Fly Control, Fly Extermination – Tips on Eliminating your Fly Problem
We have established many of the problems presented by flies. Now just what can be done? What should be done?
Try to determine the variety of fly you are attempting to control. The extension agents from the University of Maryland can help. Great: go out and capture flies! Might prove a more efficient use of your time to contact a local pest control company, try bogpestcontrol.com or call at 410.867.8873 (we know, a little advertising here). The pest control company can identify the variety of fly, the source of the breeding of the fly and control methods available for you.
After the identification is complete it will be time to take action:
First, second and last is quite simple: sanitation.
The presence of large numbers of flies is a clear indication that the sanitary conditions around your home (remember the fly has an effective range of 2 miles). The sanitation issue may be a neighbors issue but it is your problem.
All animal waste products must be removed. Wash the garbage cans on a regular basis, removal of the trash odors will help. If you can: use plastic trash bags inside the trash can. The lid on the can must fit tightly and must be kept on the can at all times. Locate the trash cans away from the house, if possible. Good practice is to have the trash removed from your property two times a week. Removal of trash in most areas has been reduced to one time per week. Keep the lid on tightly.
This step is a bit more difficult. Remove rotting vegetation, manure, garbage and animal excrement. Nasty, but the removal has to occur to reduce the fly population. A dead bird, rabbit, squirrel or any other animal must be removed immediately. Flies will deposit eggs on any dead animal as the animal becomes food for the maggot.
While it can be convenient do not deposit grass clippings into the woods. Plies of rotting grass are an excellent breeding place for flies.
Here is a simple list of to do’s:
- 10-18 mesh screens, use a fan at the door
- drain wet areas if possible
- at picnics: keep food covered
- Remove fermenting fruit (apples, peaches, pears especially) from the ground
- Sticky fly paper strips (not aesthetically pretty!)
- Good old fashioned eco friendly instrument: a fly swatter
- Replace outdoor lights with sodium vapor bulbs
Insecticides used by themselves are not recommended.
Just call a pro!!!