Top 10 tips to stop fly infestations
Top 10 tips to stop fly infestations
Warmer weather means that flies, especially blue bottles are breeding. To reduce the one or two flies becoming an infestation, and health problem, follow our top tips below:
- Remove sources of food:
Flies are attracted to all food sources which may be spilt, left out, or crumbs that have not been cleaned up properly. Clean up after all meals, covering any food stuffs with cling film or foil or a pot cover/lid and wipe down all surfaces right away. Avoid leaving dirty plates and cooking utensils in the sink. Wash up as soon as possible or place in the dishwasher for cleaning when full.
- Keep bins covered:
Any type of food, whether it is fresh or decaying makes no difference to flies!. Ensure that all bins (including compost bins) are covered with lids, refuse sacks are tied and emptied regularly. IF you are concerned about a foul, dirty andsmelly bin, put a dash of bleach in a bucket of water and rinse.
- Dog and Cat Food:
Once your dog (ours never leaves any food) but the cat – she always leaves some left over, for later consumption!) or pet has finished eating, it is really important to throw away, cover or place in the fridge, any left-over scraps of food in their bowls and to thoroughly wash their feeding bowls.
- Use White Vinegar:
White Vinegar in particular, is a very handy ingredient to have in the home, not just for cooking but also for its multiple uses in the home from cooking to fly prevention.
- Use Lavender:
Lavender is another one of those very useful products to have in the home. When it comes to flies, lavender is their nemesis! One thing to remember is that lavender also has a ‘calming’ effect, so perfect for use in sleeping areas of the home.
- Boil some water and place a sponge in the middle of a saucer or old dish. Add 1 teaspoon of lavender oil and 2 tablespoons of the boiling water to moisten. To reinvigorate, add a little hot water each day and replenish the oil once a week. Alternatively, consider buying an oil burner and some lavender oil.
- Rub doorways and windows to prevent flies from entering. Try placing a few drops of lavender oil onto a cleaning cloth. Rub this around the windows and doorways where flies seem to be entering through (having tested on a small area first to ensure that it won’t mark or stain the surface). This method will require re-application from time to time, but will certainly help in conjunction with a fly curtain (see below).
- Mint muslin bags:
When planning your picnic or barbecue, it is a good idea to pre-prepare a couple of muslin bags filled with fresh crushed mint and lavender for every person to put on the side of their plate to help prevent flies from sharing your food.
- Fly curtains:
Some may say this is a throw-back to the 70s, or living in a hot foreign country – but they are still commonly seen in warmer climates for the simple reason that they still work! Whilst they prevent some flies from entering the home, they also allow fresh air into the home. They tend to be colourful strips of plastic so make sure that you co-ordinate with the rest of your interior design!
- Fly prevention plants:
Some herbs and plants have the added benefit of repelling flies so in this instance it would be a good idea to keep these plants by the entrance of doors or windows that may need to be opened regularly. You may even consider growing these plants in beds or pots near doors. Plants that may help include:
- Common rue
- Tansy (part of the daisy family)
- Tomato plants
If there are flies in the kitchen, put some crushed mint on your kitchen surfaces and consider growing basil and mint in pots in the kitchen.
A good way of preventing flies frequenting your home in the first place is to attract them to an area outside which is not used be anyone. We do not mean start dancing in a pink leotard or waving arms around hysterically!! This method is not for everyone and is best used in larger areas, or farms as you don’t want to attract other wildlife! Place traps outdoors by making a delicious blood and bone feasting zone as follows:
- Buy a bag of blood and bone from your local nursery or garden centre.
- Pour some into a reseal able large plastic bag and seal.
- Poke a few holes in the bag. These need to be large enough for a fly to get in but no larger.
- Hang the bag from a tree – far from the house. Allow it to fester under the elements, turning into a delight for the local flies.
- Fly Screens:
When all else fails, consider installing a fly screen (mesh screens) to your windows and doors if flies are a constant problem. These need to be maintained and kept in good condition with holes being fixed regularly. These screens can be removed in the winter.
Good luck getting rid of those pesky flies!
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