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Keith's Pro Tips

"When it comes to House Fly control, one of the most important steps you can take is to sanitize the environment. Flies are attracted to filth and rotting organic material, so be sure to regularly take out the trash and clean up whatever may be attracting the flies."

House Fly Control: How To Get Rid of House Flies

This page is a general House Fly control guide. Using the products and methods suggested you will get control of House Flies. Follow this guide and use the recommended products and we guarantee 100% control of House Flies.

If there is one pest that is the most universally hated in all parts of the world, it's the common House Fly. These annoying buzzing pests can be found in virtually any location in the world and are tough to get rid of once they have entered into a home.

Homeowners are often baffled that House flies basically come from out of nowhere when there is food lying around either inside or outside. While they don't sting or bite, House Flies can cause harm via spreading the organisms that cause typhoid, fever, dysentery, tuberculosis, leprosy, hookworm, cholera, diarrhea, and numerous other hazardous diseases if they are left unchecked.

House Flies are dangerous to both pets and humans because they spread and pick up bacteria when foraging for food. Since they love decomposing materials (like garbage, carcasses, and feces) they pick up lots of bacteria that they tend to transfer to food serving surfaces and to food good themselves.

If your home or property offers them with decomposing organic materials, these flies will not hesitate to set up camp. Not keeping with sanitation, delaying in taking out the garbage, letting spills sit for a while, and not picking up after your pets will attract House Flies to your property.

Our DIY House Fly control guide below will teach you a little bit about this nuisance pest and how you can kill and get rid of house flies quickly with the help of our expert advice and professional product recommendations.

Identification

house flies identification how to get rid of house flies

Before carrying out a control program, you need to identify and first make sure you're dealing with House Flies and not another kind of fly.

  • House Flies differ from cluster flies and fruit flies in that they are usually gray and black and are between 1/4th of an inch long with four dark stripes on the thorax.
  • The typical House Fly can live anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks depending on climate and food supply. House flies can also fly long distances, up to 20 miles at a time.
  • House Flies are commonly found near decomposing materials. This can include dead animal carcasses, garbage cans, compost piles, or close to feces. They are also attracted to moisture and might visit your home, livestock area or business if there is a moisture issue that hasn't been addressed.

Use the description and image above to identify House Flies on your property. If you need assistance, call us and we will try to help you with proper identification.

Inspection

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Once you have properly identified that you have House Flies, you can move forward with an inspection. House Flies are attracted to moisture and rotting matter, so you need to pinpoint the decomposing materials that are attracting House Flies and where they are concentrated.

Where To Inspect

Houseflies thrive and feed on anything that is filthy, smelly or unsanitary. They are usually found hovering around garbage, compost, feces, fertilizer, fish, manure, sewage, and human excrement, etc.

Most house fly infestations occur indoors. Search around your garbage cans, in and around spoiled food (fruits, vegetables, meats, etc.), near feces like litter boxes (or yard if you have a dog that creates feces outside), or even compost piles. Search around the kitchen, bathrooms, and any room of your home where these items are available.

In livestock areas, check areas where livestock are most active, such as barns or pens. The female flies will feed off the animal's blood while the males will be attracted to their waste for breeding sites. Areas with running water will most likely be an egg-laying area for flies. If you are noticing flies in your living quarters, it might be because they are infesting an area nearby. 

What To Look For

You're looking for House Flies and decomposing materials. This means looking in all the places mentioned above, as well as in the items mentioned above. The rotting matter shouldn't be too hard to find because the awful smell will tip you off to where it is located. Where the bad smell is, you will most likely also find flies.

If you have found decomposing materials, or the House Flies themselves hovering over certain areas, this is where you will apply the treatment.

Treatment

Once you have confirmed House Fly activity it is time to begin treatment. Remember to read all product labels, and follow the application instructions on these labels, and stay safe by wearing personal protective equipment (PPE).

Getting rid of house flies involves locating the decomposing or filth source that is attracting them to your home, sanitizing the area, and then applying fly traps and insecticides to eliminate the population.

Step 1 - Sanitize Your Home

Sanitize the home

Before applying products you need to first prepare your home for treatment with proper sanitation. Start by cleaning your home. Wipe countertops, mop, and vacuum, to get rid of spills or food crumbs that you might have in your kitchen. Check for spills under and around appliances. Get rid of spoiled food that has been left out in the counters.

Check your garbage cans and make sure there is no garbage or spills at the bottom of the garbage can and regularly take it out when it gets full. Seal all food goods in plastic containers and keep your garbage in a sealed bin both indoors and outdoors.

If you have pets, clean litter boxes, or pick up feces from the yard as these will also attract flies to your home. Locating and removing the filth source will naturally get rid of flies as they will simply leave when the organic matter that has attracted them has been cleaned up.

