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Fly Control in Your Home in Canada

Fly Control

Key Takeaways

  • Flies, including fruit flies, house flies, and small flies, can become nuisances in Canadian homes, requiring immediate action for control.
  • Various DIY methods can effectively eliminate flies indoors, such as using apple cider vinegar and dish soap mixtures, fly paper, and soda bottle traps.
  • Outside the home, preventing fly infestations involves sealing garbage cans, cleaning up after pets, and removing mulch piles from close proximity to the house.
  • Fruit flies, often brought in with produce, can be controlled by maintaining cleanliness, disposing of decaying produce, and setting up traps with apple cider vinegar and plastic wrap.
  • House flies, known for spreading diseases, can be deterred naturally using herbs, flowers, cayenne pepper spray, and Venus flytraps, among other methods, while small flies like fungus gnats and drain flies require specific remedies such as soil management and drain cleaning. Professional pest control services like Provincial Pest Control offer comprehensive solutions for persistent fly infestations.


From fruit flies to houseflies and everything in-between, flies are found everywhere people live and they cause nuisances wherever they are found. One fruit fly can lay up to 50 eggs daily, and they are mostly found in the kitchen. It is relatively common to find a fly inside the house at random; but it may be time to act when you suddenly notice buzzing flies everywhere inside your home. In this article, we will discuss how you can get of flies from your home in Canada.

How To Get Rid of Flies Inside Your Home in Canada

To know how to get rid of flies in the house quickly in Canada, follow these steps:

Use a mixture of apple cider vinegar and dish soap

In a small bowl, combine the two ingredients in an equal ratio and stir in a small amount of sugar. The dish soap should ideally smell fruity. Although flies may be drawn to the vinegar’s fermented fragrance, the soap is what will kill them. The detergent will destroy the flies’ digestive system in soap and may also weaken their cell walls.

Use fly paper

This is a sticky strip of paper that you may suspend from the ceiling or place in an area where flies are most prevalent. Fly (or other wingless insects) get caught on the adhesive paper.

Use a soda bottle trap

Cut the top third of an empty plastic bottle off. Place the sliced piece back on top, but this time, turn the bottle upside down so that the top faces the liquid and the bottom third is filled with sugar water. In this manner, a funnel-like structure is produced. The flies will manage to go into the bottle but cannot escape.

How To Get Rid of Flies Outside Your House in Canada

Although, technically speaking, flies can breed from inside your home, the likelihood of entering from the outside is also relatively high. Here are ways to get rid of the flies outside your house in Canada:

Seal garbage can properly

Flies are particularly interested in waste because they are drawn to the smell of fermenting and rotten foods. You can prevent this by keeping your cans sealed and away from points of entrance.

Clean up after your pets

Faeces and other wastes are excellent breeding grounds for flies. It’s best to clean up after your pets to keep flies away from your home’s environment. This is necessary because flies may land on your pet’s excreted wastes before landing on your food, which isn’t good for your health.

Remove mulch piles from close to your home

If you leave mulch piles outside your house, flies will start to breed there. At the very least, make an effort to keep the pile away from windows and doors if you don’t have that much room to deal with it.

How To Get Rid of Fruit Flies From Your Home in Canada

Fruit flies have the appearance of little reddish-brown flies. You may notice them fluttering about your kitchen near the fruit bowl. Although fruit flies can enter through open windows, they are mostly brought in with fruits and vegetables from the grocery store. They enter supermarket fruits through nicks or cuts on the fruit’s surface and lay their eggs in rotting produce and on sugary surfaces.

Are fruit flies harmful?

Although they can spread bacteria from one source to another and increase quickly, fruit flies do not bite. One female can produce up to 50 eggs daily, which takes a week to develop from a larva to an adult.

Getting Rid of Fruit Flies at Home Naturally

To eliminate fruit flies from your home in Canada, you have to be ready to clean your environment. Fruit flies despise clean surfaces, so tidy up your countertops and sink and remove any clutter. Follow the following steps to get rid of fruit flies:

  • Clean every surface. Wipe off all countertops thoroughly to get rid of fruit flies. This is the first (and easiest) step. If you don’t, fruit flies will have the ideal breeding ground in these places.
  • Throw away produce that is decaying or too ripe. Verify every product for rot, decay, and overripeness. To prevent female fruit flies from laying eggs on these surfaces, dispose any suspect pieces.
  • Take out the trash frequently. It may seem obvious, but a clean home is free of flies. Fruit flies won’t remain if the trash is taken out regularly.
  • Clean the drain. Keep food residue and particles out of the sink drain as much as possible.

