As the calendar turns to June and the temperatures start to rise in Utah and nationwide, we begin to spot more bugs, insects and pests as compared to during the winter.
Hiring an exterminator is one way to limit the number of ground-based bugs in your home. For example, periodic treatments can help to keep ants, beetles and termites at bay.
For airborne pests, however, prevention can be more difficult.
House flies can be especially nagging. They often enter through open doors and windows, then buzz through kitchen and bedrooms, spreading germs and general annoyance.
If your home is battling house flies, the good news is that there are a number of chemical-free, environmentally-friendly ways to reduce or eliminate house flies; solutions that are safe for homes with children and pets.
First, make sure your screen doors and screened-in windows are all in working order. Tears, rips and holes should be repaired or replaced. This is often a house fly's easiest point of entry into your home.
Next, remember that house flies are attracted to surfaces with sugar or protein. Therefore, it's important to keep kitchen surfaces and non-carpeted floors clean because these are probable "hot spots" for a house fly. Clean once or multiple times per day, and try to use products containing orange, clove or lemon oil. These oils often repel flies.
Then, examine all trash cans. Lids should remain tightly closed and garbage bags should be changed frequently. Garbage is a breeding ground for house flies and, because flies can hatch from eggs in a matter of hours, the sooner your garbage is sealed and moved to a garage or outdoor dumpster, the better.
Lastly, consider placing 2-3 dozen cloves into an apple and leaving it in a room in which flies are bothersome. The smell of the cloves repels flies and, although it won't prevent flies from returning, the method is helpful for temporary fly relief.