Houseflies belong to the insect order Diptera and have only one pair of wings. These flies are often referred to as “nuisance” flies. They are gray and roughly a quarter of an inch long.
Houseflies may be found practically everywhere there are people. They deposit their eggs in decomposing organic matter, rubbish, and animal excrement.
A housefly infestation might not seem like a big deal, but it can spread disease. There are several safe and simple techniques to avoid infestations or to eliminate them once they occur.
Are Houseflies Harmful to Our Health?
Housefly infestations are frequently merely an annoyance. However, they can contain viruses and germs that can be transmitted when they bite. Houseflies may spread diseases such as:
- Food poisoning
- E. coli
- Eye infections
- Tropical infection
What Attracts Houseflies in Your House?
Houseflies are one of the world’s most prevalent insects. Garbage, dung, and decaying or damaged food are all sources of sustenance for them. Housefly infestations can be caused by poor cleanliness, ripped screens, and open crevices in windows and doors.
Fruit flies are drawn to sweet items such as overripe fruit, spilled drinks, and alcohol, whereas regular houseflies are attracted to decaying organic waste such as excrement and rotting flesh.
How Can You Get Rid of Houseflies?
They fly and crawl on nearly everything, especially feces, then settle on kitchen counters and food, contaminating it. Flies may not appear to be threatening, yet they may transfer a variety of illnesses.
It’s time for you to discover how to get rid of flies in your house. Flies can be treated in a variety of ways.
1. Use Vinegar and Dish Soap
Flies may be trapped using a combination of vinegar and dish soap. To use this procedure, fill a tall glass halfway with apple cider vinegar and a few drops of dish soap. Wrap plastic wrap over the glass. With a rubber band, secure the plastic wrap and poke small holes in the top.
The vinegar in the glass will attract flies, which will fly through the perforations. The dish soap, on the other hand, causes the flies to sink instead of landing on the vinegar.
2. The Hot Pepper Remedy
Use hot pepper to get rid of flies in and around your home. They avoid flying near these plants or landing near spicy pepper-containing items. Their inability to breathe when they smell hot pepper is assumed to be the reason for this avoidance.
To get rid of them, put some hot pepper plants in your garden to keep them at bay and prevent them from reproducing. You may also want to grow a pepper plant on your balcony.
3. Venus Flytrap
Venus flytraps are insect-eating carnivorous plants. They’ll naturally devour flies if you grow them outside. You may need to feed the plant flies inside.
When a fly enters the plant’s trap, the trap closes around it. The insect’s fragile insides are subsequently dissolved by digestive fluid secreted by the plant. It consumes the insect for 5 to 12 days before spitting out the exoskeleton.
4. Use Basil
Basil is a culinary plant that is particularly popular in Italian cuisine. It has a strong odor that repels insects. Fruit flies and houseflies are unable to tolerate it. To get rid of flies in your house, plant basil in your garden or on your balcony in the same way that you would a hot pepper plant, or beside it if you like. Basil leaves may also be used to manufacture an insect repellent spray.
Other Types of Remedies and Traps
You can use pesticides and traps to kill or eliminate houseflies in addition to natural methods.
Insecticides can be useful against a housefly infestation because they work quickly. However, because flies have short life cycles and acquire resistance, they are ineffective in the long run. Furthermore, the insecticide’s impact is short-lived.
If you wish to apply pesticide, the most popular kind for indoor fly infestations are pyrethrin-based insecticides. Make sure you buy one designed for indoor usage, that the room is adequately ventilated, and that you follow the instructions to the letter.
2. Vinegar Fly Trap
The vinegar trap is an efficient approach to get rid of fruit flies in the house. Fruit flies are drawn to rotting or spoiled fruits in particular. As a result, fermented fruit items such as apple cider vinegar and wine make great fly bait. To get rid of fruit flies in the house, make a simple trap consisting of fermented liquids.
3. Light Traps
Flies are attracted to light traps, which are boxes with a UV light in the back. Depending on the type of light trap you use, the flies will either be electrocuted or caught as they try to go to the light. Houseflies, wasps, mosquitos, small moths, and other flies that come into your living environment are easily attracted by commercially available light traps.
4. Flypaper Trap
Flypaper is one of the most basic home cures for flies in the kitchen. Fly sheets are ribbons with sticky, sweet-smelling adhesive on both sides that are sold commercially. Flies are attracted to the fragrance, but when they land on paper, they are caught in the glue.
The insecticide is sometimes added to the sticky coating to kill the flies. You will need strips of brown paper and some corn syrup to construct your flypaper trap.
Get Rid of Annoying Houseflies Easily
Infestations of houseflies are more than a nuisance. They might be harmful to your health as well. It will help avoid a housefly infestation if you keep your home clean, especially clear of food waste.
If an infestation occurs, there are a variety of natural options to consider. Follow the discussed measures to get rid of houseflies. However, if they are too much for you to handle yourself, contact a pro as soon as possible.
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