Many creatures can be found crawling around your home, but few are as pesky or persistent as the common housefly. Where do they come from? And how can you get rid of them for good?
In this article, we'll be discussing these questions and many more to provide you with the information necessary to make sure your home is fly-free. Keep reading to find out more.
Why do they come into your home?
House flies are attracted to many items that you might find around the house, including garbage, dirty dishes, and pet food. They also enjoy laying their eggs in moist garbage or sewage. When situations arise where they like to lay eggs, there will often be large numbers of them concentrated together. This is why you'll often see a bunch of them when you're near a garbage dumpster, but none in your home.
They are looking for somewhere to lay their eggs, and until they find the perfect spot they will stay around in large numbers searching for it.
Since flies can breed in low concentrations of organic waste, breeding areas do not have to be large either. This means that if even one fly gets into your house, it can quickly lead to an infestation, if the right precautions are not set.
It's also worth noting that adult flies only live for about 30 days at most before dying off, so just because you get rid of all the adults doesn't mean their offspring won't return later.
How to get rid of them
While fly traps and other baits seem like a good solution, they only provide a temporary fix for this problem. The house fly is not attracted to the bait; rather, it's simply curious and will investigate anything unusual in its surroundings.
That means that while one fly may be fooled by your trap and take the bait, another will find out it was just a trick and never fall into your trap again.
So if you want to get rid of these pests once and for all, there are some methods you can try which should do the trick:
- Ensure garbage containers are tightly sealed (and clean them regularly).
- Don't leave dirty dishes out on your counters.
- Wash your pets' food and water bowls daily.
- Keep any uncovered trash bins securely covered and far away from your home.
- Seal up any cracks or crevices around windows and doors where flies might be entering the house. This is also something to consider when designing a kitchen island that is at the center of all food-related stuff.
- Check window screens to ensure they fit tightly against the window frame and replace them if necessary as they can become loose over time.
What are the dangers of having flies in your home?
Aside from being an annoyance, these insects pose many health risks to you and everyone else who lives in your house. Their droppings are often called “flyspecks” because they look like small specimens of dirt or sand, but if left alone they will accumulate over time.
In addition to being unsightly, they can also cause quite a few health problems:
- They often carry harmful bacteria and other pathogens on their legs, which are passed onto every surface they land on or crawl across.
- They feed by walking or crawling over the food you eat, leaving behind saliva that contaminates your food and spreads disease.
- The adults lay eggs in organic waste at a rate of roughly one egg per 0.05 grams of feces, which means that even a small piece of fruit lying on the ground could have hundreds of larvae attached to it when flies are around.
While these insects may seem harmless when outside near your garbage bins or in nature, it's important to remember what they can do to the inside of your home.
Tips for preventing flies from coming back into your house
The following are some additional tips to help prevent the negative effects that flies cause.
- Wash fruit before you eat it, or peel it first if possible.
- Keep your kitchen clean at all times, especially after every meal.
- Avoid eating anything outdoors where there are flies.
- Make sure you never leave open food containers uncovered for a long time, as this will attract the attention of any nearby flies.
- If you know a housefly has landed on an area where you've been preparing or even cutting up food, be sure to take extra measures such as washing that area with soap and hot water upon finishing.
How can you kill flies in your kitchen without using toxic chemicals?
It may seem like a lot of work to get rid of flies using non-toxic method but it's better this way if possible.
If you have enough patience, some simple home remedies can help in getting rid of flies naturally. Place a small bowl filled with apple cider vinegar near the sink or other places where the insects tend to gather. You'll be surprised at how quickly this natural fly killer eliminates pests from your kitchen.
Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid which has been proven effective in killing house flies and fruit flies.
I want to make my fly repellent, which ingredients do I need?
If you want to get rid of flies (and other nasty creatures such as cockroaches in your cabinets) and use ingredients you probably already have at home, here's what you do:
- 1 cup of water
- A few drops of dish soap
- 15-20 cloves of garlic (it may seem like a lot but it works.)
First, put the water and the dish soap together in a small bowl. Add the chopped garlic and mix until the mixture is well combined. Then transfer this to a spray bottle.
Afterward, wipe down all surfaces throughout your cabinets with the homemade fly repellent solution to kill any insects that are hiding there. You can also spray it on plants, or fruit trees near your garden if you suspect bugs are living around there too.
Can I make a DIY water filter system to ensure my water is clean?
Making a DIY water filter system is a great way to ensure that your water is clean.
Here's what you do:
- Fill a pitcher with tap water
- Pour ¼ cup of baking soda into the pitcher and stir until it dissolves completely
- Cut a lemon in half, squeeze the juice from one half into the pitcher, and drop in the other half as well
- Add 2 drops of liquid soap to the mixture. This will help kill germs and bacteria present in tap water
For best results, let sit overnight before drinking. You can also store any leftover mixture in an airtight container (preferably made of glass) and drink within 24 hours for optimum freshness. Bottled or filtered water usually tastes better when you add a slice of lemon or a few drops of juice.
Final thoughts on How to get rid of flies
In conclusion, if you're looking to keep your home fly-free, it's important to find out what kind of flies you're dealing with and what could be attracting them. This knowledge will allow you to take the necessary precautions in keeping them away in the future.