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houseflies in the kitchen, help

My kitchen is adjacent to the patio via a couple of big sliding doors. I cook and eat outdoors a lot during nice weather. In Fall in particular, the housefly situation indoors gets CRAZY. They get in whenever the screen door is open/closed and it drives me insane. I swear I spend an hour a day trying to kill flies in the house, besides the ish of having them around as I work.
I'm prepping for a huge party this weekend, and I've already spent way too much time fly hunting even though it's just me here today and I've only gone in and out a couple of times. ARGH. The number that will get in when I have 60 people here will make me need Valium.
Any suggestions for: A. keeping flies from getting in as people come and go through the screen door, and B. Sequestering/killing them once they are inside without having to be at war for three days.
I do make a huge effort to keep things as tidy and cleaned up as possible while I work so as not to attract them, but it doesn't seem to matter.

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  1. We keep a few of those electronic fly swatters around. Good for mosquitos as well. No mess and pretty easy to clean a room quickly.

    1. Attack the flies outside.........

      1. Elise B, I LOVE YOU. I had no idea such a thing even existed. I shall seek it out immediately. THANK YOU

        Uncle Bob, can you elaborate on a strategy for that?

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        1. re: splatgirl

          Insecticides....If you are adverse to this approach...there are home made (safer) remedies that will help. Search for.... house fly repellents....

          Good luck!

          1. re: splatgirl

            I have one of those electric flyswatter things and they DO work....but I have teen boys. So not only is it a game for them to swat any flying bug out of the air whether indoors or on the deck with it (sounds like I have the same set-up as you a la kitchen / French doors / deck) but once it's down? They continue to zap it cuz the swatter sets off sparks if you hold the buttons. Bleh. Teen boys can be so gross. ;-)

          2. I wonder if directing an electric fan(s) at the entrance from inside the house might work? Flying insects usually avoid air turbulence. The service entrances to restaurants have powerful blowers that direct air down from above the entrance to act as a "wind curtain," making it difficult for flying insects to enter.

            1. My cats are pretty good at flies, and crickets. They earn their keep this time of year.

              1. Home Depot (and other stores I'm sure) sells a fly trap that worked great for me when I had the same problem. You hang it up and the flies are attracted to the bait inside and they can't get out. It ends up looking like a plastic bag full of dead flies so it's a gross looking thing - best to hang it around the corner from where people are.

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                1. re: Samalicious

                  We use these and they do work well, the only problem is they have a bad smelling concoction inside that attracts the flys.

                  1. re: Dagney

                    Right, they're meant to be used outside.

                2. Thanks so much to everyone for the suggestions!
                  Unfortunately my kitty is a lumbering oaf who can't be bothered with anything as mundane as actually acting like a cat.

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                  1. re: splatgirl

                    Actually, now that I think of it, my cats have a chain of command. The oldest was a great hunter when he was our only one, then the middle female came and took over and was quite the leaper until she hurt her leg a few times. Then along comes the baby and she is the wildest of them all. She captures crickets in the garage, and carries them upstairs to dismember and play with all night long. Every morning I wake up to a cricket body with eight legs strewn about. She also kills yellow jackets like they're nothing. But they don't actually act like a tribe of hunters,they just give the crumbiest job to the youngest. My oldest is 19 now and is also a lumbering oaf, although lovable in every way. Never thought I'd be a cat lady but it has its points! Just like the army, you gotta keep getting those new recruits.