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Controlling Summer Flies In The Garden

Flies in the garden can become a serious issue during summer. Many a homeowner has had to deal with swarms of flies disturbing their barbecue or outdoor fun and relaxation. These pests can also become an issue for business owners who have an alfresco customer area. But what can you do to control summer flies in these outdoor spaces?

Tips to reduce problems with summer flies

The last thing you want is to be harassed by flies during the gorgeous warm weather. Having flies in the house is bad enough. This is especially true if you have guests over. There is no way to prevent flies from buzzing around your garden, as that is part of life. There are, however, several things you can do to reduce their impact.

summer flies in the garden

First rule of thumb is that any food you bring out into the garden should have some type of cover over it. You can use Tupperware lids, net covers, or paper plates. Cling film is also a good option. Make sure that every dish is covered and never let flies sit or walk over food. Remember, these pests spread deadly diseases, and should never be allowed to make contact with your food.

Another terrific option for warding off summer flies is citronella candles. These are known to be highly effective for deterring a large variety of flying insects. They can repel mosquitoes, flies, and also things that come out at night such as gnats and midges.

Ultimately, you have to take proactive action

One of the best fly control products you can use is to place fly traps around your garden. These will attract any flies in the vicinity and bring down their numbers. This way, you‘ll have to deal with fewer summer flies in the garden when eating. Something else you may want to experiment with is buying a bug zapper. These can be placed in your outside eating area and are highly effective when it comes to killing flies. Another method you can try is hanging glue strips outside.

outdoor restaurant

In terms of businesses, summer flies in the garden can also be a huge problem for pubs or cafés, and restaurant owners. If you have an outside eating area, your customers will invariably have to deal with these pests. While the above mentioned fly control measures may work, it’s probably better for business owners to avoid them. After all, citronella candles, glue strips, and bug zappers are not a good look for any restaurant. This is why it’s a far better idea to call in a professional London pest control company like Diamond, who can intervene with discrete solutions.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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