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Is anyone else having a "Plague" of tiny flies?
18 July 2012 | US Navy Vet

Posted on 07/18/2012 3:09:40 PM PDT by US Navy Vet

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To: Steely Tom
"40W CO2 laser with high-speed 2-axis galvo steering mirror and Litton LVS modulator driver. 32 MPx video camera at 250 fps, blade array of 16 64-bit pentiums running at 83.33 GHz. Proprietary cam interface."

Don't the teeny tiny puffs of smoke from vaporized gnats smell bad?

Besides, I used to have a tortoise who would hang around beneath the bug zapper on the front porch and eat his fill of dry fried moths and flies...

51 posted on 07/18/2012 3:43:49 PM PDT by jonascord (Any Democrat = Classic examples of the Downing Effect.)
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To: US Navy Vet

Pour some apple cider vinegar into a jar and place a funnel on top. Pointy end down. A home-made paper funnel works fine.

Heat the vinegar up and it works even better.


52 posted on 07/18/2012 3:44:06 PM PDT by APatientMan (Pick a side)
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To: US Navy Vet
That is a North Woods thing. Usually there's a swamp somewhere in the area.

Surprising to find flies now when it's so hot and dry. It may be another species.

Anyway, I remember walking with my arm up in the air when I was in Vermont. The flies would circle around the hand and leave my face alone.

Not exactly much of a solution, I know, but you work with what you have.

53 posted on 07/18/2012 3:46:38 PM PDT by x
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To: Sawdring

If you lay down with dogs you get fleas
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
So, if you lay down with fleas does that mean you will get dogs or just an itch that can’t be scratched?


54 posted on 07/18/2012 3:49:05 PM PDT by xrmusn (6/98 "It is virtually impossible to clean the pond as long as the pigs are still crapping in it")
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To: US Navy Vet

It sounds like you have drain flies. They breed in sinks and bathtub drains. Catch them with a hose from your vac and then clean all drains with Drano or something like that.

http://www.pestproducts.com/fliesdrains.htm


55 posted on 07/18/2012 3:49:47 PM PDT by damper99
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To: RegulatorCountry

Bats are okay outside, at night. Spiders would have to wait until those flies land. Hummingbirds .....


56 posted on 07/18/2012 3:50:45 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Ambition Without Talent Is Sad - Talent Without Ambition Is Worse")
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To: US Navy Vet

Could they be drain flies?

http://www.getridofthings.com/pests/flies/get-rid-of-drain-flies.htm


57 posted on 07/18/2012 3:52:19 PM PDT by RedWhiteBlue (Mama tried)
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To: US Navy Vet
Well, mine are black and just a little bigger than fruit flies. I can zap a few with my hands. I'm dismayed that a few are back this year.

Well, first I made sure no fruit, sticky, what I throw in the garbage, seal the teabags for compost (they liked those), and keep the cat litter box and around it clean.

Then I'd smack a bunch that were getting on my big screen but they're not doing that this year yet. They taunt me by flying in front of it though.

I have some flying insect spray but you have to be careful with it. I used it in one room before I went to bed (for regular flies too) and shut the door overnight. In the kitchen you have to cover everything.

So I went to the gas station and got a cheap, tall can of beer and set it on the end of the long kitchen counter. I built up sticky duct tape all around and over, sticky side up and/or facing out, leaving the tab opening exposed. Leave the beer in; some drown in it. Well, some seemed to catch on but I was getting some. I also noticed some new eggs (ick) laid underneath the tape when I used a fresh piece to make it better.

Then when I went by the beer I would smack the top being careful not to tip it over. Some flew up and off. So I got so I would plop my whole palm down on the top so fast, seal it as best I could with my skin, and not leave any way to escape. I was now getting them all. I did the can thing maybe 4 times a day or when I'd see a bunch. About a hatching cycle and/or fall, I saw no more of them.

I wish I knew what those things were as I've never had them before and saving fruit in the fall on the counter, etc., was always plagued with the regular fruit flies until I got it all put away or disposed of. One of these landed on my hand. Smack. I got it. When they land they flop around and are very quick. But they don't land very often. They're more active at night near light sources.

One just did a fly by and evaded me. That'll teach me, looks like I'll get 2 beers going before they get a chance to get as bad as last year.

58 posted on 07/18/2012 3:52:36 PM PDT by Aliska
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To: US Navy Vet

This may sound really old fashioned. . . Have you tried a fly swatter?


59 posted on 07/18/2012 3:56:31 PM PDT by HotKat (Politicians are like diapers; they need to be changed often and for the same reason. Mark Twain)
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To: US Navy Vet

Odds are that they are breeding somewhere in the house and are not “sneaking in” en-mass from the outside.

They are there because there is something for them to eat or to lay eggs in.

Look around closely for where they may be breeding.

It can be a dead mouse, rat, squirrel, bird, etc. in the attic, in a wall somewhere. Or some food product that slipped behind or under something. Maybe a spilled beverage.


60 posted on 07/18/2012 3:57:15 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("Jiggle the Handle for Barry!")
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To: US Navy Vet
Get some of that old fashioned hanging fly paper.

