The Most Effective Way To Keep Flies Away From Your Tucson Home

a house fly on the floor of a home

With Arizona's warm weather and short winters, we don't get much of a reprieve from flies. These irritating insects are much more than just pesky and disgusting; they carry a number of diseases transferable to humans.

A single flying invader is annoying enough, but each female fly can lay up to 500 eggs in just a couple of days. Those eggs will hatch in less than 12 hours and can create a nightmarish scenario of a full-blown infestation in your house.

Let's take a look at how to determine if you are dealing with a fly infestation, ways to keep flies out of the house, and, if that fails, how to find an experienced Tucson pest control professional to get rid of flies in your house.

How To Tell If You Are Dealing With A Fly Infestation

A single fly is not much of a cause for worry, but if you're starting to see multiple flies, it's time to check for signs of an infestation.

Investigate the following areas that flies are attracted to:

  • Light fixtures: Flies, like a lot of other flying insects, are attracted to light.
  • Garbage cans and mulch piles: Flies gravitate to the smell of decomposing food. 
  • Unsealed food: Any place where food is out in the open attracts flies, such as dog and cat bowls and fruit bowls in the kitchen.

If you see multiple flies live or dead flies around these places, it's time to consider that you might be dealing with a fly infestation and look into ways of getting rid of flies immediately.

The Health Hazards Of Flies In Your Home

At first glance, regular household flies don't seem that harmful; after all, they do not bite, unlike their larger relatives, horse flies. But while the flies themselves are relatively harmless to humans, the pathogens and parasites they carry are easily transferable and can be extremely dangerous.

Among the diseases flies carry are :

  • Typhoid fever
  • Cholera
  • Leprosy
  • Tuberculosis

The transmission mechanism for these illnesses is very simple. Flies excrete or regurgitate on food or surfaces in the house and transmit the disease to the human that comes in contact with it.

Taking into account the speed with which flies multiply and the seriousness of the diseases they spread, a fly infestation should be considered a serious emergency.

Six Simple Yet Effective Tips To Keep Flies Out Of Your Home

It's much harder to get rid of flies when you have a full-blown fly infestation so let's take a quick look at a few practical ways to keep flies away from your house in the first place:

  1. Seal the entrances by repairing window screens and caulking or filling any openings in the outside walls.
  2. Make sure the food is stored in sealed containers, and clean up any spills or messes immediately.
  3. Get rid of garbage before it has a chance to start decomposing.
  4. Citronella candles for flies are a great choice, as most insects can't stand the smell of citronella.
  5. Mint, lavender, and basil planted in an indoor garden will deter flies from entering the house.
  6. Essence oils to keep flies away include peppermint, cinnamon, lemongrass, and eucalyptus. Flies don't like strong smells, and spraying these oils around entrances to the house will keep them out.

If the above deterrents fail to prevent a fly infestation, it's time to bring a pest control professional into the equation.

The Best Fly Control For Your Home

An experienced pest control professional will determine the extent of the infestation, exterminate adult flies, and locate, clean, and disinfect the breeding areas to avoid a recurrence of the infestation.

If you're struggling with a fly infestation in your Tucson home, call Conquistador Pest & Termite today!

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