As fall sets in, you look forward to enjoying all the delicious, warm smells and time with your family, inside from the cold weather. Flies and other pests are also scoping out your home to get in from out of the cold. There is plenty you can do to eliminate the conditions that attract flies into your Conroe home.
Common House flies are only about 1/2" in length, but they can cause huge problems. They're not only nuisance pests, they also represent dangers to your health and the health of your family. They love to burrow around in filth, then they track bacteria and germs with them on whatever surface they happen to land on. They spread diseases like E.coli, Salmonella, and Typhoid fever, just to name a few. If they get inside and start breeding in the fall, before long, you'll have serious indoor fly problems to deal with through the winter.
You can't swat every single one of them, or spray each of them with fly killer spray. If you do swat them, here's a tip: Go for their back end, as they take off backwards. But to be effective at keeping your home fly-free, you need to address the root of the problem.
Why Do I Have So Many Flies in My House?
Do you feel like you have flies overrunning your home? In addition to seeing lots of flies swarming around, you may also begin to notice fly larvae (maggots) squirming around in the garbage. Ew! House flies also leave droppings in noticeable areas around your home like in light fittings and in upper corners of the walls, so look for small dark spots.
Then, here are some tips to help keep flies in check:
- Cleaning. Even the cleanest homes have fly problems occasionally, but keeping your home, kitchen, basement, garage, etc., clean and tidy is your first step to help reduce flies at home.
- Storing Food and Trash. In conjunction with keeping your home clean and tidy, keeping all trash covered and sealed tightly. Remove trash daily, keeping outdoor trash receptacles as far away from your house as possible. Don't leave the sink full of dirty dishes. Store food in tightly covered containers.
- Secure all possible entry points. Flies are clever at slipping inside through holes and gaps they find around the outside of your house, in addition to flying right inside through open windows and doors. Make sure your screens, weatherproofing, and door sweeps are in good repair. Seal up cracks and crevices around your home with caulk or spackle. Screen off vents and pipe/utility entry points.
- Manage Pet Waste Wisely. If flies can find pet waste in your yard, it gets them closer to your house, and might give them an opportunity to get indoors. Don't let them. Keep your pets' waste cleaned up around your home.
Don't let flies take over your home this fall to give you headaches all through the winter. Keep an eye out for fly problems around your home and yard and do what you can to make conditions that flies find inviting scarce. Do you want to spend all your free time managing pests around your home and yard? Even with all your best preventive measures and clean home, you may still find yourself dealing with flies getting indoors sometimes. Call our Conroe, TX pest control experts today at 832-898-0190 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can help you save all sorts of money, stress, and time, so you have more time with your family and friends.