Preventing House Flies in Texas

House flies remain a common pest in Texas. Although they don’t bite humans, these insects cause a great deal of annoyance. They also spread bacteria, diseases and parasites. House flies can easily contaminate your food as well. You may kill a few of them with a swatter or a Venus fly trap, but it’s more effective to prevent them from gaining access to your home.

Insects often enter buildings through the doors and windows

It’s important to patch holes in damaged screens. Consider installing storm doors that automatically shut themselves. House flies and other pests may crawl through cracks; seal them with caulk. It is also helpful to eliminate nearby sources of food. Inspect the perimeter of your home for dead animals, feces and discarded food. Do not try to exterminate outdoor insects that eat house flies. Fire ants and parasitic wasps kill them, according to Texas A&M University.

Pests will thrive and reproduce in your home if they have access to food. It’s vital to remove edible residues by thoroughly cleaning your kitchen and dining room. Be sure to rinse dirty dishes before placing them in the sink. If you own a cat, remember to clean the litter box on a regular basis. Store compost, empty cans and garbage in containers with tight lids. House flies often lay eggs in rotting food. The hot climate of Texas makes it important to bring trash to the dump as quickly as possible.

These techniques will surely reduce the number of house flies in and around your home. However, you may need the help of a professional exterminator to fully remove them. Exterminators in Texas use residual insecticides that kill and repel house flies for a long period of time. They also know how to identify the most important areas to spray.