Why Are There So Many Flies In My House?
December 16, 2020
Does your kitchen suddenly have a few fruit flies that have appeared out of nowhere. Or maybe, your bedroom has several flies that annoy you at night? What is to blame for the infestation? If you have recently found that there are more flies in your home than normal, there may be a few reasons to explain this phenomena.
Flies are a funny species. One second your house could be fly-free. Not a single buzzing anywhere in your living space. The next second, your home has flies virtually in every room from the kitchen, to the bathroom, and even in your peaceful space…your bedroom.
The Danger of Flies
Not only can flies be frustratingly annoying, but they can be unhealthy and most certainly unsanitary. House flies, in particular, come from unsanitary places, such as on fecal matter or garbage, and will transfer what they have landed on previously onto your things (including your food).
Flies often visit some pretty unhealthy places regularly. Garbage cans, fecal matter, rotting flesh, and decaying food are common places you will find a fly or any variety. Once they land on these places and find their way into your home, they are known for spreading at least 200 known pathogens and parasites to humans. Some diseases known to be spread by flies include typhoid, cholera and dysentery.
How’d They Get In My House?
Now this is a good question. There is no one answer to this so let’s take a look at some of the most common ways so that you can prevent them from occurring at your home.
- Open doors and windows are the most obvious place to start when considering how a fly infestation began. Check all windows and doors for openings in the screens or under the door. Seal up those places.
- Drain flies in the house often get inside through gaps around utility pipes. While you are examining the windows and doors, take a look at the utility pipes that have access to your home. Are they covered by a screen to prevent flies or other insects from finding a way inside? If the answer is no, you may want to seal this up as well.
- Fruit flies often lay eggs in produce. That means every time you bring in groceries, wash and scrub your greens before putting them in the refrigerator.
- Finally, use fresh potting soil for your potted plants. Some tropical plants can grow fungus which can attract and allow for the growth of flies.
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