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Old 15.09.2007, 19:23
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Apart from a swift handtowel can anybody help me with a successful way to kill 100's of flies that manage to get in to my home?

My wife will not use a spray and finds flypaper unsightly.

Can anyone recommend where to purchase some sort of screen for the windows......?

All advice would be very welcome, the little blighters keep me awake all night
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Old 15.09.2007, 19:35
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Re: Flies

Well, funnily enough since we got here, I've been working on this. Just depends on whether you want to end up in a state where you're stripped to your waist, red bandana round your head and muttering 'Charlie' to yourself after several hours of doing this, but after much scientific experimentation, I found going after the buggers with a spoon is the best mechanical method of whacking them.
The flies are so busy looking at the reflection in the spoon (make sure it's a clean one), they don't seem to notice that anything's up until the last, gooey second, by which point, it's too late for our faecal-dining friends. You can go as slow as you like up to them with the 'back' of the spoon facing the fly and they don't clear off. Works for us.
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You are answering your own question.

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Re: Flies

are the above mentioned the only ways?

i quite enjoy the swift flick of the towel, in fact after a bottle of wine we made a game of it.....

master moi 18 flies, 6 mozzies and a real bonus a wasp

her....Loser..... 11 flies and a spider (which I told her doesnt count because it doesnt fly, and in fact I believe eats them - I should have deducted at least 2 flies and flicked her on the arse)

anyway what about screening, any help there?
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Rolled up newspaper.
Proper fly swat. I've seen these here, but can't remember where.
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dave i do believe i said 'apart' but i do not want to get pedantic with you i have read some of your posts and find that word play is not my style, i prefer shirts of and in to the playground....
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Re: Flies

We had the self same conversation last night. Thanks for the tip about the spoon, that will enter our arsenal which, up to now has consisted of either a tea towel or a fish slice thing.
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Re: Flies

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I have found a place in my town where I live that does this sort of thing. I havent been
there yet but plan to for next year as the flies and mosquitos are quite bad here.
The web site in all in German but you can still get their address and check them out.
Unfortunately you are about an 1 1/2 hr drive from here. Guess it depends on how bad you want them out of the house.
http://www.sticher-innovation.ch/

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Re: Flies

Hi

Flyswatters work well - you get them in most home / hobby stores. They also sell electronic ones which look like tennis rackets - we don't have one of these but have been told they give a very satisfactory sizzling sound when you catch a fly...

You can buy screen doors from the home / hobby stores as well - we have one in the cellar that has been waiting months to get fitted.... will get around to it before next summer (hopefully)

Or I suppose you could always get a pet that eats flies.......
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Flyswatters work well - you get them in most home / hobby stores. They also sell electronic ones which look like tennis rackets - we don't have one of these but have been told they give a very satisfactory sizzling sound when you catch a fly...
More than just a satisfactory sound - they truly are the weapon of choice for flying insects, and not just because if you hold the button down after you've caught the thing, it starts to smoke and crackle a bit.
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Re: Flies

I use the vacuum cleaner (Dyson) and the straight thin attachment. Ten minutes around the lounge and the flies have gone. There is an art in sucking them up, and it involves positioning the mouth of the nozzel slowly and carefully moving it in the direction of the fly. We have also bought an ultravoilet zapper which appears to work well.
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Ah, you mean an 'Alabama television'?
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Venus Fly Trap Maybe?
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or a hundred ?
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or a hundred ?
Nah they stink in high numbers plus keeps the children amused tickling the traps to see them close (which is not good for the plant I might add)
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Re: Flies

If you have that big a problem with flies, then maybe you should consider moving the bodies to another location or buying a larger freezer.
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Re: Flies

We have found fly swatters very effective also I use dettol with my mopping water it does seem to help a bit. Best are scrrens on windows don't know where to get them here though.


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My wife will not use a spray and finds flypaper unsightly.

Can anyone recommend where to purchase some sort of screen for the windows......?

All advice would be very welcome, the little blighters keep me awake all night
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If you have that big a problem with flies, then maybe you should consider moving the bodies to another location or buying a larger freezer.
You've just reminded me: joke.
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Re: Flies

Hi Bravesocks - last year I spent less than 80 chf (8.90 chf for one) at Landi in Brugg and bought 8 WindHager DIY fly screens. Best investment I have made for ages.
It is a little messy cutting the tape and sticking it to the insides of the window which you then press the net onto - little like Velocro.
The end result was that the insect population (including those annoying mossies) dwindles dramatically. Most insects now come in the front door or through the cellar door when it is opened.
There are much more VERY expensive methods available - permenant screens etc, but my method involves only an occasional inspection to see if the "seals" are intact.

I bought a couple of replacement black nets over the internet from the UK - these were stronger, but a little more expensive with the postal charges.
It you need - I can fish out this firm also.
Hope it helps - the sleep quality for our family was much improved after this small project
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