Have you ever had a fly flying around your food or in your room? How about hearing the sound of buzzing wings outside your window? Maybe you’ve seen a huge fly running on the ground or walls of your house. Here in Singapore, we can’t escape the wrath of flies. From landing on our food and contaminating them, to being a nuisance to our vision, flies can be extremely intrusive to our daily lives. If you notice signs of a fly infestation at home, this comprehensive guide will provide you with information on effective fly control measures.
Before we go on a rampage around our house hunting for flies, it is important to be familiar with our invader’s profile. What do they look like? What characteristics do they have and what are they attracted to? Here are some common types of flies that you may find in your home:
1. Fruit Flies – From hovering around your exposed food and trash cans filled with rotting food, to hiding in your drains to feed on matter, fruit flies can commonly be found in the kitchens or bathrooms of your home. They have bulging red eyes on their brown or black ovular body. They lay eggs in places like decaying fruit for their larvae to feast on them.
2. House Flies – A type of fly that carries filth with it wherever it goes, the common house fly has a grey body with dark stripes, red eyes, and is bigger in size compared to a fruit fly. House flies often lay their eggs in animal faeces or exposed trash.
3. Bluebottle Flies – Easily identified by their striking metallic blue colouration, bluebottle flies are loud when they fly. A bit bigger in size than a house fly, a bluebottle fly lives on dead animals, pet droppings, trash, and exposed food.
Signs of a Fly Infestation
1. Unwelcomed Residents –If you are experiencing flies in your home, the first thing you want to do is to inspect the area to check for the presence of fly larvae. This is because flies lay their eggs on faeces and other decaying organic matter that they find attractive, so you need to make sure that these items aren’t a source of attracting them to your house. From buzzing, to the sightings of large groups of flies over garbage bins or exposed food, these can be indicators of a fly infestation in your home.
2. Fly Excretion –If you spot dark coloured specks on your windows, doors, drains, or around areas where waste is disposed, there is a high chance that there is a presence of flies in your home. A clear sign of a fly infestation, small dark specks on elusive areas are indicative of fly excretion.
3. Flies in Different Life Stages –If you see adult flies as well as larvae around different areas of your home, chances are that your home has become breeding ground for these flies. Depending on the type of fly that is taking residence in your bathrooms or kitchens, larvae or maggots can be found in different areas. From exposed decaying food, to trash, to pet faeces, flies will lay their eggs wherever it is dark, wet, and conducive for feeding.
Diseases that Flies Transmit
Flies can be full of filth and carry diseases that are harmful to humans. This is done when they spread diseases by coming into contact with food that humans eat. Flies can reside in the dirtiest of places; garbage bins, drains, rubbish chutes, and animal corpses etc. They might carry contaminants from these areas while feeding or residing in these areas, and transfer it over to us through the food that we eat. Some of the common diseases caused by flies include Cholera, Typhoid, Salmonellosis, Anthrax, E. coli and Dysentery.
Avoiding a Fly Infestation
Prevention is always better than cure. It is much easier to avoid a fly infestation than attempting to eradicate the flies when they are already residing in your home. Here are some simple steps that you can take to keep flies out of the house:
1. Clearing Trash Bins –Removing your trash regularly is necessary to keep not only flies out of the house, but other pests that love to make their homes in decomposing matter. Remember not to leave your trash out overnight, as it increases the chances of flies discovering a new breeding/feeding site. A lid that can seal your rubbish bins will help to make garbage less accessible to them. Remember to wash or clean your bins regularly as well so as to remove any stains or remaining debris.
2. Cover Up Cracks –It is important to inspect your home for any possible gaps or openings where flies could enter. This could include tiny cracks at your doors or windows. Covering them with copper mesh or metal sheets can help to prevent flies from entering.
3. Make Food Inaccessible –A good practice would be to not leave your food out in the open for long durations of time. Flies are attracted to food and will find any opportunity to land on them and contaminate your clean fruits and vegetables. Store such food products in your fridge, or keep them in air-tight containers. These will help to minimise contact between flies and the food that you have at home.
4. Remove Wastes –If you have a garden or a backyard, remember to maintain it regularly and remove any wastes that might come from your pets or other animals. Waste like pet faeces can attract flies over, so remember to dispose of them quickly.
Home Remedies to Eradicate Flies
If you already see signs of a fly infestation and know that they have infiltrated your home, fear not! Here are some DIY fly control measures that you can take to drive them away:
1. Lavender –Lavenders give off a scent that most people love, but did you know that flies are repelled by these sweet-smelling flowers? From lavender-scented oils, to dried lavender flowers or sachets, these natural repellents are great at keeping flies away.
2. Dish Soap Trap –Soapy water can trap flies because they stick to the legs of flies and prevent them from taking flight. Mixing apple cider vinegar with dish soap will act as a good bait for fruit flies as they are attracted to vinegar.
3. Venus Fly Trap –Grow your own fly trapper! Having a Venus Fly Trap comes in handy when you see signs of a fly infestation. The plant will attract flies with a nectar that it will produce and lure flies into its trapping structure.
Contacting Pest Control Services
It might seem easy to swat flies and think that it doesn’t matter since a single fly doesn’t really hurt. This is not true because these insects can cause a lot of damage, especially in an area where many people are present.
If you are encountering a fly infestation at home and need to dispose of these pesky insects, the safest way is to contact pest control services for help. First Choice Pest Specialist can provide you with effective solutions for all your pest problems. Contact us today!