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How to get rid of flies

Flies are bad news whether you find an infestation in your home or your business. If you own a home, flies can bring in trails of unwanted and dangerous bacteria. Flies can also be a sign of something rotting such as excess garbage, drains that need cleaning, or even dead animals inside walls. Flies around your business presents the idea to the public that your establishment is unclean and can lead to a loss of business.

A fly infestation is hard to get rid of. Using chemicals without knowing what you’re doing can be dangerous and using fly strips leaves fly carcasses in full view. If left untreated, diseases such as E. coli, Salmonella and Typhoid could affect the people living or working in your property as flies are known to transmit these diseases.

If you’re experiencing problems with flies, the most effective long-term solution is professional fly control treatment. Our certified, expert fly control experts use ERDM approach to ensure that your property is protected from these pests:

  • Exclusion – prevent fly entry by ensuring proper sealing of doors, windows, roof vents etc.
  • Restriction – Remove potential fly breeding areas with adequate sanitation and regular cleaning
  • Destruction – Accurate identification of fly species so an effective fly control treatment can be implemented
  • Monitoring – regular inspections identify issues early on so that they can be eliminated quickly.


How to get rid of flies in the house

There are some things that you can do to help deter house flies if the issue is minor. Eliminating your fly problem may be as simple as doing some thorough cleaning to get rid of house fly breeding spots. Flies reproduce quickly, so the key is to eliminate the opportunity for them to lay eggs.

Decaying organic waste like rotting foods and feces is a major attractant for common house fliesFruit flies prefer sugary substances. They often feed on overripe fruit, spilled soft drinks and alcohol. Similar to house flies, drain flies seek organic materials in moist, warm areas. This is where they lay their eggs. You can avoid drain fly reproduction by ensuring your drains are kept as clean and dry as possible. Also, be sure to store food appropriately and seal garbage cans securely. Doing these things removes major opportunities for the flies to lay eggs and feed.

DIY Fly Control

There are numerous ways that people say you can try to get rid of flies around your home yourself. None of these DIY fly control methods are truly as effective as professional fly control.

Some of the methods that have been offered as DIY fly control methods include:

Soda Bottle Traps: this involves using an old soda bottle where the top is cut off and some kind of sweet liquid, such as simple sugar water, is put into the base. The two pieces are fit back together allowing flies access to the bottle and the sugary water, but unable to get back out again.

Vinegar and Dish Soap: in this method a trap is created using a bowl that is then filled slightly with apple cider vinegar. Dish soap is added to the mixture and can either be covered with plastic wrap that has been punctured with holes or uncovered. Flies are attracted to the scent of the liquid and become trapped in the liquid.

Herbs and plants: For fly problems occurring outside, numerous herbs and plants will supposedly help keep flies away. These include basil, bay leaves, Nasturtiums, mint, lavender and others.


Please Note: Western Exterminator does not endorse any of these as 100% effective. Only a trained fly control specialist can really determine why flies are infesting your home, where they are breeding or laying eggs, how they are getting inside. You should always rely on a licensed professional to provide treatments to get rid of them and prevent a return infestation.

Contact Western Exterminator today and talk to a fly control specialist about fly removal around your property.

Fly prevention

Keeping a home clean can help keep flies away. Flies are attracted to leftover food, garbage and scraps. Keeping garbage under tight lids and not leaving food out can help prevent flies from finding your home attractive.

Making sure that windows are sealed, cracks in walls and foundations are repaired, and window screens are fixed securely can make sure that flies do not find a way inside your home.

Clean up debris and garbage around the home and office. Make sure garbage cans are placed away from windows and access to the house, including dumpsters. Store food in sealed containers and make sure water is cleaned up around ancillary areas, such as basements, attics, patios, etc.

Western Exterminator gets rid of flies

If you're noticing significant fly populations and they're becoming a constant nuisance, employ the expertise of the professional pest specialists of Western Exterminator to effectively get rid of flies.

Once your specialist completes an inspection of your property, we can recommend a fly control solution specifically tailored to your unique fly issues. Our fly control services include:

  • Elimination of fly population and breeding sites
  • Fly species identification
  • GreenPro certified specialists with significant expertise in fly control
  • Range of effective fly control solutions to cater to any situation
  • Inspections of residential and commercial properties to identify specific fly problems

If you are struggling to control fly infestations in your home or business, call us at 800-937-8398 or contact us online to arrange a property inspection or discuss treatments today!

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