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What is the best way to contain and get rid of flies and other winged pests without flypaper?

 
 
Thu 25 Jun, 2020 05:25 pm
Hello. As of the time of the posting of this it's summertime 2020. There are a few flies and other winged pests flying and buzzing around my den and kitchen. I don't know where they came from but they probably flew in when I opened my back door.

I had to get rid of a pot I cooked with because there were maggots in it.

What is the best way to contain and get rid of flies and other winged pests without flypaper?

I made a solution of water, dish liquid and fruit-flavored powdered drink and put it in an open can and left it out in a corner on my kitchen floor. I'm hoping the bugs will take the bait.

Please help. Thank you.

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edgarblythe
 
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Thu 25 Jun, 2020 05:37 pm
Rid your house of their breeding place, which could be a number of things you have to be detective enough to find.
jespah
 
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Thu 25 Jun, 2020 05:44 pm
@edgarblythe,
This includes getting rid of standing water (if you have a birdbath, empty it, that sort of thing) and wrap up garbage well.
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cherrie
 
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Thu 25 Jun, 2020 06:16 pm
@JGoldman10,
JGoldman10 wrote:


I made a solution of water, dish liquid and fruit-flavored powdered drink and put it in an open can and left it out in a corner on my kitchen floor. I'm hoping the bugs will take the bait.


What will this do?
chai2
 
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Thu 25 Jun, 2020 06:47 pm
@JGoldman10,
JGoldman10 wrote:


I had to get rid of a pot I cooked with because there were maggots in it.



Shocked Shocked Shocked

So you left a pot with rotting food in it long enough for flies to lay eggs, and for them to form maggots?

I honestly have no words.

Now you're going to leave liquid sugar sitting in your kitchen to attract roaches, ants, etc.

I honestly feel I am going to vomit if I keep thinking about this.

JGoldman10
 
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Thu 25 Jun, 2020 07:23 pm
@chai2,
No there was no rotting food in the pot. There was dirty water in it, which I dumped out. There were maggots in the pot afterwards. I'm not leaving a can with liquid sugar in it on the floor in my kitchen.

I've never had roaches in my kitchen. Thank God.
JGoldman10
 
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Thu 25 Jun, 2020 07:25 pm
@cherrie,
Bugs are attracted to sweet things. I didn't have any fruit-scented dish liquid so I used some of my mother's special dietary peach-flavored powered drink mix.
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JGoldman10
 
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Thu 25 Jun, 2020 07:31 pm
Bugs are attracted to anything organic. I need to make sure I don't leave any waste material around.
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chai2
 
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Thu 25 Jun, 2020 07:31 pm
@JGoldman10,
What do you think is in powered drink mix?

Like Cherie asked, what do you hope to accomplish by putting a can with sugar water in it on the floor where it will attract roaches, ants and vermin?

Get a fly swatter or use a rolled up newspaper and stop leaving dirty dishes around.

Clean your house.

JGoldman10
 
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Thu 25 Jun, 2020 07:34 pm
@chai2,
I had a swatter. I don't know what happened to it.
JGoldman10
 
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Thu 25 Jun, 2020 07:45 pm
@cherrie,
What will the bait do? I'm hoping the bugs will fly into it.
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JGoldman10
 
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Thu 25 Jun, 2020 08:31 pm
@chai2,
Yes, I do need to clean my house, thank you.
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JGoldman10
 
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Thu 25 Jun, 2020 09:30 pm
I partially cleaned my kitchen up. I got the trash off the floor. I don't know where the bugs went but at least the annoying buzzing stopped.
cherrie
 
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Thu 25 Jun, 2020 10:20 pm
@JGoldman10,
Maybe your kitchen was even too disgusting for them to hang around.
JGoldman10
 
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Thu 25 Jun, 2020 10:48 pm
@cherrie,
Ha ha. No I had some weird stinky mess in a bag on the kitchen floor. That's probably what attracted the bugs.
Linkat
 
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Fri 26 Jun, 2020 01:19 pm
@JGoldman10,
JGoldman10 wrote:

Ha ha. No I had some weird stinky mess in a bag on the kitchen floor. That's probably what attracted the bugs.


Yes - it would attract them.

https://b3h2.scene7.com/is/image/BedBathandBeyond/72477984718__P_imageset?$690$&wid=690&hei=690

How about an electric bug zapper? If anything it would be some entertainment!

There are other contraptions that are electric that you set up and not sure how - but it attracts bug and ZAP electrifies them on contact.

Like these things

https://images.homedepot-static.com/productImages/ecd54c64-04a4-4a5c-9473-693d2ab997d8/svn/flowtron-bug-zappers-bk40dk-64_1000.jpg
jespah
 
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Fri 26 Jun, 2020 01:25 pm
@JGoldman10,
Swatters are cheap. You can buy another one.
Linkat
 
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Fri 26 Jun, 2020 02:13 pm
@jespah,
jespah wrote:

Swatters are cheap. You can buy another one.


Dollar tree probably has them for 4 for a dollar.

The electric hand zapper is about 5 or 6 bucks - you might get lucky and find it at dollar store for a buck this time of year.
chai2
 
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Fri 26 Jun, 2020 02:35 pm
@Linkat,
Oh God.
Don’t suggest going out to buy one.

You know that’s going to turn into yet another long drawn out ordeal.

He can just fold up a bunch of the fast food paper bags he has laying around. The grease and hardened processed cheese product on the bags will also attract the flys.
2 birds, 1 stone.
Linkat
 
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Fri 26 Jun, 2020 02:45 pm
@chai2,
See they got them at dollar tree - I was wrong though each one is a dollar, but bonus they are decorative.

https://www.dollartree.com/ccstore/v1/images/?source=/file/v1397762304418530406/products/177728.jpg&height=940&width=940
 

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