It’s unlikely that you’re actually trying to attract flies but knowing what they’re drawn to can help to prevent them from invading your home or business premises. While things such as open rubbish bags may be obvious fly bait, there are a number of other ways you may inadvertently be attracting these pests.
Below we have listed five things that attract flies and could leave you vulnerable to an infestation.
As much as we love our furry friends, they can, unfortunately, attract flies to your home. The first reason for this is because of their faeces. House and blow flies lay eggs in animal manure so make sure you dispose of any pet waste (especially dog) frequently. You may think it’s not a problem to leave droppings in the garden but flies can very easily make their way into your home.
Flies are also drawn to animal food so clean up any spilt pet or livestock feed to keep house and stable flies away. Also, try to get into the habit of clearing away any bowls as soon as your pet has finished eating because left-over food debris can attract all sorts of pests from flies to rats.
Sweet or Fermented Liquids
Flies are well-known for their sweet tooth and are attracted to anything from syrup and soda to liquor and vinegar.
To prevent an infestation of fruit flies, remember to wipe up any spills as soon as they happen and rinse all your containers out before putting them in the recycling bin. Throw out or refrigerate overripe fruit and vegetables because this is something that fruit flies find irresistible.
Rotting scraps doesn’t sound particularly appetising but for flies, your rubbish bin is an easy food source. House and blow flies, in particular, are attracted to organic material and blow flies will even lay eggs in meat and vegetable scraps.
Try to find a bin that seals tightly so that flies can’t get in, remember to empty it frequently and also keep any bags that are stored outside securely contained.
Dirty or Leaky Drains
Drain and fruit flies are attracted to refuse in dirty or leaky drains. Drain fly maggots will even eat the bacteria and organic matter in drains so remember to clean them on a regular basis and repair any leaks as soon as they happen. They’re also drawn to stagnant water which sits in open drains so again, it’s important to keep on top of this if you want to ensure that you manage to keep pests away.
Lights are known to attract an array of flying insects, including flies. Chances are that you don’t want to sit in darkness but the good news is that there are a number of ways you can help to minimise the problem:
• Don’t leave lights on in empty rooms – as well as wasting energy and increasing your electricity bill, you’re unnecessarily attracting insects
• Try to keep windows and doors closed when you have the lights on
• Install screens on windows and doors so you don’t have to worry about flies entering the house
• Install fly traps in areas where flies are most likely to enter your property
If you have a fly infestation, you can find out more information here. Alternatively, please feel free to contact one of our qualified technicians who will be more than happy to help.