Keep Flies Away This Summer With These 5 Effective Tips

Keep Flies Away This Summer With These 5 Effective Tips

Keep Flies Away This Summer With These 5 Effective Tips
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House flies (Musca domestica) are a common nuisance in the warmer months in Australia. However, they aren’t just an inconvenience, they can spread diseases like E. coli, dysentery and more.

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.

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.

Keeping flies away from a weatherboard wall.
Keeping these annoying little insects away is a challenge, especially on farms like this one in Wangaratta, VIC.

Preventative ‘Sprays’ Are Not Very Effective

Crawling insects such as spiders, cockroaches, ants, and other pests stay in contact with surfaces their whole life. So control of these pests is much easier with barrier sprays.

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.

Pest controller spraying for flies on an external wall.
Fly sprays alone aren’t very effective at reducing overall insect populations. To achieve good results, you must combine spraying with other methods.

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.

Man patting a little black dog. The dog's name is Monty.
I love my dogs, but cleaning up after them is a bit of a chore. If I don’t get around to it for a few days, you can bet I’ll have flies buzzing around.

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.

Crack in a bin lid attracting flies.
This is my own recycling bin at home. That crack in the lid is a welcome mat for flies to start breeding in my bin (Lavington, NSW).

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.

Fly screen keeping flies away from getting inside a house.
Screens on doors and windows help to keep flies away from the inside of your house (Tallangatta, VIC).

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.

Ecothor fly trap marketing image.
The Ecothor Active Nature trap works well when placed around the perimeter of a property.

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.

Good products to use include Seclira Pressurised Fly Bait from BASF and Quickbayt from Envu. These very safe products help attract the little annoying insects to surfaces where they will quickly die.

Seclira Pressurised Fly Bait marketing image.
The Seclira bait from BASF works very well around wheelie bins.

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.

Pest controller spraying a fence.
If all the above methods don’t get you some relief, then a surface spray can really help take the edge off.

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.

If you want more information about how to keep flies away this summer, you can call us on 02 6032 7137 or visit our Contact Us page for other ways to reach us.

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