Because garbage is a primary breeding ground for flies, there are a few things homeowners can do to help prevent house flies from invading their yards and homes |
Flies tend to seem like more of an annoyance than a threat because they don't sting—they don't even bite much. They just hover over your food, carrying any number of germs that can lead to life-threatening diseases, coupled with the sheer disgust factor that they were just snacking on rotting garbage, road kill or the dog piles your neighbors pup kindly left in your yar
Even nastier to imagine, flies are the adult form of maggots—the small, white worms found in rotting flesh that coroners often use to decide how long something has been dead. Needless to say, fly control is a necessary, sanitary requirement and begins with prevention measures both on the inside and outside of your home. Pest removal is often more difficult than pest prevention. By considering a few tips for fly control, homeowners can help to prevent a fly outbreak before they are faced with the trouble of fly removal
The first step to control any fly problem successfully is to determine where the fly maggots are breeding. This process, termed source reduction, is always the most efficient method of control.
If there are only a few flies around at any one time, then the breeding area may not be on your property. Since flies feed and lay eggs in areas such as garbage cans or dog kennels which are sources of food odors, cleaning these areas eliminates the problem. We All Have Garbage
There was a time when throwing out the garage was fairly simple. But these days, there are recycling standards and composting mixed in with taking the trash out.
What to Do:
* Don't skimp on the containers. Purchase garbage containers that have lids that seal completely. * Clean the garbage cans periodically. The only thing worse than taking out the garbage is having to clean the garbage can. By periodically washing the cans inside and out with a mixture of bleach and water, harmful bacteria, along with potential fly eggs, can be washed away. * Think before you trash. If you are about to clean out your fridge, consider how close the next garbage pickup date is before you dump the Chinese leftovers into your garbage. By waiting until closer to the pickup date, homeowners can reduce the amount of time their garbage is exposed to the prime elements that attract flies. * Pick up after Fido promptly. Waiting for the next rain to swoop in isn't the best tactic for cleaning up your yard of dog waste, which happens to be a major attraction for flies. Keeping dog piles picked up and thrown into the trash in sealed containers will lead to better fly control. * Compost fly-free. Read up on composting if you think adding meat is a good idea. Because of the length of time for meat to break down and the potential attraction of nasty pests such as maggots, flies and rodents, adding meat is never a good idea for compost.
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