Getting Rid of Flies
You sit outside at your patio. You would like to enjoy your day, relax, breath some fresh air, and get relaxed at the weekend or after a hard working day, but unluckily there are some flies buzzing around and bothering you. You start thinking about how to get rid of the flies immediately, and again how.
The average female fly has a lifespan of about 1 month, but in that time, she can lay about 500 eggs. Obviously, even a handful of female flies around your patio could translate into thousands of flies in a very short time. Because flies feed on garbage and feces, they transmit diseases, so you should do all you can to keep their population to a minimum.
What to Do to Get Rid of Flies
Understand that flies are strongly attracted to the smell of meat. Flies will swarm your barbeque grill the minute you bring meat outside to cook it.
- Keep all meat covered tightly when it is not on the grill.
- Keep the barbeque grill lid closed while the meat is cooking.
- Protect your grilling tongs and utensils—flies will smell the meat and land on them. (If you see flies have landed on your grilling utensils, take them inside and wash them before you pierce or turn the meat with them.)
- Keep your yard clean.
- Flies are attracted to any strong smell; if you eliminate the odors, you will drastically reduce the fly population outside your home.
- Pick up dog feces. Make sure you put it in sealable bags before you put it in the trashcan.
- Keep garbage can lids tightly closed. If you are having a party, make sure the trash can being used for paper goods disposable has a tight fitting lid, and ask the guests to replace the lid after they dispose of their trash.
- Cut your lawn often. Flies love tall grass and piles of brush, so keep your shrubs trimmed and do not leave piles of cut grass, leaves or brush in your yard.
- Mind your compost bin. A compost bin is filled with decaying matter; which is like a smorgasbord to a fly.
- Don’t keep your compost pile too moist
- Keep the compost pile as far from your house as possible
- Maintain your compost pile properly. Keep it “cooking” so that it is too warm to support fly larvae.
- Guard against stagnant water. Flies are attracted to moisture and standing water; keep the water in birdbaths fresh and do not allow buckets or other containers to fill up with rainwater. You should discard old tires or any debris in your yard that can collect rainwater.
- Keep fruit and fruit peelings out of your bird feeders. If you want to give your backyard birds fruit treats, be sure to locate the fruit or peelings as far from your house as possible.
- Landscape with fly-repelling plants. Flies are deterred by the scents of some plants, so keep potted plants on your patio or near your doors that repel flies:
- Make flytraps. Mix molasses and cornmeal and place it in a shallow dish or saucer. Put the saucer far from your patio—the flies can congregate there while you enjoy your meal in peace.
- Do not destroy all the spider webs outdoors. Spiders eat flies, but if you destroy their webs, the flies lose a natural predator.
Some people swear that hanging shiny objects around their yard deters flies. There is no concrete evidence to support this, but you can try hanging strips of aluminum foil or anything else that has a reflective surface, near your patio or in your garden.
Flies do not like a breeze. It may seem silly to put a fan outdoors, but if you are entertaining, a small house fan on your deck or patio may deter flies.
If you want to make a flytrap that sticks to the flies, feet mix peanut butter, school glue and honey. You will be amazed!
Flies to have their place in the ecosystem, so it is not prudent to try to eradicate them completely. Next to bees and wasps, flies pollinate the most plants and flowers. Flies also help control other insect pests
Flies can spread typhoid fever, malaria, yellow fever, sleeping sickness and dysentery.