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How to get rid of small flies

Updated February 21, 2017

There are thousands of species of small flies. You are most likely familiar with the common nuisance flies, including the house fly (Musca domestica), face fly (Musca autumnalis), stable fly (Stomoxys calcitrans), little house fly (Fannia canicularis) and garbage fly (Phaenicia). In addition to being a nuisance, many small flies carry and spread diseases, including salmonella, typhoid fever, dysentery and parasitic worms. Thus, you should get rid of small flies before they become a big problem.

Clean your house thoroughly. House flies, sometimes called filth flies, feed and lay eggs on garbage, manure and carcases before moving on to human food. You can reduce the number of flies around your home by cleaning it thoroughly. This includes washing dishes, wiping down spills and taking out the garbage.

Clean the area surrounding your home thoroughly. Flies are less likely to enter your home if they are not attracted to the areas surrounding your home. You can make this area less attractive to flies by keeping your trash bin and compost piles as far from your home as possible, and cleaning up dog faeces and dead animals.

Seal entrances. Flies will enter your home through holes in your screens and tiny cracks around your windows and doors. Fix the holes in your screens with a screen patch and seal the cracks around your windows and doors with weather stripping.

Use sticky fly papers and cone traps. Sticky fly papers and cone traps are effective in catching flies.

Use insecticides. In most cases, insecticides are not necessary. In addition, flies can develop resistance to insecticides. If, however, your fly problem has got out of control, you should consider hiring a professional pest company to apply insecticides.

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About the Author

Thomas King is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where he served as managing editor of the "Pittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law." He currently lives in Aberdeen, Washington where he writes and practices law.