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  • Flies in my car

    Why, why, why do the flies end up in my car when I'm at the barn? Explain to me why, when they have all the space in the world, the flies choose to find their way in through my two open windows and hang out in the back of my minivan? Also, since they are so good at finding their way in, why is it that they cannot find their way out again? Even if I open the side doors, the stupid flies fly out, then fly back in.

    Disgusting though my minivan is (I'm not sure which child may have dropped what food or drink in it lately), I don't see the attraction for flies who have all that horse poop just few seconds' flight away.

  • #2
    Hmmm... not that I want to be the fly expert but.... flies like hot, still air which they find in your car. They don't fly out because they actually like it in there. Spoken from someone who has actually transported flies from one county to another unwillingly!

    I roll up my windows now and deal with the stuffiness when I get back in.
    Last edited by SevenDogs; Oct. 21, 2009, 12:40 AM.

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    • #3
      I crack my windows just a hair to let out the heat and usually if I don't open them too much they don't get in.

      I just let the suckers die if they can't find their way out.

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      • #4
        Ugh! Those flies drive me nuts! I never even roll down my windows, and I have three in my car right now. They especially drive me nuts when I'm on those long driving trips, and they insist on trying to bite me on the head, ignoring my efforts to shoo them out the window. I get random flies in my room, too, even though all the windows are closed. There are never any flies in the rest of the house, and my door is always closed, but they appear randomly.

        I mean, I do spend a lot of the time at the barn, but I can't smell so bad that the flies follow me home! I do shower, I promise! (And my room is freezing because the heater is broken!)

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        • #5
          Get on the freeway and drive about 80 MPH with all the windows down. They'll get sucked right out.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Go Fish View Post
            Get on the freeway and drive about 80 MPH with all the windows down. They'll get sucked right out.
            As if

            I've had them on my windshield (outside) at 80mph and they just flutter their little fly wings...tough buggers!

            I often wonder what people think when I'm stopped at a light and I'm flailing away at them with all my windows open!!!
            They just hunker down and wait for the light to change

            * <-- RR Certified Gold Star {) <-- RR Golden Croissant Award
            Training Tip of the Day: If you can’t beat your best competitor, buy his horse.
            NO! What was the question?

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            • #7
              I carry a fly swatter (on the dash for easy access), to kill the ones on the passenger seat.
              To get the constantly circling flies out the window I leave the back driver's side window down about 3-6 inches and when they fly by the driver's side front window I open it a little bit and they are sucked out. Only opening the front window just pushes them back in. If all the windows are open they lay low until the windows are closed again.
              I don't have anything better to do on long drives than to study aerodynamics as related to fly populations in my vehicle.

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              • #8
                As a professor of mine used to say...
                Sounds like a good 'Masters' project for someone
                * <-- RR Certified Gold Star {) <-- RR Golden Croissant Award
                Training Tip of the Day: If you can’t beat your best competitor, buy his horse.
                NO! What was the question?

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                  #9
                  Well, I am glad to know that others understand my pain. Right now, the minivan is parked in the driveway with every possible door and window wide open. We'll see what the population is when I get back in --- and drive to the barn where I'll probably pick up a few new ones. :-)

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                  • #10
                    AHHhh! I hate that. I always leave my windows down as I usually have at least 1 dog with me and we usually spend the ride home with the windows down and me swatting and yelling "OUT $HITFLIES!!!".

                    Ya gotta crack the window and drive fast. Even then, they still find somewhere to hide and hang on until you think they are all gone and your windows are up to make an appearance. Little bastards.
                    "look deep into his pedigree. Look for the name of a one-of-a-kind horse who lends to his kin a fierce tenacity, a will of iron, a look of eagles. Look & know that Slew is still very much with us."

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by SharonA View Post
                      Why, why, why do the flies end up in my car when I'm at the barn? Explain to me why, when they have all the space in the world, the flies choose to find their way in through my two open windows and hang out in the back of my minivan? Also, since they are so good at finding their way in, why is it that they cannot find their way out again? Even if I open the side doors, the stupid flies fly out, then fly back in.

                      Disgusting though my minivan is (I'm not sure which child may have dropped what food or drink in it lately), I don't see the attraction for flies who have all that horse poop just few seconds' flight away.
                      I believe our mini vans are twins....
                      I don't even have my windows open at the barn and they still get in. Mine seem to survive for a long time, sustained, no doubt, by the food dropped by my child.

                      We also have a big mosquito season, this summer we made "Quick get into the van! CLOSE THE DOOR" into an Olympic sport. Mosquitoes are worse, if you kill them you get sqashed mosquito on the inside of your windshield, if you don't kill them they bite your ankles while you are driving on the highway at high speed.

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                      • #12
                        house flies.....stable flies.....whatever

                        my vehicles attract horseflies
                        Nothing says "I love you" like a tractor. (Clydejumper)

                        The reports states, “Elizabeth reported that she accidently put down this pony, ........, at the show.”

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                        • #13
                          I keep the windows up on new truck- old truck I didn't seem to care, flies just added to the ambiance. The big blue "fly-o-quarium". I kept a thing of lysol wipes to clean off the steering wheel and dash.

                          Nasty, nasty flies leaving their little fly poo spots everywhere.

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                          • #14
                            The thread title made me think of this:

                            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnhtTXJOJxE

                            I know, not even marginally helpful...
                            Originally posted by BigMama1
                            Facts don't have versions. If they do, they are opinions
                            GNU Terry Prachett

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                            • #15
                              You are not alone. I thought I got smart last summer and bought a convertible. They still manage to hang on when the top is down though.
                              Things Take Time

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                              • #16
                                Hubby and I bought a very OLD truck years ago. The inside top of the cab was bare metal. He thought someone had exploded a can of coke in the cab and was shocked and amazed when I told him it was Fly S***... He did not kow they can S*** upside down....

                                I cannot wait for winter when all these darned things DIE!
                                We do not have an overpopulation of dogs, we have an under population of responsible dog owners!!!

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                                • #17
                                  I turn the AC on full blast and freeze them out of my truck.

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                                  • #18
                                    I just keep all my windows up at the barn now, even on hot summer days. The annoyance of a fly (or worse, a bee!) flying into my face as I drive is better than the stuffiness!

                                    I once wrote a poem called "The Flies That Come To Die In My Van."
                                    "Remain relentlessly cheerful."

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                                    • #19
                                      They do that in our car too! Darn things. And then they always manage to follow us up to the house and I have to spend the day watching for opportunities to kill them.

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                                      • #20

                                        I hate that! Once they are in, they are almost impossible to completely evict.
                                        And there's nothing more annoying than having the last one start buzzing back and forth across your field of vision while you are driving...

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