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Old 03-08-2013, 02:15 PM
 
Location: FINALLY living in AZ and LOVING it!!!
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Okay, I just moved here in January. I was "warned" about all the snakes, scorpions, poisonous spiders, killer bees, etc. But why didn't anyone warn me about the FLIES!!!!!!!! I haven't seen one snake, scorp, spider, NOTHING!! But flies are swarming everywhere around me house and somehow are getting inside!! Is this a common occurrence? I live in a brand new home, there's nothing around the development that I would think would attract swarms of flies like this. Is there a way to get rid of them??? HELP!!!!!
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Old 03-08-2013, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Hard aground in the Sonoran Desert
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We get a lot of flies also and we live in a newer subdivsion. I'm wondering if it is from the horse properties a mile away from here as there isn't anything else close that I can think of. I know of no way to get rid of them.
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Old 03-08-2013, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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Okay, I just moved here in January. I was "warned" about all the snakes, scorpions, poisonous spiders, killer bees, etc. But why didn't anyone warn me about the FLIES!!!!!!!! I haven't seen one snake, scorp, spider, NOTHING!! But flies are swarming everywhere around me house and somehow are getting inside!! Is this a common occurrence? I live in a brand new home, there's nothing around the development that I would think would attract swarms of flies like this. Is there a way to get rid of them??? HELP!!!!!
No.
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Old 03-08-2013, 03:12 PM
 
Location: AZ
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Live near any animal farms, pigs or cows?
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Old 03-08-2013, 03:13 PM
 
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If they are selling them yet, you can go get fly traps... try feed stores. They will catch a lot of the buggers. No, it's not common, unless you are near something that is attracting them, whether it is obvious or not.
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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Own a dog who poops in your back yard? that will attract flies like a magnet. I have to keep up with it every single day.
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:22 PM
 
Location: galaxy far far away
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Okay, I just moved here in January. I was "warned" about all the snakes, scorpions, poisonous spiders, killer bees, etc. But why didn't anyone warn me about the FLIES!!!!!!!! I haven't seen one snake, scorp, spider, NOTHING!! But flies are swarming everywhere around me house and somehow are getting inside!! Is this a common occurrence? I live in a brand new home, there's nothing around the development that I would think would attract swarms of flies like this. Is there a way to get rid of them??? HELP!!!!!
Where are you living? I haven't seen ANY flies so far this year. So your situation is unusual. As one person said, there may be dogs in one of the yards near you... May be a sanitation issue in the back of stores near the subdivision? Could also be that in new subdivisions they use a lot of manure to speed up the landscaping. This is a mystery to me!

If you have no dogs' yards nearby and no farms, and you don't think it's manure, landscaping or gardens, you may want to call the Dept of Health and ask.

Oh - just had another thought... do any of your neighbors have compost heaps? Some people try to get all organic and don't know how to keep compost from becoming a fly magnet.

Meanwhile, Home Depot and Lowes have a thing that looks like a bottle with a trap at the top. You fill it with water and place it way on the other side of your yard from the house. It traps the flies inside. When it's full of dead flies you toss the whole thing in the trash. Nasty, but it works. I had to do that at another house when my neighbor didn't clean up after his dogs.
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Phoenix ,AZ
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I just use Raid fly spray an it seems to keep them at bay.
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:28 PM
 
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Believe it or not, but the big dairys in AZ have hardly any flies. The cow poop drys up very fast. Only the calf farms have flies, because there food has a lot of molasses in it, a very sweet liquid.

I worked for a feedmill in Phoenix years ago, the one of 75th ave.
Flies thrive in dirt, like tossed away food, and the dogpoop indeed. The wet weather might have something to do with it, are there any puddles nearby?

The mexicans have a little trick, hang plastic bags with water around the house, the story is, the flies see themself real big and get scared, true.
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:59 PM
 
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Be careful, they could be sand flies - which are not flies at all, and they itch like hell.

Sandfly - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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