to get rid of flies
James Stacy - 29th May 2011
If you've got issues with pesky flies, look no further, read this how to guide to get rid of
Ever been sitting outside, enjoying a meal with family or a few beers with friends and then you hear that
annoying buzzing sound. Or perhaps you're lying in warm bed, trying to drift off to a deep sleep and you hear that
frustrating buzzing sound. You know you won't be able to enjoy your evening or drift off to sleep until you find
the insect and kill it. This usually involved chasing and swating at the air, with no
luck. Surely there's got to be an easier way?
How to get rid of
There are a whole variety of methods to get rid of
flies and although there are literally hundreds of different species of fly, they are all vulnerable to the same
Locate the source and eliminate
It's a well known fact that flies are attracted to dirt and uncleanliness. Many fly infestations originate from
uprotected organic matter, for example, dumpsters, garbage cans and pet droppings. Flies will generally feed on
this matter and lay their seeds in it. Female flies can generally lay upto 100 eggs in one batch, these eggs will
turn into larvae in a day and after 2 to 4 weeks will turn into adult flies.
Locate these sources of fly infestations and clean them up, covering any open garbage cans and making sure
you're clearing up animal droppings and not letting them pile up.
This really should be a last resort option, once you have exchausted all the other options, introducing chemical
toxins into your home always has a risk. These insecticides have proven time and time again to be extremely
effective at destroying flies, but it can be harmful to you and your pets.
Other insect predators
One of the most popular fly predators are ladybugs, these "good bugs" are well
known for having a massive appetite for flies while at the same time not eating your garden plants.
Here are two of the most effective homemade fly traps, i've personally used both to great success. Each has its
own advantages and disadvantages, the one you pick will probably depend on your environment type and area size.
Fly Trap Jar
Get a normal sized jar and put some sugar, syrup or anything sweet in the bottom of it. Poke some holes in the
lid that are big enough for a fly to get through and then screw the lid on top. Place in a area where the fly
density is high and watch the jar fill up.
Fly Strip Paper
Mix up a paste of sugar and honey, cut paper strips that are around a foot long and 2 inches wide. Cover the
strips in the paste mentioned above, both sides. You can hang these up anywhere around the house.
Not many people know this, but basil is actually a fly repellent and keeps flies away. This is a completely
natural and organic way of removing flies from your garden. Additionally, basil is a perfect herb to grow indoors.