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    So far it works!!

    There was a dairy across the street from the housing tract we live in until a few years ago. The cows went, but the flies stayed. They perch on the outside of my screen door and as soon as it is opened, in they come, along with those flour moths. I put bay leaves in my cupboards, and glued some leaves on the backside of the cabinet doors. That seemed to keep the moths under control. I found some netting I had purchased for something long ago and had the idea to put bay leaves in the netting, tie in a ball with some long string and hang it on the outside of the door. It dangles back and forth as the slider screen is opened and closed, which I think emits some of the odor. Anyway, today, I have not seen any flies on the screen!! And I haven't seen any flour moths either! Keeping my fingers crossed.

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    I might just try that, thanks for the info!!!
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    Ooohhh. I'm gonna try this!! Hate flies! Plus they scare my fur baby!!!

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    i will try this also. thank you for sharing this
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    Sounds like it is worth a try.

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    thanks for sharing that tip... would never have thought about it! i'll have to pass it on to my SIL who lives on a farm
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    I have two bay laurel trees, each in a large pot. I wonder if I put them on the patio, near the back door, would they keep flies and mosquitos from coming in the house. What do you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Painiacs View Post
    Ooohhh. I'm gonna try this!! Hate flies! Plus they scare my fur baby!!!
    Do not need anything like that. My cats think they are snacks. Saves on cat food.

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    Bay leaves spread around also repel mice and much less harmful to pets and children then commercial products.
    Planting basil outside your doors also repels flies and mosquitoes .... as does marigolds.
    Isn't it interesting that common herbs can do the job so well?
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    I keep a bay leaf or two in my flour containers for that very reason. Had flour overrun with bugs once but not since I started doing this. Good that you are passing this information along to others.

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    Never heard of this but will try it . Had to throw out a box of Oatmeal to the birds the other day because of the flour moths.

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    We store flour, oatmeal, and such in the freezer to avoid buggy problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nyelphaba View Post
    I have two bay laurel trees, each in a large pot. I wonder if I put them on the patio, near the back door, would they keep flies and mosquitos from coming in the house. What do you think?
    Are these winter hardy or do you bring them indoors in winter? Is this the same tree that gives bay leaves?

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    I absolutely hate flies! I do everything I can to keep them out. I gag when the "m" word is mentioned.

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    My daughter hangs a zipper bag partially filled with water in her doorway and the flies stay away.

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    Outdoor restaurants use this trick with the zipper bag, water - BUT the trick is putting shiny copper pennies in it. I guess it has something to do with the prisms when the sun hits it.

    Quote Originally Posted by carolynjo View Post
    My daughter hangs a zipper bag partially filled with water in her doorway and the flies stay away.

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    My grandma had bay trees all around her farmhouse. There were no screens on doors or windows and no flies neither. She maintained it was the influence of the bay trees.

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    Thank you for the tip. Our neighbors have horses, but rarely clean the stalls, so the flies are viscious. Sure gonna try your method

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    I wish it would work to repel cats! The neighbor enjoys having 9 cats that live outdoors -- they use my raised garden beds for their litter box.
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    well i just planted some marigolds and some basil out on my back porch. if this is not enough ill buy more tuesday. i have 2-3 pack of marigolds. and 2 of the purple ruffle basil and 2 of the lemon basil. if it keeps the varmits away. i will buy more...
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    Quote Originally Posted by CAS49OR View Post
    I wish it would work to repel cats! The neighbor enjoys having 9 cats that live outdoors -- they use my raised garden beds for their litter box.
    i hear that rue plants repel cats from your yard. if it does i think i would try a few of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chips88 View Post
    i hear that rue plants repel cats from your yard. if it does i think i would try a few of them.
    Use Hazelnut husks as mulch in your garden beds and the cats won't use them as their personal litter boxes. They don't like stepping on them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yngldy View Post
    There was a dairy across the street from the housing tract we live in until a few years ago. The cows went, but the flies stayed. They perch on the outside of my screen door and as soon as it is opened, in they come, along with those flour moths. I put bay leaves in my cupboards, and glued some leaves on the backside of the cabinet doors. That seemed to keep the moths under control. I found some netting I had purchased for something long ago and had the idea to put bay leaves in the netting, tie in a ball with some long string and hang it on the outside of the door. It dangles back and forth as the slider screen is opened and closed, which I think emits some of the odor. Anyway, today, I have not seen any flies on the screen!! And I haven't seen any flour moths either! Keeping my fingers crossed.
    My DH has found a great fix for our fly problem. You can buy these little insects called "fly preditors" The are a teeny tiny wasp that lay their eggs on flys and when the eggs hatch they feed on the fly. We haaven't had a fly since we started using them. Once you order them the company reminds you when it is time to order again. You receive them in a little see thru pkg and you just sprinkle them around where ever y ou are having the fly problem. I have no affiliation with this company, just a happy user. Do an internet search for fly preditors.

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    Every grain product I buy goes in the freezer for a week to kill any possible infestation. I haven't had a bug problem in the pantry in years since I started doing this. If you have bugs one time, you have to get rid of every grain product in the same pantry, scrub the pantry from top to bottom, or they will reappear.
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    Thanks for the tip. I looked it up and I may buy some seeds. They can't ship the plants to OR. Half of the yard is unfinished so I guess the 3' tall plants would be ok. That side of the yard is shady most of the day though, and from what I've read rue plants prefer full sun.

    Quote Originally Posted by chips88 View Post
    i hear that rue plants repel cats from your yard. if it does i think i would try a few of them.
    :-)
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