How to get rid of unwanted flies
Flies in a farmyard may not be health hazard but even in small numbers in a restaurant kitchen can pose a threat to public health. This is because they spread diseases like Salmonella and E. coli among others. A few species may even bite humans and animals.
If a small fly problem is left uncontrolled, it has the potential to turn into a serious fly infestation. Some fly species are able to mature from eggs to adults in just seven days. There are simple ways you can identify the signs of a fly infestation and reduce the need for fly control. Taking a proactive approach with deterrent measures will also help you avoid costly treatments.
Using a professional fly control service is the most effective way to guarantee the complete removal of flies from your property.
We offer a free survey to assess the level of infestation and identify the invading fly species. Our trained technicians can offer effective, fly control. Including the removal of any potential breeding sites to guarantee a long-term solution to keep you, your home and your business free from flies in the future.
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Learn about flies
- Common House Flies – The house fly is grey/black in colour with 4 longitudinal dark lines running down its back. The whole body is covered with hair like projections and they have two large compound eyes. They are found in food preparation areas and can breed in poorly maintained waste bins.
- Lesser House Flies – They are the same size as a common house fly and are the same in colour however, they have 3 indistinct longitudinal stripes. The lesser house fly is distinguished by its triangular flight pattern in the middle of a room.
- Fruit Fly – Small yellow/brown flies with a dark striped abdomen. The prominent compound eyes are generally red in colour although can be dark in some species. Associated with bars where they breed on fermenting liquids in drains, insulation around leaking drink pipes and other damp areas.
- Filter Flies – Such as the Owl midge are 3-4mm and light grey/brown in colour. They have the appearance of a small moth. Filter flies breed in wet organic matter found in drains.
- Cluster Flies- Dark grey/olive in colour and covered in golden hairs. The abdomen has a chequered pattern. These flies enter buildings in the autumn time.
- Bluebottle – These are slightly larger than a house fly. They are bright metallic blue with black markings. It’s body and legs are covered with black bristle like hair. These flies like to fly in packs in order to detect possible prey more efficiently. If one fly detects food, it will disperse a pheromone which will alert the others to the meal. Usually found around meat.
- Most of the fly family feed on decaying matter of one form or another whether it is rotting fruits, vegetables, meats, food wastes, water build up etc. And by removing this, it will significantly reduce activity.
- Housekeeping and proofing are paramount to reduce the risk of various diseases they can spread.
- Fly units, fly screens, doors and windows. These will allow air to pass through the building however stop flies from entering.
- Air conditioning are good deterrents.
- General domestic sprays will help but for longer lasting treatments use professional help for blanket sprays or fly alighted surfaces.