Also known as “nuisance” flies, houseflies may not seem like a significant concern due to their sheer size, but they can spread diseases via viruses and bacteria when they bite. Some common inflictions may include food poisoning and eye infections.
Knowing this, many would seek to get rid of such pests. However, airborne pests are the hardest to get rid of. Think of all the times you had to chase after a fly that escaped your fly swatter around the house. To help you out, here are some ways that you can try to get rid of them once and for all.
Plant some herbs and flowers
Natural remedies for pests are usually the first lines of defence. Herb and flower repellents are often preferred by many as they are naturally occurring and boast multiple purposes. Some of them make great houseplants and can even be included in your recipes.
Some herbs and flowers that can repel houseflies include basil, lavender, bay leaves and marigolds that look and smell good!
Vinegar and dish soap trap
If you are looking to be creative and design a flytrap, a vinegar and dish soap fly trap may do the trick. The principle behind the trap is quite simple: flies are attracted to the vinegar, and the dish soap will cause them to sink in the mixture rather than landing on the vinegar.
To start, fill a bowl with an inch of apple cider vinegar and a few drops of your dish soap of choice. You could choose to leave the bowl uncovered or tightly cover it with a plastic wrap before poking a few holes to attract the flies into the bowl.
Soda bottle traps
Another DIY trap you could try would be to use a soda bottle trap. This trap may be considered more straightforward and would only require an empty soda bottle and a sweet liquid which could be sugar water or any other sweet drink.
Firstly, cut the top third of the bottle off, then pour in the sweet liquid in the larger portion of the bottle. Next, replace the top that you have cut off previously on its flip side to resemble a funnel. Flies will find themselves unable to find their way out of the trap.
Smoking and misting
Spraying water-based applications on surfaces where flies are commonly sighted may help with preventing them from coming into our homes. Such surfaces include doors, windows, walls and trash receptacles.
Misting is a more heavy-duty measure when you choose pest control. However, for most pests, houseflies included, if you find yourself with a heavy infestation, the effect that misting will bring can help you get rid of the houseflies in the fastest and most effective way possible.
Use of equipment
One standard machine used for fly control would be the fly killer machine. You can see these mainly installed on the upper walls in F&B establishments.
Another commonly sighted measure would be the use of a fly control dispenser. The dispenser uses pyrethrum, an insecticide made from a chrysanthemum extract that is effective against flying insects. Pyrethrum-based insecticides are the most common type of insecticide for indoor use and can be used in areas where houseflies keep recurring.
Houseflies are not just annoying, but they may also carry with them threats to our health and wellbeing. However, you can manage housefly infestations with effective pest control solutions.
At PestClinic, our extensive range of pest control services encompasses houseflies as well as termite control and bed bug pest control that are focused on not just reducing them but eliminating its source altogether. Our pest control treatments are conducted by NEA trained and certified experts that know exactly what to do to keep your home, office and restaurant pest-free – so, give us a call at +6397 5677 to get started today!