Another organic way to eliminate fruit flies is the Apple cider vinegar and plastic wrap trap. Put apple cider vinegar in a bowl or glass, wrap it in plastic, fasten the sides with a rubber band, and pierce a few tiny holes in the top. Fruit flies are drawn to vinegar, and once inside, they won’t be able to get out due to the plastic wrap covering.

How To Get Rid of House Flies in Your Home in Canada

House Flies also go by the name, “nuisance flies.” House flies are grey and about ¼  inches long. There are houseflies nearly anywhere people reside. They lay their eggs in organic matter that is decomposing and in other animal wastes.

Although a housefly infestation might not seem serious, it can lead to the spread of diseases because they can spread bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens when they bite.

Getting Rid of Houseflies at Home Naturally

There are methods to get rid of houseflies naturally without the use of chemicals and pesticides; they include;

  • Herbs and Flowers

To keep flies away from your home, you can plant or put herbs and flowers outside and in your yard. Fly-repelling plants and flowers include lavender, bay leaves, marigolds, etc.

  • Cayenne pepper and water

Houseflies can be repelled using cayenne. To prevent flies from entering the house, combine them with water and spray them.

  • Venus flytrap

Venus flytraps are insect-eating carnivorous plants. Naturally, if you put them outside, they’ll eat flies. You might have to feed the houseplant flies. The trap on the plant closes around a fly when it enters. The insect’s fragile interior disintegrates using digestive secretions. It disintegrates the insect for 5 to 12 days before spitting out the exoskeleton.

  • Other natural trap baits

Flies can be lured into traps using foods or beverages that attract them. These include; sugar, wine, etc. By placing these natural baits away from your home, you control the range of flies around your home.

How To Get Rid of Small Flies From Your Home in Canada

Insects, such as small flies, can quickly enter a home or other structure undetected. If left unchecked, these initially innocuous insects have the potential to turn into a problematic infestation quickly.

While none of the small insects directly hurt people or animals, they can spread bacteria like E. coli that can cause infections of the eyes, skin, and intestines. Examples of small flies include fungus gnats, drain flies, etc.

Getting Rid of Small Flies at Home Naturally

To successfully get rid of small flies, you must know exactly which one you are dealing with. If it’s fungus gnats, then the following tips should help you get rid of it:

  • Reduce Your Debris

Keep the soil around your plants free of trash like stray flowers, fruit, and leaves. Use a potting mix devoid of composted components like processed forest products, bark fines, or genuine compost if fungus gnats are an issue around your houseplants. Ten Things You Should Know Before Digging Into Bald Facedhornet Stings

  • Consider Your Watering

Make sure your containers have sufficient drainage because fungus gnats prefer moist environments. Only water your plants when the top 1 to 2 inches of soil are dry. Fungus gnats won’t lay their eggs in the soil if the top layer of soil is kept dry.

  • Consider a home remedy

To prevent fungus gnats from laying their eggs around the plants, sprinkle a 1/4 inch of horticultural sand (do not use play sand) on top of the soil in your containers. To lure some of the larvae out of the soil, try laying the cut side of a potato on top of the soil. Until you resolve the issue, rapidly remove contaminated pieces and replace them with brand-new slices.

On the other hand, if it’s a drain fly, the following tips help you get rid of it:

  • Start by using your regular cleaning solution to clean the sink and drain. Scrub the drain’s exterior and interior using a pipe brush.
  • Pouring boiling water down the drain will eliminate drain flies and is a very easy method. Once or twice each week, boil a medium pot of water, then pour it down the drain and around it.
  • Baking soda is another simple solution. Combine salt, baking soda, and vinegar before pouring down the drain. Finish in the morning by pouring boiling water down the drain after leaving it overnight.

After trying all these methods, you need our professional services if you still have small flies, flies, or fruit flies. At  Provincial Pest Control (PPC), we render services to residential, commercial, and multi-unit residential (Condos) buildings in Canada and leave them pest free. Contact us today to enjoy our free pest inspection services in which we inspect your home for over 30 pests and make recommendations on how to get rid of the pests in your home.

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