How to Rid Your Home of Flies

By eHow Contributing Writer

Flies spread disease, contaminate food and can place human health at risk.


  • Step 1

    Keep flies out with barriers, your first and best line of defense. Screen all windows and doors. Seal and caulk all cracks and crevices.

  • Step 2

    Remove all outside organic-waste piles, which can be used as breeding sites: dog feces, animal manures, piles of grass clippings. (Hot compost piles are inhospitable to breeding flies.) Keep garbage in a container with a tightly fitting lid.

  • Step 3

    Put out traps - flypaper or sticky tape will catch a few flies. Use inverted cone traps to attract more flies with food bait.

  • Step 4

    Remember that bait only works well if flies do not have access to other food sources. Place baits well away from eating areas.

  • Step 5

    Cover and refrigerate leftovers.

  • Step 6

    Use a flyswatter against the occasional fly that strays into the house.

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