Keeping the Flies Out
Flies tend to seem like more of an annoyance than a threat because they don’t sting—they don’t even bite much. They just hover over your food, carrying any number of germs that can lead to life-threatening diseases, coupled with the sheer disgust factor that they were just snacking on rotting garbage, road kill or the dog piles your neighbors pup kindly left in your yard. Even nastier to imagine, flies are the adult form of maggots—the small, white worms found in rotting flesh that coroners often use to decide how long something has been dead. Needless to say, fly control is a necessary, sanitary requirement and begins with prevention measures both on the inside and outside of your home. Pest removal is often more difficult than pest prevention. By considering a few tips for fly control, homeowners can help to prevent a fly outbreak before they are faced with the trouble of fly removal.
We All Have Garbage
There was a time when throwing out the garage was fairly simple. But these days, there are recycling standards and composting mixed in with taking the trash out. Because garbage is a primary breeding ground for flies, there are a few things homeowners can do to help prevent house flies from invading their yards and homes:
- Don’t skimp on the containers. Purchase garbage containers that have lids that seal completely.
- Clean the garbage cans periodically. The only thing worse than taking out the garbage is having to clean the garbage can. By periodically washing the cans inside and out with a mixture of bleach and water, harmful bacteria, along with potential fly eggs, can be washed away.
- Think before you trash. If you are about to clean out your fridge, consider how close the next garbage pickup date is before you dump the Chinese leftovers into your garbage. By waiting until closer to the pickup date, homeowners can reduce the amount of time their garbage is exposed to the prime elements that attract flies.
- Pick up after Fido promptly. Waiting for the next rain to swoop in isn’t the best tactic for cleaning up your yard of dog waste, which happens to be a major attraction for flies. Keeping dog piles picked up and thrown into the trash in sealed containers will lead to better fly control.
- Compost fly-free. Read up on composting if you think adding meat is a good idea. Because of the length of time for meat to break down and the potential attraction of nasty pests such as maggots, flies and rodents, adding meat is never a good idea for compost.
Flies tend to breed more in warmer weather, so being thoughtful of fly prevention during the summer months is especially important. Homeowners who think leaving the garbage until the morning is a good idea might be very regretful when they see an entire generation of new fly eggs implanted in it. Not emptying the garbage disposal properly or leaving dishes out far too long with decomposing food on it will also generate a flock of flies that will appreciate the relative safety of their indoor home.
How It Keeps Happening
Many homeowners are very diligent about fly control and consequently, are confused when they are constantly bombarded with new fly families. The following are some of the most common reasons for unexpected fly populations parading around your house:
- A little caulk will go a long way. Many times there are areas around a home that need some sealing to keep out pests. By examining areas around windows and doors, fly entrances can be eliminated. Holes in screen windows and doors can also be a source for entry, so keeping these items in good repair can be helpful to fly control.
- There’s something dead somewhere and you don’t know it. Sometimes an animal is dead beneath a deck or porch and is leading to decay that can be smelled and seen via the flies but not located.
- Take care of your weeds. Adult flies lay eggs in rotting vegetation, as well as in other areas of decaying matter. By keeping up with the weeds, plants and vegetation surrounding your house, you can help to control the fly population.
Fly prevention is relatively easy if you happen not to have an existing problem. The quick rate of reproduction for flies can make it difficult to get a major outbreak under control, particularly if the source isn’t clear. The key to preventing flies is limiting the opportunity for flies to feed and breed on decaying vegetation, garbage and general sources of rot.