Are they sand flies?? I know they bite??

61 posted on 07/18/2012 3:59:24 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: US Navy Vet

I am having a problem with fruit flies as well as my sister 30 miles across town.


62 posted on 07/18/2012 4:00:00 PM PDT by Hammerhead
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To: US Navy Vet
Use a pyrethroid spray approved for use in eating establishments and dairies. Pyrethrins~0.9% with piperonyl butoxide~9% is the combination that is effective. I have used it for over thirty years in business and at home. It knocks them out of the sky easily...makes the home a “no fly” zone. Its the same fly spray they use in dining halls in the military.
63 posted on 07/18/2012 4:00:10 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: US Navy Vet

Funny you should mention flies. Just yesteday I noticed an abundance of houseflies. We have many euonymous bushes on our patio and they are teaming with flies. Shop vac works great inside the house.


64 posted on 07/18/2012 4:01:08 PM PDT by NoExpectations
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To: I see my hands

hahahah....ya bastaad....got me!

where can I get that GIF?


65 posted on 07/18/2012 4:01:24 PM PDT by Hammerhead
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To: theDentist

Take the poop outside. ;-)


66 posted on 07/18/2012 4:02:17 PM PDT by Average Al (Forbidden fruit leads to many jams.)
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To: Iron Munro

My sister complained about these the other day,
I told her it was because she voted for Obama.


67 posted on 07/18/2012 4:02:40 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Hammerhead

If your sister is 30 miles away, how much trouble
can she be?


68 posted on 07/18/2012 4:04:54 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: CyberAnt

These aren’t fleas. Any fleas we’ve ever had can jump pretty high but they can’t fly.


69 posted on 07/18/2012 4:10:53 PM PDT by Aliska
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To: Hammerhead
I am having a problem with fruit flies as well as my sister 30 miles across town.

Flypaper won't help your sister problem. You need something larger, like a wall of velcro.

70 posted on 07/18/2012 4:13:53 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: US Navy Vet

Happened to me last year. Got to where I was leaving a light on at night with fly paper hanging beside it to collect them all.

Turned out to be a bag of rotted potatoes that were forgotten in a stack of boxes in the corner of the kitchen.


71 posted on 07/18/2012 4:14:07 PM PDT by Rebelbase (The most transparent administration ever is clear as mud.)
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To: I see my hands


Man, that's just mean!

72 posted on 07/18/2012 4:16:37 PM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: US Navy Vet

Yes. I used a tiny fly swatter. :-)


73 posted on 07/18/2012 4:17:18 PM PDT by mainevet (Get an M1911 or two or three or four)
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To: Rennes Templar
"I haven’t had any until now, just saw one on my computer screen..."

Chase it with your cursor - runs 'em crazy... '-)

74 posted on 07/18/2012 4:17:18 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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The low tech solution I have used:

1. Get a plastic grocery bag without any small holes in it
2. Put a small amount of smelly fruit peels and such in it
3. Let bag stand upright and open
4. After 15 minutes grab and close the top of the bag with your hand
5. Slowly push the air out of the top and squish the flies inside the bag with your fingers. This is fun and your hands remain clean because there are no holes in the plastic
6. Reopen the bag and stand it upright and open
7. Repeat over and over. Soon you will find fewer and fewer are caught each time as the population in the area goes down.


75 posted on 07/18/2012 4:21:11 PM PDT by ChronicMA
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To: US Navy Vet

I had similar problem last week here in Texas. Storm front came through one evening, afterwards tens of thousands of tiny brown flies appeared on my back porch. Must have blown in on the front. So small I could barely see them. They were coming into the kitchen through the smallest cracks around the windows (these are new vinyl windows!) thousands of them all over the kitchen surfaces and lights. I got the vacuum and went over the whole kitchen, then went out on the porch and vacuumed all of them on the windows and walls, many, many thousands. Then went back into the kitchen and got all the ones that had gotten in while I was on the porch. Next
morning I went out on the porch again and vacuumed up another few thousand. Haven’t seen another one since, it’s been over a week now. The trick is to vacuum them all right away, so they don’t breed.


76 posted on 07/18/2012 4:22:54 PM PDT by Puzzler
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To: US Navy Vet

Our late, greatly missed Golden Retriever, Prior Lake Jake hated those pecker gnats.


77 posted on 07/18/2012 4:23:49 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: US Navy Vet

Use more than 2 squares. LOL

Sorry, I just couldn’t help myself.

Good luck..


78 posted on 07/18/2012 4:24:40 PM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: US Navy Vet

Do you have lots of bananas or wind? I ask because fruit flies like bananas, but time flies like the wind.


79 posted on 07/18/2012 4:27:25 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: Joe 6-pack; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; TrueKnightGalahad; blackie; Larry Lucido; ...
Do you know why they always invite President Obama... to a Polish wedding?

He keeps the flies... off the bride--

Of course, we tell that as an Aggie joke... down here in Texas.

