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Shoo, Fly! What Attracts Flies and How to Get Rid of Them

The best way to control house flies is to understand what attracts them to your house in the first place. In a home setting, they're probably most attracted to kitchen waste (especially sugar and fermenting vegetables) as well as feces.

Pretty gross, right? It doesn’t end there. When a fly lands on your dinner (or your pet’s feast), it can also be dropping off some pathogen it picked up from the garbage or some other source of filth. Meaning you or your pet could get sick.

Bottom line, flies are unsanitary and it's important to take steps to keep them out of your house. 

How to keep flies away

Repair points of entry. Check windows and doors, and fix any gaps or screen holes that could grant flies easy entry.

Regular clean up. Clean up crumbs, food remnants and spills from counters, floors and tabletops as soon as possible. Make it a practice to limit eating to the kitchen and dining areas. 

Take care of the trash. Store kitchen waste and pet waste in a tightly fitted garbage can. Before taking out the trash, keep it packed in tightly closed plastic bags. 

Trapping flies

If you still get unwanted visitors buzzing around, try one of these trapping methods before you call a pest control company.

Insect light trap: In addition to flies, these also catch mosquitoes. Since they are drawn to the light, you’ll have to be smart about where you hang it, or you’ll have extra (and unwanted) visitors swarming around you as well as the light. Keep away from windows and doors, and, if using outdoors, hang it in an out-of-the-way place.

Fly paper or ribbon: This is paper coated with a sweet and sticky substance that attracts and entraps the flying pests. Once you’ve gathered a few, these can be dropped in the trash. These are available at hardware stores and other retailers, or you can try homemade flypaper

Bait traps: These are containers that hold an attractant and are designed to make it difficult for flies and other unwanted insects to find an escape route. Disposable traps offer a hands-off method to catch and dispose of flies, without mess or cleanup.  

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