It's summertime in the U.S., and folks want to get out and enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. Anytime we get together, a good time is always associated with food. The problem is having to deal with house flies! They say these annoying insects have a purpose, but to me, they are pretty disgusting.

Are you thinking about hosting a family cookout, camping, or having a picnic? No matter what you do, enjoying a meal outside is nearly impossible because flies relentlessly swarm around us. These insects are an absolute nuisance! You don't even have to have food for them to drive you nuts, buzzing around your head or landing on you every two seconds.

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I don't know about you, but I've tried everything to keep them at bay. Though I'm a fan of home remedies, most of them barely work or not at all:

  • Water in a zip-lock bag
  • Old Spice shavings
  • Fly Traps or fly strips
  • Lemon peelings
  • Burning potent scented essential Oils - peppermint, lemongrass and eucalyptus
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One day, my husband came home with a can of Starbar Quikstrike Fly Scatter Bait. The scatter bait consists of blue crystals that resemble the little rocks in a fish bowl. He poured a thin layer into a small plastic cup and put it on the patio table (so the dogs couldn't get into it). Almost instantly, flies started going to the cup and died inside or on the floor nearby.

I couldn't believe how fast it worked. Some people put juice or food that attracts flies with the Quikstrike crystals, but you don't have to. Trust me, it works all by itself. We don't use anything. I promise you within minutes, your fly issue will be over! This stuff is fantastic!

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It comes in various forms, depending on where you need it: the barn, around food and water troffs, or on the porch, patio, and outdoor kitchen areas. You can get it in Lake Charles from Tractor Supply or at the feed store. You can also buy it online via various vendors and websites.

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