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alternatives to pesticides - bugs/pests - flies


                           Actual size: 1/8” – 1/4”

There are many different types of flies, but only four kinds are found indoors and are considered house pests. The common house fly is gray and about 1/4” long. It breeds in garbage cans, dumpsters, compost piles or other sources of food waste. It can pose a health hazard because it carries disease organisms. The drain fly is somewhat smaller and breeds in sewage and kitchen drains. The tiny yellow-brown fruit fly hovers over fruits and vegetables in the kitchen. The fourth type, the cluster fly, is not associated with garbage or manure. It is larger and darker than the housefly, is a sluggish flier and is often found in clusters on windowsills in winter.

Prevent Odors - The key is to prevent odors. Properly store and dispose of all kitchen wastes. Keep the kitchen clean and free of food scraps and overripe fruit. Keep kitchen garbage tightly closed. Sprinkle dry soap or borax into garbage cans after they’ve been washed and allowed to dry; it acts as a repellent Wash dishes immediately after eating and keep drains fresh with baking soda and vinegar, followed with hot water. Rinse recyclable cans and bottles before storing. Bury or dispose of pet feces. Install properly fitting screens on windows and doors and keep them in good repair.

Physical controls
Fly Swatters - The best way to dispense with a fly is the old-fashioned way, with a fly swatter.
Sticky Paper - You can also try rolls of sticky flypaper, particularly in garages, near garbage cans and other areas where appearance is not important. These methods should control cluster flies, but will be inadequate for controlling the other types of flies unless proper sanitation practices are followed.
Red Wine - Try a saucer of red wine to attract and drown fruit flies.
Ultraviolet Light and Electrocution Traps - Ultraviolet light and electrocution traps are not recommended for outside use because they kill as many beneficial insects as they do flies.
Chemical insecticides - Chemical insecticides, including impregnated hanging strips, are not recommended as they pose risks to human health and should not be needed if the source of the problem is addressed.

Non-Toxic Alternatives
Cloves - Hang clusters of cloves to repel flies.
Egg, Molasses, and Black Pepper - Beat the yolk of an egg with a tablespoon each of molasses and finely ground black pepper. Set it about in shallow plates. Flies will be rapidly killed.
Fly Swatters, Fly Traps, or Fly Paper - Use according to label directions.
Mint or Basil - Mint planted around the home repels flies. A pot of basil set on the window sill or table helps to repel flies. Keep basil well-watered from the bottom so that it produces a stronger scent. Dried ground leaves left in small bowls or hung in muslin bags are also effective.
Oranges. Scratch the skin of an orange and leave it out; the citrus acts as a repellent.
Sugar and Corn Syrup - Make your own fly paper by boiling sugar, corn syrup, and water together. Place mixture onto brown paper and hang or set out.


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