House flies are common enough and in small numbers don’t cause that much trouble, but once a population starts to grow they can become a problem. There are numerous concerns when it comes to an infestation of house flies which we deal with in the article of that title, and they go beyond the annoying to serious health issues.Fortunately people have been dealing with flies as pests since the dawn of time, and we - and pest control specialists - have a lot of least toxic weapons in our arsenal to use against house flies. Let’s take a look at how you can deal with house flies on your own, or what you can expect when you ask a pest control expert to help you out with the problem.
- Clean up! As with so many pests, the best way to control a house fly infestation is to prevent one. Flies lay their eggs and breed in dirty environments, and they won’t hang around a clean house for very long. Most of us don’t have a problem with regular cleaning, but flies mean that you have to take some extra care. Make sure to get inside window sills, and pay special attention to what kind of dirt you use in your house plants; it might be ideal fly egg ground!
- Fly swatters. Least toxic does not always mean cutting edge science, and by far the least toxic way to deal with a fly is to swat it. I prefer electric fly swatters because flies tend to get stuck on them as they die; that means you are not spreading possible infection by smashing them on a counter or window.
- Fly paper. Fly paper is another old cure for a fly problem. Remember that fly paper is designed to attract flies, so it’s not a good idea to have open windows or doors as more flies will be attracted inside your house. Also, refrain from putting your fly paper over food preparation areas; keep them out of the kitchen!
- Biological predators. Flies are eaten by an awful lot of cool bugs that fall outside of the insect category, such as spiders, and ones that do, like praying mantises. Don’t kill a spider every time you see it, because it’s likely that you allowed at least a dozen flies to live by doing so. You can also buy insects that attack fly eggs before they hatch; you spread them over manure. This takes care of the problem before it even starts, and allows the flies no time to reproduce.
- Fly traps. If you are seeing a lot of flies outside, particularly if you operate or own a farm, then you might want to consider placing fly traps around heavily manured areas. These are fertile breeding grounds, and if you can catch just half of the flies around that’s a big decrease in the future population.