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Traps & Tips For Controlling Flies

From the first warm weather, every homeowner takes up arms against this most persistent form of pest life. Since houseflies do not bite, many people merely worry about them from the point of view of annoyance. However, it’s important to remember that they are also great disease carriers.

Flies breed in and feed on rotting animal or vegetable matter, garbage and in both human and animal excreta–all of which are swarming in germs. Some of these germs they transport on their hairy legs. Others are nurtured in their digestive tract and are transmitted via its own excrement or discharges through the mouth.

When All Else Fails--Arm Yourself With A Flyswatter

Prevention Of Breeding

Follow the Cleanup & Prevention tips outlined in How To Get Rid Of Fruit Flies [1] to make your home uninviting to houseflies.

Repelling & Killing Them

Even when everything possible has been done to eliminate breeding places, flies in the house may still be a problem. Here are some tips to repel them and keep them from getting inside the house:

If they have gained an entrance into the house, here are some ways to get rid of them:

The common housefly is the most prevalent type found in homes. Other species may be encountered but control measures are much the same for all.

Source: Adapted From Woman’s Home Companion Household Book (1948)

Homemade Fly Paper Recipe

*First published July 19, 2007 and moved to this page for better organization

Items Needed:
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 TBS Brown Sugar
1 TBS White Sugar