Some leftover food, some filth, fair weather and you’ve got yourself a fly party. Flies can be bothersome and they are not likely to leave on their own accord. Therefore, here are some useful tips on how to get rid of flies outside the house.
Under the Cover
Food, fruits, and flesh attract flies like blooming flowers to bees. They just can’t help it. A fly’s natural inclination is to be attracted to anything that’s moist and aging.
The solution: Cover them up. Bar the windows, seal the doors; take out the food covers, and for your garbage – bag ’em and throw ’em. A pantry cabinet can seal away most of your groceries too. In addition, for other things that you don’t need to refrigerate, stow them away in the kitchen cabinets where they can remain dry.
Clean Regularly and Thoroughly
The kitchen is a primary target for all types of flies. It’s wet, it’s filled with food and leftovers, and it smells-for better or for worse.
The Solution: As much as you hate to do it, the key is to clean up NOW. Wash the dishes immediately after use or put those kitchen pans in the dishwasher if you can’t do it after cooking.
Soak up all used utensils in warm water and get back at them once you have the time (or willingness) to. Wipe out all crumbs and other food preparation leftovers (including dinner evidence) and dispose of them in a sealed compost bucket. If you can take out all the garbage accumulated for the day you’re guaranteed a fly-free home.
Follow the Light
If you are fond of watching horror movies then you probably have the right idea in mind-just substitute the undead with flies. This trick works if flies have already invaded your personal space and blowing smoke in the entire house can induce asthma and paranoia.
The Solution: Cover all windows with thick curtains and all other surfaces where light enters your house or room. Then have one door ajar so light trickles in like a hypnotic beacon to the flies – and out they go.
Pretty simple, but not all flies can be tricked so expect a few to hang around the lit area. Be ready with a fly swatter and pound away on the stragglers. If they don’t go quietly then they deserve what’s coming at them.
It’s time to call some back-up. Sure you can first try opening the door and running for your life as the pests exit your living room.
Alternatively, you can just have the professionals sort it out with their trusty pesticides.
You would need to extend your vacation to a nearby hotel, as the smell won’t easily subside.
These tips on how to get rid of flies in the house have a common theme to them: prevention is always better than cure. The minute you open your house to unwanted visitors, they can overstay their welcome. In addition, in the case of flies, things can really get nasty.