Invasion of the Flies

@BelleStarr (29318)
Portland, Connecticut
July 17, 2017 8:38am CST
It began on Friday, I noticed there were a lot of flies in my dining room which has brand new windows. We couldn't figure out how the flies got in and why. We did figure out that if the windows were not locked, there was a tiny gap where they might have gotten in. We got out the fly swatters and I went to the hardware store and bought some raid spray. We killed hundreds it seemed like. I had to go and vacuum the window sills and the floor. They did get into the kitchen and the upstairs bathroom. We spent the ensuing days whacking the crap out of them. This morning, we seem to be almost fly free. There are still a few but hopefully, we will get the rest of them today. After the previous invasion of the caterpillars, I am wondering if the weather this year is the issue? We have never been attacked like this in all the years we have lived here.
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@Asylum (45897)
• Manchester, England
17 Jul
I would not be happy if I discovered that the windows had to be locked in order to seal them properly.
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@BelleStarr (29318)
• Portland, Connecticut
17 Jul
No I was quite surprised but to seal the screens and the window it seems to be the case.
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@Asylum (45897)
• Manchester, England
17 Jul
@BelleStarr Very strange indeed.
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• United States
17 Jul
We have less flies than normal - now I know why - they are all at your house. We have flies outside but they don't get in the house.
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@BelleStarr (29318)
• Portland, Connecticut
21 Jul
That is the frustrating part, I am not sure really how they got in. But anyway it is over now
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• United States
21 Jul
@BelleStarr Glad it's over.
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@DianneN (52739)
• United States
17 Jul
Yikes! That must have been awful for you! Be sure to wash away that nasty Raid. I keep it for 8-legged creatures if my husband isn't home. Doodles has proven his worth with critters sneaking into my house. Btw, congratulations again on the marriage of your granddaughter!
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@BelleStarr (29318)
• Portland, Connecticut
17 Jul
I have never seen anything like this, they were on the windows and that room has 10 windows ugh!! But it seems to have subsided so now I need to go and wash all those yucky windows lol yes I was very careful to keep the raid away from areas where my dogs are
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@DianneN (52739)
• United States
17 Jul
@BelleStarr Ugh! That is such a nuisance! I'm sure you have nothing better to do. lol
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@tzwrites (3012)
• Romania
17 Jul
The weather is probably causing insect invasions. It is too crazy.
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@BelleStarr (29318)
• Portland, Connecticut
21 Jul
I think that may be exactly what it is.
@celticeagle (111436)
• Boise, Idaho
17 Jul
Strange weather all over the world. Hope you get rid of them.
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@celticeagle (111436)
• Boise, Idaho
18 Jul
@BelleStarr ......We went up to the World Center for Birds of Prey once and when we came out a whole swarm of flies had congregated on the hood of the car. Many, many of them. Freaked us out. Seeing one or two is one thing but an entire horde of them is another.
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@BelleStarr (29318)
• Portland, Connecticut
21 Jul
@celticeagle Yes that is exactly how I felt!!
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@Jackalyn (5622)
• Oxford, England
21 Jul
Try a jar of apple cider vinegar. It seems to work.
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@BelleStarr (29318)
• Portland, Connecticut
21 Jul
What do I do with the jar of apple cider vinegar? Place it in the room?
@Jackalyn (5622)
• Oxford, England
21 Jul
@BelleStarr Yes. I had success getting rid of fruit flies this way as they went for the vinegar and drowned.
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@sueznewz2 (8721)
• Alicante, Spain
19 Jul
sounds horrible... but i'm glad you're winning the battle...
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@BelleStarr (29318)
• Portland, Connecticut
21 Jul
Yes we finally won but it was freaky and I have no idea why they invaded!!
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@sueznewz2 (8721)
• Alicante, Spain
22 Jul
@salonga (27833)
• Philippines
18 Jul
Oh I hate flies, I hope you can find ways to get rid of them.
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@BelleStarr (29318)
• Portland, Connecticut
21 Jul
We have gotten rid of all of them and now we can heave a sigh of relief.
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@salonga (27833)
• Philippines
26 Jul
@BelleStarr That's good!
@Tampa_girl7 (20969)
• United States
18 Jul
Fly strips help catch the flies and other flying insects.
