Got FLIES? Vanilla Scented Christmas Trees in the Chicken Coop

Got FLIES_ Vanilla Scented Christmas Trees in the Chicken Coop

Got a fly problem around your coop and run?  Here’s a solution you’re going to have to try to believe. It’s inexpensive and effective: vanilla scented automotive air fresheners. You heard it right: vanilla Christmas trees. 

Rachel Divider

I do not claim to know WHY they repel flies, but I can attest that they do. Deploy an army of them liberally around your coop and run where they will remain relatively dry for maximum efficiency and economy.  I use 9 of them at a time.

Personally, I don’t just want the flies to relocate (eg: migrate up to my house or garage), I want them GONE, so I use two Trap & Toss® fly disposable traps, one near each coop. I buy the traps at Tractor Supply for about five bucks each. Be forewarned:   these traps contain the fetid stench of a thousand garbage cans containing raw meat, locked in an air-tight garage during a month-long heatwave. You really don’t want to spill this putresence (or stand near it, for that matter). Somehow the flies prefer to the smell of death to vanilla. Go figure. 

Here’s my most recent testimonial to the effectiveness of these little yellow trees. After having given my chickens an entire watermelon, cut into pieces, I left the rinds scattered about the yard overnight. Tactical error to be sure. By morning, flies had descended upon my backyard with a fury.  I rolled out the Vanilla Scented Tree Army and by that afternoon, the flies were gone. True story. Try it yourself and let me know how it works for you!

Rachel Divider

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Elizabeth White
8 years ago

I will be buying a forest of those little trees!!! I'll hang 'em near both front & back door of the house, & hang them in the house, too! Plus around/inside We used the fly-traps last summer…Oh, my stars…the smell was horrid!!! But we'll probably use them again this year, too…

8 years ago

@Dawn: I use pure extract.

8 years ago

to recharge them is it pure extract or can i use artificial extract

8 years ago

I use the Rescue fly trap. I was pretty sure the attractant was the worst smelling thing in the world until it filled with flies. Now I know a fly trap filled with dead wet flies takes that honor. Yikes!

I'll try the Vanilla tree thing. I need a way to discourage flies from hanging around the house, annoying guests and monopolizing our conversations. Thank you!

Holly at Myers Rental Properties

I so have to try this! We have already switched from deep litter to Stall-Dri (works miracles).
Can't wait to try it!

8 years ago

What is Stall-Dri? Now I am interested.

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