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How to get rid of flies in your house

Flies in the air
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Lots of people across Dorset have been contacting Dorset Council’s Environmental Protection Team, complaining about the increased number of flies.

In response to the reports, Dorset Council has released a statement with advice on how to deal with the problem at hand.

Firstly, it’s recommended that good hygiene is practised. You should ensure that food and old scraps aren’t freely available for flies to eat and later reproduce on.

If flies have gotten into your home, it’s recommend that you use insect sprays to deal with the problem.

You can opt for something like the Raid Rapid Action Fly & Wasp Killer (Pack of 6) or Zero In Total Insect Killer – both available on Amazon.

Other potential methods to remove flies include fly traps, which can be hung. Flies will stick to these and they can be disposed of. If you’re looking for a more permanent solution, it could be worth investing in a UV lamp.

If you see an increased number of flies in and around your home, you should also consider investigating the source. For example, a large number of flies could indicate that there’s a decomposing animal or rodent body nearby, or standing water – even as small as a plant pot.

Other places where flies like to lay their eggs in wet soil (eg. below dead leaves). They can also be found in lofts, soffits or porch areas.

Dorset Council doesn’t offer a pest treatment service. Professional help is available and details can be found on the internet, trade or business directory. It is advisable to get more than one quote and to check that the company undertaking the work is competent. In severe cases, our officers will investigate and provide advice.

Dorset Council

If you have any questions, you can contact the team on 01305 251010 or by emailing [email protected].

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