If you have a large number of flies in your backyard, you’re probably wondering, “Do I have flies?” Flies can grow very quickly and multiply in a very short period of time. Their lifespan varies depending on their species, food availability, and environmental conditions, but they are short-lived and can become a nuisance quickly if left unchecked.
It’s easy to find flies, because they tend to congregate near potential food sources. They’re often found in kitchens, by windows, or on food and fruit. They’re also usually found near compost piles and rotting foods. You can spot flies wherever you find food – on your counters, tables, and walls.
The best way to get rid of flies is to find out where they’re coming from. Many flies are drawn to food that is stored improperly. The most common culprit is produce. If you’re keeping fresh fruit, make sure you keep it in the refrigerator or a closed container. Another culprit is food caked on dirty dishes. Flies are attracted to even the smallest pieces of food.
If you have food scraps, make sure you put them into a compost pile. Avoid putting them in the garbage can or in bags. Instead, put them into a compost bin. Do not leave them out overnight if possible. If you have no compost bin, consider buying one.