July 21, 2021
How To Keep Flies Away From Your Conroe, TX Property
There’s nothing more annoying than having a fly stuck in your car or your house. It’s buzzing around, driving you nuts. You can’t smash it because it’s too fast. You can’t ignore it because it’s too loud. And no matter what you do, you can’t seem to get it to go out a window. Most of the time, it’s just one fly. But if you’re not careful, you can wind up with an infestation of hundreds or thousands of flies on your property or even in your house. Let’s talk about a few ways to keep that from happening.
Common Area Flies
We’ve got several types of flies endemic throughout Southeast Texas. Some of the most common ones include:
Bottle Flies: Also called blow flies, bottle flies are blue, green, bronze, or black, and they have a telltale metallic sheen all over their bodies. These flies also have huge, red eyes that take up the majority of their heads. They look very similar to a house fly, but their shiny skin and larger size are dead giveaways that it’s a blow fly infestation that you’re dealing with, not a house fly.
Drain Flies: These tiny, dark-colored flies are so small they can look like little flying dots to the naked eye. These flies may also be referred to as sink flies or moth flies. These flies look almost like moths if you put them under a magnifying glass (hence the name moth fly), and they prefer lots of moisture, which is why they often are found near sinks and drains.
Fruit Flies: These small, oval-shaped flies can be any color from tan to dark brown. They have large compound eyes that can be red, brown, or black. As their name suggests, fruit flies are attracted to fruit, so if you keep a big bowl of oranges or a banana bunch on your counter, you might see these tiny flies buzzing around.
House Flies: Perhaps the most recognizable of all the flies on this list, house flies are dull gray to black, and they have several narrow stripes running down their thoraxes. These flies aren’t picky and can feed on anything from decaying meat to fruits to sugary snacks to nectar, which is why you often find them hanging around uncovered garbage.
Fly Prevention Measures
Flies are annoying, but they also spread disease. Since they love to buzz around decay, sewage, and general filth, they pick up tons of pathogens that they can then bring into your home when they enter it. Diseases spread by flies include:
- Epidemic Conjunctivitis
- Typhoid Fever
It’s probably safe to say you don’t want these pathogens crawling around all over your pantry, so keeping flies out is key, and there are a ton of ways to do it.
- Eliminate Attractants: Don’t leave garbage uncovered or food items sitting out. Even fruit bowls and cookie jars should be covered.
- Seal holes and cracks in your home’s exterior to prevent adult fly entry.
- Ensure window screens are free of rips and holes.
- Place weather stripping in door sweeps and window frames.
- Fix moisture issues like clogged drains and gutters.
If even these measures don’t work, never fear, you don’t have to go it alone. Here at Bill Clark Pest Control, there’s nothing that flies can come up with that our Bugsperts can’t handle. We’ll inspect your property to figure out where flies are getting in and breeding, and follow that with a treatment plan that fits your needs. So give us a call at (409) 204-5612 or visit our contact page to schedule your service today.