Fly Treatment

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Getting Rid of Flies
Fly Treatments
Getting rid of flies most of the time will require a mix of indoor and outdoor treatments. This will ring true if you have pets that defecate in the yard, any compost piles, small bodies of water or ponds close by, if you live near a farm, or have dirty trash bins or dumpsters around. Eliminating all the house flies around your property would not be considered a realistic goal, but you can control the fly populations at a manageable level.

Outdoor Fly Control
Outdoor Fly Control
There are a few different methods you can use when controlling the outdoor house fly population. It will depend on the level of infestation that you hace, you can use all three methods together to keep the house fly population at bay.

Products you will need:
  • Insecticide sprays
  • Hand pump sprayers
For a small outside population of flies you can spray the exterior of your home with an insecticide with a residual effect. This method can also be used in conjunction with the methods below if you have a medium to high population of flies. Mix the insecticide of your choice with water in a hand pump sprayer as directed on the product label. Spray the solution on window frames, door frames, porch lights, overhangs, and other surfaces where you see flies resting. Repeat once per month during the warmer season to help stop flies from entering your house.

Products you will need:
  • Home fly trap
Trapping flies outside is a great way to control the females that breed, and should be used when you have a medium to high level of a fly infestation. Fly traps are a good choice when using insecticides is not possible or not wanted. Fly traps work by creating an area that is attractive for female flies to lay eggs. Once they are inside the trap, the they are unable to get back out. Most fly traps are normally placed at least 30 feet from the structure or the area you are trying to protect from flies. The traps should be at about eye level in a sunny area.

Products you will need:
  • Fly baits
  • Fly bait stations
Baiting for flies is done when the source of the flies cannot be controlled in places such as on a farm, kennel, near dumpsters or composting areas. Fly baits typically have a food attractant and a pheromone attractant to lure the flies along with some insecticide to eliminate the flies once the bait is eaten. Fill up the bait station as indicated on the product label. The bait station can be mounted on fences, walls or other surfaces that are near dumpsters, behind restaurants, or in other places where flies pose a problem.

Indoor Fly Control
House Flies Screen Treatment
Fly Sprays:

A spray may be a desirable solution if you have a space that is too small for a fogger, or if you would like to have a fast acting spray on hand for later use. A bug bomb would be better to use if you have a larger area to treat. A spray or a fogger is a good choice if you have a lot of activity inside and you need to get rid of the flies fast. You will eliminate any flies that are out during the application but you will not leave behind an active residual. Most sprays and foggers will require you to leave the room after the application and ventilate before going back into the room.

Fly Baits:

There are a few fly baits on the market that can be used inside for fly control. Indoor house fly baits are usually not very noticeable and can be used in residential and commercial applications and will work well in places where sprays are not able to be used. Indoor fly baits come in different formulations. Make sure you are only applying the products where they are labeled to be used to avoid contact with non-target animals like pets, and children and to guarantee effectiveness.

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