Flies are the worst.
Ew! We detest flies. They hang out on garbage; they breed and lay eggs on dead animals, they ruin picnics and force us to buy fancy covers to keep away the “yuck” factor on outdoor meals.
We here at Environmental Pest Management are here to attack your fly infestation with a few professional tips you can use on your own, as well as when to give us a call. Visit our website today for help with bouncing any critters large or small that crashed your home’s velvet rope.
Flies are necessary, just not in your home.
Believe it or not, flies do a lot for our ecosystem. They serve as an abundant food source for other animals, and they are the “cleaning crew” of the world. They get rid of dead and rotting flesh, plants, and other organic material.
Fishermen use fly larvae as bait. Tarantula owners use fly larvae as food for their pets. Some companies who “grow” maggots for commercial sale even believe there could be some cancer-fighting benefit to them.
So, even though it’s possible to have a healthy appreciation for flies from a distance, we’re pretty sure you don’t want them in your home, on your food, or buzzing in your ears. Let’s dive into how to keep them where they belong–outside doing their jobs.
Flies have a life cycle, and you can interrupt it.
Even though flies seem to materialize out of thin air and circulate your home, they do come from somewhere. Even in the winter time, you may notice an errant fly or two haplessly zinging around your windows or kitchen.
Here’s the gross part: if there are a lot of flies in your home, it’s because they’ve laid eggs in there. The eggs become larvae (uh, and by that we mean maggots–truth), and the larvae become flies. If you don’t take preventative action to interrupt this cycle, the whole thing begins again.
Two kinds of flies. Two types of problems.
The most common types of flies that infest our homes are the house fly and blowflies. Blowflies lay their eggs on dead bodies. For homeowners, this means that if a squirrel or mole or other small animal dies near your home, blowflies will seek it out as prime real estate for their eggs.
Further, if you’ve had a quiet pest or two like a bat or mouse die in your attic or walls unbeknownst to you, any blowflies in the area will inevitably seek out this kind of target for to lay their eggs.
Once laid, the eggs become larvae within hours (hours!), and progress through 3 more stages of growth and molting (shedding their skin) before emerging as flies after 7-14 days. House flies have a similar life cycle but tend to gravitate toward other organic material like garbage, food, or feces on which to lay their eggs. In case you were wondering, houseflies can lay up to 900 eggs at a time and live up to 90 days. That’s a lot of reproduction potential!
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Stop the eggs, stop the flies.
You will never be able to thoroughly sanitize your yard or the world around you of dead bodies and garbage. There are, however, a few ways to ensure your home is not a welcoming place for flies to lay their eggs.
Intuitively, you can assume that if you eliminate egg-laying “property” for flies, you can eliminate flies in your home.
First, have an inspection.
A wise first step in the fight against flies is to have your home inspected by a professional and reliable pest control service: Environmental Pest Management. Even having one mouse or chipmunk making a home out of your insulation and then expiring can create a fly disaster.
We can help uncover any sly vermin who may have breached your home security and are creating a “dead body” problem.
Though we can fix your fly problem at any time or season, we recommend a springtime home evaluation to get a jump on the height of the summer fly hatches.
We do a thorough check of your home’s seams, siding, roof vents, and more to determine any entry points for small mammals. Then, we seal any holes or cracks we find to make sure those furry little guests know they’re not welcome. When your home is pest free, the flies have nowhere to lay their eggs.
Control what you can.
To stop egg laying and fly production, try these tips:
- Keep garbage lids tightly closed and empty the garbage often, especially if you have food waste
- If you keep a compost container in your home, be sure to seal it tightly with a lid, and wash it each time you empty it.
- Scoop cat feces in your litter box every day, and clean the whole box out thoroughly each week
- Do not leave food out uncovered on your counter, or dirty dishes in the sink.
- If you add dirty dishes to your dishwasher over a few days before washing, be sure to close the dishwasher door tightly. Also, run your dishwasher more frequently during the hot summer months when flies are at their worst.
- Walk your yard periodically and check for small dead animals near your home.
- If you have food in the fridge that needs to be thrown out, consider leaving it covered in the refrigerator until just before your weekly garbage pick-up. Then, do a bulk clean-out of food waste on trash day. This way, your old food is not sitting in the garbage, attracting flies for several days.
- If possible, get an outdoor trash can with a lid that seals tightly.
Finally, call the professionals at EPM.
When all your preventative steps are still not eradicating the flies in your home, give us a call to schedule a home evaluation and live bug-free with Environmental Pest Management. We use the best products to quell your fly problem and get rid of any remaining pests.
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