Fly-Proofing Your Yakima County Home: Practical Tips for Fly Prevention and Control

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Flies are found all around the world, including inside Yakima County homes. These bothersome insects can cause many issues, which is why Prosite has options to get rid of them. Our pest control in Yakima County works to remove flies from homes and keep them from returning. 

Unveiling the Mystery of Flies: How to Identify Different Fly Species

Flies are extremely common household pests in Yakima County. A few types of flies can be around homes, and understanding their differences can help you solve infestations.

Blow flies are about a 1/4 inch long. They can vary in color: metallic green, blue, bronze, black, or purple. These flies don’t bite but feed and lay eggs on animal remains; this means they can easily contaminate food and items around homes as they fly around and land on surfaces.

Cluster flies are typically 1/2 inch long. They’re gray with black markings, but these flies have yellow hairs and sometimes look golden. They’ll often gather in clusters on the sunny side of buildings. They overwinter in homes, staying in attics and wall voids. You might see them gathered near windows on warmer days during the winter.

Drain flies, also called moth flies, have fuzzy bodies and wings, giving them a moth-like appearance. They develop in standing water, often around sinks where dishes have piled up.

Fruit flies are tan and black or gray. They’re attracted to overripe fruit and rotting food. They will be in dark, damp, unsanitary areas. 

Horse flies can be as big as 1 inch long. They’re gray or black and large-bodied. Horse flies are fast fliers, and they do bite humans and animals.

House flies are much smaller than horse flies, usually smaller than a 1/4 of an inch. They’re dark gray and slightly hairy with red eyes. House flies feed on food, garbage, and waste. 

Health Risks Related To Fly Infestations: Protecting Your Well-Being

The risks presented by flies vary based on the species. Cluster and drain flies are nuisance pests, which means that they don’t cause harm to people. Horse flies bite, which can be painful. Fruit flies, blow flies, and house flies can all contaminate food, leading to disease. If a fly lands on a contaminated surface, they pick up pathogens and spread them to the next place they go. Keeping your home as sanitary as possible is vital to avoid attracting flies and remove potential pathogens. 

Creating A Fly-Free Environment: Tips And Strategies For Prevention

There are a few priorities when it comes to fly prevention. You’ll want to ensure the flies can’t get inside and that nothing attracts them to your home. Try these tips to keep flies away from your home:

  • Ensure that windows and doors latch and seal properly 
  • Keep window screens in good repair
  • Dispose of garbage regularly and use cans with tight-fitting lids
  • Dispose of old food
  • Clean up pet waste
  • Eliminate standing water around the home

An open door or window is one of the easiest ways for flies to get into a home. If there are gaps around doors and windows in your home or holes in the screens, flies can quickly get indoors. Once they’re inside, it won’t be easy to get them out again.

You must be careful with garbage, especially food and pet waste. Don’t let trash pile up since that can attract flies. Make sure trash cans have lids that cover the can entirely and latch them; otherwise, flies will be able to get in. 

Drain flies, in particular, are attracted to standing water. Leaky or clogged pipes can lead to pooling, as can dishes left in the sink. Make sure you make necessary repairs and keep your home sanitary so flies are less likely to appear.

If you’re dealing with a fly infestation in your home, your best option is to call a professional pest control company. Although you can find suggestions for home remedies for flies, these won’t be as effective as professional treatment. 

Professional Pest Control For Fly Infestations: Why Hire Experts

Why is Prosite the best way to get rid of flies? We provide safe and effective treatment methods to remove flies from your home and keep them from returning. We’ll evaluate your home to see how flies are getting in and what could be attracting them, then we’ll find the right treatment option based on that information. With just one phone call to Prosite, you’ll be on the path to a pest-free home.