Getting Rid Of Flies: Winged Nightmares

Flies can be the most irritating of flying pests, next only to mosquitoes, and just as dangerous. Flies are known to be carriers of several dreaded diseases such as Leishmaniasis, Onchocerciasis and Bartonellosis, as well as easy-to-pronounce ones such as Typhoid, Cholera and Leprosy. But they're not actually aware that they do this; it's usually a result of where they land, and some of those places would send the average guy-who-just-ate-his-lunch running for some porcelain. Besides being carriers, flies also tend to breed like bunnies (much worse actually). This means that in a short period of time, if left unchecked, just one pair of flies can soon burgeon into an entire colony, all living with you rent-free. This is the worst kind of situation to be in and must be avoided at all cost.

Fly Prevention: Control Mechanisms

Prevention is the key to fly control. Once you've understood that flies usually hang around garbage, human and animal waste, and sewage it's easy to put in a few simple measures to deal with the problem. With garbage, make sure that your bins are always kept shut, and your garbage bags tied well with no rips. You would also do well to wash your trash cans regularly. Pets' litter boxes are also a major problem and should be kept as far away as possible. Make sure that you also clean them often (the frequency will obviously depend on your pet's toilet habits). Outhouses should be regularly sterilized or sprayed with fly repellents, and cleaned out often. If there are any open sewer lines near where you live, complain to the local authorities and have the problem fixed.

Killing Flies: The Swat Team

Since flies don't usually swarm in very large numbers inside the house, you can always use a fly-swatter to take out the odd intruder. Remember that flies are extremely dexterous fliers (as their name might suggest), and besides, their compound eyes can beat yours hands down for sensitivity and width of vision. Therefore, it is best to sharpen your reflexes with a few fake jabs and swats before you attempt this – being outwitted by a fly can do a great deal of psychological damage and might call for subsequent therapy.

Catching Flies: The Hands Down Method

On the other hand, if you don't entirely trust your hand eye coordination and would rather use another tactic, fly paper can come to your rescue. Of course, you'll want to be careful during the set up and removal, as it's nearly impossible to get the adhesive out of your clothes. Also, for best results, hang them in the sunlight. Using fly paper can usually be a very messy affair, so you may want to try some other ways that may be more expensive but convenient and, in the long run, cost effective.

Getting Rid Of Flies: Other Weapons

There are hosts of other commercial products for keeping away, trapping or killing flies. These include UV bug lights, fly repellents with a citronella oil base (which are primarily intended against mosquitoes but work as effectively against flies) and various designs of fly-traps. Shop around to see what might suit your particular needs. If you live near an animal farm or zoo, then you simply can't avoid flies. You may have to invest in fly predators such as small wasps, which are harmless to humans but very effective in controlling fly populations. You'll be able to buy them at an insectary (a place where live insects are reared for research or practical applications such as biological pest control), or even get them for free from the Department of Entomology at your local university.