It’s happened to many of us – you wake up to find a housefly infestation that has seemingly come out of nowhere! If you leave your flies in house untreated, they can spread disease, infest your food, and breed again and again.
They make your home or business feel squalid and might even damage your reputation with neighbours and clients. No one wants a fly problem in house – so, how can you get rid of them?
Follow these four steps to get rid of flies in your house for good.
1) PREVENTION: Practice good fly prevention by proofing your windows and doors, and checking that your roof vents aren’t letting them in.
2) CLEANING: Stringent house cleaning is the best way to prevent flies from taking over in your home. To prevent houseflies, be especially careful to remove decaying food and faeces (such as used nappies and bags of dog and cat waste). Fruit flies are attracted to sugary squash and soft drinks, wine and beer, and fruit. Drain flies are drawn to moist areas, like drains, puddles, and standing water, so ensure that these are kept dry and/or removed.
3) IDENTIFICATION AND EXTERMINATION: In order to target and get rid of your fly problem in house, you first need to correctly identify the type of fly infestation. Are they cluster flies, house flies, or fruit flies? Each species requires its own extermination methods, so you need to know what you’re dealing with.
Sometimes the best course of action is to get in touch with the experts. While your DIY solutions might ease a minor fly infestation, a professional exterminator can get rid of house flies for good. Not only will we get rid of the flies in your house now, but we’ll also find the breeding sites and eradicate them completely.
When you went to sleep everything was normal, but you woke up to a swarm of flies on your windows – what happened? It sounds like you have a cluster fly problem.
Also known as attic flies, cluster flies are big black flies that fly very slowly and ‘cluster’ in groups, usually around windows and doors. Arriving into your home in waves, they tend to head indoors in large numbers in the fall months. They lay their eggs outdoors in the late summer, which then hatch in the fall. That’s when they’ll try to head into your home and try to hibernate there during the colder months.
Cluster flies can squeeze their way into even the smallest cracks in your home’s envelope, accessing cracks in your doors and windows. They like light and heat, which is why they often hang out on windows during the day. Once they are inside, the only way to get rid of cluster flies in house is to kill them, so it’s always a good idea to prevent them in the first place.
While cluster flies are unsightly and annoying, it’s helpful to remember that they are not actually dangerous or unhygienic. They lay their eggs in earthworm burrows, not in food, and they are not associated with rotting flesh or food.
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Of course, the best way to get rid of flies in the house is to prevent them in the first place! Always be on the lookout for places where they can get inside and spawn, and remove standing water, old food, and other potential breeding grounds.
PLANT FLOWERS THAT REPEL FLIES
One way to repel flies is to surround your home with plants and flowers that they despise. Try planting lavender, basil, mint, marigolds, bay, and nasturtiums. This method doesn’t always work, but your garden will smell wonderful!
INSTALL SCREENS ON DOORS AND WINDOWS
In the winter you can keep your home sealed uptight, but this isn’t possible in the warmer months. If you want to keep the air flowing and cool but don’t want to welcome flies indoors, install fly screens on your doors and windows.
SET OUT SOME VINEGAR AND SOAP TRAPS
Make a mix of vinegar and liquid soap and add a dash of sugar or honey. The flies will be attracted to the sugary blend and will be trapped by the viscosity of the soap.
MAKE BOTTLE TRAPS
Cut the top third off of a 2-litre soft drink bottle, and then invert the top back into the base and tape the two sections together securely. Add some fizzy pop or sugar water into the base – the flies will be attracted to the sweet liquid and will fly down into the bottle, and they won’t be able to get back out. As a bonus, this will also kill wasps, but keep an eye out to make sure it doesn’t trap any bees.
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