When it comes to the wonders of living, there’s nothing like chilling and relaxing in a house. That’s true for many, including me. I wake up in the morning, have breakfast, and chill like there’s no tomorrow. But sometimes, it isn’t always as smooth as I want it to be. You want to know why? Because from time to time, I find flies annoying me with their buzzing noises. They just love to torment me when I want peace because they are all over me. So it just has me asking over and over….
Why are there so many in my house all of a sudden?
It’s the question I’m nagged with inside my head. Why? I don’t know. It frustrates me sometimes that they’re everywhere. I try to chill while using my computer but they come to bite me; I do my chores but they keep flying everywhere and I end up slapping myself just to get one good hit at them.
So it can be a challenge to live with these flies going about. I tried to live with it as if they’re nothing but they just keep on coming back like they’re ready to pounce at me. After several days of trying to leave it, I had enough. That is why I write this article to give you a take on what I did to get rid of them.
Surprise, surprise, that’s in fact not actually me, but I have definitely looked like that myself as I have previously been chasing them around the house. Eyes reeking of desperation.
Before we continue with my experience in getting rid of these no-good insects, it’s a good idea to know what are the common types that fly around houses. I’ve seen some of them but there may be others that you see on your end. Here they are:
- House Fly
These bad boys are the most common type because they’re everywhere. Found mostly in homes such as mine and others, they can be found in areas you’d least expect such as walls, plants, and furniture.
- Fruit Fly
As the name shows, they’re the kind that feast on fruit, but you’ll be surprised to know they can also be found near vegetables, liquor, and other things that make them more than just what they’re named for.
- Flesh Fly
This type is as common as you’d think because if house flies are considered easy, these guys are the hard levels. Flesh flies tend to be found near smelly things. You know the deal: human excrement, disgusting decaying food matter, and other things that just makes you think of the word “garbage”.
There are other types besides the ones discussed here but in general, you just watch out for these guys because they can annoy you everywhere.
Where do they lay eggs in the house?
So now that you’re familiar with the types, let’s get back to where I left off. Before I got into the business of fighting against the m, I had to educate myself a little more on why they’re even in my house.
So I asked: where do they lay their eggs in a house? They didn’t just come here and swarm around like it’s a festival and leave again. There is a reason and that is they laid eggs in my house. By doing so, they’ve made my house their hive. After doing some research, I confirmed that they lay their eggs in a house in moist areas such as garbage and decaying material. Yes, if you happen to have an area in your house that contains human excrement, you’re bound for a hive in there. The other types lay eggs in other places but in general, they prefer things that are stinky and disgusting.
So to prevent them from ever laying eggs in the house, it’s best to make sure there are no areas that has anything moist too much and to have all areas spotless and clean. It’s also a good habit to keep the area where garbage is disposed to be handled carefully so that flies won’t have the temptation to lay their children there.
In short: keep a house spotless and clean and there’s no way the flies can ever lay eggs at all.
How do I get rid of an infestation in my house?
Once I got a good idea, I asked myself the question listed above. The answer? Get a professional to inspect for you. While I know I don’t have this kind in my house, it’s still a good option to consider because if you have done all that you can to sanitize the area but more flies are incoming, there’s a possibility of an infestation.
If you don’t get someone to really inspect, it can bite you back in the long run. You may even be surprised that the infestation can be hidden in areas you never expected in your house. So take note: if the flies still come back after you’ve done what you can, hire a professional to help you root out the cause.
Just be ready with the money because you can’t expect to get the consultation for free. You may also be advised on things to get as a way of maintenance, so take note and get them when you can based on your budget.
How do you get rid of them quickly?
So if there isn’t a infestation at all, how do you get rid of them quickly? How do you make sure they don’t go buzzing around to annoy you? Here are some of the tactics I picked up as I continued on my quest to get rid of them:
- Bug Spray
We’ve all known this one for a long time: the infamous bug spray. These items contain the chemicals that flies really don’t like. The only downside to them is that they cannot stop a full infestation if you don’t have your house checked for it. Plus, the smell can be a bit too much, so you’ll be forced to stay out of the area you sprayed in until it’s done its job.
You know those sticks with lights on them that make this buzzing sound when you swing for flies? This is the one. They are known to be attracted to the light, so it’s a big buzzkill when they come close and then find they get zapped.
The downside for this one? The power. If you’ll use this a lot, expect to buy another one unless you have a rechargeable one. Otherwise, you’d better have the stomach to buy more of these items as backup.
- Light Trap
These devices may look like your modern-day lantern but they’re designed to zap flies just like the zapper with ease. How so? You can simply put them in the area where flies go around the most and let them meet their demise. You don’t even need to swing anything.
The downside to this is that it’ll run out of power, so you’ll have to either replace it or charge it up depending on the type of light trap you got.
- Sticky Trap
Most of them love to be near food and other decaying stuff to feed on, so why not trick them like rats and use the sticky trap? You can use some of the common items they like as bait and then in a matter of moments, they’ll be stuck.
The downside to this is they may not be that effective the other types since they manifest on other things. Also, a major slip-up can lead to these sticky traps being stuck in places you don’t want them to be. Oh and if you happen to have pets, it’s a big downside if you put them in areas where they’ll frolic the most.
- Soap and Vinegar
If you’re tight on budget but have some soap and vinegar, you’re in luck because they can be combined to get rid of the flies quickly. How so? Vinegar attracts them and will keep them in the area while the soap (preferably dish soap) will cause these suckers to sink down to their demise. Combine these two items and you already got a budget-saving tool at your disposal.
