How to Keep Flies Out of Your Kitchen in the Spring and Summer
March 26, 2019
Flies are a nuisance outside when you are trying to enjoy your backyard. But this is to be expected. After all, the outdoors is their home. However, when they are in your kitchen, this is another story. As they land on your counters and food through the spring and summer, they are not only annoying but potentially causing contamination. When the temperatures rise, so do fly populations. You’ll want to take steps to keep them out of your Quad Cities-area home.
Why Flies Become a Problem in Warmer Weather
Due to the natural life cycle of flies and the temperatures that they thrive in, they are generally only a problem in warmer weather. With average summer temperatures being in the low 80’s in Iowa and Illinois, house flies are very active and will lay many eggs that can mature in just a couple of weeks. When summer temperatures soar to near 100 degrees, house flies can hatch in less than a day and mature in just a few days. Flies die when temperatures reach the freezing mark outdoors, so they aren’t a problem in the winter--unless they are in your warm home.
Prevention Steps to Keep Flies Out
Flies are scavengers and will eat almost anything. Rotted vegetation, animal feces, fruits, veggies, and other sweet foods and drinks are their favorites. If they come into your kitchen in the spring and summer, it’s often because they are searching for food. To keep them away, try these things:
- Cover food that is left out or put it away right after you are done serving it.
- Wipe up spills and crumbs, and mop and vacuum frequently.
- Take out trash often and keep it in sealed containers.
- Keep compost piles away from your house.
- Clean up pet feces in your yard daily.
- Prune gardens to remove over-ripe or rotten vegetation.
- Repair screens and seal cracks in your home.
- Install screen doors and don’t leave doors open.
Why Call a Professional for Fly Extermination
As flies land on your counters and food, they can spread bacteria and make your family sick. Their presence can also attract other pests who like to eat them such as spiders. Hanging flypaper traps is one way to try to get rid of them, but these are often ineffective and just plain gross to look at.
At Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators, we can effectively eliminate your fly problem. We will examine your home to determine entry points and talk about ways to remedy the issue. Give us a call today to start the process of getting your home fly free!