Different species of flies are attracted to different things. Knowing what attracts them is the first step in your fly control. After you understand why you have so many flies, you can make changes to keep them away. There are four main types of flies that cause the majority of the problems that homeowners experience: house flies, fruit flies, drain flies, and blow flies. We’ll take a closer look at the specific things that attract each of them.
Far and away the most common pest fly is the house fly. This species of fly lives in close contact with humans and is regularly found in and around homes. House flies feed on decaying organic matter and are most prevalent during the summer and early fall. House flies will eat (and often breed in) fruit, vegetables, meat, nectar, and animal and human feces. If you want to control house flies, make sure that garbage cans have tight-fitting lids, clean your home regularly, seal the exterior to prevent entry, and dispose of pet feces around your yard.
During early fall when fruits and vegetables ripen, fruit flies become pesky visitors. They are especially attracted to sugary substances like rotting fruit, spilled soda, fermented foods, and open alcoholic beverages like beer and wine. Fruit flies cause problems in homes, but they are also extremely problematic in the food industry. Controlling fruit flies begins with storing food in the refrigerator or in a sealed container and disposing of any overripe food.
The tiny flies that circle around your drain love the moisture and organic sludge that drains provide. You may not even realize that you need to regularly clean your drain, but these little pests are good reminders. If you want to keep drain flies away, you can pour boiling hot water down the drain to kill any larvae and then use vinegar, salt, and/or baking soda to clean it.
While all flies live in filth and can spread diseases, the nastiest of the bunch is probably the blow fly. When an animal dies, blow flies will likely be the first things on the scene. They are large flies that are metallic blue, green, brown, or black. They are particularly attracted by fresh or rotting meat and animal carcasses. To avoid blow flies, quickly dispose of any animals that die around your property and make sure that your garbage cans are sealed.
If you need help controlling flies around your house, look no further than Harris Home Pest Control. It can be used both indoors and outdoors and helps to control roaches, spiders, ants, fleas, flies, and more. For small flies around potted plants, try our Potted Plant Insect Traps. With Harris, you can skip the expensive professionals and take care of the problem on your own. For more information, check out Flies: The Ultimate Guide.