The Best Way to Control Flies in and Around Your Home
Everyone has had to deal with flies around the house, at some time or the other. They may create a nuisance when you are having a picnic or a barbeque or may just swarm into your house in the summertime, when you really like to open up the windows in your home, to let some fresh air in. These flies are really sickening, and they are rightfully called filth flies as they live off of garbage and animal faeces. The different types of filth flies include house flies, green bottle flies, fruit flies, stable flies and many others.
These pesky pests have hairy legs on which nasty bacteria get attached. The flies then transport these organisms onto any food items they sit on. In effect, they carry various disease-causing bacteria onto your food. A single fly can easily carry more than 1 million bacteria and they can spread diseases such as salmonella and dysentery.
The warm weather factor
Most of these filth flies tend to reproduce very quickly in warmer weather and that means most places in Australia are vulnerable to being infested with these winged pests. When people find they have too many flies around the house, they try various sprays on them.
While this does help kill the flies that actually come in contact with the spray, other flies also manage to get into your home and defile the space. So is there nothing you can do to stop this menace? Sure there is. In fact there are a number of measures you can take to keep flies away from your home.
Keeping flies at bay
If you want to keep fly populations under control, you will have to limit the places where these pests can find food and breed. Flies are filthy and they generally shun clean places that have very high levels of hygiene. These are the things you can do to ensure that the areas in and around your home become unliveable for them:
- The first thing to do is to ensure there is no animal or pet faeces lying around your house as that can attract flies. Place all the bagged pet poop waste in a garbage can with a tight lid.
- Dispose of all organic waste and food scraps properly. It’s best to drain all the moisture from food waste before you discard it.
- If you are into composting your kitchen waste, it’s important that you add sawdust to the garbage. That absorbs most of the odours and moisture, which act like magnets for flies.
- Do not add any animal waste or meat to the compost bin/pit.
- Always keep the garbage bins tightly lidded and ensure there are no holes in the bin.
- If you are able to, do make it a point to scrub down the garbage cans with regularity
- Rinse your beer bottles, empty soda cans & pet food cans before you toss them into the recycling bin and ensure that this too has a tight lid.
- If you have fruit trees in your home, ensure there is no ripe fruit lying around on the ground. Fermenting food is a major attractant for filth flies.
- Install tight-fitting window screens and ensure they don’t have any tears and holes.
- Hang a few sticky fly-paper traps in places where you have seen more flies. These are helpful when there is a very small population of flies.
- Fly traps also work pretty well, especially for house flies. Place these where you see many flies.
- You can also use off-the-shelf pesticide sprays to keep the flies away from your home.
If you do find a pest infestation on your property, call Emblem Pest Services without delay. We provide all types of pest control treatments. The number to call is 1800 244 778. Alternatively, use this online form to send us your queries.
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