No one likes flies. We associate them with trash, dirt and viruses which can infect your house and your food if you’ve got these insects at your place. Moths can also damage your garden plants and crops. Of course, you have to get rid of them.
But first you need to pause and figure out which insects fly around your house. There are many kinds of flies. Let’s list some of the most popular ones.
- If your house looks like an airport with a whole bunch of huge fighter aircrafts taking off and racing around, then you definitely have houseflies. These buzzing creatures fly laps under the ceiling and land on your food and thus can contaminate it. This species got used to civilized life so much that you can barely encounter it out in the wild. Other than the house itself they also love settling near the sewage, as well as stables, barns and other farm buildings.
- If some black “fluffy” moths are flying out of the sink, they are drain (sewer) flies. They live in the sewage or wet rotting trash. We have already explained how to get rid of them in our article 6 Best Products for Killing Drain (Sewer) Flies.
- Other tiny moths, fruit flies, prefer fermented fruit, jam, beer and wine. They are attracted by the fermentation odor and thus they live and breed there – it's better to get rid of them using effective fruit flies trap.
Table of Contents:
- Top 3 Best House Flies Traps
- How to Get Rid Of Flies in the House: The Most Unusual, Exotic and Fun Ways
- How to Keep Flies Away with Fly Repellents
- Natural Fly Repellents
- How to Catch and Kill Flies: Insect Zappers
- Garden Flies: How to Identify and Exterminate Them?
People often can’t identify different types of flies and call all of them houseflies. In fact, they have lots of relative species, such as cluster (attic) flies, which only breed in the wet soil, parasitizing the worms. Adult attic flies can fly in your house in large quantities at the end of summer or in the beginning of spring.
Other houseflies’ distant cousins are blow flies and flesh flies (they usually infest in untenantable rooms, such as attic or basement) and their emergence means there is a dead animal somewhere, usually a rat or a mouse. That’s why you should clean-up twice as thoroughly if you’re using poisonous rat baits, or else there will be more home pests at your place.
The issue we’ll focus on today will be how to get rid of house flies, since this is the most annoying home pest species.
Victor M380 Fly Magnet 1-Quart Reusable Trap with Bait
This is a popular cut-rate fly trap. Its price is ~$7.99 and its rating is 4 stars out of 5. This is a versatile product which, according to the manufacturer, will be useful against most types of flies, including house flies and blow flies. Wasps and bees won’t get trapped there though.
Victor Fly Reusable Trap is a high-contrast black and white trap. The insects are supposed to fly right into the diamond-shaped cap of the bottle and disappear there forever and ever. Small packages with bait which will be enough for a quart container are also supplied (you can also purchase a 1 gallon trap if you wish, but it’s more expensive).
Initially the trap was claimed to be reusable, i.e. it can be used more than once. If you rinse it, pour a new portion of the attractant and if necessary buy Victor M383 Fly Magnet Bait for only ~$10.10 (for a pack of 3). Some customers also suggest making the mixture yourself.
What have the consumers got to say about the trap? Some of them claim that the trap works too well, and that even outdoor flies are attracted by it (and they are most certainly unwelcome in your house!). 74% of the users, though, consider this product to be very cool, which is an official win.
The most typical complaint is something along the lines of: “When it fills up, it is extremely disgusting. Maggots start growing in the mound of dead flies but they are trapped in there too and are eventually drowned or cooked in the sun with the others. The worst part is emptying this thing. I dumped it out into a doubled up trash bag with other trash. Ugh. So disgusting.”
This is the price you’ll have to pay for your peace. You’ll probably have to see for yourself whether it is really as disgusting as the customers claim, as the product is affordable.
