Getting Rid of Flies Tips
Flies are vexing creatures. How is it that the buzzing beasts seem to know when you are after them? The same fly can flit on an around a table next to you for an hour, but the second you grab something to swat him with, he flies off and can’t be found. Sometimes you can go all day without noticing one fly in your house, but the second you hit the pillow they start buzzing around your head. Besides being a royal pain, flies feed on all sorts of nasty germ-infested foods like rotting meat and garbage. They then come share these germs with you in your home, friendly little creatures that they are. This is why controlling flies is important. Letting flies run rampant in your home is a recipe for disease.
Flies live everywhere humans do, except Antarctica. They spread diseases like salmonella, typhoid fever, dysentery and parasitic worms. They congregate in filth and love anything dirty. House flies will usually lay eggs in any decaying matter they may find, such as your garbage can or the family dog’s droppings. The female fly will lay about 100 eggs at a time, which hatch into larvae in only one day. These larvae feed on the substance they were laid in and become adults in between two and four weeks. The air temperature will affect how quickly they develop, with colder temperatures retarding their growth.
How flies got into your home may seem like a mystery to you, especially if you keep a clean and neat domicile. However, all infestations can be tracked down to an organic source. Flies lay eggs in the same substances they feed on. When you eliminate the source of food and breeding, you eliminate the flies. If you notice an increase in the fly population in and around your home, it is a good idea to check the yard for feces, rotting animals or garbage. Standing water also attracts flies, so empty rain water from the tire swing and store buckets in the yard upside down. This will also go a long way towards controlling mosquito populations. If you keep a compost heap, encase the pile in a screen to prevent flies from breeding there.
In some cases, flies will breed within an air conditioning system, infesting a home in the worst way. Make sure you discard the old air conditioner filter at the end of the summer season and replace it with a clean one. Check for mold to ensure you are not having a water leakage problem within the system, because the water will attract flies. The garage can also be a home to flies as they go after your garbage. Keep garbage can lids sealed tight and take the trash out regularly.
Inside the house, you should consider keeping any moist waste in a sealed container. Some people keep a large kettle with a lid, lined with plastic. They put all organic waste that can be used with compost in the pot, leaving only dry trash for the regular garbage. By disposing of moist trash this way, flies stay out of the dry trash bucket.
Of course, you should keep your home clean to control fly populations. Mop the kitchen floor regularly and clean food from counters as soon as they become soiled. Keep the dirty dishes in a closed dishwasher. If you do not have a dishwasher, make sure you clean dishes as you dirty them. The sink should remain free of food matter to eliminate foods sources for flies. It is also helpful to dry out the sink basin after washing since flies are attracted to water.
Screens are an obvious solution to flies, but you must inspect them for holes. Flies can squeeze into amazingly small cracks and crevices. Be sure your screens are tight fitting and have no breaks or tears. Weather stripping helps control flies as well by blocking their means of entrance underneath doors. Seal off any holes where wires and plumbing enter your home with caulking.
Once you have sealed off all means of entrance, you may still have some flies inside your home to get rid of. You may have success chasing them with a vacuum cleaner but this will not get all of them. You can also make your own fly paper to catch the critters without spending any money at all.
To make your own fly paper, simply cut strips of brown paper bag and punch holes in one end. Tie on a string and then soak strips in a mixture of ½ cup sweet maple syrup and two tablespoons each of brown and white sugar. Let the strips soak for about eight hours. You will need to hang them somewhere until they stop dripping and then put them up where you have problems with flies. The flies will be attracted to the sweetness and will become stuck in the syrup.
You can also make a fly trap easily with an old jelly or pickle jar. Simply poke some holds in the lid using a hammer and roofing nail, ensuring the holes are just big enough for a fly to squeeze through. Put something stinky inside the jar and close the lid. You can pour a little syrup in the bottom, use jam or a piece of overripe fruit. Some people swear by wine, especially chardonnay. Flies will wiggle through the holes to get inside, but will not be able to get out. You can cover the jar with fabric if you want to avoid an unsightly display for your guests!
Another easy and convenient way to spot treat for flies is a spray bottle filled with warm water and dish soap. The spray knocks them out of the air and they fall to the floor where they can easily be scooped up and disposed of.
Unfortunately, you can never get rid of all of the flies in your home. They always find a way in. However, by taking some basic measure to control the fly population in your home, the annoyance will be kept to a minimum.