A Helpful Guide To Fly Control For Baton Rouge Homeowners

March 15, 2021

When it comes to home-invading pests, there are some that have become so prevalent in our everyday lives that we often don’t realize how dangerous they can be. One such pest, that we face here in Baton Rouge, is the fly. Flies are common home-invaders, making their way into our houses through open doors or windows. Once inside, flies can spread all sorts of harmful contaminants throughout the home. If you want to keep flies out of your Baton Rouge home, you need to know how flies get inside and what attracts them into homes in the first place. This knowledge will help you take the proper preventative steps to help limit your exposure to these dangerous pests.

a close up of a house fly

What Do Flies Look Like?

There are many different species of flies. Some common home invaders include house flies and fruit flies. House flies grow anywhere from 1/8th to ¼ of an inch long. They are typically dark gray in color with black stripes on their thoraxes. House flies have compound red eyes which provide them with a very wide range of vision. Fruit flies are small flies that grow to be about 1/8th of an inch long. They are usually tan or pale yellow in color, and they have bright red eyes. Fruit flies typically invade in very large numbers, usually settling in kitchens where they feed on decaying fruits and vegetables.

Are Flies Dangerous?

Despite being common home invaders, flies can be dangerous pests to have around the home. That’s because flies often feed on decaying organic matter. They are will land on animal feces, decaying animal corpses, trash, and other contaminant-riddled areas where they can pick up all sorts of harmful bacteria and pathogens on their legs and bodies. Then, when they come into our Baton Rouge homes, they bring those contaminants with them, spreading them to countertops, food, and any other surface on which they land. Some diseases that can be spread by houseflies include dysentery, diarrhea, cholera, salmonella, tuberculosis, and typhoid. Fruit flies can also contaminate and ruin any fruits or vegetables that have been left out on the counter.

How Do Flies Get Into Homes?

Fly prevention begins with knowing how flies get into homes in the first place. That way you can take the proper steps to keep them out. More often than not, flies get into homes by coming in through open doors or windows. Additionally, they can slip in through cracks in the home’s exterior or cracks around windows and doors. To help keep flies out, you should:

  • Install screens in all windows and exterior doors.
  • Install weatherstripping around windows and exterior doors.
  • Install door sweeps under exterior doors.
  • Fill in any cracks in your home’s foundation.

What Attracts Flies Into Homes?

In addition to taking steps to keep flies from entering your home, you should also try to cut down on anything that could be attracting flies inside. This includes trash and food that is stored improperly. To cut down on fly attractors, you should:

  • Store all food in airtight containers or the fridge.
  • Wipe up any spills from counters or floors right away.
  • Store trash in bins with tight-fitting lids and take out the trash regularly.
  • Throw out any rotting or decaying fruits or vegetables.
  • Properly dispose of your pet’s droppings from your property. 

For More Advice & Assistance

If you have any further questions about flies, or if you are dealing with a fly infestation in your Baton Rouge home, contact the pest professionals here at River City Termite & Pest Control right away. We know what it takes to effectively eliminate and keep flies away from a property. So, don’t let these germ-spreading pests into your home. Give us a call now.

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