While an essential part of the food chain, flies can be extremely annoying. Flies that you find inside your home were most likely outdoor flies, to begin with. That means, if you have a fly problem inside, you need to figure out the source and why there are so many flies outside. It will also be best to figure out how they are getting into your home. Once you have discovered the root of the problem, you can set about getting it solved.
Start by observing the flies in your home. Watch to see where they rest and land. This can help you to determine what is attracting them. It can also help to figure out what type of flies you have. Different flies require different processes for their eradication. Types of flies include house flies, cluster flies, and blowflies, among others. If it seems that you have an abundance of flies, it is likely that there is a breeding site somewhere on or near your property. If you cannot find one on your property, ask your neighbors to check theirs. Another option is to get in touch with your state health department or another, appropriate municipal office. Killing adult flies may temporarily solve the problem, but for a long-term solution, removing the breeding area is key.
Now that you know where the flies are coming from, you can start taking care of the problem. Below, you will find tips for taking care of outdoor house flies. If your flies are a different breed, you may need to take alternate steps, but any method of cleaning and eradicating will help get the pests under control.
Start by cleaning the areas where you find flies breeding, living, or feeding. You may need to alter the way you store various items on your property and in your household. Because the life cycle of a housefly lasts only about a week, it is important that you remove or seal any wet organic materials, manure, and garbage twice a week or more. This will help to break up the breeding cycle of the flies.
Make sure that any trash areas, such as dumpsters or large bins, are kept far away from your household and cleaned frequently. Trash bins should have tight-fitting lids that flies cannot get into or out of. If you use trash bags, make sure that you seal them tightly. You may want to double bag them if you do not have a container to store them in.
If you have pets, make sure that you pick up their waste immediately. If you have an outdoor kennel, make sure to keep it clean. It is also important to clean up after your dog eats a meal. If possible, do not let their food sit out all day. If your pet is a messy eater, make sure to clean around their food bowl after each meal.
Dead or decaying plants should be removed from your property as soon as you notice them. Areas with stagnant water, or areas that are excessively moist, are also breeding grounds for flies, so take actions to eliminate this area from your property. If you have a compost pile, make sure it is situated as far away from your home as possible.
Keeping Them Out
Most flies that you find inside your home came in from outside. Preventing them from coming inside is a huge step in creating a more comfortable home. To keep them out, make sure that any cracks around your doors and windows are sealed. Also, make sure that all of your window and door screens are in good repair and fit well within their designated areas.
If you have taken all of the above steps and still have a fly problem, you may need to use chemicals to control the fly population on your property. Keep in mind, this should only be used as a last resort. If you are eating outside, such as having a picnic, use an aerosol fly spray right before you eat. This will kill flies that are already in the area, but will not prevent flies from coming back later. If you have an outdoor trash disposal, like a dumpster or large bin, you can set out small insecticide bait stations, but make sure that they are kept out of the reach of children and pets. Flies can be a nuisance, and keeping them at bay will make for more relaxing days. Good luck!