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  • PaynTrain
    Club Member
    • Sep 2016
    • 129
    • Wadsworth, OH
    • - Yoder Durango loaded
      - Big Green Egg large
      - Ducane Stainless 7 burner
      - Weber kettle
      - Aussie kettle
      - GoBBQ Portable


    My outdoor kitchen is being over run by flies and gnats. Anyone have any silver bullet suggestions out there? Things I have that don't help, but can't go away : Yoder stick burner with grease bucket, Blackstone with grease bucket, BGE with ash bucket, a sink (clean), and patio carpet to keep grease off my deck. Have various fly catchers, but they really stink! Also have a fly zapper as well, not great results. Thoughts?
  • HawkerXP
    Club Member
    • Jul 2016
    • 5499
    • Virginia
    • 2 Weber Performers, 1 kettle, 1 Smoky Joe and a PBC
      Dot and Chef Alarm with probes
      Slo n Sear
      Cold beer

    There is that salt shooting gun. Not sure if it will solve your problem but it looks like fun!


    • Fire Chicken
      Fire Chicken commented
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      They are fun. Looks like it snowed when I'm done. Lol

    • Mr. Bones
      Mr. Bones commented
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      Have many times seriously considered th Bug A Salt....right up my alley lol

      But, I'm kinda surprised ain't Nobody mentioned good ol Starter Fluid, an a Zippo

      (Seriously, don't be as much as a Dumbarse as I am, an pursue this )

      Only meant as levity...

      But, yeah. I Do.

    • Wedunne
      Wedunne commented
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      "You have to keep the Bug-A-Salt clean, or the firing pattern gets too wide. When that happens you have to get within a couple inches of the fly. Soak it in warm water, then let it dry."

      So, how long do you have to soak that fly in the warm water? Do you towel it off, or just let it air dry?
  • Rocinante
    Club Member
    • Dec 2019
    • 109
    • Knoxville, TN

    Flies seem to come out of nowhere when I start smoking. They don't seem too bad while grilling or on the griddle, but they are a real pain while smoking. I have found myself becoming pretty good in using my zapper. The other day, I had to get my smaller leaf blower out to blow away all the dead ones on my patio


    • Steve R.
      Club Member
      • Jul 2016
      • 2317
      • Elizabethtown, KY
      • Current line-up of cookers: Weber 26" kettle w/ SnS and BBQ Guru adapter; Weber Smokey Mountain 22" w/ Guru adapter.

      Those baited fly traps are the most effective, but they stink to high Heaven! The smell is about as bad as having flies. For whatever reason, this seems to be a banner year for flies. Thanks again, 2020.


      • PaynTrain
        PaynTrain commented
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        Steve R. No doubt! I had about 3" of flies in one, but the stink is too much!!
    • barelfly
      Club Member
      • Dec 2017
      • 1075
      • New Mexico

      Thought this was going to be about flies.......for fly fishing.

      you may carry on


      • Cheef
        Club Member
        • Oct 2015
        • 656

        If it is extremely dry and you have an outdoor sink cover the drain hole just to be sure they aren't using the trap for water.


        • Donw
          Club Member
          • Jul 2017
          • 3036

          We hang strips of this around. It is wider than those little fly sticky traps you normally see. https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/pr...l?cm_vc=-10005
          It doesn't have to hang either as it can wrap around a tree or post.


          • Fire Chicken
            Club Member
            • Jul 2020
            • 35
            • Apache Junction, AZ
            • Louisiana Grills Champion Series, (I got for father's day, thanks son!)

            Nullifly Click image for larger version

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            • PaynTrain
              PaynTrain commented
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              @ Fire Chicken I will check this out!! Thanks.
          • Dewesq55
            Founding Member
            • Jul 2014
            • 1855
            • The Poconos, NEPA
            • Smoker:
              Landmann Smoke Master Series Heavy Duty Barrel Smoker (COS)
              Masterbuilt 40.2" 1200W Electric Smoker
              Masterbuilt ThermoTemp XL 40" Vertical Propane Smoker

              Gas Grill:
              BBQPro (cheap big box store model) Stainless steel 4 burners with aftermarket rotisserie.

              Fireboard with Drive cable and 20 CFM fan
              ThermoWorks Mini Instant Read
              Lavaworks Thermowand Instant Read
              2 Maverick 733
              ThermoWorks IR-GUN-S Industrial Infrared Thermometer
              ThermoWorks ThermaPen Mk4 x 2
              Govee Bluetooth Thermometer

              Anova Sous Vide Immersion Circulator - 1st generation
              Anova Sous Vide Immersion Circulator - wifi/bluetooth connected

              Favorite Beer:
              Anything to the dark side and malty rather than hoppy. Currently liking Yuengling Porter and Newcastle Brown Ale. In a bar or pub I will often default to Guiness

              Favorite Spirit:
              Bourbon - Eagle Rare for "every day"; Angel's Envy for special occasions, Basil Hayden's, Larceny

              Favorite Wine:
              Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Super Tuscan Sangiovese (Including Chianti Classico Riserva) Brunello di Montalcino

              Favorite Meat(s):
              Pork - especially the darker meat. I love spare ribs and anything made from shoulder/butt meat
              Chicken - Mainly the dark meat and wings
              Beef Ribeye steak

              Favorite Cuisine to Cook:
              Can't list just one: Indian, Chinese, Thai, West Indian/Carribean, Hispanic/Latin American, Ethiopian, Italian, BBQ

              Favorite Cuisine to Eat:
              Indian, followed closely by BBQ.

