Miami-Dade County Homeowner's Guide To Effective Fly Control
February 26, 2021
You’ve just made yourself the perfect lunch. You set your food down and turn away for just a second to flip on the TV and then, right there on your sandwich is a big old housefly. And just like that, you’ve lost your appetite.
Flies are some of the most annoying household pests. They buzz around in your face, contaminate your food, and always seem to evade getting swatted. Once an infestation develops, flies can be hard to control.
Luckily, while flies are some of the most frustrating pests to have in your home, they are also some of the most preventable. Here’s your guide to fly control in Miami-Dade County.
What To Know About Flies In Your Home
While there are tens of thousands of species of flies in the United States alone, they all belong to the order Diptera and have two wings. Flies feed and breed in some truly repulsive environments (at least by human standards) including in rotten food, dead animal carcasses, and feces. As you can imagine, flies pick up some pretty nasty pathogens from spending their time in such awful places, and they will bring those bacteria, fungi, and viruses with them into your home.
Just a single female house fly can lay up to 2,000 eggs in one month. If left untreated, a few flies in your home can become dozens, or even hundreds, if not properly controlled.
How Did Flies Get In My Home?
Flies can enter your home in a variety of ways. Some may simply fly in through open windows or doors. Other species, like fruit flies, can hitchhike their way in as eggs in the skin of fruit like bananas, and species like drain flies can enter your property through gaps around pipes.
Keeping Flies Out Of Your Home
The first thing to do when fly-proofing your home is to identify any opening that flies can enter through. Tears in window screens or screen doors are a common cause and can be fixed with sturdy tape, patched with new screening, or replaced completely. Make sure to minimize the time doors and windows are fully open in your home — even your garage door. Seal any cracks or gaps around your windows and doors with caulk.
While sealing up entry points is important for preventing an infestation of flies in your home, eliminating the things that attract flies is absolutely crucial to fly-proofing your home:
- Keep all perishable food in tightly sealed containers. Store fruit and vegetables in the refrigerator and make sure to clean up any food waste or spills.
- Take your garbage outside and store it in a covered container. If you’re composting, bring any compost materials outside immediately and don’t let compost materials accumulate inside.
- Make sure to clean up after your pets. Flies are attracted to animal feces and will feed and breed on anything your four-legged friend leaves behind on their morning walk. Collect and dispose of any pet droppings on your property.
- Clear away any yard debris where flies may be living. Decaying leaves, grass clippings, and overgrown grass or hedges can all harbor flies.
Getting Rid Of Flies In Your Home
When prevention isn’t enough, you need a professional solution — Amco Pest Solutions. With free inspections available, we will assess your home for fly infestation and work with you to develop a plan that gets rid of flies now and keeps them from coming back later.
If you’re looking for help with flies in your Miami-Dade County home, contact us today.