Price: ~$7.99 Check the current price
Sterling Rescue (2 Pack) Outdoor Disposable Fly Catcher, Control Trap with Attractant, Insecticide Free
This trap is also rather inexpensive, as its price is ~$11.97 (2-pack), and its Amazon rating is 4,2 stars out of 5. The idea of the Outdoor Fly Catcher by Rescue is the same as that of the previous trap. The plastic reservoir is pre-filled with an attractant (which is safe for humans). Unlike the Victor product this trap is not reusable.
It’s convenient that the trap is sold in the pack of two items which are easy to throw out once they get filled up. Many customers admit that it’s easier and more pleasant for them to buy non-reusable fly traps and change them once a week, for instance, rather than having to empty the nasty reusable ones. By the way, more experienced users of this product recommend hanging it as far as you can from where you usually hang out in your backyard, so that nothing spills or smells later on. You can read other helpful tips on Amazon.com.
The manufacturers promise that Fly Catcher Trap can deal with house flies, cluster flies, lance flies, screwworm flies, flesh flies, false stable flies, blow flies and bottle flies and that over 20,000 flies of different size can fit into a single trap. Most likely, they don’t lie since many customers “complain” that they didn’t know that there were SO MANY flies near their house, until they’ve seen how fast the traps get filled up.
There are few negative reviews, and some of them deal with the maggots breeding on dead trapped flies, which can crawl out of the trap. But these larvae can infest any similar trap, it is practically inevitable. All you have to do to prevent this is to act according to the manual and not leave any gaps in the plastic bags which can serve as a road to freedom for the larvae”.
Price: ~$11.97 (for a pack of 2) Check the current price
Fly Web Fly Trap
Another invention which is deadly for the flies is the spiral Fly Web Fly Trap. So far this is the most expensive item in our review for it costs ~$32.95. Its functioning is different, though. it is a light gadget. According to the manufacturer, the Fly Web Fly Trap attracts the insects (flies, gnats and other flying insects) with UV light, like a small insect zapper. It doesn’t fry its victims; the flies are instead drawn toward the light and get stuck to the tape, which, obviously, has to be changed from time to time.
Inside the trap, there is a double 9-watt light bulb which emits light within 600 ft around. There are no smells, no chemical substance, all you need is electricity and therefore a regular outlet. The device won’t work without it.
71% of the customers like this trap. They advise buying several items at once and not hanging them in well-lit places. Here is the feedback from Linda Lou: “When the sticky board is fairly well covered with "catches", you need to change the board for maximum effectiveness. It uses UV (ultraviolet) light to attract the flying insects. So, it's best not to place it in a brightly lit area. Also, the "UV" output of the bulb diminishes over time, even if the light bulb is still lit. So, replace the bulb at the beginning of the season”
What are the drawbacks of using this trap? First, it attracts moths, butterflies and other harmless creatures. Second, adhesive tape is not the most aesthetically pleasing means of killing insects. Third, you will always have to buy some accessories for the trap. Finally, note the activity pattern of your flies. If they are most active during the day, then, perhaps, this trap will be useless, as it works best at night.
Price: ~$32.95 Check the current price
As you have already understood, fighting pests is a serious and important business. But you can make even such unpleasant undertaking as getting rid of house flies a bit more fun. We’ve made a list of the most extraordinary fly control products, check it out!
The Bug-A-Salt is a shotgun spray of regular table salt and decimates flies right away. One charge will be enough for about 50 shots. This is a surefire fun way to enjoy a disgusting task. Rid your house of all those pesky pests and have a blast while doing it!
This spray is great for killing flies, small spiders and other flying and crawling insects that don't have a hard exoskeleton like wasps, big bugs and cockroaches do.
This gun is made from plastic, so be ready to lube all the spots according to the manual, use WD-40 or other oil aerosols. But if your kids have become keen on this toy, use only food-safe oil in order not to potentially harm them with artificial oil.