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@BelleStarr (29318)
• Portland, Connecticut
21 Jul
I thought about that but all the ones they had on Amazon had terrible ratings.
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@Tampa_girl7 (20969)
• United States
25 Jul
@BelleStarr we get ours at Walmart.
@Hannihar (4313)
18 Jul
I see so many flies around here and sometimes they continue to fly around me and it bothers me and they will not leave me alone. I hate bees more.
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@BelleStarr (29318)
• Portland, Connecticut
21 Jul
Yes I do think that bees are worse or wasps. I don't like bugs at all.
@Hannihar (4313)
23 Jul
@BelleStarr My cat likes to circle bugs and take her time, but, me I am not patient enough with bugs and want them gone. I hate the ants in the summer.
@Tracy04 (9978)
• Malaysia
18 Jul
Don't like flies! I'd kill them if I had too. Flies bring diseases.
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@BelleStarr (29318)
• Portland, Connecticut
21 Jul
Yes I know which is why I was so freaked out seeing them.
• Lakewood, Colorado
17 Jul
Oh gosh that is awful Belle.
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@BelleStarr (29318)
• Portland, Connecticut
21 Jul
Yes it was rather a nightmare, I couldn't believe my eyes when I first saw them!!
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• Lakewood, Colorado
21 Jul
@BelleStarr scary Belle and a shock.
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@Gillygirl (15162)
• Sutton, England
17 Jul
I hate it when we get loads of flies. We has swarming ants a couple of weeks ago which was a nuisance.
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@BelleStarr (29318)
• Portland, Connecticut
21 Jul
I have had about all the insects I can stand for this year between the caterpillars and the flies. I hope that is the worst of it!!
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@Gillygirl (15162)
• Sutton, England
21 Jul
@BelleStarr Our winter was quite mild so there are more around.
@Corbin5 (69857)
• United States
17 Jul
You really had a battle on your hands. So glad you are almost fly-free now. The weather just may be the cause of the fly problem.
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@BelleStarr (29318)
• Portland, Connecticut
21 Jul
I have gotten to be quite the expert with the fly swatter, I am a swatter extraordinaire.
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@Corbin5 (69857)
• United States
21 Jul
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@LadyDuck (108572)
• Switzerland
17 Jul
This is very strange, have you found out from where they come inside? May be that a couple of flies lied eggs inside your house and now you have an invasion of flies.
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@BelleStarr (29318)
• Portland, Connecticut
21 Jul
I am really not sure how it started but finally, it is over.
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@LadyDuck (108572)
• Switzerland
21 Jul
@BelleStarr I am glad it's over, I cannot stand flies in the house.
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@silvermist (14739)
• India
17 Jul
Was this invasion in your place only?How about the houses near you?
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@BelleStarr (29318)
• Portland, Connecticut
21 Jul
That I don't know I am not friendly with my neighbors.
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@silvermist (14739)
• India
24 Jul
@BelleStarr Not even local news about any such occurrences?
@marlina (56979)
• Canada
21 Jul
Awful! WE are lucky here, not many flies out there. None in the house so far.
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@BelleStarr (29318)
• Portland, Connecticut
21 Jul
This is the first time this has ever happened to us, I hope to never see it again.
@snowy22315 (29831)
• United States
18 Jul
Oh wow. It sounds like the gap is to blame. There are certain little gnats here that seem to be able to come in right through the screen. I keep my windows closed in the summer in the evening if my light is on, because they will come right in and bite my ankles!.
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@BelleStarr (29318)
• Portland, Connecticut
21 Jul
I have seen those little gnats down at our cottage between the screens and the window, they are so small they can go right through.
@Kandae11 (21749)
18 Jul
Awful, I really dislike flies.
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@BelleStarr (29318)
• Portland, Connecticut
21 Jul
I can't stand them at all, ugh!!
@andriaperry (25228)
• Anniston, Alabama
18 Jul
Its the same here with mosquitoes! Glad you got rid of them.
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@BelleStarr (29318)
• Portland, Connecticut
21 Jul
Yes and it's funny, I have sat on the deck in the evening and not been bothered by mosquitos so they are not a big issue here this year.