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#1 Old 03-28-2009, 04:54 PM
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So, my bunny rabbits, since I have tons of them, live in a shed. The shed it nice and big and it is heated and air conditioned, it has like 5 windows and the bunnies get lights and everything in there. Nicer then my room actually. Anyway, flies...FLIES!

I hate killing them but it is for our rabbits and they are very annoying. They all hang around outside our shed. Every time I open the door all of them just try to fly in. We have tried, just hitting them with the swatter, spray that does it automatically, those sticky strip things. Nothing works!

Lately it has happened. We always had a few yeah whatever like you do in your home sometimes. Now there are probably 10-25 in the shed at one time and about 50 outside waiting to get in.

We keep it as clean as possible, changing the cages every other day and sweeping in there every day. They still keep coming! I hate it, I am sure the bunnies hate it more.

Can anyone help with this problem? Why the heck do they come around if the cages are so clean? Is there anyway way to get rid of them fast? I need help with FLIES

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#2 Old 03-28-2009, 05:38 PM
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I dont think there's much you can do, it's outside and depending on where you live it's getting warmer - this means a lot of flies out.
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Watch out for flystrike! By keeping the cages so clean you will help to avoid it, but any wounds or dirty areas on the rabbits could become maggot-infested very easily. You can get insecticides from the vet to apply to the rabbits to help to avoid this, and it might be a good idea if you have a big fly problem.

I have heard of people using "fly traps" with some sort of horrible sticky stuff that the flys love and happily drown in. They're meant to be quite effective, and I like to think that at least the flies have a happy end in a pool of sugar!
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I check my bunnies every day for wounds. We have heard of that so actually right now we have a rabbit in the house because he was playing in the play pen and there was a rock he scraped on. It was tiny and is now a scab but we are keeping him in there just in case.

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Since reading that thread that crustaceans can feel pain, I realize you might have a hard decision to make, since presumably insects can feel pain too.



You might want to do some research about herbs that repel flies. I think some do, but I'm not sure. But you'll want to avoid flystrike. It comes down to protecting your rabbits from attack. I would do what I had to do.

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Since reading that thread that crustaceans can feel pain, I realize you might have a hard decision to make, since presumably insects can feel pain too.



You might want to do some research about herbs that repel flies. I think some do, but I'm not sure. But you'll want to avoid flystrike. It comes down to protecting your rabbits from attack. I would do what I had to do.



I would rather not hurt them at all...

BUT

if it came down to it I would look after my rabbits rather then flies. I will look around on the internet for some herps though, good idea

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What is attracting them to the shed?



For a non-violent solution (if you desire), there is fly bait. Usually it is used in the sort of traps that drown flies, but if you put it on the opposite side of the yard, perhaps it will keep the flies away from the shed.
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What is attracting them to the shed?





I don't know. I keep it clean, Non of my bunnies are egg laying material...

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i have natural fly traps. i buy some powder stuff from bunnings (garden shop for those anywhere other than australia :P) and mix it with water and they love it and drown. i hate flies and wouldnt care if the only way to kill them was to burn them all. morbid and harsh i know. but my dog gets fly bite as she cant swish her ears as they are so big and she cant shake the flies off. as u could imagine i go through so much fly repelent but as a further measure i hang these traps around the yard. they are worth the $10 i pay for them! you have to empty them out each week and they really stink! but maybe you can find something similar around your place?
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You should try to figure out whats attracting the flies to the shed in the first place.
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Well, I went to the local feed store, a kind of cruel one, but it is where I get huge bags of rabbit feed for cheap prices. Anyway, I saw this fly spray guaranteed to kill the flies fast so they do not slowly die away on the ground and it was completely safe for pets. I sprayed it and now the fly population around the shed has gone down like 75%

Weird but it works. I saw an auto sprayer thing that you use for it so I think I am going to go back and get that in a few days.

I am searching my shed. I am thinking what if like there is a dead mouse of something up in the shed roof. I am going to check it out this week some time. BUT

Thank heavens for that fly spray I can get in there to see my bunnies with comfort now.

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I'm sure the rabbits were very uncomfortable having flies all around them all the time! If theres something in the shed attracting them, more could come right back, probably.
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I know, again I state this week I am going to look into the roof...

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I seen that the first time. Do they fly towards the roof when in the shed or towards the rabbits' cages?
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I seen that the first time. Do they fly towards the roof when in the shed or towards the rabbits' cages?



More toward the window and the roof. The tend to avoid the bunnies.

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