Five Foolproof Fly Prevention Tips For Quad Cities Homeowners
April 29, 2021
Flies are synonymous with dirty environments. Even if a room is spotless, the presence of these pests can make it feel gross and unwelcoming. We do not want this for your Quad City home; we want your living spaces to provide you with a sense of comfort and safety. We want you to be able to throw away your fly swatter and never have to think about using it again. We want you to eat your food without having to wave your hand over it every ten seconds. If you want these things too, here are five foolproof fly prevention tips to use around your Quad City home.
Learn More About Flies
Before you can properly prevent flies, you must first have a basic understanding of these invasive pests. To help you with this, here’s a basic description of a few common area flies.
Fruit Flies: Fruit flies are brought into homes on produce, sometimes as eggs or larvae. Once inside, these small pests buzz around and look for more fruits and vegetables to lay their eggs inside. Adult fruit flies are most active during the daylight hours and love to feed on honeydew, plant secretions, leaves, and fruits.
House Flies: House flies are the most common home-invading fly in our area. These wide-eyed, flying pests will eat just about anything, from nectar to steak to even fecal matter. Known for carrying a wide range of diseases, house flies are one of the more dangerous pests you could have buzzing around inside your home.
Fungus Gnats: Fungus gnats are similar to fruit flies in size and are often found living and breeding around dark damp areas with an access amount of organic material. Inside homes, these pests breed inside sink drains and buzz around looking for other things to eat.
Deny Flies Access To Your Home
One of the best things you can do to prevent flies is to deny them access to your home, which can be done in many ways. We recommend starting with your home’s exterior foundation: seal gaps and cracks you find using a caulking gun. Next, make sure your home’s window/door screens, door sweeps, and weatherstripping are in good working order. Lastly, close unscreened windows and doors when they are not in use.
Keep Things Clean
Flies don’t need dirty homes to survive, but they do prefer them. For this reason, we recommend thoroughly cleaning your home once a week. Furthermore, try to clean up food and drink messes as they occur. This will not only improve your quality of life but also deter a wide range of pests.
Restrict Flies Access To Food And Water
Even if your home is spotless, flies will have no problem invading and survive indoors for long periods so long as there is sustenance. To limit these pests’ access to their basic needs, here are a few prevention tips to use:
Avoid leaving food out on countertops, kitchen tables, or other accessible areas around your home.
Store leftover foods inside airtight containers.
Clean out your pet’s food bowl after every meal.
Repair leaky piping and fixtures around your home.
Eliminate sources of standing water.
Use a dehumidifier indoors.
Hire A Professional
To ensure flies stay out of your home year-round, and to save you a ton of time and energy, consider hiring a professional to take care of all your pest control needs. At Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators we offer a wide range of comprehensive services to handle pests like flies, and we would be happy to put our experience to use around your Quad City home.
Call us today to learn more and sign your home up for a detailed pest inspection.