How to Get Rid of Flies

Flies are enough of a nuisance that even a few can pose a health problem in a home or business. However, because they tend to reproduce so quickly, getting rid of them isn’t a simple task. It’s important when getting rid of flies not just to kill adults, but also to get rid of maggots and nests so they can’t continue reproducing. Getting rid of them at their source will solve the problem more effectively. Here are some techniques that you can use to treat a fly infestation.

Fly Swatters and Traps

The simplest and most obvious way to get rid of flies is to squash them with a fly swatter, though because of their erratic flying behaviors, this may sometimes be a challenging task. This is also a frustrating method if you’re experiencing an infestation with more than just a couple stray flies. Another way to get rid of them is to set out store-bought or DIY traps that will capture and kill them. Various kinds of traps exist that can accomplish this task, from electronic zappers to liquid or gel-based traps.

Cleaning Up the House

If you find that your home has become ground zero for a fly infestation, the first step is to eliminate sources of food and potential nesting sites so the flies will have nowhere to go or settle. This includes taking out the trash and wiping down countertops, tables, and other surfaces. These tasks help ensure that no food particles remain to attract curious flies. Using household cleaners to accomplish these tasks will also leave behind smells that will repel flies. Since different species of flies can be found throughout a home, it’s a good idea to clean the place in its entirety.

Maintaining Outdoor Landscaping

Fly nests are common outdoors because nature is the primary place where they reproduce. If you have outdoor property, a great way to get rid of fly infestations is to keep your outdoor areas neat. Doing landscaping projects can improve the quality of your property’s drainage and prevent standing water from becoming a nesting place for flies. Also, if you have yard waste or compost, keep it a decent distance away from your home, and keep it in closed bags or containers if possible. This kind of organic material is usually a prime target for flies, and if it’s kept near your home, flies can easily find their way inside.

Fly Control

The most thorough and efficient way to get rid of flies is to find where they lay their eggs and get rid of them at their source. This can be tricky to accomplish without proper knowledge of their life cycles or where they tend to reproduce. While traps may work for a time, they won’t always solve this underlying issue, which means that getting rid of a fly infestation may take time and requires professional assistance.

Fortunately, if you need help treating a fly infestation, Dodson Pest Control is here to help. We have over 75 years of experience handling fly problems, and we can create a plan to eradicate yours. Contact us today for a free inspection!

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