Flies tend to be a nuisance in the house, and getting rid of them can feel impossible at times. Flies get inside for a number of reasons, but most enter to feed on rubbish, ripe fruit and veg or moisture. Common house flies are attracted to decaying organic filth such as rotting meat, whereas fruit flies look for sugary substances and feed more commonly on over ripe fruit, spilled fizzy drinks and alcohol. Drain flies require moist climates and organic materials, and will be attracted to drains like kitchen sinks, where they will also lay their eggs.
Flies are bad news and shouldn’t be ignored, or you could soon have a full-blown infestation on your hands.
If left untreated, flies can spread bacteria such as Salmonella, typhoid and E-Coli.
But there are practical measures you can take to deter flies in your house, such as through thorough cleaning which can eradicate breeding spots.
Removing decaying food such as meat, fruit, vegetables and animal faeces can help massively as these are all attractors for the fly.
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Pop into a bottle and the flies will be attracted to it, in which you can stop them getting back out.
Once you’ve got rid of the flies and the source of the infestation, it’s essential to keep the area clean.
Make sure your wheelie bin is clean and all rubbish is bagged correctly.
The lid of the kitchen bin needs to be kept down and tight at all times – especially during the summer.
Also, while it’s hot try and change your bin more regularly, aiming for twice a day.
If you think flies are especially attracted to your bin, you can sprinkle baking soda on top of it.
This will kill any larvae and remove odours, removing the attraction for them in future.
Also, remember to dispose of any pet food left in the bowl that your animal has left and put all food away.