How to Get Rid of Flies

How to Get Rid of Flies in the House

Flies are annoying little pests that seem to gather in the least convenient places. They’re hard to get rid of–simply killing a few flies won’t get rid of your fly infestation.

Flies gather at certain spots because they love filth. Flies are attracted to garbage, dirt, blood, and poop. Flies like to get inside people’s homes because our houses are like twenty-four hour buffets of filth. That’s why it’s so common to find flies around garbage or standing water in the home, and it is why they’re so hard to get rid of. If you have a free twenty-four hour source of your favorite food, would you be inclined to go away?

How to Get Rid of Flies Naturally

The best way to get rid of flies naturally is to not attract them in the first place. There are three areas of your life you can work on to keep flies out of it.

1. Clean Everything

Clean your home, your body, and everything else. Remember the simple phrase ‘Cleanliness equals flylessness.’ Since flies are attracted to dirt and grime, blood and poop, and all things unsavory, the first thing you can do to prevent fly infestation is to clean until you can’t clean any more.

How to Get Rid of Flies in the House

If flies have nothing they can eat or lay their eggs in, they won’t want to be in your home anymore. It really is that simple.

Clean your kitchen and your dishes first. These are the most immediate culprits of fly-attraction. Clean up any food spills or small bits of food on your kitchen counters and other surfaces.

Get in the habit of taking the garbage out at least once a day. Stagnant garbage attracts flies like nothing else. If you want, you can sprinkle a little boric acid on the bottom of your garbage can–it is a natural fly killer and it can’t hurt.

Avoid leaving fruits or vegetables out in the open. It is convenient to be able to grab a banana on the way to work, but it could be causing your fly problem.

2. Close Off Entryways

Flies have to find a way to get into your house, so naturally if you close off all their access points, you won’t attract flies to begin with. Check all your window screens for holes you can patch with duct tape. You should also check your doors and windows with weather-stripping. Remember that flies can fit through the tiniest of cracks. Caulk any holes in the walls or windows as well as you can.

3. Clean Up Your Yard

By spiffing up your yard (and removing things that attract flies) you will probably not attract flies into your home. Your yard can be either a welcome mat for flies or a sign that says “Do Not Enter.”

Pick up the dog and other animal poop on a regular basis. This stuff draws flies more than almost anything else. While you’re at it, keep your eyes peeled for dead birds, lizards, rodents, and other creatures. Dead animals draw flies as well.

Finally, try to keep your outdoor garbage can clean and gunk-free. Regularly wash your outdoor garbage bin and sprinkle boric acid to prevent flies from returning.

If you really want to get the flies out of your house, you need to increase the air flow through your yard. Flies hate rapidly moving air, so start to create your fly-free yard by keeping your grass cut short, trimming trees and bushes, and generally trying to create a more “aerodynamic” yard.

Standing water in your yard is a huge draw for flies, so if you want to avoid fly problems, don’t put in a pool, pond, or other water feature. Fill in low-lying parts of your yard with dirt and grass so that water doesn’t gather after storms.

Natural Ways to Get Rid of Flies

If you have a fly infestation, it is too late to use the above “preventions”. You’ll want to attack the flies head on with some sort of anti-fly substance or tactic that makes your home inhospitable to flies.

There are natural ways to get rid of flies. You don’t have to poison your whole home to get rid of those pesky trash flies. Here’s our favorite natural fly fighting methods.

Biological Fly Control

Pitcher plants, Venus fly trap plants, and certain bird species can be used to attack flies without using any chemicals at all.

Pitcher plants and Venus fly traps can catch flies, but they won’t keep them from returning. Also, they’re relatively expensive compared to how many actual flies they can kill. This is a good tactic to use in combination with another method, but they won’t keep all your flies away.

Putting in a Purple Martin nest outdoors can make a big impact on the outdoor appearance of flies. These birds are pretty finicky when it comes to their living arrangements, so you have to buy a specific Purple Martin nest and put it in the right spot in your yard. It helps if you have standing water nearby, though it isn’t necessary. If Purple Martins choose your nest for a home, your outdoor fly problems are essentially over.

Chemicals & Pesticides to Get Rid of Flies

When natural methods don’t work, it may be time to get the chemical processes working in your favor. When a fly infestation is severe or natural methods just don’t cut the mustard, there’s no shame in using chemicals to get rid of the flies.

You can buy things called “flytraps” at most grocery stores. These range from all-natural type traps that stick flies to glue all the way up to more complex flytraps that use chemical pheromones to draw the flies in before it traps them.

That old bug zapper your grandparents had in the yard did a great job of killing flies, though of course it also made an annoying sound and cluttered up the backyard.

The real harsh chemical stuff comes in when you decide to use chemical “foggers” or fly bombs that are available at grocery and hardware stores. Look for a fogger product that is “pyrethrin based”–these are the least toxic and some of the most effective chemical fog products for killing flies.

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