House flies are annoying. There is no doubt about it. But a surprising number of people put up with them—as though house flies are just an inevitable part of life. We don't recommend that you tolerate flies being around outside your home, and you should definitely not allow them to get inside your home. Studies have shown that flies may be responsible for the transmission of as many as 65 diseases. Think about that the next time a fly lands on your hamburger bun. It is important to have respect for the disease threat house flies present to you and your family, and it is a good idea to take steps to get control of flies.

The Secret To Fly Control

Before we get to our four easy tips to keep flies out of your Pittsburgh home, it is important that you understand what you're dealing with. Flies have a hard time living inside your home. They need rotting organic matter in order to reproduce. When organic matter begins to rot, it has a stench. You're not likely to allow something to rot inside your home. So, most of fly control has to do with the outside of your home.

1. Fix Your Screens

When you open a door or window that has a damaged screen, or a gap where the frame locks into place, flies can get into your home. The first step in fly prevention is to make repairs to screens or replace them. Also, do a close inspection of your ground floor windows and see if you can detect any gaps around the frame. If you do, fix those gaps to keep flies out.

2. Go In And Out Quickly

Flies have the ability to fly. That's why they're called flies. When you enter or exit your home, a fly can zip right into your home. We recommend keeping your doors open only long enough to go in and out. If you have kids, train them to do the same. An open door is an open invitation for flies.

3. Seal Cracks, Gaps, And Holes

There are many common entry points flies use to get into your home. Some are obvious. Some are not so obvious. Locate potential entry points and seal them.

  • Gaps around pipes and wires.

  • Damaged weatherstripping or door sweeps.

  • Open or unprotected vents.

  • Gaps around window and door frames.

  • Holes created by wood-destroying organisms.

  • Unprotected weep holes.

  • Cracks around foundation windows.

4. Reduce Attractants

If you have something in your yard that attracts flies, you're going to have more flies. Makes sense, right? Here are a few attractants that can draw flies onto your property.

Open trash. A pile of trash, an open trash can, or a dumpster will provide a food source and a breeding site for house flies. Keep trash in bags. Store trash bags in sealed containers. Remove trash from your property weekly. Clean receptacles that begin to smell.

Recycling. When soda, juice, and other liquids ferment, flies come running—er, flyin'.

Dog droppings. Flies eat animal feces. If you have droppings in your yard, flies will take notice.

Compost. Make sure your compost is properly mixed. If it smells bad to you, it smells delightful to a house fly.

Pet or livestock food. If you put food out for an animal that roams around in your yard, flies can feed on it too. The longer the food sits, the more appetizing it will be to flies.

What To Do If You Have An Infestation

It can be puzzling when flies keep getting into your home over and over again. They can find an unexpected breeding site and come in through gaps you don't even know exist in your home. Contact a pest management professional for an inspection, and to establish a treatment plan. Professionals have the training and experience to locate breeding sites and to use fly baits, applications, and traps to arrest fly infestations.

If you live in Pittsburgh, remember that the licensed and experienced professionals here at Witt Pest Management are always available to assist you with pest issues. We know Pittsburg pests. Reach out to us anytime for advice or assistance.