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how do u keep flies out of your house?

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booyhoo Wed 12-Aug-09 11:49:30

i cant burn candles because im not always in and i have little ones aswell and i hate those sticky things that trap the flies.

is there anything that wil stop them coming into the house?

Naetha Wed 12-Aug-09 11:55:54

Only closing all the windows and doors. Make sure there's never food out - key things that attract them are uncovered bins, cat food bowls, dirty dishes etc.

Burning candles won't do anything to stop them - they're more for midges/mosquitos, and have to be specific types of candles (usually citronella).

You can go round spraying Raid on them, but personally I can't stand the stuff and it makes me choke. Also probably not a good idea if you have children.

We used to use fly-paper and just be done with it. It's a bit of a faff, but it's pretty easy to manage, and does a great job of getting rid of the flies. Often you only need to use it for a couple of weeks a year.

saythatagain Wed 12-Aug-09 11:58:48

Realistically, I don't think you can. But if someone comes here and gives us a top tip I will be very grateful!

WowOoo Wed 12-Aug-09 12:01:48

We don't!

Have been swatting the bastards, keeping in door doors closed and food covered.

MrsBadger Wed 12-Aug-09 12:14:13

get rid of things that attract them

and cultivate spiders

GreatGooglyMoogly Wed 12-Aug-09 12:15:14

In the US they have bug screens that stay closed when windows/ doors are open but that is probably not much use to you right now I'm afraid.

booyhoo Thu 13-Aug-09 01:07:51

oh bother, i thought there might have been some magic trick to keeping them out. i dont like the fly sprays either. ah well, will just have to keep my slipper to hand.

kitkatqueen Thu 13-Aug-09 01:58:58

Actually, I'm about to make up some net curtain panels in plain white netting that I can velcro to the inside of the window for the summer. You could buy a kit a few months ago in lidls very cheaply, but idiot that I am I didn't bother. ( i think it was £2.99 for a double door size piece of neting and velcro)

My house is full of flies / gnats spiders and very strangley there are 3 grasshoppers on the upstairs ceilings!! How???

Driving me nuts!!!

GrendelsMum Fri 14-Aug-09 13:26:42

Kim and Aggie say that you can put out some cider or cider vinegar in a jar to attract them and drown them?

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