              Disqus ID:
              David E. Waterbury

            Just to make you feel at home, this is from today. It's my thermometer probe in the sink after I pulled the ribs:

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            • Jerod Broussard
              • Jun 2014
              • 9738
              • East Texas
              • Pit Barrel Cooker "Texas Brisket Edition"
                Weber One Touch Premium Copper 22" Kettle (gift)
                Slow 'n Sear for 22" Kettle
                Weber One Touch Premium Black 26" Kettle (gift)
                Slow 'n Sear XL for 26" Kettle (gift)
                Weber Smokey Joe Gold
                Weber Rapid Fire Chimney
                Maverick ET-732 White
                Maverick ET-732 Copper
                2- Auber SYL-1615 fan systems(Awesome!!!!!!!!)
                Thermoworks Thermapen w/ Back light (gift)
                Thermoworks Timestick
                Cambro Model 300MPC110 w/ Winco SS Pans
                B & B and Kingsford Charcoal
                B & B Pellets

              I have very very little flies. Not sure if the roadrunners are somehow eating them. I do have raccoons. They successfully licked my grease mat totally clean. Them dudes went to town!


              • Mr. Bones
                Mr. Bones commented
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                Raccoons are clever, very intrepid, an very dextrous at gittin all up into all kinda places...

                Fortunately, fer me, at least, they's some good eatin...
            • Red Man
              Club Member
              • May 2018
              • 1028
              • Western Washington

              Flies aren’t much of an issue in the Pacific Northwest.


              • Bkhuna
                Club Member
                • Apr 2019
                • 487
                • Merritt Island Florida

                Hang up a small picture of Miley Cyrus on the other side of the yard. The flies will mass around the photo, leaving your outdoor kitchen pest free.


                • ofelles
                  ofelles commented
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                  So there is a good use for her after all.

                • Panhead John
                  Panhead John commented
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                  I really wish y’all would stop making fun of her. Justin Bieber and her are my favorite artists! I really like their music. Of course then again .......I like painful rectal itch.
                  Last edited by Panhead John; August 20, 2020, 11:36 AM.
              • DavidNorcross
                Club Member
                • Nov 2017
                • 1507
                • Virginia
                • Rec Tec RT-680
                  Coleman RoadTrip LXX
                  Javelin Pro Duo
                  More Cast Iron than I care to admit

                I have to agree. Flies seem worse here this year.


                • Panhead John
                  Club Member
                  • Aug 2020
                  • 252
                  • Houston, Texas

                  Here’s a couple of suggestions. Looks like you tried the traps, but I’ve used both of these and fly traps really help cutting down on flies and the tents keep em off your stuff. The fly traps do work! I know they stink if you’re close to them, but you hang them up about 20 feet or so from your work area and you’ll rarely smell anything. That’s important so you don’t smell them. Plus, you want to attract them away from you. After a few days you’ll have tons of dead flies in there and you change it out monthly if I remember right. Think about all the future flies they prevent also! When you change it out, there will be hundreds of those dead little bastards in there. I’ve used the tents and they’re good for placing over your food, trays and utensils. I know you can’t cover everything, but there’s nothing more irritating than to have em on your dish of food or utensils etc. These can help a lot for that. They have different sizes. Also, if you’re able to, plug in an oscillating fan to blow around your area. That works too. Hope this helps PaynTrain
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                  • Steve R.
                    Steve R. commented
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                    That's the one I have used and it does a great job, although I'm not sure it doesn't also just attract more flies to the area. The problem I ran into is I needed it to keep flies out of the garage, and the only good place to hang it was upwind. Then there was the disposal of the bag, which ends up being like a tense scene on tv where the bomb squad is trying to disarm a ticking time bomb.

                  • PaynTrain
                    PaynTrain commented
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                    Good looking out Panhead John, I like it.
                • grillinglousiana
                  Club Member
                  • Jul 2019
                  • 48
                  • Denham Springs Lousiana

                  I have some friends that were having this problem....get the fly traps as far away from where you cook as you can....they attract the flies and stink to hell and back....do this and most of the flies schould be removed...also really clean the drip buckets and grills...plus i cover all mine....may help not sure about that..hang the traps really as far away as possible...




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