December 9, 2020

Beaumont's Handy Guide To Fly Prevention

They’re everywhere. They interrupt our outdoor meals, invade our trash, and seem to always be waiting for an open door to our house. Flies seem to invade almost every part of our lives, so much so that we just accept them as an unavoidable evil. But what if there was something you could do about them? Be honest with yourself. You may complain about flies in your home, but, apart from trying to keep your doors and windows closed, what do you really do to prevent them on your Beaumont property?

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Severe House Fly Hazards You May Not Have Realized

There are two kinds of home invaders: simple nuisances and legitimate dangers. People tend to reserve the dangerous category for burglars, snakes, or blacks widow spiders. Everything else that doesn’t have poison, sharp teeth, or a weapon usually gets pushed to the nuisance category. However, flies are far more dangerous than most people realize.
Where do house flies go when they enter your home? Your food and your trash. So, when you consider the fact that flies can spread a wide variety of dangerous diseases because of all the bacteria they carry, you’ll see why prevention is a necessity. Next time a fly buzzes into your house (and don’t worry, one will soon), watch how many different surfaces it lands on. Then think about how many times you touch those surfaces, eat off of them, or prepare your food on them.
It doesn’t take a pest control expert to understand why you don’t want bacteria spread all over your house. Some of the most common diseases spread by flies include typhoid fever, salmonella, cholera, and dozens more.

Shoo-Fly: Prevention Tips That Won’t Cost You

Since flies can be such harmful home invaders, focusing on prevention is the best way to protect yourself and your family. You might think that keeping your doors and windows shut can help solve the problem, but if flies want in bad enough, they’ll find a way. Sealing up cracks in the foundation and window sills with extra caulking is one of the quick fixes you may not have considered. Also, flies may be entering through screened areas like porches or windows that have openings you’re not aware of. You might also be vulnerable through your attic, as any unsealed vents or chimneys can allow for fly entry as well.

Looking at those potential points of entry can be pretty overwhelming, and it’s hard to completely seal off your home. Instead, there are a few things you could do to make your home a less attractive habitat for invading house flies. After all, if they want in, they’ll get in. So, here’s how to make them less likely to want to:

  • Clean up pet waste in the yard. Nothing attracts flies quicker than pet feces, especially after it sits around a while.
  • Make sure to seal your outdoor trash cans as open trash cans are an easily accessible food source for flies.
  • Clean your counters and floors regularly. A clean home is not always a bug-free home, but it certainly helps limit pest attractions.
  • Store your leftover food in tightly-sealed containers, even in the fridge or pantry.
  • Declutter your yard. Open, organized areas are intimidating to flies, while clutter provides comfort and places to hide.

While these tips can help reduce fly attraction, they are no silver bullet. For protection you can count on against the threat of dangerous diseases, you’ll need to consider professional help. Contact Bill Clark Pest Control for more advice or assistance.


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