Getting rid of flies in house

Martin Dean

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What is the best way of getting rid of houseflies that won’t affect my kakariki or 2 cockatiels? I know I could get them Venus fly traps but are they toxic to birds? What about the blue lights things???? Please help
 

DizzyBlue

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I take it you mean those electric fly zappers Martin?!
They are safe you just need to make sure that your birds can't get to them when they are turned on and also make sure that the wire is protected so that they can't chew on it.
You can get plants that get rid of flies that are bird safe and somewhere on forum I did do a bug and fly repellent thread let me go and find it for you and will give you the link
 

DizzyBlue

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Here it is :)
Just remember that I have listed them some for outside (which means no access for the birdies as not safe for them) and some for inside which means they are safe.
Personally I use a special bird safe spray I am however reluctant to say which one as you have to remove the birds when you spray and air the room, it does keep working as a fly killer for a few weeks without needing to be re-sprayed. I spray around the window frames and the door frames BUT if used incorrectly it can kill birds and it will also kill butterflies, bees and wasps so that's why I don't tell anybody about the product as worry that I could indirectly be responsible for the death of somebody's bird ......
 

Wendy Cooper-Wolfe

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It is a big problem here so the supermarkets are full of bug killers. We have lots of spiders, one in every corner, but they don't earn their keep. We do have a blue light thing, other than that it's a case of ensuring anything edible is covered by mesh coverings or is in the fridge. Then in the evenings it's a case of using old fashioned fly swats here!
 

RoyJess

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Jam jar filled with water and approx. 20 x 2p shiny copper coins lid on. we keep 1 on the kitchen window sill and 1 each at our two back doors.
Don't know why but it works for us, just the odd one now and again.
I've never tried it, but I've heard that coins in water hang up in a bag confuses the flies, as flies have multiple vision, the coins look like many more and flies don't like to get wet, so they keep away. According to this video, it looks like a swarm of bees to the flies, so they keep away.

 

Ararajuba

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What we've done here, where there are worse insect problems than houseflies to worry about, is to put a fitted mosquito screen over every window, and we keep the doors shut at all times except when going through them. Even so, the odd bloodthirsty pest gets through somehow or other (three itchy bites on my foot from last night attest to this), but very few compared to what we would suffer otherwise. Oh yes, and we get very few house flies either, though this is more of a side effect of excluding the real problem creatures (which not only bite, but frequently carry disease).
 

Steve Ducks

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I occasionally get a fly problem, I assume when an apple gets tossed by a parrot into an unreachable corner.......
Can you move the parrots to another room or aviary? If this is the case - clear the room and blast the hell out of the flies with good quality fly spray. Then its just a matter of opening the windows and let the air clear. You will need to clean the cages obviously - I take them outside and jet them.

My problem is moths! About half way thru a sack of seed I get clouds of little brown moths.
 

plumsmum

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I occasionally get a fly problem, I assume when an apple gets tossed by a parrot into an unreachable corner.......
Can you move the parrots to another room or aviary? If this is the case - clear the room and blast the hell out of the flies with good quality fly spray. Then its just a matter of opening the windows and let the air clear. You will need to clean the cages obviously - I take them outside and jet them.

My problem is moths! About half way thru a sack of seed I get clouds of little brown moths.
That's a problem with quality hun! Buy less at a time?
 

RoyJess

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Traditional and old fashioned fly papers?
I last used these a decade ago when @JessCheekyMia cockatiel Cheeky flew into it and got all stuck to it. Luckily a good shower was enough to remove the fly paper. After that, fly paper was banned from our home.

During the summer months, we have windows and doors open for ventilation, our windows and doors have net curtains fitted, not just across the top, but I've put my sewing skills into action and these are also fitted down the side and bottom using a hem and curtain wire, hooks and eyes. Our doors are only fitted from top (two wires that runs along at the top one for each curtain) and sides, each door have two curtains that over lap down the middle to allow me to walk through them. I've also have a bead curtains as well as the nets for our outside doors. Our windows also have a window restrictiors fitted. All our internal doors have net curtains also fitted. We seem to keep most of the flies out and all our birds in. Any flies that do enter our house, I catch using a glass jam jar over them and releasing them back into the wild. As much as we see them as pests, they are actually good for the environment

 

plumsmum

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Yup yr right, I do buy big sacks for value - Maybe once Mac is here i’ll be able to get thru the bag quicker rather than downsize.
It's quality over quantity every time hun with birds, anything that risks illness is a NO, NO! Think how much it is saving in vets bills as another way around to buying smaller but better quality? Also check your keeping conditions, is it too humid? Check for mildew also!

Remember the old adage "it in doubt throw it out!"
 
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