Some fly problems can be resolved quickly. All it takes is a quick swat or two and the problem is gone. Most homes have a fly swatter for this purpose. The accidental invasion of an individual fly here or there is very common, and we all know the solution. Swat! No more fly.
But some fly problems take more than a fly swatter to solve. When there is a cloud of fruit flies in your kitchen, two dozen flies on your windowsill, or all the fly swatting you've been doing in your kitchen only seems to be multiplying the number of house flies in your home—not reducing them—it might be time to call a professional.
A Quick Fix
When a fly infestation takes root, it is usually connected to a breeding site. This may be an old piece of fruit sitting on your counter. It might be some rotting organic material in your trash can. It may even be the soil of potted plants you brought in from outside to keep your plants from freezing in the winter cold. If you can find the breeding site and get rid of it, your problem will be solved. Here are a few ways you can find and remove breeding sites.
- Remove your kitchen trash and clean the receptacle. It takes time for flies to develop from eggs to adult flies that can take to the air. If you remove the trash, you might remove the infestation with it. Be sure to put the trash outside your home, not in the garage. If flies had laid eggs in something nasty on the bottom of your trash receptacle, cleaning it will solve the problem.
- Look behind your couch or under the cushions of your couch to see if there is a food source. If you have little kids, you may be surprised at what you find.
- Sometimes breeding sites aren't inside the house. Do an inspection around your home to see if you can figure out what's rotting. If you find something that is decaying, you're likely to find the source of your problem.
What do you do when you can't figure out where flies are breeding?
If you can't seem to find that breeding site or you keep getting infestation after infestation, it is definitely time to get a professional to look at the problem. While some flies will only be a nuisance in your home, some present a serious health risk. A recent study done by the Department of Entomology at Penn State University linked house flies to the transmission of at least 65 diseases, such as typhoid fever, cholera, anthrax, leprosy, tuberculosis, and more. It is important to deal with fly infestations quickly and effectively.
Another Reason To Call A Professional
Resolving a fly infestation is sometimes not as easy as just throwing something out or washing something down. It can be quite complicated. A good example of this is a drain fly problem. If you learn from the internet that you can detect drain flies by putting clear plastic tape over your drain, you may be tempted to pour something down there to solve the issue. Some people try pouring bleach down there to eradicate those flies. While bleach can certainly kill a drain fly on contact, it often fails because drain flies usually lay their eggs in a mass of organic material stuck inside the pipe. The bleach pours down in a stream and goes over or around the mass. This is frustrating for anyone trying to get rid of those drain flies and has led some to use other products, such as pouring ammonia down there. But chlorine and ammonia mixed together creates a toxic chloramine vapor, which can be deadly.
It is best to have a licensed professional take care of pest control treatments with EPA-approved products rather than using household items or over-the-counter pest chemicals. When chemicals are applied improperly, they can have devastating effects.
Professional Fly Control
If you live in our Pennsylvania service area, let the team at Witt help you solve your fly problem. No matter how big or how small, Witt has the solution. Reach out to us and schedule a free inspection to get started.