How To Get Rid Of Fly Problems

Learn how to control and get rid of flies at home.

House fly
House fly

Flies have been a nuisance insect for thousands of years. They affect human welfare because they can transmit diseases. Flies such as the common housefly are classified as filth flies because they breed in rotten food, manure, and garbage. A fly can mature from egg to adult in as few as ten days. This quick maturity can cause a severe fly problem in a short time. Proper sanitation and exclusion get rid of flies for long term results.

Use insecticides to kill an existing fly population. The insecticides come in residual forms, aerosols, fogging materials, and baits. Fly Lights with distinctive UV spectrums are also well known for attracting flies and trapping them. Fly lights are most popular in commercial establishments because they work well. We also carry fly glue traps.

An effective fly control program begins with sanitation and exclusion management. After sanitation and exclusion, we carry a wide assortment of insecticides in residual forms, aerosols, fogging materials, and baiting forms. Fly Lights with distinctive UV spectrums attract flies and traps them. These are popular in commercial establishments. We also carry fly glue traps.

General House Fly Control Management

Fly control management

These options include liquid concentrates, insecticide dust, pyrethrin aerosols, fly light traps, fogging materials, fly baits, and outside fly traps.

  • Click on the various links below (Filth Flies, Small Flies, and Nuisance/Biting Flies) for more fly control information.

Sanitation-Important First Step

Sanitation is critical in a good fly management program. The goal of sanitation is to remove or prevent any medium where fly larvae will develop. It's also vital to remove attractive things to adult flies, such as garbage and animal waste. Moisture is a critical factor in any fly breeding material. Good drainage is also necessary, where possible.

  • Keep garbage cans and dumpsters clean. Invade Bio Foam is an all-natural product, a probiotic used to spray on the leftover organic debris in dumpsters. Soldier Fly larvae are commonly found around dumpsters and garbage cans. Keep tight lids on the garbage cans. Flies are attracted to odors. Keep garbage cans as far away from doors as possible to keep them from moving into the structure.
  • Repair window screens and doors. Use mesh screens on openings in the building. Where doors must be kept open for customers, trucks, etc., outfit the doors with air curtains. Air curtains can prevent fly entry if the velocity is 1,600 feet per minute or higher.
  • Pick up pet waste in the yard. Flies love to breed and lay eggs on this material because of the moisture content.
  • In-home kitchens, restaurants, and commercial kitchens, drain flies can become a problem. An excellent product to treat home drains and restaurant drains is Invade Bio Treatment Gel. With microbes, this all-natural product eats the leftover scum in the drains.
  • Dead rodents and birds can increase a fly problem. Remove any dead bodies because flies lay eggs on decomposing rodents and fowl. The eggs become maggots (larvae), and the maggots become adult flies.
  • Do not overwater indoor potted plants. The soaked soil will provide a perfect breeding area for gnats. Keep the pots well-drained.
  • Keep outdoor areas clean. Clean away any soiled bedding, decaying plant, straw animal matter.

Filth Flies-House Fly, Blow Fly and Bottle Fly, Soldier Fly, Flesh Fly

Filth flies, such as the house fly, can be nuisance pests but may be potentially harmful to humans and animals. The habits of filth flies favor the spread of bacteria and other disease-causing organisms. Filth flies not only feed and lay eggs on garbage, manure, and carrion. They may contaminate human foods and food prep areas when landing on these areas. House flies, for example, can spread diseases such as food poisoning and dysentery.

Small Flies-Fruit Fly, Phorid Fly, Moth Fly, Sphaerocerid Fly, Fungus Gnats and Cheese Skippers

Many small flies(1/4") are found in food prep areas and may carry disease-causing organisms.
The six fly species listed below are the most common of small flies.

Nuisance and Biting Flies-Cluster Fly, Face Fly, Stable Fly and Mosquitoes

Many commonly found flies found around the home are a nuisance and or bite. As with many flies, these flies breed on decaying organic matter and animal wastes. They may transmit bacteria and viruses to humans. Flies such as stable flies or horse flies (sometimes called " biting flies ") feed on mammalian blood and give a painful bite.

Key Takeaway

Sanitation and identification of the type of fly you are battling are crucial steps to eliminating them.

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