We've never met anyone who likes living with flies. Flies are annoying. Flies are gross. Whether it's a swarm of fruit flies or one house fly every once in a while, it doesn't matter. Flies invade your space. They land on your food. They sit in the worst possible location on your television while you're trying to enjoy a movie. But the worst thing about flies isn't that they are irritating pests; flies can spread illness. If you want a happier, healthier summer, take a look at these tips for how to keep common Pittsburgh flies out of your home.
Houseflies and Blowflies
According to a recent study, these two common flies are able to transmit more than 65 diseases. You definitely want to keep them out of your home this summer. Fortunately, flies don't do very well inside most homes. While they can find an abundance of food and water, they have a difficult time finding suitable locations for breeding. They require decaying organic material or feces. What usually happens during the summer is that flies breed in an exterior trash bin or dumpster that has decaying material and then zip inside our homes with us as we walk through the door. So one of the biggest things you can do to keep flies out is to only keep your door open for short periods of time.
Houseflies and blowflies prevention:
Good sanitation is essential. Keep your trash receptacles cleaned and covered. Clean up anything that is rotting or decaying. Make sure fertilizer bags aren't open. Keeping things clean will remove breeding sites.
Remove dog droppings from your yard.
Repair damaged screens and install missing screens.
Seal any entry points in your exterior.
If you have compost, make sure it is properly mixed to avoid attracting flies.
Keep things clean inside your home to remove potential breeding sites.
Fungus Gnats and Fruit Flies
These are the tiny flies that become a swarm. One is black and likes to run across surfaces. The other is tan with red eyes and takes to the air when you come near. Fungus gnats and fruit flies are a low threat for illness but they can spread harmful bacteria from your trash to your counters, dishes, and exposed foods. Be sure to keep your interior trash covered. Here are some tips for preventing an infestation.
Fungus gnat prevention:
Fungus gnats can be brought in with potted houseplants. Prevent an infestation by checking the base of plants for tiny white larvae. If you see any, don't bring that plant inside. Treat the soil to eliminate the fungus gnats. There are online gardening resources for selecting the right treatment.
Fruit fly prevention:
Fruit flies are brought in with produce from the grocery store. Make sure to buy fresh.
Store fruit in the refrigerator rather than on your table or kitchen island.
These little flies look like moths because they are furry and they have rounded wings. You'll notice them in areas where there is a sink or dampness.
Keep drain flies out of your home by fixing screens and sealing entry points.
They commonly get into drains and reproduce. It is important that they don't find an appropriate breeding location. Keep the organic material cleaned out of your drains and these flies will have a hard time establishing themselves.
Fix leaky faucets and address any areas of dampness.
Prevent your damp mops from becoming fermented.
When Flies Get In
If you have a fly problem in your Pittsburgh home, remember that Witt Pest Management is always available to help you quickly address pest problems. Contact us any time for same-day service. We're here to help.