Have you been dealing with as many flies at your house this month as I have? Whenever I’m cooking there seems to be that ONE FLY that is buzzing around driving me crazy. I grab the flyswatter and slowly stalk around the kitchen trying to hunt it down. Sometimes I’m fortunate enough to smack it down out of the air and smash it on the floor. Most times I whizz the swatter through the air and completely miss which, after about 15 minutes of obsessing over the ONE FLY, really enrages me.
I’ve been dealing mostly with blow flies, but I’ve also seen some house flies and this week I had two outbreaks of fruit flies– one in the kitchen and one in the boy’s bathroom (we’ll come back to this). I also had the pleasure of discovering maggots all over the garbage can last week when I took out the garbage one morning. Apparently, something yummy was thrown out and the flies went crazy. The garbage can was sprayed with some pesticide and when I checked on the maggots that evening they were dead. The fruit flies in the kitchen were coming from and over-ripe pineapple that I had left on the counter; it’s now in the refrigerator until I can cut it up. The fruit flies in the boy’s bathroom were a bit perplexing until he told me he threw away an apple core in his garbage.
Yes, it’s that time of year when fly populations go crazy. With hot weather, fly life cycles speed up and the population can grow very quickly. Adults can be killed fairly easy with things like fly swatters. Some people like to use fly paper or water traps (the fly traps need to be the actual traps that have the stinky pheromone lure, not just a ziptop baggie filled with water), but if you choose to use them place away from doors or areas where you spend your time.
The best way to manage fly populations is to manage the source- where they are coming from. Some ideas to help reduce flies at your house:
- take garbage & recycling out on a regular basis
- clean garbage & recycling bins every few weeks
- pick up any animal waste and dispose of it several times per week
- remove any dead/ decaying animals from the area
- place fruit in a paper bag to ripen