Why Do Flies Gather Under My Awning


Your porch can be an attractive place to hang out in the summer, but there’s just one problem – flies! What makes your front step so attractive? Do these flies have any purpose beyond being annoying? Here’s what you need to know about these insects and how to get rid of them.

They’re annoying pests that no one seems to like—except when they help you find an open garbage can after you’ve dropped food on the ground. But why do flies hang around your door, and what should you do about it? The answer may surprise you! Here’s why flies gather under your awning and what you can do to stop it from happening.

The science behind why flies are attracted to light

Flies are attracted to light because of a biological process called phototaxis. Flies have tiny hairs on their body that detect different levels of light, and send signals to the fly’s brain. The brain then interprets the information and sends an appropriate response to the rest of the fly’s body. This response causes flies to move towards or away from light sources depending on the level of brightness. When there is a dark area around, flies will be more inclined to move towards brighter areas, such as under your awning.

How flies can help spread disease

Flies can become a major public health concern, especially when they are able to congregate in large numbers. For example, flies can spread disease by transporting bacteria from one area to another. One recent study found that flies were responsible for about 30% of all food-borne illness outbreaks in the United States. The most common diseases transmitted by flies include salmonella, E. coli, and shigella.

Read: How to get rid of flies on patio natural

How to keep flies away from your home

If you want to stop flies from gathering under your awning, here are some steps that you can take.

  1. Purchase a fly swatter and use it to gently swat the flies away.
  2. Put down a glue trap where you typically see the flies. This is an easy way to kill them without having to touch them.
  3. Cover your windows with screens or curtains so that they can’t find their way in at night when they’re looking for a place to eat.
  4. If you have fruit trees in your yard, cover them with netting so that the bugs don’t have access to them during the day.

The benefits of having flies around

I have this problem where flies gather around my awning. For many people, this would be an annoyance. However, I can see the benefits of them being there. First off, they help keep away other pests like spiders and wasps. Second, they’re not only good at eating garbage but they also eat food that’s been sitting out for too long or even bad leftovers in the fridge. Third, their droppings are rich in nitrogen which is great for plant life when the soil is fertile enough to handle it. Fourth, studies show that flies are important pollinators for plants and flowers as well as help with seed dispersal by carrying pollen on their bodies to different plant species of trees and shrubs while feeding off of them as well.

Collin Miller

Since 2002, Collin has specialized in the pest control industry. He has a Pest Control and Termite Control Commercial Applicator License. He serves on the Missouri Pest Management Association board of directors as a director at large, and he attempts to provide a personal touch in pest eradication to customers in the Ozarks. When the weather is great, Collin enjoys working in his yard, cooking, and hanging out with family and friends, as well as watching football.

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