The downside? Be ready to restock as needed because if you’re expected to use a lot of them, better be prepared.
- Venus Flytrap
You know these plants: they’re the ones that look like they can just bite at you. Thankfully, these plants love insects so having one in the area where flies like to frequently fly around will be effective. Just care for it well and it’ll serve you well in the long line of duty of getting rid of the flies that annoy you.
A downside to having this beauty is that depending on where you put it, it’ll present some problems. If you’re mostly having the issue outside, then it’s cool. But if it’s inside, you may need to pay extra attention because you will need to give the plant some much-needed sun and water. Also, the Venus Flytrap throws the exoskeleton of the flies it eats after some time. So it’s a good idea to consider if you want the inside of your house to feel like it’s a graveyard.
- Flowers and Herbs
If the Venus trap is too much for you, why not go with nature’s first line of defense: flowers and herbs. They can be used for décor and cooking but they can come in handy when you want to repel flies out.
The downside of these depends on the environment you’ll put them in. If they’re going to be outside, then it shouldn’t be a problem since they’re meant to be outside. But if they’re inside, you have to take great care with the flowers because not giving them enough sunshine and water can result in their deterioration. As for the herbs, you’ll need to restock a lot if you’ll use them.
There are other items out there that can help you take down the flies but the types you’ve just read about can be a start on finding the one that suits you.
Best products to get rid of them quickly
After getting myself more familiar with the situation, I checked out on the best products that can help get rid of these pesters so fast I didn’t even have to break too much of a sweat. There were many to look at but I was able to narrow down 3 of them that proved effective. What are they? Read on below as I really suffered with this issue, in particular around my cucumber and Sansevieria:
- GTOCS Bug Zapper Outdoor Electric
Honestly, this is the product that will make it bearable to sit outside and enjoy your BBQ again.
I love spending my time everywhere in my house, so it goes without saying it got annoying when the flies followed me around. So when I saw this product, I was curious: can a portable electric zapper save me? Thankfully, it did. This product was effective in getting rid of the flies quickly because I can hear the sound of the buzz that tells me that the flies were already going down one by one.
All I had to do was put the zapper like a lantern in my garden and presto, the little pests were going down. When I noticed them swarming inside some areas, I put it where I needed it to be and presto! They were going down there too.
This item is also non-toxic, environmentally-friendly, and cost-effective, so I really had a lot going with the money I used to pay for it. My only complaint is that I have to clean it up often because the corpses of the pests that got zapped are left at the bottom. I tend to forget cleaning things, so I’ve made it a slow habit to check on it every day.
Unlike many other things I’ve ordered in the past, the zapper actually seemed to look a lot like its Amazon picture.
- Stingmon Sticky Trap
The next product is GREAT for your garden!
The zapper was a great thing, but it wasn’t quite effective against the flies who were going about near my garden, particularly the flowers. They were always buzzing around them, and I got worried they’d do something catastrophic to my sweet décor. That’s why I was able to get rid of them fast.
This sticky trap looked like you can just stick on some desk and write notes but I underestimated how effective it actually is. I put a few them near the flowers where the flies were flying and in no time, they got stuck to it. I was mesmerized by it.
Besides having the best features of a sticky trap, these items looked deceiving because when I put them by the plants, they looked like décor. But then when I checked to see how things went after some time, I can see more and more bugs. It’s like a butterfly trap, if you ask me.
I also gave it a try with an indoor plant and surprisingly, bugs were getting stuck on it too. Yep, they are relentless in their attempt to ruin my life but they’ll never get the better of me. The amount of gnats that these will catch is also great, although I am yet to figure out how to fully get rid of the gnats (I suspect I may have to replant all my plants).
The downside I’ve found with this is that restocking is a must if the traps are used a lot, so I’ve made it a habit to make sure I got enough.
- Catchmaster Sticky Trap Ribbon
Here it is
Most sticky traps are pad-like: they’re flat. But I couldn’t believe that when I saw this, it was a sticky trap too. It looked like fake candy but as I read it, it became clear: it was a sticky trap made in the guise of a ribbon. Was it effective? Oh yes it was!
I took note that after taking care of the ones indoors and outdoors along with the flower area, the next area I needed to take care of was the garbage area. It was hard to use the zapper and ordinary sticky traps there since I didn’t like those items reeking of stench. Instead, I set up the ribbon sticky trap near the garbage can and in no time, the flies were getting stuck!
This is a groundbreaking product because I’ve only been thinking sticky traps can only stay flat. I sure was proven wrong when I got this one. A few days went by and the ribbon sticky trap was able to take care of the flies. There are fewer of them now now in the garbage area but it’s all good. I’ve also put a few in some indoor areas as a precaution in case the zapper needs some rest.
The downside to this is that I have to resupply more and more just like the flat sticky trap.
In the end, I overcame my issue with the methods mentioned above, going around my house. By having an idea on why they came about along with the common types that are out there along with the idea of where they lay their eggs and how to get rid of them, I was able to conquer them and make sure my house was safe and sound. The items I tested proved very effective, and I’ve made sure to use them in ways that won’t disrupt my harmony. So if you happen to have flies going around your house, read up on my experience and get the items I tested. Don’t let these pests get you; you’ll get to them instead and claim your peace.