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Fly Prevention 101: How To Keep Your Houston Home Fly-Free

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Trying to keep flies out of your Houston home can feel a little like playing a game of whack-a-mole. You get rid of one, and then you find more have taken its place. The good news is that here at All-Safe Pest & Termite, we’re experts in fly control in Houston.

A Guide To Fly Identification: Types And Behaviors

There are lots of different types of flies in the Houston area, including:

  • House flies
  • Fruit flies
  • Blow flies
  • Stable flies
  • Horse flies
  • Deer flies
  • Sand flies
  • Drain flies

It's important to identify the type of fly that you have in your home because different flies want different things. For example, fruit flies are attracted to sugar and will often go for things like fruit, sugary drinks, and wine. Horse flies, meanwhile, feed mostly on nectar and pollen unless they are female. Then, they will also feed on blood when it's time to reproduce. 

This is why you have to identify the species of fly that you're dealing with, as a treatment that works well for one type of fly might not work for another. However, it can be difficult for untrained eyes to see the difference between fly species, which often look very similar to one another. This is why it's best to call in the experts. 

The Impact Of Flies In The House: Health Risks And Concerns

Having flies in your house is a major health concern because many fly species are known to spread disease. Some flies, like fruit flies, are fairly harmless. They are not known to carry diseases and may just contaminate things they land on with germs from other places they've been.

Other flies in our area, however, are more serious threats. For example, sand flies are known to spread leishmaniasis, a parasitic infection that can cause lesions in the skin. Houseflies also spread several different human diseases because they defecate and regurgitate virtually everywhere they land. This is why it's so vital to keep flies away from your home

Professional Pest Control For Fly Invasions: Why Hire Experts

The problem with eradicating flies from your house is it’s a lot easier said than done. This mostly has to do with the way flies reproduce. Flies lay their eggs in all sorts of different materials that are very common in your house. 

Fruit flies and drain flies, for instance, will often lay eggs in drain pipes or even in wet potting soil. Other types of flies will also breed in garbage, and since fly eggs hatch fast, you may have maggots or even full-grown flies on your hands before you take out the trash. 

There's also the issue of the ineffectiveness of fly control products. Most products that you can purchase at the store focus on eliminating adults, but this does no good if they have already left eggs behind. Because of all this, the best thing you can do to get rid of flies is trust the Houston home pest control experts here at All-Safe Pest & Termite. Our control products are meant for insects at all stages of the life cycle, which means they are much more effective at eliminating flies than some store-bought glue boards. 

Maintaining A Fly-Free Environment: Daily Practices For Prevention

If you already have a house full of flies, eliminating them will be no easy task. However, there are a few things you can do to make your home less attractive to flies in the first place:

  • Store all pantry foods in airtight containers. 
  • Keep all indoor and outdoor garbage covered.
  • Do not leave pet food sitting out.
  • Avoid leaving dirty dishes sitting out, even in the sink. 
  • Make sure potted plants have well-draining soil.

Eliminating flies' food sources and breeding spots can make your home less attractive to them. But if you find yourself with a fly problem in spite of your efforts, call the experts here at All-Safe Pest & Termite!

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