So let's say you've tried the other four steps on our list, and you're still finding your home and yard inundated with flies. That means it's time to fight dirty. There's a variety of pesticide sprays available specifically designed to treat a yard for flies, as well as other insects like fleas and ticks. A thorough and proper application of these sprays should be enough to put down the flies living in your lawn.
To apply these chemicals, you'll need a pump sprayer, some sort of misting system or a device that attaches to your garden hose. But if hosing your lawn down with harsh chemicals doesn't sound ideal, a growing number of organic insect sprays are available as well. The blog Organic Gardening.com recommends a spray you can make yourself using onions, garlic and cayenne peppers. In other words, you have options available -- it just depends how aggressive you want to be when you finally go after the flying pests in your lawn.
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- Ogg, Barb. "Flies in the Home." Lancaster.unl.edu. (July 17, 2012) http://lancaster.unl.edu/pest/resources/flies015.shtml
- Organic Gardening. "All-Purpose Insect Spray." Organicgardening.com. (July 17, 2012) http://www.organicgardening.com/learn-and-grow/all-purpose-insect-pest-spray
- SheKnows.com. "Compost Fly Control." Jan. 31, 2011. (July 17, 2012) http://gardening.sheknows.com/2011/01/31/compost-fly-control/
- University of Arizona. "How to Make a Fly Trap." Insected.arizona.edu. (July 17, 2012) http://insected.arizona.edu/flyrear.htm
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