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How to Get Rid of Black Flies

The season of the flies are upon us and it’s time to prepare yourself for the worst of them all- the black flies. Most people tend to think that they’re just another species of the common fruit flies but they’re actually wrong. The black flies are known to cause much more nuisance and are also termed as being the dangerous types of flies. After all, a fly that bites is the kind of fly that you need to steer clear of! However, while it may not be spring yet, these pesky pests still make home in your home to stay aware from the harsh winter cold. That means you need to know how exactly to rid your home from these creatures so that both you and your family are safe. This post will tell you all you need to know about ridding your home of a bad black fly infestation.

About Black Flies

Black flies, a.k.a. Turkey gnats are the kind of pests that are not only a nuisance but are also quite dangerous. When people hear about black flies, they usually confuse them with normal flies, however, there is a major difference between the two. While normal flies are accustomed to only buzzing around and causing annoyance to the residents of the household, black flies have one more dangerous feature that distinguishes them from your average fly: They are known to bite their victims. While they aren’t necessarily poisonous or venomous, these flies are known to spread diseases through their bites.

Getting rid of black flies

When you consider getting rid of these pesky most people are in the dark about what to do so they turn towards the only solution they can find- professional exterminators. However, instead of wasting so much money, it’s best to try DIY’s yourself. Here are a few tricks that will help you get rid of the black flies infesting your home:

Method #1: Buy an insecticide! Quick!

Are you having trouble with not only black flies but other insects too? Well then, it’s time to buy an efficient insecticide and get rid of them. In the case of flies, most people opt to get fly control kits which are best at using indoors and outdoors. If you have trouble finding the right kit then don’t worry, Solutions has the perfect solution for you. This kit also includes a Pyrid Aerosol spray which helps to rid your home of flies of any kind.

Method #2: Water attracts them, water repels them!

Black flies are known to be present at places that have a large pool of standing water. It’s the ultimate hub! Apart from keeping your home clear of standing water, you can even use it to your advantage and rid your home of these pesky flies. You can simply follow these steps to ensure the area is free from these flies:

Step 1: Use a small bucket and fill it up with water. You can also put in a few drops of soap into the water.

Step 2: hand the bucket in an area that is known to be infested the most. This will attract the flies and keep them away from flying about every which way.

Note: The drops of soap will stick to the flies and pull them into the water thereby drowning them.

Method 3: Citronella Oil and Lemon Eucalyptus Oil works like magic

While the former is more commonly used to repel mosquitoes, both these oils can be used to repel black flies as well. Simply apply a little bit of the oil on your body and the flies will automatically be repelled. Many people are not aware of the lemon eucalyptus oil; this is an oil which is extracted from the lemon eucalyptus tree in Australia and you can easily find them available in the stores. Citronella oil, on the other hand, can be used topically but if you’re looking to rid a large area of these flies then you can simply use them in a candle to get the best results.

Method #4: DIY fly traps are the way to go

There are several fly traps that you can make on your own. However, here’s one which is both simple and easy to make:

Step 1: Take bright colored cards, make sure they’re not too big, just the size of an index card and on it, rub a little bit of sticky oil.

Step 2: Place these cards all over your home, specifically in places which are known to be the most affected by black flies.  

Step 3: Once you notice the cards to be full, simply spray bug spray on them and throw away the used cards.

Note: Using the bug spray will ensure that all the flies are killed off effectively.


These methods will ensure that your home is safe from these monstrous flies. In order to make sure your home is truly safe, you can:

  • Immediately dispose off any garbage since black flies are attracted to rotting food

  • Keep your drains clean and remove any stagnant water from your home

  • Keep your home and yard clear of pet droppings  

  • Install screens in your doors and windows to keep bugs outside

Once you take these measures, your home will be safe and secure from these pesky bugs. Remember, don’t be afraid of a little bug!

Solutions Pest & Lawn Products Can Help You Eliminate Black Flies

If you want to get really serious about fly control, we recommend that you buy professional fly control DIY products that help you to eliminate the presence of black flies in your home. A combination of high quality fly traps, baits and insecticide sprays will do the trick in eliminating a fly infestation.

We have traps that work really well such as Musca-StikQuickstrike Fly Abatement StripsFlies Be Gone, and even light traps like the Mantis Fly Light. What you choose depends upon your preference. There are also fly control insecticide sprays that can be effective like Pyrid Aerosol or MaxForce Fly Spot Bait. For flies that are discovered hanging around your sink drains, Drain Gel cleaner can wipe up the gunk and organic matter that flies are attracted to.


If you’re sick and tired of black flies making life unbearable on your property, following the tips we shared above above and equipping yourself with the traps and preventative measures, black flies will no longer be a problem in your home.

For more help or DIY advice, contact us at 800-479-6583 or shoot us an email at askapro@solutionsstores.com and we will be happy assist you.

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