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Why House Flies Invade Louisville Homes

a house fly face up close

Flies can appear any time during the year, and no kitchen is safe from these pests. House flies, as the name suggests, are often found in houses. During the fall, they may come in seeking shelter when the weather begins to cool. They are also looking for food, which is easy to find in kitchens (and even bathrooms). Here’s what you need to know.

The Problem With House Flies

Flies love to eat soft, wet food. You’ve seen flies swarming around an animal in a barn, or perhaps around dog poop in your yard. Flies love filth. They spend a lot of time around fecal matter and decaying food. The problem is, they also like people food. After hanging out in piles of trash, they may land on your freshly made spaghetti. When they do this, they can spread dangerous diseases and bacteria that can be harmful to you and your family. These pests are annoying, loud, and frustrating, but they’re also a risk to your health. It’s never a good idea to ignore a fly problem.

Inviting Flies To Your Home

We don't intentionally invite flies to come inside. But here are some things that will attract flies to a Louisiana house.

  • Leaving food uncovered on counters or on the table.
  • Not sealing trash cans, especially ones that have organic waste.
  • Leaving messes, spills, or dirty dishes in the sink.
  • Keeping a messy yard, especially one with dog poop or unprotected compost.

These things attract flies to a property, but how do flies get inside? Flies are small, so they can fit through tears in a screen door or cracks around a window. Flies can come inside through vents or spaces in the foundation. Usually, though, they come in through doors and windows that are open during nice weather. It’s important to keep your doors and windows closed or protected with solid screens. Make sure the exterior of your home has no obvious entry points for flies or other pests.

Do-It-Yourself: A Fruitless Battle

There are some semi-effective methods of controlling flies once they get inside. You can hang fly tape around doors and watch flies stick to them, you can spray store-bought chemicals with limited success (and with the risk of a reaction to these chemicals), or you can chase them around with a flyswatter. These methods are sometimes exhausting and often futile. Flies can multiply quickly if they aren’t taken care of properly. So what can you do?

The Solution To A Fly Infestation

The best way to make sure your house is clear of flies is to let professional home pest control services do the hard work for you. Here at Action Pest Control, we have access to tools, equipment, and products that the everyday person can’t get. Our treatment is far more effective than a fly swatter and creates a long-lasting respite that you can’t get from DIY methods. Call now and let us eliminate house flies before they carry any more bacteria into your home.