We may still be experiencing cold temperatures at present, but with February rapidly progressing, we are just weeks away from the start of the house fly season. From March through until September, these flies can be anything from a mild nuisance to a real problem. This is the beginning of their breeding season, so we are likely to see them around in greater numbers from March onwards.
As the weather gets warmer, windows will finally be opened to air out our properties. The back door may also stand open for a while when the sun is warm enough to warrant it. This is – quite literally – an open invitation for house flies to come in and make themselves at home.
Can you prevent them from entering?
Not unless you are prepared to keep your doors and windows shut throughout the warmer months of the year. However, you can do a lot to make your home less inviting.
For example, house flies won’t necessarily go for sugary drinks or food. These items are more likely to attract fruit flies. House flies will instead make a beeline for anything that is ripe or rotten. If you collect your vegetable peelings, meat bones, and similar items to be recycled, be sure you keep them in a secure container that does not let the smell spread throughout the kitchen. Flies will likely be attracted to this. Make sure you clear out the kitchen bin regularly too.
When transferring anything with rotting food in it to an outdoor container, be sure the container you use has a lockable lid. Leaving rubbish bags out in the open invites animals to come and rip them open to find food, and you can be sure flies will come for a look, too.
Keep your garden and patio area clean as well
If you have a pet, make sure you always promptly clear up after it. Keep an eye on your drains too – blockages are never good to deal with, but even the occasional build up of scum can attract flies. The more house flies you have around your house, the more likely it is they will venture indoors too.
Make your home less appealing (by being more appealing to you), and you shouldn’t need to worry about anything more than the odd fly. However, if you are faced with lots of them, you may want to consider calling pest control experts to get some advice.