconcerned if they knock a bunch of glassware off the shelf in the pursuit of said fly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moosmom View Post
    I have a gadget that zaps them. It's in the shape of a tennis racket and works great. Like a hand held bug zapper.

    I also have my little bug killer, Shortie. She may have short legs but she sure can catch a fly in mid air. She eats them. Eeewww.
    Donna, what is this gadget called, and where did you get it?

    My cats aren't much on fly-hunting, unfortunately. Bob will wave a paw at one as it flies past, but that's about it.

    Thanks,
    Pat
    I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"
    Death thought about it.
    "Cats," he said eventually. "Cats are nice."

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    Spray bottle with cleaner, and a paper towel to wipe up ... my only solution.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karen View Post
    Spray bottle with cleaner, and a paper towel to wipe up ... my only solution.
    Spray bottle with what kind of cleaner, Karen?

    Thanks,
    Pat
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    Death thought about it.
    "Cats," he said eventually. "Cats are nice."

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    Any soap will do, it weighs them down so you can swat them, and leaves a clean spot afterwards!
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    Quote Originally Posted by phesina View Post
    Donna, what is this gadget called, and where did you get it?

    My cats aren't much on fly-hunting, unfortunately. Bob will wave a paw at one as it flies past, but that's about it.

    Thanks,
    Pat
    Same here for mine. Maybe they are too well fed?

    I got flies, too. Except mine came in from the horse pasture most likely. Don't like spraying either. I like the soap and fly swatter. Vinegar bothers the flies, too, but your house gets smelly.
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    I bought this.....


    http://bugasalt.com/

    And I love it.

    Warning,

    It's a little hard to cock, but it's fun and if you don't mind cleaning up a little salt?

    I made a sling for mine and keep it ready to rock.

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    And then I go kill them little buggers.

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    My goodness, Richard, thank you! What an interesting idea. I never heard of anything like that!

    I'll keep it in mind. I got a bug-zapper racquet and a regular fly swatter. I've dispatched a few with those, and the fly population seems to have decreased greatly.

    I did call the apartment management. Their next step is to get the exterminators in to bomb the apartment. I told them let's see how the zapper works, and if it doesn't, then we could do that. Maybe I should try the Bug-A-Salt too!

    Pat
    I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"
    Death thought about it.
    "Cats," he said eventually. "Cats are nice."

    -- Terry Pratchett, Sourcery

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    Quote Originally Posted by RICHARD View Post
    I bought this.....


    http://bugasalt.com/

    And I love it.

    Warning,

    It's a little hard to cock, but it's fun and if you don't mind cleaning up a little salt?

    I made a sling for mine and keep it ready to rock.

    --------------------
    That is an interesting idea! Is it the salt that is actually killing them or the impact? Just curious. My fly problem is much better, and I don't like what you have to do just to bomb the place, nor the bombing chemicals. I'd rather work on eliminating the sources of the creep flying things.
    Anne
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    Pat,

    Not sure what it's called but if you PM me with your address, I'll pick one up and send it to you.

    Rest In Peace Casey (Bubba Dude) Your paw print will remain on my heart forever. 12/02
    Mollie Rose, you were there for me through good times and in bad, from the beginning.Your passing will leave a hole in my heart.We will be together "One Fine Day". 1994-2009
    MooShoo,you left me too soon.I wasn't ready.Know that you were my soulmate and have left me broken hearted.I loved you like no other. 1999 - 2010See you again "ONE FINE DAY"
    Maya Linn, my heart is broken. The day your beautiful blue eyes went blind was the worst day of my life.I only wish I could've done something.I'll miss your "premium" purr and our little "conversations". 1997-2013 See you again "ONE FINE DAY"

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