What do houseflies really like?

Anne Kilmer viceroy at anu.ie
Thu Jul 22 12:17:57 EDT 1999

They are looking for dead animals, in which their larvae would develop.
Dead animals give off methane and such.
They also indicate where the dead rat is hiding behind the wallboard.
"Joseph C. Tallon" wrote:
> Where do these two species of flys lay their eggs and develop
> their larva in an urban environment? What is the range of the adults? Why are
> the adults attracted to these gases and what
> would be the common element in these gases?  I hope I don't
> seem too lazy by not following your suggestion on a search
> Steven but thought I'd ask first and if you didn't have it on the top of you
> head I will research and post the answers.. Thanks
> Joseph Tallon , Bakers field Ca.
> "Steven M. Cohen" wrote:
> > If you are dealing with green bottleneck or blue bottleneck flies, they are
> > attracted to natural gas, butane, methane and propane.  In fact, when they
> > collect in an area in a conspicuous manner, it reliably indicates a gas
> > leak.  The bottleneck flies, or "bottle" flies look like the common
> > housefly, except for a metalic green or metalic blue sheen.  You can
> > probably get a load of info, and probably some pictures off the web.  Try
> > these "buzz words" [excuse the pun]: calliphoridae, Lucilia cuprina,
> > diptera, Phaenicia Sericata, Calliphora Vicina.  What you pull up will help
> > you identify the "pest" in your home.  Now, if these evil monsters you seek
> > to drown in beer turn out to help you identify a potentially fatal gas leak,
> > maybe you will re-think the fate of God's winged creatures ....
> >
> > Jim wrote in message ...
> > >I want to half-fill some beer bottles with something that will attract them
> > >to drown them. Something that won't bother me though.
> > >
> > >Or....is there something they really hate that I could put around that
> > >would keep them away?
> > >
> > >Can't understand why they stay, I'm keeping the place really clean, garbage
> > >taken out, food put away, etc etc.
> > >
> > >Jim
> > >

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