We love to make the most of the summer weather when it makes a much-anticipated appearance in England, so much that our bifold doors are one of the ways to make the most of summer by allowing the fresh air of nature coming in and flowing through your living space. It becomes extremely refreshing until you have unwanted visitors and shortly becomes very annoying when you’re rudely interrupted by the loud buzzes of an insect. During times of the year, especially in the summer, flies can often find themselves inside your properties via open doors and windows. Despite it being unavoidable, there are many ways in which the homeowner can do, to prevent and reduce the amount of insects that come into your home.
Firstly, you should ensure that your fly screen is maintained in a good condition, making sure that the screen is not broken in any way. If it is, measure the measurements needed for the bifold door where the fly screen is installed. Purchase and cut a new mesh screen to fit the dimensions needed, leaving extra material margin for trimming. Then, clean the existing fly screen and remove any insects or debris that might be previously caught. Remove the old mesh from the aluminium frame by prying out the rubber spline that keeps it in place and place the new mesh over the frame and press it back into the groove with a spline roller. If there is any additional excess mesh, simply trim it off with a utility knife. Furthermore, ensure that the weather stripping and caulking/sealant around your bifold doors is not split or cracked, as it will have an effect on flies coming through your home through the doors. If there are signs of small gaps, replace any holes with new caulking to stop more flies from entering your home.
Another method would be to spray essential oils around the bifold doors. This is because flies dislike the smells of essential oils such lavender, peppermint, clove, eucalyptus and basil. Spritzing an essential oil will help significantly reduce the amount of flies from entering your home and you can shortly resume relaxing with the breeze of nature without having unwanted insects invading your home. Fly traps are commonly used to help reduce the number of flies in your living spaces. Fly traps such as sticky strips around your bifold doors or electric light attractors are all commonly used methods by homeowners to stop insects from pestering them. Simply stick the strips to your bifold doors or around the areas surrounding your bifold doors to catch the menaces when they enter your home.
Other methods would be actions that you, as the homeowner, would need to carry out. Such methods would be to avoid leaving dirty dishes or food uncovered, especially in seasons with hot weather as it can attract more insects into your home, due to the sweet smells that they adore. Keeping garbage cans around or outside your home sealed with a good lid to prevent swarms of flies and other insects from attracting them further.