There are a variety of flies that enjoy living in your home. The biggest are house flies, which are also known as blow flies and flesh flies. There are also small flies, such as fruit flies and drain flies. The least favorite family of flies that invade homes are those sneaky visitors such as mosquitoes and biting flies. The sad part is that all these flies are attracted to homes for different reasons. That is one reason why it is hard for homeowners and renters to control house flies. Here are a few tips to help control all these flies.
DIY Options for House Fly Control
- Check the window screens. Flies need a way into your home and window screens are one the most often overlooked home maintenance chores.
- Check Doors and Windows – Because both doors and windows open and close, they present an opportunity for small critters to enter your home. Be sure that all the windows and door have a tight seal. Doors and windows that have a good fit keep insects, such as flies from moving in with you.
- Screen Doors – make sure that screen on your screen door is small enough to stop a mosquito. Some doors, especially steel security screen doors have grates that mosquitoes can fit through. If your screen door is not up to the task of stopping small flies, then replace the screening or the door.
- Food, Garbage, and Compost – Most species of flies are attracted by food that is decomposing. Even fruit that is about to spoil emits chemicals that attract flies. If you have fruit flies, blow flies, flesh flies or those green bottle flies then somewhere in your home or around your yard decomposition is occurring. These flies tend to be larger, except for fruit flies. You can move compost and garbage bins away from your home and make sure that indoor refuse cans get emptied daily. If you have fruit out, check it often. By making sure that food, compost, and garbage is taken care of frequently, you will reduce the attractants for many flies.
If you pay attention to these DIY chores and there are still flies in your home, then there is an infestation somewhere. There are chemical and mechanical means available that help control house flies. Reach out to our professionals about our safe options for reducing and destroying house fly infestations. We provide quality and affordable pest control services throughout the greater Austin Area.
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