Price: ~$45.95 Check the current price
The Executioner Fly Swat Wasp Bug Mosquito Swatter Zapper
It costs only ~$24.95 and has nearly 2200 customer reviews. This zapper is an electric tennis racquet, which the fly has to hit in order to get electrocuted. This isn’t a typical way to kill several flies, is it? Of course, if your house is infested with lies, your arms will soon get tired. However, if the fly infestation isn’t very serious, this swatter zapper will be suitable. Getting rid of flies will become a fun, active and safe activity.
The swatter needs 2 regular AA batteries (which are included) and according to the customer feedback, it deals with the house and other flies well if they are not too big (it will simply stun huge insects, but you’ll have the time to finish them).
Price: ~$19.99 Check the current price
Zap Racket The Original Large Handheld Lightweight Electronic No Batteries Needed Rechargeable Bug Fly Mosquito Zapper Racket is a complete analog of the previous product. It functions in the same way, but the design is a bit different. All in all, if you love the color red and superheroes, you can buy this gadget for the price of ~$29.99.
The biggest disadvantage of such handheld shockers and toys like salt guns is that they are really unhygienic. Big zappers have a special large trap for the dead flies, and in case of these swatters, the flies will simply drop on the floor. You also need to have good eye to use them, as you’ll have to aim or attack as accurately as possible.
3 Small Venus Flytraps - Fly Trap - (Dionaea Muscipula) Carnivorous Plant 3 Inch Pot
Yes, please, don’t be surprised that this is featured in our review. Venus Flytraps are long known for food habits, as in the wildlife they inhabit swampy soils poor with nutrition and thus are obliged to feed on the insects, particularly the flies, in order to extract said nutritious elements. You can either replant it in the garden or leave it as a house plant on a windowsill where it will do its job and kill the flies.
Here’s what the users say about this wonderful plant: “This little guy is awesome, it's killing all the flies that get into the house. I've put it by my kitchen garbage can and it works well; just make sure it gets lots of light”. It seems like this small and cute protecting plant won’t harm any home!
Price: from ~$14.95 (3-pack) Check the current price
Let’s get back to some serious products. Several repellents can be found among best selling pest control products.
Hot Shot 5580 No Pest Strip Unscented Hanging Vapor Insect Repellent
This is a small stripe in a protective container for indoor use which is saturated with chemicals. Hang it on the infected territory and it will begin working by emitting poisonous vapor for flies for flies. Humans can’t even feel it, while the flies within 10-13 ft of the repellent will not feel well. No Pest Strips can be used in the attic, basement, garage, boat and near garbage cans. According to the users, this doesn’t suit well the inhabited areas. Be careful, you can only use it in the rooms where people spend under 4 hours per day!
The fact that this repellent contains chemicals is a bit disturbing. Nevertheless, hundreds of Americans were charmed by the cut-rate price of ~$5.96 for this product, hence the 4 stars out of 5 rating on Amazon. This is a real cost-saving item; you only have to replace it once in 4 months, and all you have to do for this is buy some new poisonous strips.
It’s interesting that some of the customers take these strips along when they go camping as a body-pack repellent for ticks and large flies. According to the feedback, this works!
Price: from ~$5.96 Check the current price
Natural remedies are always more attractive than artificial chemical products. Mind the peculiarities of mosquitoes in order to repel flies, as the latter are drawn by pretty much the same things—namely, citronella, lavender, eucalyptus, cedar, clove, mint, garlic, lemongrass and others. You can plant them in the yard, use a mixture of essential oils dissolved in the water and then apply on the body or spray the furniture with it, for example. If you’re looking for a ready-to-use fly repellent, pay attention to the next spray.
Farnam Equisect Fly Repellent 32 oz
Many are worried about protecting their pets from flies. Dogs, horses, cows and other livestock suffer the most. Farnam Equisect Fly Repellent was designed especially for protecting the cattle, but it can also be used as an indoor fly repellent.
It is based on the first pyrethrum listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute (PyGanic(R)). Other than there, it also contains botanical and essential citronella and clove oils, thyme stems and other components which make it a natural fly repellent. The product has a high Amazon rating of 4.2 stars out of 5 and an nice price of ~$16.99.
