Controlling these pests is a difficult area of pest control, and some pest controllers steer clear of flying insect control altogether. Follow these simple instructions to keep flies away over the Christmas period and keep your home pest-free.
Disclaimer: Only a licensed pest controller in your area can offer professional pest control advice. Our company conducts fly control in Albury, Wodonga, Rutherglen, Wangaratta, and surrounding areas. Advice for your area might be different. When in doubt, consult a local pest control expert. This article does not aim to provide professional advice for all of Australia.
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Why is it So Hard to Keep Flies Away?
Flying Insect Populations Replenish Every Day
Flies travel great distances looking for food. You can control them all you like on your property, but they will just come straight over the fence from your neighbour’s yard the next day.
So, as long as your house is attractive, they will keep coming from miles around. There’s no way to eradicate them entirely because fly populations replenish every day from neighbouring properties.
Preventative ‘Sprays’ Are Not Very Effective
Flies, on the other hand, flit between resting areas a lot. So they take a longer time to build up a lethal dose of an insecticide. This means they’ll buzz around all day before dying. So, they’ll still keep annoying you even with a spray.
They Just Really Love Humans
Flies are experts at finding food sources in animal droppings, food scraps, and garbage. Unfortunately, humans are great at creating these ideal conditions for these little guys.
Dogs, cats, chickens, and birds leave droppings everywhere for insects to breed in. We also produce a lot of garbage containing food scraps that attract flies.
So How Do I Keep Flies Away?
Controlling this pest needs a multi-pronged approach. There’s no quick fix when it comes to keeping flies away. It requires hygiene and behaviour changes, as well as different control methods working together to lower the overall population.
Here are your 5 effective tips for keeping flies away this summer.
1. Remove Food Sources
Clean up dog poo daily to prevent flies from breeding there. If you have chickens, try to clean up their droppings as well, although this can be a big task.
You should also make sure your rubbish bin has a fully secured lid with no gaps or cracks to prevent flies from breeding there as well. Regularly clean and disinfect your garbage bins to prevent odours from building up and attracting those irritating insects.
Food attracts them, especially decaying or exposed items. Keep your outdoor dining areas clean and dispose of food scraps promptly. Use sealed containers for storing food and compost organic waste away from living spaces.
2. Stop Them From Getting Inside
Install screens on doors and windows to prevent them from entering your home. Ensure there are no gaps or openings that would allow them easy access. Keep flys from getting inside by closing your windows and doors at all times, especially in the hottest part of the day.
If you don’t have screen doors but want to keep the airflow through your house, you can pick up a magnetic fly screen curtain pretty cheaply from a local hardware store.
3. Use Fly Traps
Traps, such as flypaper or electric zappers, can be effective in capturing flies. Place these traps strategically around outdoor seating areas or near entrances.
A good option for high-pressure situations like farms is the Ecothor Active Nature Fly-Free Trap, made by Ensystex. These are great if you have chickens – just place a trap inside the chicken coop and it will help to reduce the number of flies attracted to the chicken poo.
4. Use Fly Baits
Baits, which contain attractants mixed with insecticides, can help reduce fly populations. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for placement and application.
Baits are useful around bins and fences to draw flies away from your house and eliminate them.
5. Surface Sprays
Consider using surface sprays designed for outdoor use in fly-prone areas. These sprays create a residual layer on surfaces that controls flies when they land on them.
Surface sprays don’t work well on their own, but can help to control the last few remaining flies after you’ve done all of the environmentally friendly pest control options above. Avoiding the use of chemicals is always a good idea, and reducing insect numbers using the low-toxicity methods above can reduce the need for surface sprays.
Target your spray to areas where flies like to rest. These include external walls, ceilings, and fences. Use a product that contains a synthetic pyrethroid with a quick knockdown like deltamethrin, cyfluthrin, or cypermethrin. These are all good for flying insect control and are very safe to use, as long as you wear proper protection.