Getting Rid of Flies on Your Computer Displays

Why do you have flies buzzing around your computer displays? Did you forget to take out the trash or shower? I can assure you, I’ve done both, but almost every time I sit down in front of my computer I seem to be tormented by a variety of tiny flies intent on distracting my work. They are attracted to the heat and light of the displays. It happens all year long. In fact, it’s happening now. Time to investigate.

What Are They?

Those tiny flies on your computer screen are probably fruit flies or gnats. Their appearance signals a favorable breeding environment in the area. While it may not seem to be a bounty to you, an old apple core, banana peel or bread crust in your trash is a universe of food to a tiny fly. It’s a good bet you have something in a nearby trash container that is making a happy home for flies.

They could also be breeding in any moist area. Mine seem to be coming from an aquarium where they are thriving on algae that forms around the top of the tank. They could also be breeding in a seldom used sink or toilet. A little bleach works wonders for those areas.

The bottom line is that it doesn’t take much to provide a suitable breeding ground for fruit flies and gnats. The real trick is to identify the location and remove the source.

How to they get a foothold?

fruit-fly-trap Where do fruit flies actually come from to get their start? Are their eggs already in the food scraps and if not, how did they get there?

There is only one way they can start their fruit fly life cycle, by Mamma fly laying eggs in your garbage. How else?

Once the eggs are laid, they do what all flies do, they get gross. The first stage after hatching is the maggot stage. During this time, the maggots devour the garbage then advance to the fly stage.

Once a fly, they are free to breed and aggravate you until you find a smart solution to take them out.

How to get rid of flies on your computer screen.

My first thought is that I don’t want nasty chemicals or sprays.  I want simple and ingenious. Besides, bug sprays just don’t seem to work on fruit flies. Sprays will take out a giant hornet in seconds, but fruit flies seem to actually like it.
The most simple and cheapest solution I can find are these yellow sticky traps for under 5 bucks. Simple solution. I ordered them and they work great when placed under my LED office lights. The second logical option, fruit fly traps are also effective In reducing adult populations, but remember to first locate and remove the source of their breeding ground or you’ll be battling this forever. There are other novel electronic traps like the Katchy Electric Fly Trap and those shown below.

Cheap, Simple Homemade Solution:

Here’s an old-fashioned way to get rid of fruit flies that you can make yourself in under a minute.

  • 1/8 cup apple cider vinegar
  • a few drops of regular dish soap
  • place mixture in a glass jar with no lid
  • wait for the hungry flies to land and drown

I have used this method and it works wonderfully. Place the container 4 to 8 feet away from you. The idea is to draw they away from the monitor heat and light and to something more appetizing. The soap simply reduces the surface tension so they won’t float.  Since fruit flies have a short life span, once you clean up the source and capture all the adults, you should be able to resolve your computer screen fly problems in less than a week.

I have heard of other homemade fly killers using PC fans, but too much hassle and too much extra noise.

Tackling Big flies:

house-flyIf a big house fly manages to get in and focus its attention on me, all work stops. They are usually easy to take out with an ordinary fly swatter.

Of course house flies can be controlled simply by closing the door and window screens. I’ve tried to convince my wife and kids of this solution to no avail.

Once a fly lands, a novel way to dispatch the intruder, is to blast theme using the Bug-A-Salt, a salt powered shot-gun for flies and many times the fun of a traditional swatter. Good old fashioned Fly Paper also works wonders.

The Virtual Fly Trick:

Now that you’ve mastered controlling computer display flies, you can play a trick on your friends, or if you miss all those flies you’ve taken out. Believe it or not, some mad coder has made a disturbing app for that. VIRTUAL FLY ON DESKTOP is a program that places realistic house flies on your computer screen. I’m not kidding. Download it if you dare. Check out this video of the app fooling a live Praying Mantis…

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