How to Get Rid of Flies

Flies on a dinner plate with shrimps. How to get rid of flies

For me, house flies are even more annoying than ants. They are attracted to warm air currents coming from your house. If they detect odours on those currents, all the better, as this means food to them. Pet feces and garbage odours are especially appealing to flies. Unfortunately, most of us do have garbage odours in the home thanks to composting. Smells can attract flies, but they also wander into the home through open windows, doors, torn screens, and gaps. Read on for advice on how to get rid of flies.

The best way to repel flies is by NOT ATTRACTING them in the first place. Flies are attracted by a variety of things but I’d like to focus on the things that are most likely to attract them. Getting rid of these attractants will go further towards any fly control than any repellent you can use.

Clean Garbage Cans Thoroughly and Frequently

This is by far the biggest attractor of flies. This is where flies will lay their eggs to hatch out into those nasty maggots that make all of us gag just a little. The most important thing you can do is keep your garbage cans clean. When Vancouver is in high summer with high humidity you can see an upswing of flies around your home.  Outside garbage cans that have even a little bit of decaying matter in them will be enough to attract flies. So, clean all garbage cans thoroughly and frequently.

Clean Pet Feces/Waste in Your Yard

Flies love feces! Cleaning up after animals in your yard will go a long way to towards controlling flies.

Use Blue Light Bulbs to Relocate Flies

Flies may hate yellow but they love blue. A study at the University of Florida for the Department of Defense showed that flies are more likely to be attracted to something that is blue. So if you are going to use one of those light traps that has blue lights be sure to hang it as FAR AWAY  as possible from where the flies are being a nuisance. This will draw the flies to it and away from where you don’t want them.

Fly-Proof the Plants in Your Yard

Certain plants can repel flies, so if you have them outside, you can speckle your garden with these garden plants:

  • Mint
  • Lavender
  • Nasturtiums
  • Basil
  • Eucalyptus
  • Bay leaves

Although we welcome summer, we don’t welcome flies. These pest control tips should help you stop those tiresome flies from settling in for the season. If your fly problem persists, give us a call. Our Burnaby pest control techniciansRichmond pest control techniciansCoquitlam pest control techniciansWest Vancouver pest control technicians and North Vancouver pest control technicians are here to help.

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