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What Attracts Flies

The fruit flies are attracted to rotten fruits and vegetation, while the house flies usually swarm decaying meat, feces, and other foul-smelling organic matter. Read on to know more.
Ningthoujam Sandhyarani Apr 10, 2019
Flies are a group of insects that bear two pair of wings. Belonging to the order Diptera, there are about 120,000 species of flies. Majority of them are adapted with movable head, compound eyes, and an active flight ability.
As they are found in abundance, many homeowners are concerned with infestation problems, both indoors and in the vicinity of the house. Understanding what attracts these creatures is the first step in their effective control in and around the homes, which we will discuss here.

Major Fly Attractions

On an average, flies live for about 3 weeks, which you can learn from maggots' life cycle. These types of insects undergo various life stages and mature into adults. Besides the irritating sound that they make while flying, some species are also vectors and play a crucial role in transmitting diseases to humans and pets.
For example, the common house flies are known to spread as much as 100 types of infectious diseases by contaminating our food and drinks. Thus, learning how to kill a fly is imperative in minimizing risk of contracting diseases.
Let's take the three most common flies that we encounter frequently, viz., house flies, fruits flies, and drain flies. The house fly is attracted to rotten organic filth, while fruit fly gets attracted to decaying fruits. Drain fly, on the other hand, requires moist habitat and organic matter for laying eggs.

Outdoor Fly Control

Considering the fact that fly infestation starts in the outdoor areas first, it is best to begin controlling the infestation from the outside. Determine what is attracting these insects outside your house and remove the things that serve as feeding and dwelling places for them.
Outdoor attractions for flies includes garbage, vegetation pile ups, pet droppings, and stagnant water. Remove all these breeding sites to prevent the entry of these pests inside your house. Also, learn how to kill maggots in trash cans to prevent them from developing into adult flies.

Indoor Fly Control

Indoor attractions for flies includes garbage bins, uncovered food on kitchen countertop, spillage of sweet drinks (or beer), and overripe fruits. In addition to these, houseplants soaked in water can also become a breeding grounds for mosquitoes and flies. Clean trash bins daily and place homemade fly traps inside the house to control infestation of flies.

Preventive Measures

If you are wondering what attracts flies to humans, it may be because of some unusual smell or open wounds. Most of the fly species are attracted to moist and decaying organic matter.
So, to avoid their infestation in outdoor or indoor areas, you should keep your home clean, throw away decaying foods, seal garbage bins tightly, remove pet feces immediately, and remove trash bins daily. Consider cleaning or fumigating the surroundings of your home to avoid foul odors, which attracts flies the most.
Follow eco-friendly approaches to kill flies rather than opting for pesticides or electronic devices. As a rule of thumb, the attraction sites for flies are related with their feeding habit. They are attracted to areas where the food is available to them. If you remove their food sources from in and around your house, more than half of your task is done.