Getting Florida Flies to BUZZ OFF!

As the temperature here in central Florida rises, you might notice an increase in the number of flies invading your yard, crashing your outdoor BBQs, and generally being a nuisance. While an occasional fly is inevitable during the warmer months, there are a handful of effective ways to minimize their presence and prevent a full-blown infestation.

Gato Guard offers central Florida pest control solutions to help prevent fly infestations around your home or property.

Houseflies (Musca domestica) are most active between April and October in most parts of the U.S. They reproduce rapidly, which can lead to a sudden surge in their population. A female housefly can lay over 500 eggs in her short lifespan of 15 to 25 days, with these eggs maturing into adult flies in just a single week. Although flies are mostly just a nuisance, they can also spread diseases and cause foodborne illnesses if they contaminate your food. However, there a few steps you can take on your own before turning to the local, Florida pest control expertise of GATO GUARD.

Here are some practical tips to help you tell the Florida flies to BUZZ OFF this Summer:

1) Get Rid of Breeding Sites
With flies able to grow from eggs to adults in a matter of days, you have to cut them off at the source. This is done by eliminating breeding sites by ensuring all potential sources of standing water or accessible food are sealed and inaccessible. Pay special attention to garbage bins, as flies are attracted to decaying organic matter. Make sure all lids are tightly sealed to keep flies out (as well as several other garbage-loving, Florida-native pests).

2) Minimize Available Water Sources
Flies need moisture to survive, and even small amounts of condensation can sustain them. Inspect your home for plumbing leaks, dripping faucets, and standing water. Be sure to pour out cans and bottles before recycling them to remove any residual moisture. By eliminating these water sources, you can significantly reduce the likelihood of a fly infestation.

3) Remove Access to Food
Flies are attracted to rotting, discarded food and sweet, sticky substances like soda, sugar, and syrup. They are especially drawn to pungent foods. Dispose of any spoiled food promptly, clean up crumbs and spills immediately, and ensure your garbage cans are covered and emptied regularly.

4) Utilize Fans
Flies prefer still air, so using a fan can disrupt their flight patterns and make it difficult for them to navigate. The constant air movement can confuse flies, causing them to exhaust themselves or leave the area entirely.

5) Utilize Candles & Oils
Certain candles and essential oils can repel flies. Citronella candles, for example, are known for their ability to keep flies, mosquitoes, and other bothersome insects at bay. You can also use essential oils like lavender, eucalyptus, and peppermint, which flies find unpleasant. Place these candles or oils in areas where flies are commonly seen to help deter them.

6) Minimize Light Sources
Flies, like most insects, are attracted to light. Keeping your house dark not only conserves energy, but also makes your home less attractive to flies. If you have a fly trapped inside, turn off all the lights except for one near an exit. The fly will head towards the light and, hopefully, find its way out.

By following these tips, you can hopefully enjoy a more fly-free summer this year in the Sunshine State. Remember, while these methods can help reduce the fly population, professional pest control services like those offered by GATO GUARD can provide comprehensive solutions to keep your central Florida home completely pest-free. Don’t wait for a full-blown infestation — contact GATO GUARD today to ensure your home is protected all summer long!