Flies are not good company
They arrive, they stay, and they won’t leave! Flies are annoying, constantly landing on us, on our pets, on our food, and on our food prep areas. This is not only bothersome, it is unhealthy. Flies are known to spread disease, just a few are malaria, dysentery, gastroenteritis, cunjunctivitis, diarrhea and more. Every single time they land, which is non-stop, their sticky foot pads are coated with particles of excrement or garbage, which then can be transferred to the very food we put in our mouth. Did you know that flies defecate every 4 to 5 minutes. Yuk!
Prevent a swarm of flies
Get rid of flies before they multiply by limiting their ability to eat and breed. Remove their food sources such as leftover or uncovered food, soft fruits (grapes, peaches, apricots, etc), and any sitting water such as garbage disposal drains, sink and floor drains, recyclables, wet soil and pet poo (their breeding ground). Garbage cans, both inside and out
If you have fresh, overripe fruit out during summer, place a household fan near fruit bowl, and keep it blowing across the fruit. Flies cannot land in a cross wind. If you don’t want to have a fan running, then place one of the following plants near your fruit bowl; basil or lemon basil, rosemary, lavender, bay leaf, mint, and tansy to help keep the flies away from your fruit.
Empty your indoor garbage can(s) at least twice a week. If you have an open garbage can in the house, keep it as far away from the outside doors as possible. Better yet, have a garbage can with a lid on it that you can keep closed.
Pay special attention to your outdoor garbage cans. Just emptying the garbage can is not really enough if you are seeing flies in the area. It is even better to rinse it out and disinfect the garbage can during the hot summer months. One can only can become the breeding ground for thousands, yes thousands of flies. The female fly lays up to 600 eggs in batches of 75 to 150 eggs. This same female fly if survives your prevention tactics can lay new eggs every 2 weeks.
Inspect your home and window screens for any holes or cracks, then seal any entry points around windows and doors using a sealant such as caulking to plug any gaps or holes.
Plant in your garden or window boxes basil or lemon basil, rosemary, lavender, bay leaf, mint, tansy and sweet woodruff to help ward off flies.
Dealing with a fly problem
So you have a problem with too many flies. Here are some options to help you fight the battle!
Hang No-Pest Strips in your out buildings and garage.
Hot Shot No Pest Strip
Item #: 750146
Kills flying and crawling insects as listed. Leaves no odor. Just hang or stand it up in garages, basements, attics, and more. Lasts up to 4 months. 1 unit will treat 900 to 1200 sq ft. 1 count package. Active ingredient: 18.6% Dichlorvos, 1.4% related compounds.
Raid Flying Insect Killer
Item #: 756334
Raid flying insect killer kills flies, mosquitoes, and other flying insects. Can also be used to kill crawling insects. Outdoor fresh scent.
DIY Nontoxic Fly Repellant
Try this nontoxic method, near your doors to help keep flies from entering your home. This might also be good to keep on your deck, where you can enjoy the outdoors without flies bothering you.
Just partially fill a heavy-duty plastic bag with water. Put a penny in the bag and seal up. This has been known to effectively ward off flies. The reflection of light on the bag disturbs the fly’s eyesight, effectively keeping them away.
Enjoy a fly-free summer!