In and around homes, the housefly is the most widely recognized type of fly. In addition to being bothersome pests that fly about houses, house flies also have the potential to spread disease. Even though house flies live just a few days, they can swiftly multiply in vast numbers, which, if not identified and efficiently controlled, can result in large populations of house flies. Although a housefly infestation may not seem like a big deal, it can spread dangerous diseases. Infestations can be avoided or eliminated in a variety of secure and simple ways. Here’s how to get rid of home flies without having to use a fly swatter all day long.
Methods to get rid of houseflies
Essential oil repellent
Using essential oil sprays as fly repellents is another all-natural method of removing houseflies. Citronella oil, lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, neem, and lemongrass oil are a few examples of natural oils you can try. Put them in a spray bottle after combining them with water or rubbing alcohol. By using this natural fly repellent, you can keep those bothersome insects away while filling your home with a lovely fragrance. However, if the number of flies does not seem to diminish, it is a good idea to hire professional pest control services for timely intervention.
Vinegar and dish soap
You can use vinegar and dish soap to trap flies. To employ this technique, combine a little amount of dish soap and roughly an inch of apple cider vinegar in a tall glass. Wrap some plastic wrap around the glass. Make a few small holes in the top of the plastic wrap and fasten it with a rubber band. Because of the vinegar in the glass, flies will be drawn to it and fly through the holes. But instead of being able to land on the vinegar, the dish soap makes the flies sink.
Get rid of waste
Flies frequently feed on overripe fruit, drain sludge, trash cans, sticky spills, pet waste, and garbage (particularly if you have a garbage disposal). Maintain your litter box, clean your drains thoroughly, keep a watch on your groceries, sanitise the trash can, rinse out everything you plan to recycle and make sure spills are thoroughly cleaned up. Flies can also be attracted by less offensive items like cat food or a glass of wine that is just partially consumed.
Plant a Venus flytrap
Venus flytraps are insect-eating carnivorous plants. Naturally, if you put them outside, they’ll eat flies. Inside the house, you might have to feed the houseplant flies. The trap on the plant closes around a fly when it enters. The insect’s delicate body is then dissolved using digestive secretions. It disintegrates the insect over a period of 5 to 12 days before spitting out the exoskeleton.
Use a UV light trap
Studies show that short-wavelength (like ultra-violet light) light draws house flies. While outdoor light traps often combine ultraviolet light with a low-voltage electric grid “zapper,” inside light traps typically combine it with a covert sticky trap. These traps are a little less disgusting to use than traditional fly paper because they conceal the trapping mechanism. If you decide to use an interior light trap, place it 4 to 6 feet off the ground.