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How to Get Rid of Pesky Flies


Come summer, we can’t wait to go out and enjoy the warmth that the season has to offer. It is also the perfect time to have picnics outside and go on a holiday. If nothing else, we simply want to enjoy the weather by throwing all the windows in our homes open. The summer breeze that flows in smells heavenly.

Unfortunately, it also brings with it irritating flies of different kinds! No matter how hard you try, you can’t keep them from entering the house. If you close all the points of entry, then the summer heat gets too stifling. 

So, what should you do? Simply watch them as they ruin the summer? Bear with it when they land on the delicious foods that you make for yourself and your family? Swat them with the day’s paper rolled up, instead of reading the news?

Absolutely not! What you need to do is get rid of them. We all know that flies are attracted by still water, rotting vegetation and organic matter, and the gelatinous material that is found down the sewers. Aside from making sure that all these breeding grounds are inaccessible to the flies, what else should you be doing?

The first thing that you need to understand is that there are many different types of flies. That usually means you need to know which type is infesting your house before you can get rid of them. At times, more than one type of flies might be found in a home. The trick is to see which of the two species are present in larger numbers. Get rid of those and then you can wage war on the other type that is present in smaller numbers.

Identifying the Type of Fly

We present to you here the nine common types of flies that are usually found in homes:

  1. House Flies are found breeding on food, in the garbage, on animal feces, and compost piles.

  2. Flesh Flies will also breed on animal feces, as well as, corpses of animals, and rotting meat.

  3. Blow Flies multiply rapidly when in the presence of dead animals, rotting meat, and wet trash.

  4. Cluster Flies will breed in your lawn and lay eggs down the burrows that earthworms make.

  5. Fruit Flies are found on rotting or rotten fruit as their name suggests. They will also breed on beer left out to ferment, rotten veggies, and rags.

  6. Phorid Flies will also look for decomposing animals and plants to breed on. They will also multiply in the garbage and search for sewer lines.

  7. Fungus Gnats prefer rooting plants, so they will frequent flower pots with wet soil but no living plants in them.

  8. Drain Flies are known to breed in drains, sewers, and traps. They will also lay eggs in rotten matter.

  9. Midges are drawn to still water or areas where garbage leaks are found.

Normally, knowing the type of fly pestering you is important. However, we have compiled a number of ways for you that will work on most of them, especially the nine types mentioned above.  

Getting Rid of Flies

  • Vinegar Fly Trap

For the vinegar fly trap, all you need is some kind of organic vinegar. Therefore, you can use apple cider or malt vinegar. In addition to that, you will also need a glass, a rubber band, and a plastic bag. Take the glass and add a small amount of vinegar into it. Next, cover the mouth of the glass with the plastic bag. Secure it into place with the rubber band.

Now you will need an opening from where the flies will enter the glass. For that, cut a hole in the centre of the bag covering the glass. The hole shouldn’t be too small or the flies won’t be able to enter it. However, don’t make it too big enough or they will simply escape. Place the trap in parts of the house where you see fruit flies most frequently.

  • Milk Sugar Pepper Trap

The milk sugar pepper trap is highly effective for getting rid of fruit flies. The best part about this trap is that all the ingredients involved in making it are easily available at home. You will need ½ litre of milk, 6 tsp sugar, and 2 tbsp pepper. It can’t get simpler than that, right!

Add all these ingredients to a pan on heat. Let it simmer for 10-20 min before taking the pan off the stove. Next, pour the mixture into a small shallow bowl. Place the bowls in parts of the house where you see fruit flies most frequently. The flies will be attracted to the trap and drown in it once they land into the bowl!

  • Venus Fly Trap

This plant is a good one to have at home, if your house has a lot of flies! The Venus Fly Trap has all the good qualities that a plant has and adding it to your home will make the air more breathable. It is also available inexpensive, so even people limited by a budget can afford it. You can easily buy the plants at a good garden centre. Buy multiple pots and place them in different parts of the house.

  • Disposable Fly Traps

When it comes to disposing off flies, such as carrion, house, blow, cluster, stable, and flesh flies, this is the most effective method. Use these traps to catch the flies in a completely mess free manner. Such traps consist of a fly attracting material that will dissolve in water. In order for it to start attracting flies, you will need to add water to it. Once that happens, it releases a sweet smell that flies love. The substance is housed inside a bag that allows the flies to come in but they won’t be able to leave. Eventually, the flies drown and the bag can be disposed off.

Solutions Guaranteed Fly Control KitSolutions Pest & Lawn Products Can Help You Eliminate Flies

If you want to get really serious about fly control, we recommend that you buy professional fly control DIY products that help you to eliminate the presence of flies in your home. A combination of high quality fly traps, baits and insecticide sprays will do the trick in eliminating a fly infestation.

We have traps that work really well such as Musca-StikQuickstrike Fly Abatement StripsFlies Be Gone, and even light traps like the Mantis Fly Light. What you choose depends upon your preference. There are also fly control insecticide sprays that can be effective like Pyrid Aerosol or MaxForce Fly Spot Bait. For flies that are discovered hanging around your sink drains, Drain Gel cleaner can wipe up the gunk and organic matter that flies are attracted to.

You can find everything you need for a professional quality fly control treatment in our Solutions fly control kit. This kit has a lot of the products we mentioned above in a convenient kit so you don't have to go searching for the products individually. Order it today!


If you’re sick and tired of flies making life miserable, following the tips we shared above and equipping yourself with the traps and preventative measures, flies will no longer be a problem in your home.

For more help or DIY advice, contact us at 800-479-6583 or shoot us an email at askapro@solutionsstores.com and we will be happy assist you.

Don’t forget to let us know which of the solutions worked out best for you!

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