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Insecticides for fly control

How to get rid of the domestic fly influx?

Everybody is aware of the mess of domestic flies, however, the primary method to explore some more promising solutions how to get rid of the flies problem is to find the source and remove excess moisture and garbage.

Moisture is serious for fly breeding, and you probably know those fly larvae cannot breed without moisture.

Some important sanitation ideas comprise:

Discover and clean up any liquid or solid food on surfaces or in storerooms

Clean the kitchen sink, bathroom drains, under foam floor mats

Dry the wet mops to discourage moister and wetness

Clean the kitchen equipment

In-house or chemical treatment

Also read: Your fight with the flights of flies

To check how a drain helps the breeding site

You can place a length of clear packing tape across the drain without totally covering the opening. Check the tape occasionally and in case of seeing domestic flies stuck to the tape you have found a source of infestation. After locating the sources, drains must be cleaned to eliminate any bacterial film inside the plumbing. Chlorine bleach or drain cleaner is largely ineffective at removing such films.

Most insecticides are not labelled for use in drains; however, S-hydroprene (Gentrol) can be used in drains as a spray or foam. It may also be applied to other areas that are not easily cleaned. Hydroprene is a low-toxicity insect growth regulator that disrupts the fly’s life cycle. This product does not kill adult flies, but it does prevent larvae from completing their development.

Light traps take advantage of a fly’s attraction to short wavelength light (ultraviolet, or UV) to draw them to a glue board or low voltage electric grid. They are most effective for larger flies, like house flies, but may also trap small flies and other flying insects. Light traps should be installed 4 to 6 feet above the floor, which is the typical flying height for house flies. Because lights can attract flies from a distance, they should be mounted so they are not visible from the outdoors. Most light trap manufacturers recommend that the bulbs be replaced annually because the UV output of fluorescent tubes degrades over time. High voltage, outdoor “bug zappers” should not be used indoors because they tend to scatter insect fragments and can contaminate the indoors.

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Baited traps are frequently used for fruit flies and, occasionally, for other flying insects. Though bait traps alone rarely provide adequate fly control, they can help pinpoint the source of a fly problem, monitor the success of the control program, or help reduce fly numbers as you find and eliminate breeding sites. Traps can be as simple as a plastic bowl containing an attractant, like apple cider vinegar, and a few drops of soap to drown flies that attempt to land on the solution. They can also be commercial traps with funnels or small entry ports that make escape difficult.

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In natural settings, fruit flies are attracted to fermenting fruits. Suitable attractants for traps include apple cider vinegar, wine, bananas, orange slices, apple cider, etc. You can add a small amount of yeast to the trap material to increase its attractiveness; however, the odour of fermenting baits may be objectionable indoors. These types of baits may need to be replaced every few days. Some commercial traps use low-odour lures that can last as long as a week. Such traps can capture large numbers of fruit flies.

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Once the fly-breeding areas are cleaned or eliminated, you should not need to use insecticides. However, insecticides are sometimes helpful to knock down remaining adult flies, or to help control flies that come in from other locations.

Pyrethrin aerosol sprays, or other “flying insect” sprays, can provide temporary control of adult flies indoors. For outdoor fly problems, a residual insecticide labelled for outdoor fly control can be applied to fly resting sites. When mosquitoes or house flies are common outdoors, spray door entryways with one of these insecticides to reduce the number of flies that enter the house with human traffic. Be sure to follow label directions carefully, as many insecticide labels now prohibit spraying pavement, surfaces exposed to rain, or surfaces that drain onto the pavement. The goal of these precautions is to prevent insecticides from being washed into streams or storm drains.

In some cases, commercial baits are available for controlling house flies. Bait formulations include products that can be used in bait stations or applied as a liquid or slurry to areas where flies land. Some baits can be toxic to pets or livestock, so follow label safety precautions.

There is multiple insect killer sprays available in the market but it is essential to mention here that there are some tips to use cheap ingredients which are commonly used in the home.

10 to 20 coins in a transparent plastic bag with water

Take a transparent plastic bag and fill it with water and put some coins in it, then hang it a place where there are a lot of flies. They will begin leaving that place all at once.

Trap cloves and lemons

Flies hate the smell of cloves and lemons and when both of these things meet, they run away.

Apple cider vinegar compound spray

Apple cider vinegar can be a great selection if you want to make a homemade mosquito repellent spray. Mix thirty drops of basil oil and thirty drops of peppermint oil in four to five cups of vinegar. You can add two tablespoons of olive oil or cooking oil and one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid. That’s it. Spray this liquid around your house and experience amazing results.

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Use Lavender plant

Placing a lavender plant near the entrance to your home or office could be helpful to reduce their entrance. Lavender flowers can also give better results indoors.


You can use lemongrass oil to keep these pests away from your home.


If two to four cloves of garlic are eaten daily, these insects will not even come near to you.

Finally how to use Electric Insect Killers

You can also get an electric insect killer which attracts the flying insects by a light. When the insects reach near the light the electrical system kills them immediately. But experts suggest cleaning the machine properly is also important to avoid the spread of particles from these tiny dead bodies.

Written by Dr. Evelyn Karen

Dr. Evelyn Karen is a highly regarded Internal Medicine Physician with over 20 years of experience in Manila. Dr. Karen is passionate about patient well-being and champions innovative practices, including integrative medicine, telemedicine, and community outreach.

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