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Is there any pet which I can hold indoors in Central European household and which eats flies (and any other insects) flying around my house? I got plenty of them because my neighbor has a pig farm next door.

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    Can you clarify your question to indicate the potential for the insects to come in contact with poison. Also the related question Can I use a gecko to get rid of a cockroach infestation? may give you cause to further fine tune your question. – James Jenkins Jul 20 '14 at 18:51
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    I'd suggest venus flytraps or sundew plants before any animals. Also, plants wouldn't leave poo all over your house. – Spidercat Jul 20 '14 at 20:14
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    If you have any neighbors who use insect relent or poison, and the flying insect goes from their house to your house, before the poison has killed the insect, then your new fly eating pet will be poisoned... – James Jenkins Jul 21 '14 at 10:26
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    If you're in the habit of killing or relocating spiders in your house, I suggest you stop (at least for now). The spiders will help control the fly population, and when the flies (and other bugs) are gone, the spiders will vanish. Non-toxic pest control FTW! – mhwombat Jul 21 '14 at 20:36
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    @jmusser FTW = For The Win. Sorry about the acronym. – mhwombat Jul 23 '14 at 0:12
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My answer's going to be the same as one I've previously given. I would avoid getting an animal and expect it to take care of any insect problems.

  1. If the flies can get in, the animal that's going to eat the flies can get out. Then you're not only back where you started, but possibly responsible for introducing an invasive species into your area.

  2. If you let an animal loose around your house to eat the flies, you're also letting them loose to defecate in your house.

  3. Wild insects can come into contact with pesticides and parasites. Which could in turn, infect, make ill, or even kill the animal eating them.

You're also going to want to consider the needs of the animals you're considering. The first animals that come to mind are amphibians and reptiles, but amphibians need constant moisture otherwise you're going to find some nasty surprises around your house. Reptiles need certain temperatures and UV light in order to digest their food, so you'd be living in a tanning bed.

My cats have been effective at chasing down and killing flies, but they also have been effective at "killing" everything else that's been in their way. Fly on the good china? Not anymore. Of course you have'll want to consider the responsibilities of taking care of a cat if you go that route (they're not going to survive off of bugs).

If it's just a matter of not wanting to put fly traps around the house (I get it, they're gross), I'd suggest a plant that eats insects. The only downside to a plant is the amount of sunlight it needs, and making sure that it gets enough water.

There's the classic venus fly trap, the sundew plant, and various types of pitcher plants. I would ask gardening.se about the specific care for the plants though.

Otherwise if it's just about getting rid of the flies, I'd suggest one of the bag fly traps. They work in the same way that the pitcher plants do, in that the flies go in, get stuck, and drown.

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    On top of all this, I can't think of any pet that would reduce the fly problem effectively and be cheaper or less work than straightforward pest control. – toxotes Jul 21 '14 at 16:46
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    If the flies can get in, the animal that's going to eat the flies can get out. Not necessarily, if it can't fly. – starsplusplus Jul 22 '14 at 4:03
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    I had a Venus fly trap. It couldn't handle the bluebottles my dad and brother fed it and it died. I'd like to second the suggestion to ask on Gardening StackExchange before getting one. – starsplusplus Jul 22 '14 at 4:06
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    @starsplusplus The death of your plant was probably caused by something else. They are very picky about soil, water, light, and humidity. Seriously, these are better for a hobbyist gardener, not for a practical fly control. – J. Musser Jul 22 '14 at 23:58
  • To everyone in general: I have over 10k rep on GL. Just thought I'd add that so you might take my thought on this more seriously. – J. Musser Jul 23 '14 at 0:00
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If you're looking for a pet, I would probably suggest guinea fowl. They eat insects and rodents and don't really require much to take care of other than making sure they have water. The downside though is that they make a lot of noise when they discover something new, but it sounds like that wouldn't matter much.

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    Guinea fowl are bigger eaters of ground bugs like fleas and ticks, in my experience. Don't think I have ever seen one catch a fly. – James Jenkins Jul 30 '14 at 19:17
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Absolutely, get a pet 'Venus Flytrap'.

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Venus Flytraps grow in wild in my state, so I just leave mine outside during the summer and winterize them as they need the cool down period, but from what I understand you can grow them inside well enough. They may need a container of some sort, like the one pictured, to keep the humidity high. You'll also need a good grow light.

From recent research I've been doing to provide some good light to tropical that are outside during the summer and in, in the winter, I think you could buy a 4-pack each of 60w-100w equivalent CFL light bulbs (the spirally ones), in both the 6500k and 2700k range. It'll say which it is, somewhere on the pack, like so:

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You can put them in the little metal shades with the spring clamps. It looks a little gaudy, but you can buy a socket splitter and put one of each bulb in one of the big reflectors. These two ranges do different things. If you pick one, I'd go with the 6500k, but it's easy enough to do both. Look online for how to set it up and the correct distance above the plant.

These plants have been pretty easy for me to care for, though. I'd tried in the past, with no luck, doing all kinds of complicated care. However, I found a book called, "The Savage Garden" by Peter D'Amato

The Savage Garden

For the 'Venus Flytrap', the book told me a ratio to sphagnum peat moss (super cheap for a bale) and sand (super cheap play sand), to plant it in. It then said to just set it in a tray of water and keep water in the tray. The mix wicks up the proper moisture. They like to sit in water. Then you simply wait and it starts feeding.

I now have several carnivorous plants. I have some of the 'Venus Flytraps', so 'Sarracenia', and I bought my first 'Nepenthes' (Lady Luck) recently and it's supposed to do well in a regular indoor environment. Any of these will eat up your local fly population and will actually attract them to themselves so you won't have to move them around much to catch them. It won't run away on you and requires minimal care, but they're very reminiscent of a pet since they move and you can feed them. They grow light will also help attract the flys in the evenings and morning when it's the brightest light around. Good luck.

  • Not sure 'Venus Flytrap' qualifies as a pet. Might as well get a pet rock or pet fly tape – James Jenkins Oct 13 '15 at 14:28
  • pet1: adjective 1. denoting a thing that one devotes special attention to or feels particularly strongly about. *I thought it was close enough and solved the askers problem neatly. You guys, of course, have the right to disagree with my assessment, but I felt like I was fulfilling the spirit of the question. I think people who aren't good with animals can count a plant as a pet, the same way people count pets a people/family members. PS - A pet rock would be an awesome way to deal with a fly problem. Just you and your pet rock, smash'in flys. :)) – Dalton Oct 13 '15 at 14:55
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I've found one funny pet: a bat. Those were sold once for £25 in Italian supermarkets.

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    Actually the reference is selling bat houses, not bats. Not sure a bat qualifies as a pet. But it does appear they eat flies – James Jenkins Dec 21 '15 at 11:29
  • Ah, I didn't notice they were selling bat houses without bat inside! Thanks. – Marian Paździoch Dec 21 '15 at 11:53

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