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Re: Help! Flys
Not sure if this will help, but...
I was having a problem with mosquitos, so I picked up mosquito netting to put across my companion way. The thing with Catalinas is, the companion ways are huge. So, I ended up buying netting from a local fabric store and sewing my own "makeshift" companion way curtain-ish screen. I had considered the screen kits to slide in the companion way slots but they only have right angle corners. I still may revisit that bit by making my own frame.
But, I digress.
With the heat wave + high humidity, the mosquitos have def arrived. Nothing like getting eaten alive in the middle of the night. So, I took the original mosquito netting and hung it across the vberth entry. I used 2-sided tape, though, you may prefer veclro. I also put netting over my hatch, to include covering one of the larger air vents. I do have a couple of uncovered air vents, but we'll see. Will cover them, if I need to. For now, the main entry-ways are now, at least, tougher for flying critters to enter.
Oh, and, wrt the companion way, which I want open during the day? I used the prickly side of veclro squares spaced evenly apart, to hold it in place.
Other possibilities is one of those bug zappers. I, personally, dislike them bc, while they do zap bugs, they also attract them. And they make noise. Wrt attracting bugs, same goes for carnivorous plants (which is what i used when I lived on land). The upside of carnivorous plants is that, a) they're kewl looking, and b) they actually are effective. Depending upon the type of flys... if they're the small fruit flies, sun dews are best. If they're the larger type, venus fly traps are great. If you have a large rodent problem, nepenthes are, um... amazing in a sort of uber creepy way. o.O
Anyway, not sure if any of the above ideas will help, at all. But, personally, being a non-bug type, myself, I've tried lots of different things. Some successful, some, not so. The only thing I haven't figured out is how to deal with mosquitos. Which is why I opted for the netting. Which, so far, seems to be working.