Why Are There Flies in Your House?

That buzzing you hear—why are there so many flies?
House flies eating a ripened fruit

With over 16,000 species of flies in North America, we see them almost everywhere we go. Whether they are swarming you outside or invading your house, they are a problem all year, significantly more in the warmer months. That problem: flies!

At PURCOR Pest Solutions, we create a customized solution for your household to attack any fly troubles you may come across. Our approach focuses on leaving you with a fly-free home while making sure you are protected from any unnecessary chemicals. Let’s cover why there may be flies in your house and a few types of flies you can expect to see welcoming themselves into your home. We will also talk about how to get rid of them with PURCOR.

How Do Flies Get Into Your House?

Doors and Windows Are Left Open

Being a homeowner comes with many responsibilities and making sure everything is functioning properly. When you have a large family, things can get chaotic, resulting in doors and windows left open without your knowledge. They also get left open when you want some fresh air. This may seem like an obvious reason flies can enter your home, but a lot of people don’t realize how many flies can come through these open windows and doors because they are attracted to everything inside your home. It becomes a secluded area for all these flies to multiply and spread their diseases.

It is therefore key to be sure you are closing all windows and doors. If you are someone who enjoys having their windows and doors open, you can invest in getting screens for protection from not only flies but all pests.

Ripped Screens, Unsealed Cracks, and Holes

Sometimes, even when screens cover our windows and doors, flies can find their way through tiny crevices to get to anything they’re sensing in your home. Screens can have rips, holes, and unsealed cracks between the frame and the screen. Flies also come in through openings around plumbing and pipes, vents, and cracks in the foundation.

If you have holes in your air conditioner filters or cracks around the unit, flies can come through without you even knowing. The roof of your home is another hidden way for flies to enter your home because there may be holes or damaged ceilings you are unaware of. It is important to be aware of these possibilities because the older the house is, the more common it is.

Poor Sanitation

One main reason flies end up in your home in the first place is because of poor sanitation. Flies are known to gather around garbage cans, spoiled food, and dirty, unsanitary areas. They love to live and breed in filth, so the dirtier and unsanitized your house is, the more likely flies will gather in your home.

They thrive in this filthy environment, allowing their numbers to increase, making it more difficult for you to get rid of them. Keeping a clean, sanitized space will prevent flies from multiplying and taking over your home.

Food Left Open and Out

A fly eating a watermelon on the kitchen table

One thing that leads to poor sanitization is food being left out or open. One type of fly that can enter your home is the fruit fly. If you have ripe, rotting, or decaying fruit and produce, this is the exact environment fruit flies are looking for. Another thing fruit flies are attracted to is fermented items such as liquor and wine. They also are very prone to breeding and developing in drains, garbage disposals, and trash cans.

Once fruit flies enter your home, it becomes difficult to get them to leave. They multiply very quickly, and even when you throw out the food that has gone bad, you will still find them lurking around your kitchen. Once you purchase your produce, it is important to wash it thoroughly and store it in the fridge as soon as possible. When it goes bad, throw it away immediately and be sure anything spilled or leftover is cleaned up.

Stagnant Pools of Water and Buildup

Not many people can distinguish the different types of flies that enter their homes because they assume they are all the same. But they’re not: consider the drain fly. Drain flies are particularly sneaky and are attracted to stagnant pools of water and buildup. This means that drain flies like to feed on and breed in sewage. They like to find dark, moist areas where they can breed and multiply.

You will most likely find drain flies in bathroom and kitchen drains, the shower, sump pumps, sewage systems, and even any floorboards where you might be experiencing a leak of some sort. If you have a water leak, you want to get it taken care of as soon as possible because if it’s left untreated, drain flies are bound to take over.

Keep Flies Out of Your Home With PURCOR

While there are many ways to prevent flies from entering your home, they’re not always going to be 100% effective. Sometimes having a professional help you out is going to protect your home and your family with their service. When you call PURCOR, you can get an inspection set up right away and come up with a customized solution for you and your family. Contact us and request your free fly control estimate today!

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