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House fly - Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
House fly – Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

When it comes to the common housefly, a few things can be quite as annoying and off putting as a grubby little creature landing on your braai wors. This is primarily because you know very well that before that wors, it was equally happy feasting on your pups poo… and they indiscriminately defecate roughly every 4 to 5 minutes. Over and above the gross factor of flies, they are known carriers of over 100 pathogens. They transfer dangerous diseases like dysentery, tuberculosis, typhoid and cholera; so it’s best you find a way to control flies.


Fly Control

Before you freak out, take a deep breath. All is not lost. If you manage to control the flies that are in your home and garden, you have a good chance of avoiding a full blow infestation. That said it’s best that you attend to your housefly situation sooner rather than later, for the simple reason that the female adult fly can lay up to 2000 eggs in her lifetime alone. To successfully control flies however, requires a few steps in order to be fully effective.


Finding the Source

The adult female housefly will lay her eggs in a damp environment where there is an abundant supply of food. Each batch she lays will consist of 75 to 150 eggs and they will hatch into larvae within a day. If you manage you eliminate any open and easily accessible food sources, you already have an advantage over them. They tend to gravitate towards compost heaps, manure, garbage, dead and rotting animals. You also need to ensure that your home is free of open food. The source could be up to 800 meters away from your home, so be sure to look far and wide if you plan to successfully control these flies.



Once the food source has been found and either eliminated or covered up, you can begin cleaning. Flies tend to leave dark specks on the walls and floor, you need to scrub these away to remove all traces of flies, this will ensure that other flies are not attracted to your home in search of food. The same goes for your dustbins; they must be hosed down and cleaned thoroughly. You also want to remove your garbage at least twice a week. If your home and garbage area is clean and dry you are on the road to infestation recovery.


Fly Elimination

Now that there is no longer an accessible breeding ground, you can concentrate on eliminating the flies that are inside your home. It’s important to remember that certain insect sprays can be harmful to your pets and children, so you want to be cautious where you use them. Other effective methods include fly traps, fly repellents and the good ‘ol fly swatter.


If your fly problem is simply out of control, Flick Pest Control has the experience and expertise to fully eliminate your problem. Don’t hesitate to give us a call, we are always ready to help!