During the hot summer months, Britons are more likely to see all types of flies in their homes, including fruit flies. Flies enter the house through open windows and doors in search of food. Common house flies are attracted to decaying matter such as meat, while fruit flies like to feast on overripe fruit and sugary drinks. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways households can try to keep flies out of their homes this summer.
Fantastic Pest Control pest control expert Jordan Foster exclusively shared some tips with Express.co.uk on how to get rid of flies using home remedies.
He explained that flies can quickly take refuge in homes, especially during the summer months, and can even pose a threat.
The expert said: “Having flies in your home can not only be annoying, but it can also be dangerous.
“Various diseases are transmitted by flies, such as cholera, salmonella and tuberculosis.”
In order to keep them out of homes, Britons need to know what ‘attracts’ and ‘repels’ them.
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Jordan shared several quick ways to get rid of these pests using chemicals, one of which includes a “candle trick.”
He said: “The fastest way to get rid of flies is to try the candle trick.
“There is probably no easier homemade trap than this. A candle, a plate and a little water is enough.
“Light the candle and place it in the middle of the plate. Add a little water and place it in the center of the plate. Then turn off your lights and wait.
Flies will be attracted to light and drown in water.
Another method suggested by the expert was to place a vinegar bait.
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Jordan said, “Add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, one tablespoon of sugar, half a cup of warm water, and a few drops of dish detergent to a bowl.
“Mix well. When the concoction is ready, pour the mixture into a bowl. Place it near the area where you see flies.
“Sweet traps will attract pests and die as soon as they come into contact with the solution.”
The simple act of using a piece of fruit can be used as an effective fly trap.
The expert explained: “It’s an insect trap. Put a piece of fruit in a bowl, cover it with plastic wrap and finally poke some holes.
“Set the trap after the flies arrive. As the rotten fruits attract them, the insects enter the holes but do not come out. Once they’re trapped, you can get rid of them.
While these methods are effective in getting rid of flies, it’s best to keep them out of the house in the first place.
Jordan advised, “Take out the trash regularly, even if it’s not full. Especially if you’ve just made fresh salad and have cuttings in your trash, don’t wait until the next day to take out the trash.
“Get into the habit of flushing the drains regularly. It’s worth buying a fine strainer to catch crumbs and food residue that go down the pipes where it’s much harder to clean.
“For example, bleach, drain cleaner, or a homemade mixture of baking soda and vinegar will thoroughly clean the drain. It’s also a good idea to use a stopper to close it off when you’re not using the sink.
He also urged Britons to wash all fruit and vegetables thoroughly and store them in the fridge.
If you don’t eat fruits and vegetables while they’re fresh and you notice they’re starting to spoil, throw them out before they have a chance to attract flies.