How To Keep Flies Out Of Your Portsmouth Home


house fly at a picnic

Flies are undoubtedly annoying for Portsmouth homeowners—that goes without saying. But because they often land on rancid, decaying matter, such as rotting food, trash, dead animals, and manure, they can pick up and spread harmful bacteria from these sites that cause illness and disease, such as shigella, E. coli, cholera, and typhoid fever. Protect the health and safety of yourself and your family and household members by ridding of these pesky pests before they become a problem. Read on to learn what may be attracting flies to your Portsmouth home and how to prevent them from entering. 

What Is Attracting Flies To My Portsmouth Home?

A single housefly can lay up to 500 eggs in its 28-day lifespan, which is a major reason why its presence is so problematic. Here are a few reasons why flies are attracted to your Portsmouth home and how to address an unwanted fly problem.

  • Outdoor debris, such as waste discarded in the yard or animal carcasses, provides flies with a food source. Performing regular yard work and cleaning up pet waste can reduce the number of sites that attract flies around your home.

  • Trash, especially in dumpsters, is a major fly-attractor because it provides flies with a food source and a breeding ground. Disposing of trash at least twice a week or more in warmer temperatures and regularly cleaning garbage bins can exponentially aid in ridding your home and property of flies. 

  • Light and sources of heat also attract flies, and the reason they are known to buzz around sources of light is that they’re drawn to the light itself, as well as the heat it emits. Reduce flies outdoors and in the home by using UV bulbs, which are designed to trap them. 

  • Exposed and rotting food also draws flies, as it provides them with another source of food. Flies buzzing around exposed food is a common sight (and annoyance) whenever eating, hosting, or catering outdoors. However, it is possible to entertain and enjoy these occasions pleasantly, so long as the food is kept covered, whether in airtight compartments or by aluminum foil or saran wrap.

How To Prevent Flies From Entering The Home 

Flies enter the home through common entry points, as well as through cracks in the foundation. Whenever a door or window is left ajar, even briefly, flies can enter. Since flies gravitate to light, they fly toward the light in our homes and wind up stuck inside. Flies may also lay their eggs in garbage cans, which can be transferred into the home if trashcans are stored indoors. Pets with unclean coats, namely dogs, can also bring flies into the home. To reduce the likelihood of having flies in your home, consider the following four tips: 

1. Replace damaged screens: Screens for windows and doors aren’t really serving their purpose if they’re damaged. Make necessary replacements and check seasonally for damage. 

2. Make necessary home repairs: Flies may enter the home through cracks in the foundation or damaged exteriors. Investigate and seal damage around the home, which may serve as points of entry for these pests.

3. Use trash cans with lids: Using garbage cans with air-tight lids can prevent the accidental transport of flies into the home if storing trashcans indoors.

4. Take note of your pet’s coat: A pet’s coat may become matted due to skin conditions, illness, and diarrhea, attracting flies. If you see flies on your pet’s coat, follow up immediately with your local veterinarian to identify the source of the problem and provide your beloved companion with relief. 

Help Is On The Way With Ohio Pest Control

For more advice and assistance on flies in your Portsmouth home, contact the professionals at Ohio Pest Control today. We have the tools, experience, and advice necessary to eliminate flies from your home. Whether you're looking for a short-term or recurring pest control plan, the experts at Ohio Pest Control are here for you. Reach out to us today to learn more about all of our pest control options.


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