Get one of the Handheld Bug Zappers, its a small tennis racket powered
by batteries that will kill a Horse Fly or Bumblebee, they are about
10$ and work, Mice, use poison, Flies are from dead animals, maybe you
should clean up a bit.
Flies are from dead animals, maybe you
should clean up a bit.
Maybe, maybe not. A town near us has been overrun with flied from some
local farms. People a mile away have literally thousands of flies in their
house and it has nothing to do with their own housekeeping. When flies make
headline news, you know it is a heavy infestation.
I didn't see Ransley's post- and forget what the OP said about flies--
but here's a paper on Buckwheat flies [Cluster Flies] -- They are
attracted to a warm spot- not looking for food. Cleanliness is a good
idea-- but it won't solve all your insect problems [and conversely
insect problems don't mean the area is dirty]
We get small black flies every fall. They are looking for a place to
sleep for the winter. If you are not careful about keeping the doors
closed you will have dozens of them hanging around.
A few years ago we had bad infestation. My neighbor had finished
framing in his place. It was basically closed off to the rain but
he hadn't installed the soffits. We are in cottage country, this
was a summer project for him. He locked the place up for the
winter. When he came back in the spring there were millions of
dead flies inside. He took out garbage bags full of them.
Believe me it was not a pretty sight. Mother nature has a lot of
tricks up her sleeve. Every now and then she pulls one out and
give us a few lumps with it. Flies, inch worms, rabbits, mice.
One year it was black bears. I get a kick out of those people that
get anal about mice or voles in their yard. I'd love to see the
look on their faces if they were to walk around a corner into a
full grown bear.
They're all almost 100% BS. Attracting insects to kill them seems to
make sense to some people, and I guess it would be if you could not
attract them through the area you'd like protected.
"Sonic" repellents are complete BS, without exception.
The most effective technique for both is "exclusion", with mice, also
capture, physically kill, and/or poison. Easier said than done, I
know, but that's all the homeowner has to choose from.
For the flies, you can spray too. Tempo 20 WP(tm) is a general use
indoor/outdoor pesticide often sold at feed stores in 7gm packets, but
you can probably find the 420gm tubs it sounds like you need online.
Shop around, some places charge way too much.
I wouldn't recommend Tempo SC(tm) "Super Concentrate" liquid; WP is
"Wettable Powder" (talc-like dust) and will remain on the surface
where it's easier for insects to contact. The dust is "coated" at
various thicknesses and when mixed with water that coating breaks down
gradually, so it offers "persistence".
There was a study back in the 90s that found that WP -*could*- remain
effective for up to 3 years when applied to raw wood and protected
from UV light.
The sun will break WP down in 24-48 hours, so you need to kinda hide
it. Also keep in mind it will leave a pale dust coating on whatever
you apply it to.
"Following the directions" spray the living shit out of exterior
walls, ceilings, around door, windows, cracks, crevices, between
gutters and gutter boards, foliage around the house including the
underside of leaves.
Inside, apply to windowsills and/or the bottom of the sash the so when
the little bastards are trying to find their way out they come in
contact, and keep a vacuum handy.
Pesticides that are persistent generally do not offer instant kill
"knockdown", so ensure you don't hit a hornet nest. It will kill
them, eventually, but at first it's just going to piss them off, a
lot. It will kill any fly or other such pest within hours, if not
sooner. Spiders, when hit wet, will last about 15-60 seconds or less.
Do not use a surfactant with WP, it smothers the dust and reduces the
According to the directions you can apply it to anything "where
prolonged contact with human skin will not occur", or words to that
effect. I interpreted that to mean doorknobs were OK.
It does react with some metals, specifics are in the application
If you want to go crazy, and you think it's worth it, invest in a
Birchmeier backpack sprayer. They're the Cadillac, and completely
Tempo is, according to Bayer and the EPA, extremely safe for mammals,
approved for use in schools and nursing homes, and in restaurants "in
operation" for crack and crevice applications.
At "full-strength" there's a .20 (hence the "20") concentration of
Cyflutherin, the active ingredient. Do not be misled by the crap you
can buy at home improvement stores that contain Cyflutherin, there are
many compositions of chemicals of the same name that are essentially
and effectively different.
I have paid enough attention to those and homebrewed a few. I also have
paid some attention to what insects are attracted to non-zapping lights
for that matter.
My experience is that they do only a little against houseflies,
greenbottle/bluebottle flies (similar to houseflies) and mosquitoes.
Those insects are not much attracted to light - visible or UV.
Zappers with UV lights attract more of the following:
* Flying beetles
* Lacewings - which are beneficial since they eat garden pests
* Crane flies - largely harmless
Other than lacewings, these insects mostly eat plants (or their larvae
do) or suck sap out of plants. This is harmful to plants, but usually
Ridding your neighborhood of these is probably not a good idea - doing
so reduces the food supply for natural enemies of flying insects, such as
bats and some birds, and then the insect-eaters move elsewhere and the
mosquito population increases. I have been there and done that.
I have heard better things though still somewhat mixed news about
mosquito zappers that emit heat and CO2 to attract mosquitoes.
- Don Klipstein ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
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