Pest Control for Flies

The prolific reproduction of these pests makes them not only annoying but an increased risk to health around you and your family as they spread disease and pathogens through bacteria from their gut. They do this by vomiting saliva onto your food, stamping their dirty legs up and down in it and then sucking up the resulting liquid. 

Flies Facts & Figures

  • Blue & Green Bottles are both Flies just like the common House Fly
  • Female lays 6-8 batches of 100 eggs after one mating on refuse, fresh food, dead animals etc
  • Eggs can hatch within 12 hours producing first stage larvae
  • Mature larvae pupates
  • After 3-5 days the adult fly emerges
  • Total life cycle takes 7 weeks at 16°C, 12 days at 25°C

Types of Flies

The most common types of flies in the UK include cluster fly, blue bottle, black fly and deer fly. Knowing the type of fly that’s in or near your home can be useful in identifying the best pest control for flies. Cluster flies generally come out during summer and autumn and find hiding places in homes and properties, where they enter through crevices and holes in lofts windows or walls. They usually feed on earthworms in gardens and then search for warmth indoors to hibernate for winter months. 

How Do You Know You Have A Fly Infestation?

A few flies in your home or business is no cause for concern and shouldn't need professional pest control for flies but when their numbers increase and swatting them doesn’t control the amount, you may have a fly infestation in your property. Seeing lots of flies inside or around your property - keeping bins outside can attract flies and once they're near your home, you can expect that sooner or later they'll find their way in. Look out for dark spot clusters on windows, window frames and sills. You can also spot them on any light-coloured surface in your home such as curtains, towels, tablecloths or laundry left hanging to dry.

A sudden increase in fly numbers means that flies are reproducing fast inside your home and you should take urgent measures to control them. Flies will often lay their eggs in rubbish which later turn into maggots. Flies can lay up to 900 eggs, which can hatch over the next 48 hours. Clusters of flies in one spot, near water or light - with an infestation, you'll usually see several that have landed on the same place at once.

What Causes Fly Infestations?

The house fly is attracted mostly to rubbish and waste organic matter, so anything that is usually in your rubbish bins - rotting food scraps and organic products etc. House flies are also attracted to other flies' specks, liquids that are fermented, such as rotting fruit, sweets, expired and spilled juice. They're also attracted to things such as pet food and water, dead and rotting animals, water, light and warmth as well as any decaying vegetation in your garden.

Pest Control For Flies

Prevention is better than cure when it comes to fly infestations such as using natural fly repellent, homemade fly traps to kill them off before they start reproducing. Plants to help ward flies such as mint, basil, rosemary, marigold and catnip. Flies also detest the smell of vodka, lemongrass, peppermint, lavender, cloves, eucalyptus and citronella smoke, so using these in and around your home or business could help deter flies and the need for professional pest control for flies. But if you do require professional pest control for flies, AJ Pest Control will carry out a detailed inspection of your property to assess the degree of the problem and recommend the best course of action.