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Discovering a swarm of flies buzzing around your home can be both frustrating and unhygienic. Flies not only pose a nuisance but can also carry diseases and contaminate your living spaces. If you're wondering how to effectively treat and prevent fly infestations, you've come to the right place. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore the reasons why flies are attracted to homes and provide practical solutions to keep them at bay. Let's dive in and reclaim your home from these pesky intruders!

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Before we delve into prevention and treatment methods, it's important to understand the reasons why flies are drawn to residential areas:

  • Food sources: Flies are attracted to rotting food, garbage, and organic waste. If your home lacks proper waste management or if food is left exposed, it can be a magnet for flies. Pet waste is a major magnet for mosquito breeding.

  • Moisture and breeding sites: Flies require moist areas to lay their eggs. Damp and dirty environments, such as drains, pet waste areas, or leaky pipes, can attract flies looking for suitable breeding grounds.

  • Warmth and shelter: Flies seek shelter and warmth indoors, especially during cooler seasons. They can enter through open doors, windows, or cracks in walls and foundations.

Treating and Preventing Fly Infestations:​

Fly Treatment Methods:

  • Identify the source: Conduct a thorough inspection to locate the source of the infestation. Check for decaying organic matter, garbage cans, pet areas, and any potential breeding sites.

  • Cleanliness and sanitation: Maintain a clean and hygienic home environment. Clean up spills promptly, store food in airtight containers, regularly empty and clean garbage cans, and practice proper waste management.

  • DIY traps and baits: Utilize homemade fly traps or baits to capture and eliminate adult flies. These can be made using common household items such as vinegar, dish soap, or fruit slices.

  • Insecticides: If the infestation persists, consider using fly-specific insecticides with a professional pest control company.  Here at TCOB Pest Control we use a state of the art granule that repels flies from multiplying in your yard. We can also treat around your trash bins where infestations commonly occur.

Fly Prevention Strategies:

  • Seal entry points: Inspect and seal any cracks, gaps, or openings that may serve as entry points for flies. Pay attention to windows, doors, vents, and utility openings.

  • Install screens: Fit windows and doors with screens to prevent flies from entering while allowing fresh air to circulate.

  • Proper waste management: Securely seal garbage cans and dispose of waste regularly. Keep outdoor bins clean and free from food debris. Composting should be done in designated areas away from the house. 

  • Drain maintenance: Clean and unclog drains regularly to eliminate moist breeding sites for flies. Use drain covers or screens to prevent flies from entering through drains.

  • Pet hygiene: Keep pet areas clean and ensure proper waste disposal. Regularly clean litter boxes, cages, and bedding to minimize attractants for flies.

Consulting Professional Pest Control:

If the fly infestation persists or if you prefer expert assistance, it's advisable to consult a professional pest control service. Our experienced technicians can identify the root cause of the problem, provide targeted treatments, and offer long-term prevention strategies to keep your home fly-free.

Dealing with a fly infestation can be a challenging task, but by understanding the reasons behind their attraction and implementing effective prevention and treatment methods, you can regain control over your home. Remember to maintain cleanliness, eliminate potential breeding sites, seal entry points, and consult professional help when needed. With these strategies in place,  and our help, you can create a clean, fly-free environment all summer long!

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