Hinder Flies From Invading Your Home

Jim's Termite & Pest ControlWhen the summer comes around, we welcome the warmth with open arms. It’s time for holidays, picnics outside, fresh breezes through open windows and of course… flies. Regardless of the species, bluebottle flies, house flies, fruit flies – nobody wants them in their home.

Having flies constantly buzzing around isn’t just irritating they fly and crawl on almost everything! House flies and bluebottles are the biggest nuisance as they carry diseases such as gastroenteritis and salmonella which increases the chances of spreading disease and infections. In addition, they lay eggs often and pretty much defecate on anything they touch which is why it’s important to not have them flying around your home.

No one should have to live with these annoying critters in their house or garden – here are some expert tips to help make your home a fly-free zone.

Basic Hygiene

Flies come indoors to find things to eat, so the first thing to do is remove all possible food sources. Wet pet food in particular is a favourite breeding ground for flies. Put down smaller quantities more frequently and clean the bowl when the animal has finished.

Another simple way to eradicate flies from your house is to take out your rubbish as quickly as possible and keep it in a sealed container. Also, don’t leave any food or compost lying around that will attract flies.

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Here are some other helpful tips to reduce flies in your home;

  • Wash dishes straight after use or at least thoroughly rinse them.
  • Cover all food when flies are around.
  • Make sure the lid on your rubbish bin closes completely and wash it out weekly with bleach or disinfectant.
  • Keep ripe and over-ripe fruit in the fridge and put decaying fruit and veggies in the compost bin and with the lid is on tightly.
  • Rinse out bottles and jars before putting in the recycling bin.
  • Store your bin out of direct sunlight to reduce smells, which will stop flies being attracted to it.

If you do get an infestation of flies, t is best to vacuum first, clean behind furniture and shelving because that’s where flies like to hide; then wash down surfaces with a disinfectant spray or wet wipes to pick up any fly eggs.

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  • A spray insecticide is fine but read the instructions and use in a well-ventilated area. Never use near food or the surfaces where you prepare food, avoid fish tanks and be very careful around pets, babies and those with breathing difficulties.
  • Flypapers are ugly and sticky but they are effective. Hang where they can’t get stuck to your face as you walk past and replace regularly or when full.
  • Electric, ultra-violet bug traps attract the flies, then kill them when they land (but they smell slightly of burning and make a noise).
  • Pick up a cheap, electric fly swat and have a work-out as you zap.
  • Beaded curtains or mesh screens across doorways can help – flies can’t fly through them – plus add fly screens to windows.
  • Fill in cracks, crevices, and spaces around pipes. If you suspect flies are coming in through open cracks and crevices in your home, fill in these openings with spackle, caulk, or expanding foam
  • Make your own fly trap using a jar filled with sugary water and a paper cone in the top – the flies can’t escape once they’ve gone down the cone into the jar.

Natural Fly Deterrents

One way to get rid of flies is to use a repellent in various forms. Flies are quite fussy when it comes to certain smells and flavours. Since flies taste through the hairs on their legs, they are very sensitive to where they land so try these home-made repellents to deter the flies.

  • Grow herbs like basil and mint on your windowsill – flies hate them – and put a few sprigs on the worktop when you’re cutting up meat or fish.
  • Flies hate the smell of essential oils like lemon grass, peppermint, lavender and eucalyptus – put a few drops in a spray bottle and use around the house daily. They also hate the smell of camphor (a traditional moth deterrent).
  • Orange peel is a wonderfully cheap way to get rid of flies as well as encouraging us to eat more oranges. Citrus extracts are actually used in a lot of commercial bug repellents due to its ability to deter insects.
  • Make your own fly spray – Get an empty spray bottle and put in around 10 drops of washing up liquid. Add two cups of warm water, screw on the top and gently shake. Spray directly onto the flies if you can get to them fast enough!

Flies are not only annoying, they’re major carriers of disease. They are known to transfer more than 100 pathogens that can result in illness, including cholera, typhoid, tuberculosis, and dysentery. They collect those pathogens on their legs and mouths when feeding on trash, faeces and other decaying material.

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