Houseflies are a common nuisance for just about everyone, but they are also a pest that should not be ignored. If there is an overabundance of houseflies in your home, it can cause a lot of problems. Houseflies, as seemingly harmless as they may be, are actually suspected of being carriers of at least 65 known diseases that affect humans. Some of the diseases houseflies can carry and transmit include some pretty scary things like anthrax and cholera. Besides getting out the flyswatter, there are a few other things you can do to get rid of these annoying houseguests.
1. Get rid of pet food containers.
Pet food containers are a prime attractor for flies and insects of all sorts. If you have animals in the house that you must feed daily, it is best if you do not keep their food containers out at all times. Feed your pet as usual, but empty and clean the bowls when your pet is done eating. The food containers can become a breeding ground for houseflies. The insects will not only eat the food particles that are in the bowl but they will also lay their eggs in the container as well. If you are like most pet owners who only wash their pet bowls on occasion, this can lead to major issues with flies in the house.
2. Keep your trash cans covered.
Just like pet food containers, trash bins can be a major attractor for flies. Keep your waste bins cleaned, change the trash regularly, and most importantly, put a cover on the container to keep flies from getting inside. The more accessible the trash receptacle is, the more flies will accumulate inside of the can, lay their eggs, and view the trash bin as a good place to breed. Not only should you be mindful of trash cans inside the house but you should also follow the same rules outside the house, especially if the trash containers are close to doors and windows.
3. Get rid of excess moisture inside the house.
Houseflies are naturally attracted to moisture. Therefore, if you have problems with leaking water or moisture that is remaining from a leak, you will tend to see a lot more problems with flies. The problem is, you may not always know there are water or moisture problems. However, if you follow flies that you are continually seeing after getting rid of other potential breeding grounds, you can usually track down moisture.
Contact a pest control company for more assistance with eliminating houseflies.