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