Flies are annoying right? While buzzing and hovering annoyances, they instil less fear is us than other pests we find in our homes but are almost certainly the most common and wide-spread house-hold pest.
With over 100,000 known species, able to transmit more than 100 diseases, it’s really no surprise that their presence in our homes can be frustrating, and if in greater numbers, distressing. With a single female fly able to lay around 100 eggs, one pesky fly could turn into a full-scale problem, fast.
With so many species out there, and many common in the UK, we recommend giving us a call to seek advice and treatments to ensure we can establish the exact species that we’re dealing with and resolve your issue faster.
Found flies in your house? Worried you might have a fly problem? In this blog we’ll explore how to prevent fly activity and remove them from your house.
Flies? Argh! How do I keep them out of the house?
As with many insects, flies love standing water, they breed in it and require it to feed. Ensuring sinks and bowls are empty and dry, and that your gutters are effectively moving water away from the house will work to keep your home fly-free.
Similarly, after preparing and eating food, ensure all debris is hoovered or swept away, and all surfaces are clean of any spills or crumbs, as flies are attracted to these sources of food no matter how minuscule.
Ensure all food is stored away, rather than left out on sideboards and worktops, and cover any food you must leave out to stop the spread of disease, should a fly land to investigate.
Wash out your rubbish bin with hot soapy water and an all-purpose cleaner to remove any sticky and smelly spills that could attract flies.
Spraying drains with foam cleaners can work to help the movement of water and remove scum and bacterial film to ensure your drains don’t begin to harbour an infestation.
Pet owners should clear up waste in the garden or outside of the home and use strong disinfectant sprays on any indoor accidents to prevent flies attracted to animal waste swarming and spreading disease.
Keeping the home clean and being vigilant when it comes to removing over-ripe fruit, or perpetually damp house-plant soil, will also help to maintain the fly-free equilibrium of your home.
Finally, enter and leave the home quickly to minimise the possibility of sharing your abode with these buzzing blighters. While it’s an obvious suggestion, try to keep your doors and windows closed, or draw curtains/install screens over them, to stay pest-free.
They’re already here – How do I get them out of the house?
With the flies we find in our homes carrying diseases such as Dysentery, Cholera, Typhoid and beyond, if you’ve got a fly problem, you’d be protecting the health of your family, sparing your frustration and saving time, by getting in touch.
While DIY treatments and simple measures are available, and we’ll detail these below, if you’ve got an infestation of flies in your home, call Key West today. We’ll have your home pest-free in no time!
For those willing to try a few home remedies first, the following suggestions range in effectiveness, but have been used for many years to minimise and treat infestations of flies across the home.
Fly traps are one of the most readily available and affordable solutions available for controlling flies in our houses. Regardless of the size of your problem, we recommend buying a number of different traps as flies are attracted to different food sorts, so multiple types of traps may be required to tackle the full-scale of the problem.
Pheromone traps are often effective, as they attract the flies by fooling them into thinking they’re approaching other flies.
Bug zappers (or electric discharge insect control systems), while ranging in effectiveness dependent on the species of fly infesting your home, could also be a good investment. Some use a sticky film to trap the flies attracted by their light, and others electrocute them. This second type should not be used in kitchens or eating areas, as zapped body parts can be sent flying in all directions.
Do a little research into the best fly insecticides currently on the market and follow directions careful when carrying out DIY insecticide/chemical spraying. Identifying the species of fly causing your problem will be useful here in order for the treatment to be effective.
Finally, fly paper is another widely available and relatively inexpensive treatment you can deploy yourself at home. Fly paper is coated with an attractant similar to flies’ pheromones and is covered with an adhesive that traps and kills them. Hung from the ceiling or lay along horizontal surfaces where flies are known to land, this option is one that could slowly but surely begin to minimise your problem.
At Key West, we pride ourselves on providing the best advice, and the best treatments at an affordable price. So, whether your problem is small or unbearable, give us a call to put your mind at ease and return your home to you fly-free.