As for the effectiveness, the customers note that the flies dislike this spray and escape soon after the repellent has been sprayed in the air or on the furniture. The product is especially popular as a dog mosquito and flies repellent, as its organic components allow pet owners to spray it right on the dogs’ fur without fearing anything.
Price: from ~$16.99 Check the current price
You may also be interested in our Best Mosquito Repellent Review
Theoretically, you can use all of the means of killing insects devised by humans for exterminating the flies. Why not try zappers then?
These light traps electrocute the insects, like the abovementioned electric racquets. They were initially designed for combating mosquitoes, but they kill many species of insects, including flies. Such a device as the Electronic Indoor Insect Killer Zapper - 15.5 Inch, 20W is great for indoor use. It can protect even a large territory from constant fly attacks. Even shop and warehouse owners can buy this zapper for ~$42.99 as its use there is completely justified.
What do the users think of its effectiveness? Here’s one girl’s opinion: «I am seriously tender-hearted toward living creatures, but I do admit satisfaction at their demise. I put the light in different area a couple more nights, and then...no more zaps. The cluster flies were gone». Another user said that, thanks to this device, there was a real «Housefly Holocaust!!!» at his place. Making a conclusion, we’ll say that this item works. You may read over 4300 other customer reviews to decide whether this indoor fly zapper is worth purchasing.
Flowtron BK-15D Electronic Insect Killer is the best outdoor bug zapper on the modern market. We have already covered this zapper in our Flowtron Insect Killer Review, when we spoke about exterminating the mosquitoes. This device can also deal with dozens of other insects, such as flies, gnats and others. It works with replaceable UV bulbs (just like other zappers), the light of which attracts most (or maybe all) of the flying insects, especially at night. Then they die of killing grid electrocution. The zapper’s coverage of killing is ½ acre, and its price is ~$36.84.
Essential reading: Indoor and Outdoor Zappers Review
House flies or fruit flies are usually easy to identify indoors. What would you do in the garden, when it is suddenly infested with some flying insects? Are they flies or are they someone else? Without any doubt, you can encounter cluster flies, which don’t care about your flowers and fruit and parasitize the worms in the ground. If you see some weird insects in your backyard, most likely they want something, your crops and plants for example.
Whiteflies. These small moths feed on plants’ juices, they love citrus fruit especially. They have long white wings which look like they’ve been dipped in flour, hence the name.
Aphids are small green or pink insects (which can also fly by the way). They love fresh plants’ juice, especially that of flowers. It is also known for leaving a sweet substance which attracts other insects. As a result, the plant either dies after being endlessly attacked by the aphids or is on the brink of life and death.
Mites and other non-flying insects can also do harm to your crops and peace of mind.
You should get rid of all these pests with the help of special poisons containing fatty acids. These acids damage the cell membranes of many soft-bodied insects including aphids, whiteflies, mites and others, instantly killing them. That’s exactly how our next product functions.
Garden Safe Insecticidal Soap Insect Killer 24-Ounce Ready to Use Spray 10424X
This product for only ~$5.42 is supposed to be used on plants in the garden or at home. It kills the insects when comes in contact with them and is made of fatty acids of plant origin. A single bottle of the Garden contains 24 oz of this dangerous liquid. Why is it dangerous for insects? It contains potassium salts of fatty acids, this substance can literally dissolve moths, aphids and other insects when sprayed on the,.
The users gave it a 4 stars out of 5 rating on Amazon. According to them, it doesn’t kill bees and ladybugs. It also doesn’t cause any discomfort for humans. Though, it’s better not to use it near sweet peas, ferns and young seedlings. It won’t do harm to other plants.
To sum it up, we’ll say that this is a great option for the gardeners. Nevertheless, this has no long-term effect and is designed for "direct hit".
Price: ~$5.42 Check the current price