Readers’ Comments: Flies (6/10/16)

I know exactly how you feel about the fly problem and chicken breeding in the suburbs. I live in the Bluff Hill area and have been fighting a losing battle with the city council who have made inspections and agreed the problem is there , but after the visits “nada” still on going. I have even contacted our councillor who promised to look into it still nothing, so I guess the city bye laws were written just for someone to have something to do. The added problem to this is the amount of roosters they have which crow at all hours of day and night. Thanks Steve.

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I have always found the “Bercal’ Fly Trap  (available at supermarkets ) to be most effective.  It uses rotting kapenta (or something very similar) to attract the flies. It involves no chemicals and  flies are slaughtered  ‘by the cupful”. John

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A good deterrent I have noticed for flies is spraying mint mouthwash around doors and windows. Living on a game reserve I encountered an unthinkable amount of flies. After fly-paper didnt work I was told about the mint mouthwash, and it worked perfectly.

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We live in Greendale. This issue has continued through winter this year. Now that the hot weather is here it is unbearable. We know of at least four domestic house with chickens. We heard that there might be a law allowing this to happen up to a certain number. We are almost certain they burn the feathers and anything else that can be burnt which causes a horrific smell. Just of late they do this any time from 2000 hours to 0400 hours to go undetected.   No fly traps help this situation. We use the raid spray but this is completely unhealthy in a home environment. Thanks for raising this. Mark

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The dump is massively to blame. The flies at Wingate Golf Club are fast becoming unbearable.  Just look at the dump and the environs,  the appalling mess along the road. The city wants us to be responsible for our verges, which we do not own, but the city cannot manage its own verges on Alpes Road.

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Perfect opportunity to try to remedy of shiny copper coins in a zip lock bag full of water. Would be interested to know the result. Many Thanks Jean Whiley +263-772-168-136 whileyjean@gmail.com

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I am not sure if you remember but I have been complaining for YEARS about flies at my house – I am sure the worst house in the country!!!  Well I bought this net, (with magnets in the center – goes up with velcro onto the frame) in the UK as ASDA for 9 pounds and I have not had one fly in my house!  I have never been more happy.  I wish I knew how great it would be as I would have bought for all my friends. If someone in Zim could copy the design, they could make a killing out of selling these. The magnets are not that strong, so they open up as you walk “into” it and then closes as you pass.  My dog has also learnt that she can go in and out by simply pushing her way through.  BEST BUY EVER!

I have just looked on line and at ARGOS they are even cheaper – now all we need is to be able to order for ARGOS!!! Magic Mesh Hands-Free Screen Door Leezle

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Just advising that in Sharon Hook’s message, containing the reply from Don at COH   –    He mentions that the machinery at Pomona is ‘temporarily’ out of order…     this indicates to the public that the machinery has previously been working, and that they’ve been covering the waste  – however the reality on the ground is that for at least the last 2 years, there’s certainly been no covering of the waste at all….   I wonder if Don actually knows this?   Kind rgds Rob

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The strangest phenomena,   lots of dead flies on the surface of our swimming pool,   only the last two seasons this has happened, we have always rescued bees  from the pool, I’m afraid the flies only once they are dead get scoped out. Flies have always been around more so recently however never in the pool, is anyone able to explain this.

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Re the flies: we also have a problem in Mt Pleasant. I know a very nice young man called Nick who last year painted all my outside windowsills & surfaces. The flies still came but died in droves & we swept their bodies out 10 times a day & then they stopped coming. His ph no is 0773588764. He does have a problem importing the muti from SA because of the forex import restrictions but he might be able to help.  Pam

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It’s a recipe for an epidemic disaster.  Also Marks note about the unbearable burning in Greendale is not just in Greendale as I discovered returning from work from town.  Someone or some organization is burning what smells like skin or fur in the early hours of the morning.  It wakes me up the smell is so toxic.  God knows what it is, where it’s coming from and what can be done about it!
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We live in belvedere and been there for the past 4 years but this year the flies are just so terrible that we can’t even enter the house and flies are in.  It is terrible maybe people around us are rearing chickens or so…but if the city of Harare could look into that….we would be very grateful and appreciative.  Yours troubled Vini

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What I hate is what they do to my dogs. Apart from driving them crazy, the flies focus on the dogs’ ears or snout and work away until they draw blood. Applying ointment and repellent is a regular chore. The fly trap mentioned by John gives the impression it works but I often wonder if they don’t attract more flies from outside the area. Also, they go rotten and the stink is quite something.  Cheers, Bill

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We hang small size clear plastic bags all around, in doors and on veranda. It makes such a difference and is eco friendly. Confuses the complex eyes if flies. We have turkey farming next door.

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The management of the Pomona dump is an absolute disgrace! The surrounding countryside is littered with rubbish, plastic in particular which as we all know is not bio-degradable. The fly problem is merely a symptom of the gross mis-management and has been a problem for golfers on the neighbouring Wingate Golf course for years. Relocation of the dump is long overdue – what is City of Harare doing about that?

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Our neighbours have horses and the other side ducks etc, we have always hung a few fly bait bags between them and us and they work really well, so long as you have smelly kapenta inside and change them regularly when the smell fades or bag is full, be sure to bury flies to prevent eggs hatching. Re use fly bag for ages. We should all play our part, and keep encouraging other around us to do what we can rather than grumbling, it never produces good things! SE

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We used to have a huge amount of flies due to chicken coops on our neighbours property it got to the stage where we couldn’t have our doors and windows open due to the smell – we called our City Council Office and spoke to the person in charge – we had to write 3 letters of complaint to the neighbours and each time take a copy to City of Harare in Helensvale and then to Harare City Health Department – at the end of it – the neighbours were told they can have 25 chickens, the coops must be kept clean and no slaughtering for commercial sales – they were also issued with a fine and had to pull down a bunch of their coops.

COH come around and do checks to see if the coops are clean and how many chickens there are every few months.

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I’ve had the same problem this season with flies – unbelievable.  The fly traps the bag type with the red and yellow lid used to work well but they have to be hung a distance from your house however even that does not seem to be very effective this season.  I have found FlyRid works quite well on the dogs and also if your spray it on your patio’s etc. outdoors it does seem to keep the flies at bay and it can be brought in the supermarket by the pet food section and most vets stock it as well.  Maureen.

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I had the bercal fly traps around my yard and they worked beautifully. However, one day in discussion with my neighbours, they told me they did not have a fly problem !!!  Simple, they were all coming to my traps, LOL.  However, if everyone bought & used the traps, I am sure the problem would decrease. It is useless if only a few make an effort. Dave

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A friend of ours who has a restaurant with tables outside has very few flies and this, she puts down to hanging, from the gazebo’s,  clear plastic bags filled with water.  Thats it.

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Thought it was only Victoria Falls.

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