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Carefree summer pleasures in the house and on the terrace are massively impaired by the invasive appearance of houseflies. The 5-millimeter-small insects settle on humans just as aggressively as on food. Mostly they come straight from the nearby dung heap or a stinking cow dung. Although they seem to be constantly cleaning themselves, flies spread dangerous infectious diseases, polluting our food and our immediate area of life. The following profile and well-founded information on fighting want to contribute to ending the annoying invasion.
- Insect family: True flies (Muscidae)
- Type: housefly (Musca domestica)
- Body length: 6 to 7.5 mm
- Gray-black with 4 longitudinal stripes on the fuselage
- Underside yellowish colored
- Red compound eyes
- Temperature optimum at 20 to 25 degrees Celsius
- Temperature minimum below 15 degrees Celsius
- Life expectancy from 6 to 42 days
Know and avoid whereabouts of houseflies
A single housefly that strays into the house is not yet a drama. However, if the insect finds suitable developmental conditions for their brood, you will soon be dealing with a fly invasion. The cause is the enormous propagation potential. A single female housefly lays up to 2000 eggs in her short life. Only two to three weeks pass between oviposition and next generation slippage; under favorable conditions only 7 days. Consequently, in a growing season 8 to 10 generations are possible. This results mathematically per female specimen progeny of 250 trillion houseflies. The effective control is thus based primarily on the knowledge of favored whereabouts of these insects and their elimination or avoidance:
- Compost pile with kitchen waste
- Stables with animals of all kinds
- manure heap
- Liquid foods, such as fruit juices or milk
- Solid foods from flour to meat
- Do not place compost and manure piles in the immediate vicinity of the residential building
- No food and drinks left open
- Rinse used dishes immediately
- Wash kitchen cabinets regularly with vinegar
- Empty and rinse food bowls from pets after feeding
Tip: So that the richly covered breakfast table does not lure houseflies into the house, closely meshed mosquito nets on the windows keep the plague ghosts away.
Propagate housefly with flavors
In addition to the prophylactic measures, the pronounced sense of smell of houseflies can be used to defend them. It has turned out that the molesters are not good at talking about the following flavors and are looking for breadth quickly:
Place vinegar in small bowls in the house
- Additionally clean the floors regularly with vinegar cleaner
- Pick lemon slices with cloves and lay out
- Planting planters with tomatoes, basil or geraniums on the windows
- Lay out lavender bouquets and mint in the rooms
Tip: Preferably use windows on the shadow side of the house to ventilate.
Build traps for houseflies yourself
Despite all the preventive efforts, houseflies can still be found in your home. Of course, you can go hunting with the fly swatter - or you can simply build a fly trap yourself. There are different types of construction, all of which require no manual skills:
Perforated sheet metal lid
Put a rotting piece of fruit in a glass jar or fill it with sugar water. In the lid, drill several holes and screw it tight. Alternatively, perforate a plastic wrap that is converted to a lid using a rubber band. The houseflies are attracted by the smell, crawl into the glass and can not get out.
A newspaper page or baking paper is cut into 2-centimeter-wide strips.Use a kitchen brush to spread sugar beet syrup or honey. Now the strips are rolled up for a few minutes. Rolled out, they automatically form into a spiral, just like commercial flypaper. Now sprinkle a little more sugar and hang it on a string. The attracted houseflies remain incarcerated and are disposed of including flypaper.
Tip: 10 sweetener tablets, dissolved in 50 milliliters of water, turn into a deadly poison trap for every fly that drinks.
Fly traps in the trade
Those who do not want to deal with the construction of traps for houseflies themselves, choose from the wide range of retailers.
UV light trap
Without the use of poison works the UV light trap, which is now available at an affordable price for use in the private sector. The device works in two tracks, as the light attracts the flies and holds them permanently with a glue trap. Since this trap in the open air would also kill off beneficial insects such as lacewings or hoverflies, it may only be used indoors.
Cheap fly traps act without light and emit instead a special attractant. Again, the insects fall in and are trapped inside the trap by an adhesive.
Traps with chemical agents are available in different versions. In addition to the classic strips that dangle from the ceiling, there are traps that are attached to the window. These do not release toxins into the air, but attract the houseflies with a feeding poison.
Nobody is defenseless against the summer terror of the housefly. Those who familiarize themselves with effective approaches to help with sound information, keep the winged disease transmitters from the house permanently. Preventively, all whereabouts and breeding grounds of insects should be avoided. Since in this way an infestation can not be completely ruled out, mechanical defense and control measures can be considered, which can be easily produced from home remedies. Even the combination of special fragrances and a close-meshed fly screen ensure peace in the house. If the going gets tough, self-built fly traps or commercial preparations help to get rid of the plague.