Anyone ever use Raid indoor foggers for flys ? : LUSENET : Countryside : One Thread

We installed new windows this week and all the flys for miles around came in to visit .They are making me sick !I have fly tapes hanging everywhere and probally even more in my hair . I can't stand it anymore .Did anyone ever use the raid indoor fogger on flys ? How did it work ? Thanks ~ Patty

-- Patty (, August 02, 2000


I have heard and read that they are 1. very effective and 2. very dangerous. I have not used them but that's what I've read.

-- Joe Cole (, August 02, 2000.

Patty Yes, it works. It also leaves a smell in everything for quite a while! It made me nauseas, though I tend to be very sensitive to chemicls anyway. I stick to (hmmm) the sticky tapes now! Sue

-- Sue (, August 02, 2000.

Thanks Sue I guess thats out , I too am sensitive to chemicals and smells . I don't feel like a week long migraine .Any other ideas ?

-- Patty Gamble (, August 02, 2000.

You could try fly traps -- the kind with bait in a jar, and once the flies go in, they can't get back out. You could probably make some, but I think you might be able to buy them (minus jars) at a feed store or good hardware store. Also, fly swatters work great, if you have enough energy to chase around the house swatting flies for a while!

-- Kathleen Sanderson (, August 02, 2000.

I personally have not used a fly bomb but had heard of a lady who lived in upstate NY someplace... by upstate I mean near Albany (folks always called western NY upstate). Anywasy, she had a nice big almost mansion sized house, was well to do I think. She had fleas from her dogs so she bought I don't know how many of those cans of flea bobs and set them off. Welll...... when they went off they blew her house to smithers... lucky nobody was in it at the time. As for fly control.. we use the sticky tapes and fly swatters, relieves tension:)


-- Bernice (, August 02, 2000.

When I was out west one summer. I'd see all the flies lined up on the ceiling at night. Easy pickings

-- Dee (, August 02, 2000.

There was a post here a while ago about someone having seen (in Mexico) dilute vinegar (just sitting around - just the smell of it) repelling them. Must be in the archives somewhere.

-- Don Armstrong (, August 02, 2000.

The problem is they are in my house ! I have fly tapes up and they are catching them but not fast enough . I am still thinking of the bombs . I can't stand the thought of them on me or the kids .Keep the ideas coming.

-- Patty Gamble (, August 02, 2000.

Patty, just remember that there are a limited number of them, though the number may be high. Every one you trap on sticky stuff or swat is one less to pester you.

-- Rachel (, August 02, 2000.

Patty--hon--if you have a problem with chemicals-- Don't use that Bomb!!!!!!! Also think about the babies & those chemicals! Do what ever else ya can! Those chemicals are terrible!!!! I think Don, said about the vinegar it will keep the flys out of the room where there is vinegar--try one room that is not used as much that you don't put vinegar in that room--maybe they will mostly go in that room. Best wishes--give all the kids a fly swater & put them to work! Sonda in Ks.

-- Sonda (, August 02, 2000.

Patty: I've used those bombs once every 3 yrs sinse they came out for fleas etc. Just cover your stuff and follow instructions. Especially the part about shutting off your pilot lights! I use fans for a couple hours after. You will feel very alone for a while without bugs for company! I've also heard a nasty mother-in-law will draw flies but I haven't tried that technique yet!!....Kirk

-- Kirk Davis (, August 02, 2000.

Inexpensive and effective way to keep flies out of the house: Fabric softner dryer sheets. Hang one at each entrance and in the doorways. The flies will be gone from the house in 2-3 days.

If you're working outside and the flies/gnats are 'bugging' you, put a dryer sheet (partially hanging out) of your shirt pocket and back jean pocket. If you're out riding your mount, also tie one on to the bridle.

-- ~Rogo (, August 03, 2000.

Here is my husband's answer to flies. A small bowl parcially filled with cheep wine, placed up high near where the flies congregate. hope you have good luck with your problem. annette

-- annette (, August 03, 2000.

When we had our animals, cows, pastured close to our home, they drew a lot of flies, and we had them in the house all the time. Make sure your animals are not too close to the house. Mary

-- Mary Fraley (, August 03, 2000.

Altho I use the fabric softner dryer sheets ('cause they work!), here's an idea that folks aren't sure WHY it works! It's useful for when you're eating outside. Using gallon size ziplock bags, fill them half way with water. Hang them around your eating area. Keeps the flies away. This idea is used in quite a few restaurants.

-- ~Rogo (, August 04, 2000.

I have used them for years, for lfeas and flys. You really need to air out the house real well after. when I lived in western NY, (not upstate) I had them for a number of year, they would gather on the sunny windows, finally I just pulled the screen and let them out, that worked fine and there were less fly eggs the following year but the bombs worked.

-- Hendo (, August 04, 2000.

Ive used a number of kinds a bunch of different times. The kind that come in an aerosol can pull tab hand grenade type are a poor choice because the fog doesnt cover a very large square footage, the fog descends quickly and doesnt have time to get into higher cracks and corners and is very expensive per sq/ft of coverage. The drop the can in a cup of water and run away type seem to be far more effective. They cover a greater total area and the fog really hangs, purging the cracks and crannies as it moves back down toward the floor. They kill everything. Since you are chemically sensitive it is important to note that the drop the can and run away type also give you more time to get away from the poison.

There is a warning on the package of every brand that many do not heed, it says to make sure that fish and plants are covered beforehand. Sometimes Ive forgotten to cover one or more plants, sometimes they lived and sometimes they didnt. Once, even with everything covered, I wound up being a few fish and plants shorter than when I started. I would suggest that you make sure that all life forms that you want to live are removed from the home, including, if at all possible, plants and fish.

When you turn off pilot lights, dont only do your water heater(s) and gas stove(S) but remember to turn off your propane furnace or Klick-knuck-knuck-KABOOM!

-- William in WI (, August 04, 2000.

Patty, I have used a product called "RAID Flying Insect Killer". It comes in a blue can. I don't think it is the same "bomb" like you are talking about. I just spray it in the air (like air freshener), close the doors/windows and leave for about 15 mins to half an hour. When I come back there are no more flying anything around. I don't use very much, just a quick two second spray into the air in each room (center of room) and that is it. I only use it when I get a major fly attack like the one you are under right now -- otherwise I chase the little critters with the fly swatter. But when I have used it, it has worked very well with no ill effects (remember, just a quick squirt into the air in each room is all). Hope this helps you.

-- Ed

-- Ed (, August 04, 2000.

just a thought do you really want to live in an environment that even plants and fish had to be removed from so they wouldn't die? I would stick with swatters, fly traps, and SELECTIVE spraying. But then again i am me and you are you so do what needs to be done in your opinion. gail

-- gail missouri ozarks (, August 05, 2000.

Rogos' suggestion of fabric softner sheets works great, but I also noticed that when I sprayed our carpet and furniture with Febreeze to cut down on wet dog stink the flies left too.

-- Jay Blair (, August 06, 2000.

If you want to get rid of flies, remember that they have short life spans, keep food items covered, and clean off your counters when you cook. Lots of fly strips are better than most chemicals out there; check out for information on what's in some of what you buy, like dryer sheets, that should give you pause.

-- Karen Isaacson (, August 06, 2000.


I must have the wrong kind of drier sheets or something. I tried that this last weekend because the flies were abnormally thick. Didnt help. I even saw some sitting on the one in the doorway!

-- William in WI (, August 07, 2000.

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