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Things are pretty bad at our house right now.<br><br>
We started getting flies about a week and a half ago and the numbers are staggeringly multiplying. We noticed them collecting in one spot in the office ( and could easily hit 10-15 with each hit of the swatter). Dh noticed an opening where they seemed to be coming through.<br><br>
Backstory: We had squirrels in our attic so the landlord had the maintenance guy put decon up there a few times. No more squirrels. But now we think one of them may have died up there and the flies are growing off of it. Ewww!<br><br><b>If you only read one part read this one! What else can I do besides fly paper?</b><br><br>
And we are leaving a message to have the maintenance guy come check out the attic.
 

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Oooh, sounds yucky! Sounds like maybe the rodent died and the fly larvae just turned to adults. The primary way to control flies is get rid of their access to food and their reproductive source. So, finding the dead rodent and cleaning it up is the best bet. Then, air the house out and make sure there is no food or dog or cat poop or trash about for the flies to enjoy. Here are some natural ways to get rid of the existing flies.<br><br><ul><li>Use mint as a fly repellent. Small sachets of crushed mint can be placed around the home to discourage flies.</li>
<li>Bay leaves, cloves and eucalyptus wrapped in small cheesecloth squares can be hung by open windows or doors.<br></li>
<li>Place a small, open container of sweet basil and clover near pet food or any open food in the house.</li>
<li>A few drops of eucalyptus oil on a scrap of absorbant cloth will deter flies. Leave in areas where flies are a problem.</li>
<li>You can make your own flypaper with this simple recipe: Mix 1/4 cup syrup, 1 tbsp. granulated sugar and 1 tbsp. brown sugar in a small bowl. Cut strips of brown kraft paper and soak in this mixture. Let dry overnight. To hang, poke a small hole at the top of each strip and hang with string or thread.</li>
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PS You have an absolutely gorgeous little girl!
 

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yikes! we're in oregon [portland] and have this very same problem right now! we've never had a fly problem before, so i am confused since we have not had our windows opened much yet [especially since things have cooled down recently]. we have a daylight-type finished basement and there are about 15 on the windows right now - eek!<br><br>
i was wondering if you had tried any of the above solutions and if they worked. i'm a little freakd out because we don't have the dead animal explanation, so i am not sure where these guys are coming from...assuming they have hatched somewhere inside <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 
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