The Dangers a Flies Infestation Poses In Your Home
Flies‘ infestations are quite a common occurrence in the summer time or when there has been some rainfall and when the outdoor humidity levels rise. In most cases, houseflies originate outdoors. This also means the first step in controlling a fly problem is to inspect your property and identify where the flies’ breeding ground is.
The next thing to determine is how they’re getting into your house. Once you have found this out, you can use different exclusion, mechanical and sanitation methods or chemical control measures to ensure they are deterred from entering your property.
In order to identify where these pests are living & breeding and from where they are entering your home, you would have to watch the flies. Check which spots they are resting or landing in and what exactly they are getting attracted to. Identify which flies they are as you need to know whether they are cluster flies, blow flies or house flies.
If you notice a large number of flies in and around your home, it’s likely there is a breeding site either somewhere on your own property or even a neighbouring one; and you should be scouring these areas as well. If you find that they are originating from some other spot near your property, you should try to coordinate with your neighbours and have the problem fixed from a good pest control company. If you aren’t able to do this, you can call your local municipal authorities and request them to address the issue.
One of the first things to do is to reduce the breeding sites and things that are attracting the flies. Clean up all the litter/open garbage/compost sites in the outdoor spaces on your property. Flies are attracted to these spots and once they realise they are able to get a steady supply of food, they will end up building colonies there. The steps you should take are:
- A housefly typically has a lifecycle of a week; this makes it important to clear all manure and organic materials every week.
- The garbage also needs to be picked up a minimum of 2 times each week as that helps break the flies’ breeding cycle.
- Keep the dumpster spots as far from your home’s structure as possible and ensure they are clean.
- Ensure the garbage cans have tight-fitting lids.
- When you are discarding garbage in plastic bags, ensure that they are sealed well.
- Clear up pet faeces regularly.
- Remove decaying or dead plantings from the garden and yard spaces.
- The compost piles should be far away from your home and covered to prevent the flies from getting in and breeding there.
In almost all cases, the flies you find in your home have entered from outside. This is why it becomes important to place barriers that will prevent them from entering the indoor spaces. The different things you can do are:
- Seal all the cracks around doors & windows from where the flies may enter.
- Install small-mesh, and well-fitted screens on all your windows and doors.
#4 Mechanical Trapping
This is a good method of reducing a flies’ infestation in indoor spaces; however, it isn’t as effective in outdoor areas like a yard. Some of the trapping options you can use are:
- Use inverted cone traps that have fly food attractants.
- Place insecticide-impregnated resin strips on the inside of garbage cans’ lids.
- Place ultraviolet light traps beneath trees, in alleyways and around manure piles.
Aside from these measures, you can also use aerosol fly sprays in indoor spaces. When you are using insecticides, it’s a good idea to apply them every 2-4 weeks in warmer weather. If you find the infestation is very serious, call Emblem Pest Services at this number – 1800 244 778. We provide high-grade, residential and commercial pest control services across Sydney, at very competitive pricing.
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