Flies can make quite a nuisance of themselves. Once they're in your home, they're difficult to get rid of. Not only that, but they can carry diseases in with them. Did you know that the common housefly can carry diseases that can be transmitted to you? According to research, houseflies can transmit over one hundred disease-causing organisms.
So, every time those annoying flies land on your counters or your food, they could be transmitting diseases to you and your family. Even if you have your home protected by a professional pest control service, flies can still find their way in. Luckily, there are some simple tricks you can use to keep the flies away.
Flies hate the smell of basil. To keep flies out of your home, try growing fresh basil around your home. Place a few potted basil plants around your exterior doorways. Want to keep flies away from your picnic table? Place a few fresh basil leaves in a bowl and set it out on your picnic table. The flies will stay away so you can enjoy your food.
Cover Your Food
Flies are attracted to your home through various odors. Some of those odors are the foods you have out on your counters. Keep your foods covered. This is particularly important during the summer months when houseflies are more active. If you have fruit that is overripe, place it in the refrigerator. This will help keep the flies outside.
Dispose of Garbage Quickly
Take a look at the trash can in your kitchen. If it's filled to the top with garbage, you may be inviting flies into your home. Keep a lid on your trashcan and replace the bag before it becomes too full. Never throw raw meat in your inside trash cans. Flies are attracted to the smell of raw meat and may lay eggs in your trash can – which means you may end up with maggots before you can take your trash out.
Disinfect Your Counters
Flies prefer the smell of food and garbage. If you keep those odors out of your home, you can reduce the amount of flies that find their way inside. Disinfect your counters at least once a day. The disinfectant will remove odors and kill the germs that flies may have carried in.
For more information, or if you would like professional assistance, contact BugOut Pest Control or a similar company.