On 1/17/07, Kate wrote:
> Thanks for the tips for looking for a list. Most of the list I
> have found seem to not be as comprehensive as I would have like.
> figured too it would be good to have a complete and comprehensive
> list of toxic plants, foods, etc. to keep on hand.
> I am not looking to feed sage to my birds. It would be used in
> bird room in order to deter flies. Even after cleaning cages
> day, I still have a fly problem (lucky me! lol lol). They are
> in the bird room.
> I have read that fruit flies don't like sage, so I thought if I
> had some sage plants in the room, maybe the flies would decide to
> leave the bird room!
> But if/since it seems to not be safe for them..it's back to the
> drawing board! Anybody have tips for getting rid of flies after
> all the usual stuff doesn't work??
There's an item that's made by different companies, comes in
different strengths and can be used both indoors and outdoors (
larger models are used outdoors). The item is used for regular
flies, fruit flies, mosquitos and moths and many other flying
This item can be purchased at garden shops, large dept stores such
as Home Depot or Lowes which have garden sections. It's known as a
Bug Stinger or Bug Zapper depending upon the company.
I'll give you a rough description but it's best that you actually
see the item. First off, you would need the small size which is
used indoors and has a special type 7 watt flourscent bulb. This
item is shaped differently depending on which company makes it.
It's a hard plastic square or rectangular or cone shaped frame
that has slots in it and has an electic wire grid inside of it.
The grid surrounds the bulb. The light attracts the flies. It
flies through the outer frame to land on the bulb. It must get
through the grid and when it tries to, it touches the grid and the
bug is then electricuted.
The item is bird safe because the bird can't get into the frame.
When the larger ones are used outdoors, the small wild birds hang
around so that they can eat any of the dead bugs that drop to the
ground. When the item zaps moths, frogs come around to eat the
dead bugs. I have 3 of these items, all in different sizes and
it's been extremely successful in keeping all types of flying bugs
But as I said, it's best to go and look at the item in the store.
A small zapper will cost between $13 to $15.
You would simply have to place the zapper in an area opposite to
the birds that will draw the flies to it, indoors or outdoors------