Fly Control - How to Get rid of Flies

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Flies, especially if they occur in large numbers, can be a real pest around the home. They are attracted to and thrive in unhygienic conditions, especially where there's rotten food or animal droppings. It's estimated that the common household fly can carry up to one million bacteria on its body, and they are thought to spread diseases such as salmonella, dysentery and diarrhoea to name just a few. There are precautions which can be taken to prevent flies from infesting the home, but if they are already there, there are also a number of steps that can be taken to get rid of them.

Preventing Flies

Cover Food – Flies like nothing better than landing on uncovered food. If food is going to be used again, make sure it's covered securely. By landing on food flies also spread any diseases they are carrying. The same applies to Pet food, whilst your pet is not eating, cover or remove the food.

Dispose of Waste – Food left lying about is a magnet for flies. If there are any spillages in the kitchen area, it's best to clean them up straight away; otherwise flies will be quickly attracted to it.

Rubbish – Make sure that any bins or rubbish bags that are in the house are properly sealed. Even better, dispose of rubbish in bins outside of the home, again making sure the bin is secured.

Animals – If you have any pets, make sure that you dispose of their waste if there happens to be any in the house.

Openings – Flies have to get into the house somewhere, so don't leave windows and doors open all day long. This may be more difficult during the summer months when the weather is a bit warmer, so it can be advisable to invest in screens or fine mesh to cover openings. Seal any cracks around doors or windows where they may be getting in.

Compost – A method that has gained in popularity is to establish a compost heap for organic waste some distance away from the home, thus drawing away the flies. It is important, however, to prevent the compost heap from becoming a breeding ground for flies by turning the compost heat frequently.

Removing Flies

Now that we've looked at some methods of preventing flies from coming into the home, there are a few methods that can be taken to remove them when they're already there. Unless there is a serious infestation that requires the intervention of trained pest controllers, it's possible to purchase a few items that can do the job efficiently.

Sprays – Fly sprays such as the Insecto Flying Destroyer continue to remain popular products. Cheap and effective, they offer a short term solution to the problem, as sprays contain pyrethin, which is deadly to the fly. Although flies have become resistant to some forms of sprays, many such as this still remain effective. It's seen as a short term solution because flies are quickly replaced by emerging adults.

Zappers – Flies don't like zappers, as they tend to kill them instantly. The Buzz Bug zapper is a good example, shaped like a tennis racket and comes with a cleaning brush.

Flytrap papers – A safe and cost effective of method of ridding your house of flies, Cost Effective Fly Trap Papers Pack of 4 are simply hung from the celling around places where flies tend to congregate, such as at light fittings or near windows. Once full, you simply dispose of it and hang up another one. Window Floral Fly Stickers are also simple and clean to use, as flies are attracted to the light so once they land on the sticker they stay there.

Although the best way to remove flies from your house is to prevent them from ever entering it, this is easier said than done. By practising good hygiene in the house along with some other preventative measures, and combining this by investing in some cost effective removal measures, you should be able to keep these household pests to a minimum.

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