They’re everywhere.

They can spread disease and contaminate food—and even the cleanest restaurant or home can have them.

The best way to get rid of flies is to keep them from entering your home and breeding in the first place. Here are some tips from our experts on how to do just that:

Keep garbage cans clean and covered. Flies love the odor of garbage and waste, so make sure to keep your garbage cans covered and sealed at all times. For particularly bad smells, try sprinkling baking soda or vinegar into the bottom of the trash can before you put a new bag in it.

Make sure your kitchen is clean at all times. If you spill something on your counter or floor, make sure you clean it up right away. Flies will be attracted to any food residue you leave behind — even if you don’t notice it.

Don’t let your dog or cat eat outside. Flies love pet feces, so keep their food bowls indoors and clean up after them if they go outside in your yard.

If you have fruit trees in your yard, pick up fallen fruit regularly so that flies don’t have a chance to breed there.

Make sure your yard is free of standing water. Mosquitoes are another type of fly that are often a nuisance in the summer time, so make sure there is no standing water around your house where they can breed

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