One of the most common insect infestations that can lead to domestic properties needing pest control, is caused by flies. Whilst some people may feel they are little more than an inconvenience, they can in fact cause far more harm than simply annoying you.
Whilst you don’t need to worry about being bitten or scratched like you do with fleas or ticks, flies have a far more unsanitary method of causing harm to you and your family. By dragging themselves through faecal matter and other filthy environments, then landing on your food, they can transfer a host of unpleasant diseases:
So what steps can you take to prevent or fight an infestation of flies?
The best thing you can do to tackle a fly infestation is to prevent it from occurring in the first place.
Flies love food, so make sure to wash-up dishes and wipe down surfaces promptly after any meal preparation and consumption. House flies like soft moist vegetables, whilst bluebottles prefer animal fats – such as those found in meat and cheese – so it doesn’t matter what food you are having, the risk for attracting flies will be present.
If you have pets, be sure to clean their food area regularly and clean up any toilet-related accidents as soon as they occur. Parents of babies and toddlers should seal soiled nappies in a (biodegradable) nappy-bag before placing in the refuse and wash soiled clothing promptly.
Mesh screens on your doors and windows can prevent flies from entering the house in the first place and can be very good for those who live in areas with lots of flying insects around.
Following all this advice will give you the best chance of avoiding an infestation of flies.
However, if you see clusters of small, dark spots in lit areas, notice an increase in the number of flies around your home or find maggots (flies in larval form) anywhere on your property, then you may have an infestation and will need to take steps to deal with them.
Pest control products
There are many products available to buy if you want to take a DIY approach to your pest control solutions, including:
- Fly paper
- Window stickers
- Electric control units (bug zappers)
They all work in different ways and you should always read the instructions thoroughly before deploying them in your home. They also incur varying costs, so make sure to choose carefully to avoid overspending on a solution which turns out to be overkill. For example, one-off infestations are unlikely to require you to install an electrical fly killer. However, if you find, despite your best prevention efforts, you have infestations of flies recurring regularly then it may be something worth considering.
And never underestimate the judicious application of a rolled-up newspaper.
It may be that you don’t like the idea of killing the flies, or using shop-bought chemicals to tackle them. You’ll be glad to know that there are a whole load of solutions you can employ by using a few natural items you can find around the house.
Flies can’t stand the smell of vinegar, so you can boil some in a pan and leave it simmering to drive them out. Just don’t let the vinegar burn as the smell tends to linger for days. On the other hand, they are rather fond of cider vinegar, so put some in a jar with a few small holes in the lid to trap them.
Flies also hate the smell of things such as mint, lavender, eucalyptus and cloves. Make little bundles of potpourri from these herbs and hang them in problem areas to make them think twice about moving in. They also hate the smell of onions – but you may not want your house reeking of them either.
You can even make your own syrup-based fly paper to trap the pests. However, flies are not the only insects which love sweet things, so be prepared for wasps and other flying critters to be drawn in as well.
Get the professionals in
Whether you have attempted some of or all the solutions we have suggested above and found your efforts wanting, or you simply lack the confidence or desire to take care of an infestation yourself, you may want to consider calling in the pest control professionals.
Safeguard Pest Control has over 30 years of experience in the business, and would be more than happy to rid your commercial premises or home of your fly infestation. Contact us today for more information.