Do you know that house flies in Denver don't want to live in your home? It may sound strange, but it's true—to a certain degree. While house flies get into homes frequently and have earned their "house fly" name, they have a hard time reproducing inside most homes. This is because the things flies lay their eggs in have an unpleasant aroma. You're not going to put up with the scent of rotting vegetables or meats for very long. So a fly (if it had the ability) would not consider living in your home. It would be too concerned about the lack of breeding sites. Why do we tell you this? Apart from being slightly interesting, it is a fact every Denver homeowner should know. Understanding that flies have a hard time reproducing inside means your efforts to keep them out will be rewarded. Here's the secret to doing just that.
Step One: Attractants
Flies are highly mobile because they can—well—fly. It's in the name. Every time you open your door to go out or come back inside, a fly can fly right in. When you reduce the number of flies around the outside of your home, you can reduce the number of flies inside. Consider these tips:
Keep your trash receptacles clean: If you have a stinky trash receptacle, you'll have more flies hanging out near your doors. This can happen when you forget to bring your trash to the curb on trash day. When this happens, it is a good idea to clean your receptacle to remove the scent that attracts flies. A fly can smell rotting organic matter from a surprising distance.
Clean your recyclables: If you have unclean recyclables, such as bottles and cans, flies will be drawn to them. While these items may not smell as bad as garbage, they smell strong enough to lure a fly into your garage where your recyclables may be stored. Then, it is just a quick zip through the air and they are inside your home.
Pick up dog droppings: If you have a dog, your pet's waste can be an attractant for flies. It is gross to think about, but flies feed on animal waste and lay their eggs in it.
Address oversaturation: Flies can breed in most rotting organic matter. If you have damp vegetation near your home, you could have flies breeding near your doors. Check to make sure your gutters are free of obstructions and that there are no breaks in your downspouts or splash blocks. Reduce vegetation in your landscaping to allow for good airflow and dry topsoil. Remove tree branches and thin out your tree canopy in areas that get a lot of shade.
Step Two: Exclusion
Screens: Your door and window screens can give flies quick access to your home. They can crawl through a hole or tear in a damaged screen, and they can slip past a gap or hole in the frame. Examine your window and door screens and seal any gaps you see.
Weatherstripping: Your exterior doors have weatherstripping that helps to keep warm air in during the winters and cool air in during the summers. They also help to keep flies and other pests out. If you have gaps or damage, flies will take advantage of them.
Pipes: If you have a pipe that passes through your foundation wall, check to see if there is a gap. Use a caulking gun to seal any gaps you find.
Step Three: Treatments
The best way to get control of flies around your home is to invest in routine perimeter treatments. These work to take down simple organisms like flies, and prevent flies from breeding near your home. Treatments can give you essential protection when you don't have the time or energy to seal entry points and address attractants, or they can be added protection on top of your own efforts to give you the best results possible.
If you need advice or you'd like to request assistance, reach out to us today. The experienced pest control team here at Beeline Pest Control is available to help you with all your pest control needs.