Are There Flies In Your House?

Flies in My House

House flies in the house can be a real nuisance.  Their ability to rapidly reproduce means your home can be overrun in a manner of weeks.  These flies are very small.  Their mouthparts are built to sponge up liquids, and they are unable to bite.  However, they are still capable of mechanically transmitting disease.  In fact, over 65 diseases are commonly transmitted by flies.  This is because flies are attracted to sewer, rotting foods, open wounds, manure, and other bacteria-ridden places.

If a large population of flies is present in your home, it is important to figure out why they’re there.  Flies thrive in warm, moist places.  They are most prevalent in areas that have food for their larvae.  This includes rotting food, open garbage cans, and animal poop.  If these conditions persist, you may have a serious fly infestation.

The first step to ridding your home of flies is to eliminate all areas used by flies for breeding.  Seal all food, regularly take out the trash, and clean up standing water, especially in the bathroom.  There are several non-chemical ways to kill flies.  Sticky flypaper is very effective for small to moderate populations of flies.  Ultraviolet electric lights are also effective.  These lights electrocute flies when they come too close.  Old-fashioned fly swatters are great for eliminating the occasional fly.  Fly cones can be used outside.  These are capable of trapping a large amount of flies, potentially keeping more flies from entering your home.  Chemicals are not normally needed for a fly infestation.  If the fly population endures all other control methods, there are aerosol sprays that kill flying insects as well as effective pesticide fly baits.  However, try all other methods of control before resulting to insecticides.  It is also important to search your home for entry points.  Patch all screens, caulk all cracks, and leave doors closed.  This can prevent flies from wandering into your home and breeding.