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How to Get Rid of Tiny Flies

No one really likes flies because, to be honest, although they  serve a purpose there appearance is still disgusting. Carriers of disease and other germs, flies are extremely annoying and during the warm weather, this annoyance factor can amp up as they come out in droves. Couple this factor with a tinier size and you’re practically bound for hell.

Tiny flies have all the annoyance and dirtiness of actual sized flies, but because of their size, they are harder to get rid of. Luckily, persistence always pays off and you can get rid of them by deploying some serious measures. However, it is a good idea to try to identify what kind of flies these are. In their infant stages, many flies can be tiny in size before they become bigger.

Based on this factor, the tiny flies in your home can fall within the following categories:

  • Fungus Gnats– If the flies are tiny, black in color, and look like small black speck, they could be fungus gnats. Pay attention to where they are congregating to determine this aspect. Fungus flies are usually attracted to the indoor plants you have and make a home in the soil.

  • Phorid Flies– Phorid flies can be harder to identify just by looking at them as they can be black or light brown in color. It’s a good idea to see how they walk on a surface. If they are walking in an erratic or zig-zag pattern, then they might be phorid flies. These are generally attracted to broken sewer lines or presence of sewage, so you should consider getting your sewerage line or septic tank examined.

  • Fruit Flies- If the flies are tiny but have a light brown color to them, they could be fruit flies. Again, pay attention to where they are commonly collecting. If these are more commonly found near your kitchen or your trashcan, they could be fruit flies that are being attracted by the presence of overripe or decomposing fruit.

Keep in mind that these are the most common types of tiny flies that you can experience. If you feel like your home is invaded by unidentified, tiny flies, you should probably call in the experts and let them do their work. Under no circumstances should you ignore or allow the flies to get larger. It could cause a serious infestation to occur and will be more difficult to manage.

How to Get Rid of Them

Once you have identified the kind of tiny flies your home is being invaded by, it is a good idea to deploy a few DIY steps. This can also help you assess whether you can handle the situation on your own or if it is the right time to call in the experts. Since there are three common types of tiny flies, you will have to make use of different methods to get rid of them. Take a look at the following:

Fungus Gnats

Be sure to examine all your houseplants in order to identify which plant they are housing in. Often times, sick or dying house plants can attract fungus gnats as they are emitting a large amount of carbon-dioxide which gnats find very attractive. If the plant is perfectly healthy, it is a good idea to change the soil that gnats might be nesting in. Gnats also like moisture so you should consider how much you are going to water the soil. Overwatering could be providing them with a very nice environment for them to flourish and grow in.

Apart from this, it is a good idea to set a small DIY trap for them. Use a mason jar with tiny holes in the lid. Fill it with a mixture of red wine as well as dish washing liquid and leave it near the place where the gnats are. They’ll go in the jar and drown in the concoction you prepared for them.

Phorid Flies

These can be less problematic to handle but their presence could be the harbinger of bigger problems, particularly in your plumbing. To get rid of them, make use of pesticides and get your sewage system checked to rectify any leaks or problems. They usually go away once their source of food is no longer present.

Also try to look for mold as these flies are fans of fungi and could appear because of the presence of mold in the house. Much like fungus gnats, they are fans of moisture, so it is a good idea to pay attention to access moisture around the house.

Fruit Flies

Another common tiny fly, fruit flies can grow up to be rather large in size but it is a good idea to deal with them as swiftly as possible. For starters, keep all the fruit in your kitchen stored in an airtight container. Always dispose of the fruit if you aren’t going to eat it instead of letting it turn overripe. In the event that you want the fruit to ripen, keep it covered.

Fruit flies can lay eggs in the skin of the fruit as it ripens. Dispose of all fruit in the proper manner. Don’t let it rot in the garbage bin. This can also attract fruit flies indoors. For fruit flies, you can also make use of DIY methods. You can use the same DIY jar trap as the one for the fungus gnats. Just add a banana peel in it to make it more appealing.

At the end of the day, if you have neither the time nor the energy to handle the situation, call in the professionals and let them work their magic.


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