Shoo Fly, Don’t Bother Me!
Nobody likes flies. They are gross, annoying, and seem to be everywhere. Not only are they a nuisance all over Georgia, but they also can be some of the dirtiest and most disgusting of all pests. Flies are attracted to all sorts of hazardous material, which means they can carry germs from the items they’ve landed on before they land on you or your food.
Flies can spread over 60 diseases, and they reproduce quickly and often. Because they only have two wings, they also land frequently, spreading germs wherever they go. Flies are annoying enough at home, but they’re more than a pest when they’re inside your business. If you have flies inside your restaurant or another type of business, they can drive customers away and affect your company’s image in a negative way.
There are over 200 species of flies in North America, and you can find many of them in and around Monroe and Loganville. No matter what type of flies you see near your home or business, they can carry germs and disease, and you need to get rid of them.
Preventative measures are the best ways of keeping flies away from your home or office. It may sound elementary, but you can prevent flies from gathering in and around your house or business with some basic cleaning and home maintenance.
- Keep your garbage sealed. Flies are attracted to the smell of fermentation from rotting food and other organic items. If you seal garbage cans indoors and outdoors and take your garbage out frequently, you will have less of that fermented smell around your house. Try to place outdoor trash cans or dumpsters as far away from the house as you can and make sure they are completely closed and sealed at all times.
● Clean up after your pets. Your four-legged family members can be some of the biggest attractants to flies. Pet feces and even spilled food are like neon signs welcoming flies to your home and yard. Keep feces scooped up and out of your yard, and clean up pet food to help keep flies away. Be sure to wash your pet’s bowls daily as well, as they can attract flies.
● Move mulch and compost piles away from the house. The decaying matter in mulch and compost may be great for your garden, but it’s also tempting to flies. If you keep compost and mulch piles away from your house, you can cut down on the risk of flies interrupting your daily life inside and outside in the yard. If you have fruit trees near your home, make sure you get rid of fallen fruit before it rots.
● Use plants and essential oils to your advantage. Believe it or not, flies don’t like strong smells, so you can make use of pleasant smells in your house and yard to keep them away. An essential oil diffuser can not only make your house smell nice, but it can also get rid of pesky flies. Planting herbs like lavender, mint, or basil can also drive them away from your home because flies aren’t crazy about those smells.
● Get rid of standing water. We often hear about how eliminating puddles and other sources of moisture can keep mosquitoes away, but it’s also good for keeping flies from breeding. If you can get rid of stagnant, pooling water around your home or office, the chances of flies gathering goes down. Make sure not to overwater your indoor plants as well, because that type of pooling water can also attract flies who are searching for moisture.
● Seal windows and use screens. If you see flies inside your home, chances are they’ve come in from outdoors. You should caulk and seal openings around doors and windows. Keeping your doors and windows closed as often as possible helps. But if you open your doors or windows frequently — and who doesn’t want to let that Georgia sunshine in when the weather is good? — make sure you have screen doors that close properly and screens on your windows without holes in them.
● Don’t waste your money on ineffective remedies. There’s nothing like an old-fashioned fly swatter to kill flies, but you shouldn’t fall for many of the store-bought fly control contraptions. Many sprays will work, but they contain harsh chemicals that should make you think twice. Attractant bags aren’t effective, and you don’t need to bother with many of the frustrating DIY remedies. A light trap is one of the most effective methods that you can buy for getting rid of flies, but an even more effective solution is to call in the professionals for expert fly control.
A few flies in the house or yard are usually just a nuisance, but if you have a problem with a fly infestation in metro Atlanta, there’s one name you can trust: Pest Force. You can count on our friendly and professional team members to come into your home or place of business and put an end to the infestation. We’ll place bait around the outside of your property to make sure the outside flies die before they become indoor flies.
Never forget: when you have a large or small pest problem, trust Pest Force. We’re a local, family-owned company you can call on for superior pest control services and solutions. We serve clientele in Loganville, Winder, Monroe, and Athens, and we’d love to hear from you about how we can improve your pest problem in your home or office.