Most people expect to have some issues with flies during the summertime. But when infestations happen in the winter months, suddenly everyone is surprised. Fighting flies in the winter? Isn’t that illegal? Unfortunately not only is it not illegal, it’s not even that uncommon. While not all flies can survive through the winter cold, some can and do. Cluster flies and face flies both lay eggs in unseen areas of homes.  They do this so that they can hatch during the winter months.

Whether you have flies right now, you’ve had them before, or you just want to make sure you never have to deal with them, we can help. Here’s what you need to know about the flies in and around your home this winter.  And also how to keep them away.

WHAT KIND OF FLIES DO I HAVE?

Most of us do not like flies. In houses, and outdoors, seeing these pests hovering on or near your food is an unwelcome sight. However, there are thousands of species of flies in the world. Some types of flies can bite.  Others are merely bothersome. Additionally, flies are linked to the spread of typhoid fever, dysentery, diarrhea, food poisoning and other diseases.

Flies commonly found in homes like yours include the house fly, little house fly, blow flies, flesh flies, fruit flies and stable flies.  Unlike the other species of nuisance flies, stable flies are able to bite.

If you have a fly problem, there are methods for fly control, but how to kill flies is not always the same as how to get rid of flies.

Cluster flies are definitely most likely to give you a hard time in the winter. They’re especially annoying because they love laying eggs in walls and crevices. You can’t seal any cracks or breaches in walls or you might trap them inside, where they’ll die and attract other, more obnoxious pests.

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HOW DO I GET RID OF THEM?

Fly control methods for these pests vary depending on the time of year. Fly removal techniques that work in summer months, are not always effective when the weather grows cold. Additionally, views on the best ways to get rid of flies can differ as well.

Since flies feed and lay eggs in areas such as garbage cans or dog kennels which are sources of food odors, cleaning these areas can help to eliminate the problem. Also control low fly numbers by using a residual insecticide spray to treat surfaces where flies usually rest. For fast knockdown and killing flies, some aerosol fly sprays are available which contain synergized pyrethrins, tetramethrin or resmethrin. These pesticides are useful for fast results and safe application around people, pets and food. These insecticides can sometimes temporarily repel other flies from the treated area.

In winter, properly sealing cracks in the walls or flooring of your home, screening entry points and considering the use of a spray insecticide can be a great way of fighting flies in the winter. Overwintering flies will look for entry points so that they can hide in wall voids or attics and wait for warmer weather.

Regardless of your pest, we here at TermMax are ready to go!  Call us for a free estimate!

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