80 posted on 07/18/2012 4:30:56 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: the invisib1e hand

In Georgia when a Redneck is bothered by DP Gnats around their eyes they cut a hole in the seat of their Jeans and the flies leave the eyes alone. :^}


81 posted on 07/18/2012 4:31:28 PM PDT by GOYAKLA (Recall/ Impeachment Day, November 6, 2012. FUBO, same for RINOs)
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To: Bender2; SunkenCiv

Just like in “The Bride of Fu Manchu”


82 posted on 07/18/2012 4:33:45 PM PDT by Perdogg (Let's leave reading things in the Constitution that aren't there to liberals and Dems)
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To: the invisib1e hand

My dog gets windy when she eats a banana. She also eats flies when she can catch them. Does this count?


83 posted on 07/18/2012 4:34:53 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: US Navy Vet

Fruit flies? Gett rid of any fruit sitting around.


84 posted on 07/18/2012 4:40:31 PM PDT by oldsicilian
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To: US Navy Vet

You may have drain flies. damn things live to fly up noses.

Look up www.doyouownpestcontrol.com and get a drain fly kit.

Empty all of your potted plants and resoil. Good luck!


85 posted on 07/18/2012 4:42:28 PM PDT by DCBryan1 (I'll take over the Mormon over the Moron any day!)
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To: Joe 6-pack

You may think that photo of Omuslim is photoshopped, but it is not.
Can you imagine just letting a fly sit on your face????


86 posted on 07/18/2012 4:43:50 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: US Navy Vet

The best way to keep them out of your face is to cut a hole in the seat of your pants.


87 posted on 07/18/2012 4:47:14 PM PDT by FrankR (You are enslaved to the extent of charity that you receive!)
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To: US Navy Vet

I live in the Florida Panhandle and don’t think I have seen a fly all Summer tho I probably would not remember if I did.

It does seem like the gnats are worse than usual but they are always a problem.

When I lived in Western Kansas, there were virtually no insects except flies but the flies were so bad they made up for the lack of other insects.


88 posted on 07/18/2012 4:49:52 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: Joe 6-pack

Great Photo....Satan is a fly and excrement magnet—anything to defile and debase human beings because of their likeness to God......oh yes-—and sodomy pusher—the ultimate dehumanizing act. Forcing into law and the military, the most evil behavior and forcing Christians to take “Pride” in such debasing, evil acts. These “acts or “rights” were what made debasing and humiliating the Jews possible, since the Nazis and Hitler were occultist homosexuals habituated in treating humans in debasing ways. (Pink Swastika).

The REAL way to fundamentally destroy a once Christian Nation and remove the Constitutional God-Given Rights and replace it with Barney Frank Rights!!! Way to go, zero. You are proving how evil and disgusting and Marxist you are every day you open your mouth. You are devoid of morality.


89 posted on 07/18/2012 4:50:46 PM PDT by savagesusie (Right Reason According to Nature = Just Law)
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To: US Navy Vet


90 posted on 07/18/2012 5:00:02 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Rastus

Put some sticky board on the wall where the light shines.
BA


91 posted on 07/18/2012 5:16:29 PM PDT by Battle Axe (Repent, for the coming of the Lord is nigh.)
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To: US Navy Vet

If they are inside, leave a wine bottle out with a sip of win left in it. They will fly in and can’t fly out and will drown. Or you can leave a small bowl of vinegar out with a couple drops of soap in it and they will be drawn to the vinegar.

Outside, an old horse barn trick. Fill a ziploc bag about 3/4 full of water and tack or nail it to the doorway nearest to where you hang out the most. Don’t know why, but it repels flies.

Good luck!


92 posted on 07/18/2012 5:20:16 PM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: US Navy Vet

I had them breeding among my house plants. Had to use pyrethrin spray (twice) to get them all. I think they came in on a pineapple I bought at the store.


93 posted on 07/18/2012 5:20:50 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice
If they are inside, leave a wine bottle out with a sip of win left in it
94 posted on 07/18/2012 5:23:13 PM PDT by Dysart (Race card is tyranny. Don't be cowed.)
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To: Dysart

ACK!!!


95 posted on 07/18/2012 5:26:35 PM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Hammerhead
I am having a problem with fruit flies as well as my sister 30 miles across town.

Your sister travels 30 miles just to give you problems?

96 posted on 07/18/2012 5:40:18 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: US Navy Vet

I have them and thought they were fruit flies. Maybe they are, but they don’t always hang around food. The last time this happened, I had a plant on the kitchen windowsill whose soil never dried out and that’s where they were hatching.


97 posted on 07/18/2012 5:43:59 PM PDT by ChocChipCookie
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To: Hammerhead
where can I get that GIF?

Just right click on it, pick save as...
And put it in any folder you choose.

Careful, though.
They breed!

98 posted on 07/18/2012 5:48:40 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: US Navy Vet

The Fly

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kk7h5vEZzvo&feature=youtube_gdata_player


99 posted on 07/18/2012 7:00:49 PM PDT by HotKat (Politicians are like diapers; they need to be changed often and for the same reason. Mark Twain)
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To: US Navy Vet

The Fly

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kk7h5vEZzvo&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Aloha & a hui hou.


100 posted on 07/18/2012 7:02:20 PM PDT by HotKat (Politicians are like diapers; they need to be changed often and for the same reason. Mark Twain)
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