Getting That Beachside Horsefly Problem Under Control

If you own a home that is on the beach, you might be familiar with horseflies. While houseflies are bad enough, horseflies are responsible for many painful bites. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize the horsefly problem on the beach.

Why Horseflies Bite

Horseflies bite for reasons similar to mosquitoes. Female flies need blood meal to reproduce. Fortunately, horseflies are not as common on beaches that are not near marshes or woodland areas. If horseflies are a problem, move closer to the water. 

Horsefly Infestations

A horsefly might occasionally get inside your home. However, if you see multiple horseflies, there's a good chance that you have an infestation. However, because they do not breed inside buildings, long-term infestations are uncommon. Houseflies are more common in homes because they have short lifespans and reproduce at high rates.

Reducing The Number Of Horseflies

If you often encounter horseflies around or inside your home, drain any standing water so that horseflies do not have breeding grounds. A common way that horseflies enter a home is through windows. They're attracted to light, and will get inside if your windows aren't properly caulked. 

Chemical Horsefly Traps

Chemical treatments for horseflies is not recommended because it is often not legal to treat a horsefly infestation in many habitats. Even if it is legal, the treatment is likely not effective. If the horsefly population is under control, you might want to create a horsefly trap. Some traps rely on electricity or chemicals to attract and kill the horsefly. It will typically take a few weeks to reduce the horsefly population.

Non-Chemical Horsefly Traps

One example of a non-chemical horsefly trap is one that has an opening and a funnel. At the bottom of the funnel is a lure that is designed to attract female horseflies that are looking for a place to lay their eggs. The lure consists of a ball that becomes hot after being exposed to the sun and attracts horseflies, since they rely on infrared.

Hiring Pest Control Services

If you have a fly problem of any sort, contact services for residential pest control. Professional pest control experts will inspect your home and determine the best form of treatment. While horseflies in the U.S. do not spread diseases that aren't livestock related, they can still be a nuisance. However, if a professional can identify all openings, they'll be able to prevent horseflies from entering the home.