Flies seemed to be seen the most in the summer months but did you know that house flies actually reproduce year-round and can be an issue regardless of season.

Whether a fly followed you in as you walk through the door, got in through a vent or through a hole in a screen, one is all you need for a full-on pest problem. House flies may only live 10-25 days, but can lay hundreds of eggs in that time. Here’s how you can get rid of house flies.

GET RID OF ALL  “FLY FOOD.”

House flies love all things that make you go “ew.” Pet waste, drain gunk (especially if you have a garbage disposal), overripe produce, trash cans, and sticky spills are all common feeding grounds. Stay on top of litter box maintenance, deep-clean your drains, disinfect the trash can and make sure spills are completely cleaned up.

Don’t forget the outdoor sources. House flies hang out just outside your home and then come in when the the opportunity opens. Eliminate any sources of standing water (make sure to check the gutters), pet waste and rotting wood or plants, then disinfect your outdoor garbage and recycling pails.

MAKE A FLY TRAP

Use an empty plastic two-liter soda bottle. Cut off the top third of the bottle and set aside. Then, pour something sweet in to the bottom of the bottle to lure in the flies.  Next, invert the top of the bottle, rest it inside the bottom portion and then wait. The flies will be able to get into the trap, but can’t get out.  If it’s not attracting houseflies, try adding meat scraps or other old food.

BUY A BUG ZAPPER

House flies are attracted to short wavelength light.  These lights are a  low-voltage electric grid “zapper.” Since these types of traps hide the means of trapping flies, they’re slightly less gross to deal with than old-school fly paper. Many indoor light traps simply plug in to an outlet. Place it away from windows if you can, unless you want the new problem of flies buzzing just outside.

WHEN TO CALL THE PROS

The faster you can get rid of a house fly, the better.  If you’ve tried these methods and still have a fly problem, call in an expert as soon as possible. They’ll assess potential areas in and outside of your home that could potentially be breeding sites, then apply insecticide or leave out traps.

Swift Pest Control Services can take care of all your Pest problems.  If you have an infestation of flies that need our attention just give us a call at (405) 887-9438.