Flies are a common occurrence in most homes, no matter where you live. However, if you’ve started to notice that there are more and more flies in your house, you may have an infestation. When this happens, you’ll need to take some steps to get rid of them and get your home back to normal.
Flies end up infesting a house for many different reasons. Some of the most common include:
- Poor sanitation
- Animal feces
- Cracks or crevices in windows
- Excessive warmth
- Ripped screens
Knowing how to get rid of flies and keep them from coming back into the house can help you keep your home comfortable and clean.
In this article, you’ll learn:
- How To Get Rid of Flies
- How To Prevent Flies
- How To Identify Flies
- Signs of a Fly Infestation
- Causes of a Fly Infestation
Ed has been working in the pest control industry for years helping 1,000's of homeowners navigate the world of insect and rodent management. He manages Pest Strategies now helping homeowners around the world!
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How to Get Rid of Flies
1. Use a Vinegar and Soap Trap
Flies are attracted to the fermented smell of apple cider vinegar, and you can use this to your advantage when trying to trap them using home remedies. To make a vinegar and soap trap:
- Pour a cup of vinegar in a shallow, wide-mouth bowl.
- Add a few drops of dish soap and water from the tap until bubbles start to form.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and poke holes in the top.
- Leave the bowl out in your problem area for several hours.
- Pesky flies will be attracted to the vinegar but will not crawl out of the bubbles.
2. Put Up Flypaper
Flypaper is a long ribbon that hangs from your ceiling and is coated with a sticky bait. Hang the flypaper in areas of your home where you are experiencing the most fly activity. Flypaper is only recommended for indoor use. If it’s used outdoors, birds can get tangled in it, and you may not be able to free them.
3. Get Venus Fly Traps
Venus fly traps are a unique and effective way to remove flies from your home. They’re carnivorous plants that eat flies and can add a lot of charm and style to your houseplants. You should never force-feed your Venus fly traps or try to open their leaves when they’re eating a fly, which may take a few days. Because of this, you may want to get more than one, so they can keep catching flies while others are digesting.
4. Use a Light Trap
Light traps use the same principle as flypaper, except they feature lights that flies are attracted to. They’re more sanitary than flypaper since the sticky element is mounted inside a flat box. Unlike a bug zapper, which is only for outdoor use, it can be used in all the rooms of your house, so you can get the best coverage possible to get rid of your fly infestation.
5. Build a DIY Fly Trap
You can build your DIY fly trap using a 2-liter soda bottle and some sugar water. Simply cut the bottle in half and place a cup of water and sugar in the bottom half. Then, place the top half upside down in the bottom portion and tape them together. Place the trap in your problem area and leave it until it fills up. Flies will be able to get in, but they won’t be able to crawl back out. Replace the trap once it fills up with dead flies.
How to Prevent Flies
1. Use Essential Oils
Many essential oils act as a bug repellent to flies and other insects. These include lemongrass, eucalyptus, and peppermint, which the plants in the wild release to act as a natural insect repellent. Sprinkle a few drops of these essential oils around your home as a natural insecticide to help ward off flies before they have a chance to get inside.
2. Seal Up Windows
Flies will get into your home any way they possibly can. Usually, this will be through gaps and cracks near or on your windows. If your window screens have any holes in them, it might be worth it to get them replaced. You can also use mesh cloth to patch any holes and increase your fly control.
3. Cover Garbage
Flies thrive in the first places they find where there’s a lot of garbage or food scraps to eat and lay eggs on. If you have uncovered garbage in your home, you’re much more likely to have a fly infestation. Keep trash covered and double bag it when you take it out to your larger cans.
4. Turn Down Your Heat
Warm areas are a perfect environment for fly eggs to hatch and grow to adulthood. If your home is kept exceptionally warm, flies will be much more attracted to it. This is especially true in the winter months when they’re seeking shelter from the cold temperatures outside.
5. Clean Garbage Cans
Spray down your garbage cans using soap and water every time they’re emptied. The smell of rotting and fermenting food will attract flies, even if you can’t smell it yourself. Keeping your cans free of debris and residue will help keep flies away.
6. Light Citronella Candles
Citronella is one of the best natural fly repellents available on the market. This natural plant extract can be made into wax candles, which work incredibly well to repel flies, mosquitoes, and all kinds of other pests.
7. Clean Up Spills Promptly
If you spill any type of food or drink, especially something sugary like soda, you must clean it up quickly and thoroughly. Flies will be able to find the microscopic bits of food, even if you can’t see them. Leaving a spill for too long will make it harder to clean up and draw flies to the area.
8. Throw Out Overripe Produce
Overripe or rotten produce is a magnet for flies, and not only do they eat it, but they also lay eggs in the peels, which perpetuates the issue even more. As soon as you notice produce getting overripe, either use it immediately or throw it away in a covered trash can or compost bin.
How To Identify Flies
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