Step 2 - Capture Lingering Flies with Fly Traps

Musca-Stik being hung to catch House Flies

While most flies will leave after a good cleanup, some will linger around. This is when a fly trap will be useful such as Musca-Stik Fly Trap. Musca-Stik Traps is an insecticide-free trap that uses pheromones to attract House Flies directly to the trap, which is full of glue. These House Flies will become stuck and unable to move will eventually die.

Simply pour the pheromones packet into the catch basin at the end of the stick and place high up above in the places where House Flies activity has been observed.

A fly light is a low-effort effective way to control house flies

Alternatively, if you're having House Flies infestations in warehouses and commercial buildings we recommend the Mantis Fly Light. This product is a lightweight ready to use fly light trap that will attract House Flies.

The lights on the product do not zap or instantly kill the House Flies, but rather attracts them to fly inside where a glue board will catch the House Flies, where they will become stuck and with time die.

Step 3 - Spray Pyrid Aerosol

Spraying Pyrid to kill House Flies

As an added measure for controlling House Flies, we recommend using Pyrid Aerosol. This is pyrethrin aerosol that can be used as a contact spray to kill any remaining flies.

Simply point and spray any House Fly around your property to quickly knock them down and kill them. Apply at the rate 1 to 3 seconds per 1,000 cubic feet. If spraying in the kitchen, make sure to put away food serving items or eating utensils exposed. Do not let people or pets enter areas treated until 15 minutes have gone by and the rooms have been ventilated. If spraying in the kitchen, wipe and countertops and food serving surfaces clean after treatment.

Step 4 - Mix and Apply Flex 10-10

Spraying Barn

For livestock areas where house flies are prevalent, we recommend applying Flex 10-10. Flex 10-10 is a broad-spectrum product for indoor or outdoor control. Begin by determining how much Flex 10-10 you need to mix by calculating the square footage of the area you wish to treat (length x width = square footage). The mixing rate for Flex 10-10 is 6.4 fluid ounces per gallon of water. One gallon of solution will typically treat 1,000 square feet. For example, if you wanted to treat a 2,000 square foot area, you would need to mix 12.8 ounces of Flex 10-10 in 2 gallons of water.

Fill your spray tank halfway with water, add your desired amount of Flex 10-10, then add the remaining half of water. Close the tank and shake well to agitate. Use a direct spray to treat areas such as walls, ceilings, screens, door frames, and window frames. Be sure to remove all livestock from the area and cover all food before applying your solution. Be sure not to apply Flex 10-10 near water.

If you are applying this on your animals, use a fan spray setting. Make sure you use enough product to wet the hair thoroughly, especially topline, underlines, flanks, withers, and other infested areas. You can reapply treatment to your livestock every 5 to 12 days until there is no more fly activity.

Prevention

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Once the House Flies have been cleared out of your home, you don't want them coming back. Prevent House Flies by keeping your home as clean as possible. Frequently wipe countertops, stoves, and food serving surfaces. Mop and vacuum regularly and do not let trash build up inside your home.

If you have pets, clean up after them regularly and do not let the yard get filled with feces. Clean up any food crumbs and spills immediately and do not let them sit for a while. Get rid of rotting fruit or decomposing materials from your property.

You will also want to limit access to your home as much as possibly by sealing up gaps, holes and other cracks and crevices around your home which can serve as a point of entry for flies. Use caulk to go around the exterior of your home and apply around windows and doors and any other entry points you notice.

Key Takeaways

What are House flies?

  • House Flies are a notorious pest that infests homes when there is a rotting or decomposing source available for the flies to feed and breed on.
  • The average house fly has a black or dark gray colored body with black vertical lines on their thorax and two goldish to silver stripes on their face with big buggy darkish red eyes. In their larvae stage, they are squiggly slimy cream-colored maggots with a pointed head. In their pupal stage they are dark brown, round, and taper from front to back.

How To Get Rid of House Flies in the Home

  • To get rid of House Flies, locate and dispose of the filth source and thoroughly sanitize your home. Then, apply traps such as Musca-Stik or Mantis Fly Light to capture lingering flies or spray them on contact with Pyrid Aerosol.
  • For livestock area treatment of house flies, use a mixture of Flex 10-10 which can be applied to areas of high activity and directly to animals to keep house flies off of them.

Preventing House Fly Reinfestation

  • Keep a regular cleaning schedule around your home to prevent House Flies from returning. This means cleaning up regularly, not letting foods spoil, discarding garbage from your home and changing garbage bags regularly along with exclusion measures such as sealing gaps and holes and any other points of entry into the home with caulk.
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