The Buffalo Homeowner's Guide to Flies

If you've ever gone on an all-liquid diet, you have something in common with one of the world's most notorious pests. Some may say that flies are the universal symbol for filth, and some may say that flies are a necessary part of the ecosystem--what we know for sure is that they don't belong in your home. Aside from being a huge nuisance, flies spread bacteria that can cause severe health problems to humans and pets. So, before you kick back and relax for the rest of summer, here's what you should know about flies to avoid a problem: 

Signs of a fly infestation

Yes, flies are gross. The worst thing about flies, though, is that the bacteria they come into contact with, like Salmonella and E.coli, can be transferred to humans through food contamination. While most people can recover with antibiotics, Salmonella has the potential to be life-threatening in some cases. If you have a possible fly infestation, it's important to handle the problem as soon as possible. 

How do you tell the difference between a fly or two, and a fly infestation? If you're regularly seeing flies in your home, you may have a fly problem. Check your garbage cans for large numbers of flies. Check for water or debris stuck in your gutters that may be offering an ideal breeding ground for flies. If you find maggots on your property or in your home--these are flies in their larval stage and are a strong indication you have a fly infestation. 

What attracts flies indoors

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In a perfect world, flies would just stay out of our homes. Unfortunately, we need to take preventative measures to keep our homes pest-free. When trying to keep flies out, pay attention to what they are attracted to:

Heat - flies are attracted to heat due to a preferred warm breeding ground

Light - insects are attracted to light and are often managed with light traps

Garbage - flies love garbage for breeding and food sources; remove your garbage bags at least twice a week and clean out your bins regularly 

Dirty Drains - build up material in the drain will attract flies to your sink

Food Products - keep food packaged and out of reach when possible; dispose of or consume fruit before it starts to go bad

How to get rid of flies indoors  

If you only have a few flies buzzing around your home that you can't seem to catch, there's a few do-it-yourself (DIY) approaches to handling the problem. All you need are some household items and a little bit of good faith.

You'll need:

  1. A jar or plastic bottle
  2. 1/4 cup sugar
  3. 3-4 inches of apple cider vinegar
  4. 1/2 cup water
  5. 1 drop of dish soap

If you don't have the lid to the jar or bottle, you can use saran wrap over the top and poke some holes in it so the flies can get in. Now, put a rubber band or the jar lid around the mouth to secure the saran wrap. Now get ready to throw out a jar full of flies, yuck!

When your home is faced with a fly infestation, DIY traps likely won't do the trick. Enlisting a professional is the best way to ensure the infestation is removed for good. 

Professional fly removal

Ehrlich's fly control service is guaranteed to remove flies and keep them out. Our technicians follow a strict process to keep your home fly-free. First, they will proof doors, windows vents--anything that allows flies access to your home. Once there are no access points, Ehrlich then destroys the sources with fly control treatment methods and monitors with regular visits from then on! We don't play games when it comes to pests. If you think you have a fly infestation and want it checked it out--we've got you covered

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