Boy, it’s a hot one here on the urban homestead. You can just feel the heat radiating from the street pavement – no wonder cities are notorious heat islands. On day’s like today it’s not surprising to have serious thoughts of depaving the entire city just to get some relief.

Some of our readers were curious about controlling those pesky flies. I don’t know about you but I really hate flies. I mean I can tolerate a few but they sometimes can be too much.

Controlling flies here on the urban homestead is an all out engaging battle – simply because we have so many wonderful yummy elements that attack flies. Decomposing matter, manure and more.

In the animal enclosure, besides the basics of keeping the place clean (daily maintenance), some deterrents that we have found to work is spraying EM and the sprinkling of diatamaceous earth. In the chicken house – good ol sticky tape seems to do the trick. The reliable “stinky bags” that attract flies also work if you can stomach the smell.

Our favorite fly catcher of the them all is our adorable duckies. Yep, duckies do a pretty good job at catching flies. Have you ever seen a duck catch a fly? Pretty impressive moves I should say.

Of course, this is not to say our urban homestead is fly free. We haven’t eradicate every stinken fly off this property, all we can do is achieve a manageable, coexisting state.

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  1. Jill says:

    I keep a couple of venus fly traps in my kitchen. Things got a lot better in the kitchen fly-wise and moth-wise after I got them. I tend to be able to keep them alive for about six months at a time, so far. I’m not sure if it’s the most environmentally friendly way to control insects, but they are entertaining, too!

  2. Sue says:

    I use the stink bags out by the compost pile/garbage cans. Those capture an astounding number of flies. Absolutely astounding.

  3. Jennie says:

    My cat and dog will catch the flies in my apartment. My cat has a 4 feet vertical.

  4. Susan says:

    Can you get a video of the ducks catching flies and post it here? I’d love to see that!

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