Flies can be attracted by almost anything that they consider to be a source of food, such as feces, garbage, fermenting fruit and dying houseplants. If a home has a sudden increase in flies, this means the flies have found an attractive food source somewhere nearby.
To get rid of flies, it is necessary for a homeowner to remove the food source. Sometimes this can be difficult, as it isn't always obvious what is drawing the flies in. Be sure to check for pieces of food that may have fallen behind the cabinets, or that may be stuck in the garbage disposal.
Additional steps that homeowners can take to prevent flies include taking the garbage out promptly, so that old food isn't left sitting around, as well as making sure to clean old food particles off of dishes that are left in the sink. For families with pets, any animal feces should be cleaned up as soon as possible. Also be sure to prune plants regularly to remove any dying leaves or other decaying parts which can attract flies.Learn More
Roaches can make people sick, according to the World Health Organization. Cockroaches are more than just nuisance pests that ruin food and leave disgusting secretions behind. These insects feed on human feces and other waste, and they sometimes carry organisms that can make humans sick.Full Answer >
Carpenter ants typically have four wings with rounded tips, while termites have longer, pointed wings. Carpenter ants also have front wings that are larger than the back wings, while termite wings are equal in length.Full Answer >
Borax, baking soda, mouthwash and soapy water may be used to kill cockroaches. Cleaning the home thoroughly with a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter also helps remove cockroaches from the home.Full Answer >
Signs of termite damage vary depending on the surface type affected, and appears primarily as cracks and sagging floors. Most termites feed on wood, and may cause cracks, large holes and sagging spots in wood surfaces on floors, walls and ceilings. Termites may eat through wood, causing large holes in the wood cavities, which makes wood hollow and more springy.Full Answer >