What Attracts Flies?

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Things that Attract Flies to the Home

As notoriously dirty pests, flies are unwelcome in residential areas. However, several things in homes and on lawns attract them. Since fecal matter is a main food source, flies are especially drawn to:

  • Farms
  • Homes with pets

Moist, damp foods found decomposing in the trash are also major attractants. House flies prefer dark and damp areas for their breeding sites, while fruit flies are attracted to:

  • Overripe fruits
  • Alcohol
  • Sugary drinks

Prevention & Control

Since flies spread numerous diseases and reproduce quickly once they find a reliable food source, individuals should take steps to make their homes less favorable to these pests. This entails:

  • Cleaning up thoroughly by wiping up liquid spills as soon as they occur
  • Storing food in insect-proof containers
  • Getting tightly sealed lids for both indoor and outdoor trash bins

If a fly infestation has already been established, homeowners should contact a local pest control expert. The pest control specialists at Western Pest can help identify and remove flies as well as the things that attract them.

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