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How to get rid of flies indoors?

Professional fly control services

Using a professional fly control service is the most effective way to guarantee the complete removal of flies from your home or business. Your Ehrlich expert will follow the ERDM approach to ensure your long-term protection:

  • Exclusion - Proofing of doors, windows, roof vents, etc. to prevent flies entering a premises.
  • Restriction - General good housekeeping practices to remove possible fly breeding sites.
  • Destruction - Use of the correct fly control treatment for your individual circumstances.
  • Monitoring - Inspection during regular visits.

Flies in the house or on business sites are a nuisance and a health risk. Flies carry diseases such as Typhoid, E. coli and Salmonella. Luckily, Ehrlich Pest Control is there for you to keep flies where they belong – outside.

Call Ehrlich today at 800-837-5520 or contact us online to get rid of flies.

DIY homemade fly traps

While the most effective way to get rid of flies is enlisting the help of pest control professionals, there are DIY methods designed to get rid of flies. Homemade fly traps are simple, cost-effective ways to combat flies, although their effectiveness varies. Here are some traps you can make with common household items.

Soda bottle traps

  1. Clean an empty, plastic two-liter soda bottle. 
  2. Carefully cut the top third of the bottle by cutting near where the top of the label used to be. 
  3. Pour a sweet liquid, like sugar water, in the larger, bottom third of the bottle. 
  4. Turn the top third of the bottle upside-down, making a cone shape, and place it in the opening of the larger part of the bottle. 
  5. Flies will find their way into the bottle but will be unable to get out.

Vinegar and dish soap fly trap

  1. Use a shallow dish bowl and fill it with an inch of apple cider vinegar and a tablespoon of sugar. 
  2. Next, add some fruit-scented dish soap.
  3. You can leave the dish uncovered or tightly covered with plastic wrap. Make sure to poke a few holes in it to attract the flies.

How to repel flies naturally

The most effective way to eliminate flies is through professional fly control services. However, there are simple and eco-friendly methods you can try to keep flies at bay. While natural remedies may not offer a permanent solution, here are three natural treatments you can try to repel flies.

  1. Fill a glass jar with apple cider vinegar and place a paper funnel in the jar. The scent will attract flies and the paper funnel will prevent them from flying out.
  2. Cut a lemon in half and place 20-25 cloves in the lemon halves. Flies hate the smell of cloves!
  3. Put several drops of Eucalyptus oil on ribbon or cloth strips and hang them near doors or windows.

How to get rid of flies outside

If you’re looking to remove flies outdoors, garden plants do wonders when it comes to repelling flies. Here are some outdoor plants that keep flies away.

  • Basil: It doesn’t require much work to maintain and can survive in any climate.
  • Bay Leaf: Grows great during the warmer months and can be brought indoors. 
  • Lavender: Hang lavender in bundles around your home or yard or simply let it grow in your yard. 
  • Nasturtiums: This flower keeps more than just flies away such as, aphids, most beetles and squash bugs. It also promotes the growth of other plants, which is why many gardeners plant nasturtiums along the edges of gardens. 
  • Mint: Grow mint near windows or other openings in your home to keep away flies, mice and ants.

How Ehrlich gets rid of flies

Homemade traps are a simple solution to repelling flies. But, if flies start to become a constant nuisance, it’s best to call a pest control professional that can perform integrated pest management services to eradicate the fly infestation. Our fly experts can properly identify the type of fly, therefore guiding them to fly breeding sites and areas of fly activity. Just because you're seeing adult flies does not mean you have found the breeding site. It is essential to locate the breeding site to fully eliminate the infestation.

Your Ehrlich specialist will inspect likely breeding sites such as drains, broken tile, and other areas that collect moisture. Once the survey of your premises is complete and the breeding site has been identified, your Ehrlich expert will recommend a fly control treatment program specially for your needs. Depending on the type of fly that is infesting your property, treatment may include one, or a combination, of the following:

  • Housekeeping and hygiene recommendations 
  • Baits 
  • Dusting powders 
  • Sprays 
  • Fogs 
  • Aerosol mists 
  • Electronic Fly Killers 

Used in conjunction with Exclusion, Restriction and Monitoring practices listed at the top of this page, you will have effective, long-term protection from flies. Don't take a chance on DIY fly control solutions. These will only prolong your fly problem and add to your stress. Contact us to have a pest specialist come out to your property, bringing your peace of mind and a fly-free environment.

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