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How to Get Rid of Flies in Yard

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There are over 100,000 species of flies on Earth, the most common being the housefly. Did you know that while most flying insects have four wings, flies only have two but they can move up, down, side to side and even backwards with incredible agility?

This is complimented by the fact that a fly’s eyes have thousands of lenses that give it a 360 degree vision and a wide angle view. It is extremely difficult to swat a fly with an open hand because it can clearly see you coming. However with a lot of practice and time on your hands you can predict the fly’s behavior and judge where it’s going to be and crush it. An easier way to kill a fly is to swat at it when it sits on a glass or mirror. That is because the glass and mirror with its reflective surface multiplies the lens counter in the fly’s eyes and it gets confused, making it easier to kill.

You might say flies live in a different time and space than humans. It’s like that episode of the flash where the world slows down for Barry and he can achieve more in the same timeframe. If you have ever observed a fly closely, you will notice that it continuously uses its forelegs to remove materials from its eyes to keep a clear vision. It looks like the fly is giving itself a dry bath.

House flies are a marvel of nature but they can be really annoying in large numbers. Sometimes even one fly buzzing around your ears is enough to get on your nerves. Flies carry diseases from one place to another. They are attracted to dirty, unclean places and sugary treats. They are also attracted to garbage and manure. House flies do not have teeth like mosquitoes and cannot bite. They use their sponge like mouths to eat liquids, but they can also turn solids into liquids by spitting and vomiting on it. Flies eat just about anything that decays and are especially attracted to pet wastes because of its strong odor.

Look out for the signs

On average a housefly lives up to 25 days during which time a female can lay around 600 eggs that hatch and the life cycle starts over again. Flies are not actually a problem but a symptom that indicate an unhealthy and unhygienic surrounding. Flies are known to carry more than 100 diseases and should be avoided at all costs. Here are some ways you can get rid of flies from your yard and outdoors:

Bait and insecticides – You can spray all over the yard and the walls and landing places of the house with great success. The more efficient way to kill off a fly infestation is to bait them with a fruit core such as that of an apple or pear or any other half-eaten fruit. Once all the flies gather in for the feast, you can easily blast them with insecticides and get rid of them in one swish motion. This method also makes cleaning easier afterwards.

Healthy eating habits – do not drop crumbs on the floor when you eat. To avoid this, do not eat while walking around the house. Sit and eat in one place then get on with your work. People think that multitasking is an effective way to do more, but that is not true. Being task-centric gets more work done with higher precision and lesser mistakes.

Air tight jars – needless to say flies are attracted by the smell of food in your home and pantry. Place all foods in airtight jars to discourage an infestation. This also increases the life of the stored foods.  Keep your food outside covered and try to limit their access to the picnic.  Sometimes easier said than done, but using some fly traps away from the area will help reduce the population.

Seal your garbage bags – if you are like most Americans that take out the trash before they go to sleep, you should always seal your trash bags before taking them out to the curb. Unsealed trash bags attract a lot of flies in dumpsters. These flies can then easily enter your home.   You can spray an insecticide around the trash cans and this will give you about 45 days of residual killing, when the flies land on the areas.

Smoke coils – are extremely effective against flying insects such as flies and mosquitoes. They are inexpensive and give off fumes that drive away the flying pests.

Fans – most homes in the United States use a central heating and cooling system for their climate control needs. Flies are small creatures, no matter how unique, and they cannot withstand the direct throw of an industrial fan. Using more fans in your yard, as you lounge away with a glass of orange juice, can help keep flies away from you.

Bug zappers – hang an ultraviolet bug zapper in your yard to kill insects with minimal effort on your part. These bug zappers are specially designed to attract insects in the way that they look. They also give off fumes that are attractive to insects. The moment the bugs come in contact with the electric rods, game over. You do have to clean the bug zapper on a regular basis though.

Sticky traps – Although these are more effective against creepy crawlies, they can also work for flying insects. Use a double sided tape or especially designed sticky traps to catch house flies. Bait them with a few sugar crystals and once they get caught in the trap, dispose the tape to the trash.

Final word

Having flies in the house or in your yard is not the biggest problem in the world. It can be easily fixed by following the techniques as mentioned above. Clean and healthy environments automatically discourage flies from breeding and they just die off naturally.

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