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Declaring War on Corn Flies

edited 13 August 2010 at 12:21PM in Old style MoneySaving
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edited 13 August 2010 at 12:21PM in Old style MoneySaving
Hi all,

Please can anyone help me with these things? We moved to the country and there are so many of these tiny flies that we cannot open the windows and people avoid coming to our front door! We are becoming social lepers!

I opened the bathroom window while having a bath and have spent the past 10 minutes hoovering the ceiling. Euuuurrrghhhhh. :(

Any tips and tricks to dissuade them, kill them or let me know when they will die? I am completely grossed out.
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  • janeawejjaneawej Forumite
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    do you have livestock in a field nearby your house as this can cause lots of flies to be around? or cabbage plants ect

    you could spray fly repellant around outside of door and window frames see if that helps

    try putting bunches of mint hanging inside your windows as these are a deterrent

    make sure all bins, and fruit are kept well covered these flies love anything smelly!

    they will go when the weather gets cooler or in autumn but are a hazzard of living in the countryside im afraid, i ikeep our ponies in a field by the kitchen window and we get quite a few flies from them horrid!
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  • What's a corn fly?
  • Pink.Pink. Forumite
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    What's a corn fly?

    Hi MickKnipfler,

    I was wondering exactly the same thing, I did a search on Google and found this.

    Pink
  • samh_2samh_2 Forumite
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    Hi,

    Planting lavender helped a lot here - I've got a small bush in a window box at every window and huge bushes in the garden. It smells wonderful and there are definitely fewer flies, although the lavender does attract bees!

    Good luck!
  • What's a corn fly?

    We call them harvest flies, pesky little things that stick to your light coloured washing on the line as well.

    My window sills get covered the dead version :)
  • janeawejjaneawej Forumite
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    i call them frit flies but nasty little beasts whatever u call them!
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  • its when they get into your lcd monitor that they are really annoying
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  • It looks like a hover fly to me....do they bite?
  • EssexGirlEssexGirl Forumite
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    its when they get into your lcd monitor that they are really annoying

    I have got 2 in mine. Any ideas how to get them out?
    I'm talking about the tiny little elongated black things that are so small but you can feel them on yoour skin and make you itchy? I thought they were storm bugs....
  • ThreadheadThreadhead Forumite
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    its when they get into your lcd monitor that they are really annoying

    Yup, we've got one too. OH had the mac in pieces last year trying to get it out. No joy though.

    Generally, they are driving us crazy right now.
    Threadhead
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