The Fly Fixation – How to Avoid Airborne Annoyances at Home
Nothing bugs the heck out of a homeowner who has come home after a long day at work than pests. Whether sitting and enjoying the news or relaxing out in the backyard, bugs can interfere with the peace that makes homeownership a reward, especially ones that fly. Buzzing, biting, and just all around making themselves a nuisance, flies, wasps, bees, mosquitoes and a host of other flying pests can be annoying, and in some cases, painful when they sting or bite.
Today, homeowners can rest assured that there a million ways to get rid of house pests. Far past the times of the old, handy fly swatter, homeowners do not need a steady aim to remove flies and a host of other insects from their home. Screens, natural products, and old-fashioned prevention can be your ticket to insect-free bliss.
Continue reading to learn more about airborne annoyances at home and how you can avoid them.
Invest In Screens
One of the best ways to reduce the number of flying pests that enter your home is to install screens in and around the house. In frequently trafficked areas, homeowners should place screens to prevent pests from entering the home. Retractable fly screens, in particular, can prevent insects from entering the home, but they also can do so without taking away from the aesthetics of the property. Homeowners might find that these screens are more in line with the overall décor of the place, as they can be opened fully, unlike standard screens which are held in place.
Use Natural Products
There are a number of natural products that can be used in the fight against house pests. Fly traps and paper are standard ways of removing flies, Stevia can get rid of fruit flies, and boric acid, diatomaceous earth, and flea traps can get rid of fleas. Basil repels flies and mosquitoes, lavender repels moths, fleas, flies, and mosquitoes, and lemongrass repels fleas. Rosemary, thyme, mint and lemon repel mosquitoes. There is an abundance of natural herbs and substances that can be used to ward off your garden-variety flying pests.
Guard Home For Nests And Hives
With bees and wasps, especially in the summer, walk the perimeter of your home to make sure nothing has taken root. Beehives typically do not settle on residential homes, but wasps and hornets find the overhang of a home’s cosy spots to set up shop. Also, check the corners of the exterior of the home to make sure that there are no nests set up.
Smaller nests are easy to remove, as homeowners only need to wait for the wasps to leave and spray the nest (from a distance). Wait for the nest to empty, and then when there appears to be no wasps or hornets in the nest, knock it down. Larger nests will require the assistance of a pest control expert.
Avoid Leaving Fruit Out
Fruit that sits on a table or counter might make the home appear bright and cheery, but beyond their sell-by date, they rot. The sweet smell and sticky appearance are attractive to fruit and house flies. It is not uncommon to see them buzzing around making themselves a nuisance, so either vigilantly watch your fruit or store it in the refrigerator.
As the Australian summer has come to its close and autumn is upon us, insects and house pests are dwindling. However, they will soon make their trek back into our lives in the spring while making a nuisance of themselves in the summer. Do not let next summer be ruled by annoying flying pests, as there are numerous remedies to keep them at bay.