How To Get Rid Of Flies In Your Kitchen
One annoying summer kitchen pest is the common house fly. Followed closely by fruit flies and ants. However, these nuisances are not entirely isolated to being a summer pest.
Sadly, I have found through first hand living experience, that the plague of the flies is increased in places where a lot of duplexes and apartment/condo, close quarter living occurs. Many community planning and building departments are fast tracking the building of more close quarter and high rise buildings. As a direct result, this problem with insects is going to greatly increase. And with that the increase of disease and illness too.
So, the battle against the house fly must begin with you.
Cleanliness Is A Huge Key
Although you may keep your home clean now, sometimes you need to step up your cleanliness game. However, I also am not one that believes we need to live in a sterilized bubble either. Some dirt and germs are needed. In fact, even healthy because they help to build your natural immune system.
However, there are times when things need to stepped up and cleaned more thoroughly. And dealing with the nuisances of flies and ants is one of those times.
Flies are, well, icky! There, I said it. They buzz, they land, they tickle your skin, and where have those hairy little legs of their’s been last? And they are always wanting to land in your dinner. Yuck!
So, get out the eviction notice and get rid of them as fast as possible before you have to deal with swarms of them. If you can keep it under control every time you see 1 or 2 flies, then you will never have a hoard of them.
Keeping areas such as your kitchen clean helps reduce their numbers in a hurry. You’ve heard of maggots? Well, those are baby flies. So, if you can take away the available food source for these baby flies and the adults too, they will leave or die off.
Problem Areas To Look For
House flies, fruit flies, and ants can be found anywhere. There are some places, particularly in your kitchen, where they are most likely to be found. Especially if you are seeing them buzzing or crawling around.
- Dirty Dishes—not only do dirty dishes in the sink and on the counters cost you money. They also give flies, maggots and ants a food source—your leftovers.
- Kitchen Compost Scraps—again, this is a food source area for these critters. They seem to be able to breed more quickly and increase their numbers in the summer. Perhaps this is due to food scraps fermenting and rotting more quickly.
- Recycle Bins—Do you rinse the cans and containers before you toss them in your recycle bins? What about meat packaging? In the warmth of summer, it doesn’t take long for breeding to take place.
- Garbage Can—Even the regular garbage may still contain food particles which will attract the insects.
- Dirty Counter Tops and Stove Top—if you have food particles sitting around everywhere, the ants and flies will be among the first to find them.
- Dish Cloth, Tea Towels, and Sponges—your dish cloth, sponges, metal pot scrubber and even your tea towels contain food particles.
How To Eliminate The Problems
In one word—CLEAN.
- Get in the habit of washing your dishes often. You can easily hand wash your dishes in a few minutes every day.
- Empty the compost bin regularly in a proper manner. Wash the bin out thoroughly, and even disinfecting as needed. Go to the local dollar store and buy some biodegradeable compost liners. These make clean up a breeze and emptying the bin easier. Another tip—keep the compost lid latched tightly when not putting scraps in it. If the insects can’t access their food source, they will leave.
- Wash and dry the recycle bins out weekly as needed. Again, limit the available food source for the flies and ants.
- Keep the lid on the garbage can, restricting the insect access to any potential food source that might be inside.
- Wipe down the kitchen counters and stove top every time there is a spill. Take away the food source of crumbs and other food particles. Don’t forget the floor too!
- When you are finished using your dish cloth, rinse thoroughly and wring out the excess water. Then hang to dry. Hang up the tea towels in a manner so they can dry. Not just scrunched up in a pile on the counter, or jammed onto a towel rod. As for sponges and pot scrubbers, rinse thoroughly, knocking off any food residue from them. Wring out as much water as possible and place them somewhere to be able to dry.
A Few Quick Steps
It doesn’t need to take a lot of time to keep flies and ants in their place, or rather, out of your place. The cleaning suggestions above, if done as needed will never become an overwhelming chore.
Oops, you’ve spilled some jam on the counter while making school lunches. Grab the wet cloth and wipe it up. A quick rinse, wring, and hang it up. Gone is the food source for the insects.
Simple, easy steps such as these will easily have your home insect free.
So, the next time you see a fly buzzing around, you now know how to get rid of flies in your kitchen.
However, if you are being pestered by unusually high numbers, then maybe a thorough cleaning is needed. In that case, check out our Pantry Challenge For Beginners.