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How to Get Rid of Horse Flies

Of all the backyard pests that can ruin a barbeque or an outdoor gathering, horse flies are some of the most painful. These large flies have scissor-like jaws that they use to bite and suck blood. Since they can grow to be up to 1.25 inches long, you can imagine the kind of pain they can inflict on an unsuspecting victim. If horse flies are plaguing your yard, here are a few ways to get rid of them.

Clean Your Yard

For horse flies, hot and damp weather is ideal. They love to hang out in pastures with tall grass and near streams. If you have standing water around your home or tall weeds that are collecting moisture, you could be attracting horse flies. Removing water from your yard and maintaining it through the summer will help prevent horse flies and mosquitoes.

Remove Pet Waste

Keeping your yard clean includes regularly removing pet waste. Horse lives will be attracted to feces and see it as a sign that there are other food sources in the area. During the summer months try to be especially vigilant about cleaning up after your pets.

Secure Your Garbage

First, make sure that you don’t have any garage laying around your yard. When you dispose of trash in an outdoor bin, be sure that it has a tight lid for a snug fit. If possible, place your trash bins in the garage to keep horse flies at bay.

Light Candles

Citronella candles and torches will help keep horse flies and mosquitoes away. Both the citronella and the actual smoke created from burning will repel horse flies.

Call the Professionals

Working with a pest control expert can both help you identify the source of the horse flies and help you get rid of them. They can provide effective treatment with long-term effects for a more comfortable and enjoyable outdoors.

For all your pest control needs, rely on the experts at Capital Pest. Our experienced team can help you protect your home and your yard.

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