Sep 09, 2013 - 06:41 AM
The problem with controlling flies outdoors is that sometimes you can't control what attracts them. In this case, flies are attracted to your animals.
Keeping the fecal picked up several times a day will certainly help, but you also have to consider moisture, plants, and the area where the dogs are located. If this is a dirt area or a yard without cement or gravel, then keeping the flies away becomes much harder. Urine, and other excretions from the dogs will also attract flies.
The best thing to do is keep the area sprayed on a regular basis with either a pyrethrin based spray such as Riptide or Exciter, or use a permethrin based product such as Vector Ban or Vector Ban Plus.
Simply spray the entire area and then let it dry. You may be do to do this several times a week to get good control.
Treating the dogs with any flea or tick type spray such as PetCor will also help. Garlic in their food can help.
As far as home remedies go, water and bleach sprayed onto the ground or area where the dogs are located can help and will also sanitize the area. Garlic in their food will help to repel the flies.
Hope this helps.