Every pest is called a pest for a reason – they are annoying and bothersome, sometimes even harmful. Today we are going to focus on one of the most irritating pests of all: flies. Since flies do not bite, they are more of a nuisance, but they do not give the impression of a clean, sanitary environment. If you see flies in a restaurant, you might decide to eat somewhere else. If you see flies in a home kitchen, there is always a slight compulsion to check your food and make sure you are not about to eat something contaminated by flies. Fortunately, flies usually only stick around when there is a source or a cause. Unfortunately, that source can be hard to identify and even hard to access.
Different types of flies buzz around for different reasons. Fruit flies are attracted to sugar and can enter your home through your groceries. They like to find crumbs or sugary food and drinks to lay their eggs in. The best way to eliminate them is by wiping down all kitchen surfaces with a cleaner that contains bleach. Similar to fruit flies, drain flies are small, flying insects that can infest your kitchen except they typically nest in … you guessed it: drains. They can cause a foul odor to emit from the drain and can be eliminated by using specialized drain cleaners. The easiest way to differentiate between fruit flies and drain flies is the color of their eyes; while incredibly tiny, fruit flies’ eyes are distinctly red while drain flies’ eyes are brown.
Another annoying insect we see a lot of in the DFW Metroplex is the fungus gnat. Fungus gnats like to hang around any source of organic decomposition and infest soil. In homes, they are found in or near potted plants and their soil. A useful home remedy to eliminate them is to mix four parts water with one part hydrogen peroxide and pour it into the soil at the base of the roots until the liquid starts to come out of the base of the pot. This method kills fungus gnat larvae on contact.
The most well-known fly in the north Dallas area is the house fly – the bug-eyed fly that rubs its legs together like it is plotting the end of the world. These do not usually infest a home unless there is a dead animal somewhere that they can feed off of. The first places to check for this source are the attic, the crawl space, front and back yards, and any areas that are not visited frequently. Removing the source of the problem is typically the only way to eliminate the infestation but general pest control treatments can help.
When it comes to treating for flies, the best way to ensure they are gone for good is to turn to a professional, like our experienced Eco-Safe Bugbusters. If even a few eggs or larvae are left untouched, an area that has been treated can become infested all over again. Our natural organic pest control services are guaranteed to resolve your problems in a safe, efficient way, and with our free inspections, there is no charge for a technician to look at your issue firsthand and offer a resolution. Contact our office at 214-358-5201 to schedule your complimentary visual inspection today!