Top tips to banish filthy flies from your home
The warm weather and sunshine might be something treasured during an Irish summer but the flies that come along with it can place a dampener on the fun.
Apart from being an annoyance, flies can actually pose a danger to your family and are capable carriers of salmonella, parasitic worms and other dangerous bacteria which can lead to vomiting bugs and other illnesses.
The most common fly to drive you mad this summer in Ireland is the house fly, which feeds on decomposing food and animal faeces. This is why the contents of your bin, dog poo in the garden, and bird poo in your guttering are major magnets for swarms of the undesirables.
Although a new 'old wives' tale' on getting rid of flies is hatched every minute here are some methods that are proven to be more effective.
Clear gutters and drains
Blocked gutters and drains are a huge draw for flies as debris from plants and vegetation as well as bird faeces attract the fly who feeds on such materials. Clean and clear gutters will help to lessen the issue.
Make sure your rubbish bins are securely covered and if you have wheely bins, make sure they are placed as far as possible from your window, perhaps at the bottom of the garden.
Make sure your kitchen counters are neat and clear and all utensils are placed inside cupboards. Disinfect your surfaces and clear away all gadgets. Crumbs on the couch or alongside appliances should be cleared.
Clear away all food
Do not leave fruit and other food on your counter as it is prime opportunity for flies, who feed on such materials and pass potentially dangerous bacteria onto food. It also gives an opportunity for flies to lay their eggs.
Keep your kitchen doors closed all the time
The kitchen is the most dangerous spot in the home for flies to thrive as the bacteria they carry pose a risk to our food and digestive health. Keep the kitchen doors closed at all times and install fly screens to the windows if possible to stop them entering in the first place.
Be conscious of light
Flies are attracted to light so make sure that heavy curtains block the light from any open window at night to avoid a room full of creatures.
Clean up after your pets fast!
Cleaning up after your pets on a more regular basis will help to limit the number of flies as they are attracted to animal faeces and it also offers them a prime spot to breed and lay eggs. Make sure your pets’ food is also covered if it has not been eaten.
Inspect your shed and attic for old birds’ nests which could be enhancing the problem.
Limit stagnant water
Flies, especially midges can often be attracted to water, so make sure any buckets or pools are emptied unless they are being used.
Some stellar old wives’ tales include malt vinegar, clove, lavender and basil. One quirky suggestion is hang a vodka bag at the door, as flies reportedly hate vodka. However, there may be better uses for vodka after all that cleaning.