How To Keep Flies Out Of The Kitchen In Summer
June 12, 2019
When the weather heats up, so too does the pest population. While we tend to deal more with outdoor pests than indoor pest during the summer, that’s not always the case. On the hottest days, many pests find their way indoors looking for a respite from the heat. They may also come inside to look for food. One such pest is the fly. If you’d like to know how to keep flies out of the kitchen this summer, read on.
Why You Don’t Want Flies in Your Kitchen
You may think, “It’s just a fly. What’s the big deal?” However, when flies get into your home, they’re more than just an annoyance. Flies are dangerous for one main reason; they spread disease.
Flies are known to spread over 200 kinds of germs. They spend much of their time in and on unsanitary places, such as the garbage, animal feces, and rotting meat. Once they get into your home, they can spread the pathogens all over your kitchen, including to your food and food prep areas. Some of the diseases that flies can spread, include dysentery, typhoid, salmonella, and e.coli.
Why Flies are in Your Kitchen and How to Keep Them Out
Flies typically get into homes by finding openings around the outside of your house. They come in to find food or when the temperature outside is too hot or too cold. Once inside, they’ll look for food sources and a place to reproduce. When this occurs, what starts as a few flies, quickly become a large infestation.
Use the following suggestions to keep flies out of your kitchen.
- Look around the outside of your house for any small openings where flies could get in. Screens, with tears or holes, are often one way flies get inside. Repair any rips that you find.
- Keep outdoor garbage bins tightly covered and stored away from your house.
- Clean up pet waste in your yard.
- Inside, put all food away in sealed containers or the refrigerator.
- Wash dirty dishes right away or put them in the dishwasher.
- Clean up spills, messes, and crumbs.
- Remove your indoor garbage frequently.
- Keep your sink drains clean. Flies will sometimes lay their eggs in drains that have food matter in them.
If prevention doesn’t work, professional control may be necessary. Lindsey Pest Services can take care of your fly problem in a safe manner, leaving your home free of flies, and you free from worry about the diseases they spread. Contact us for more information.
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