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The Ultimate Guide to DIY Fly Control

If you’ve been looking for a solid plan for fly control, this guide created from our fly control experts here at Solutions Pest & Lawn, is for you!

If there is one pest that is the most universally hated in all parts of the world, it’s the fly. These annoying buzzing pests can be found in virtually any location in the world and are the hard to get rid of once they have entered into a home. It’s baffling to homeowners that flies basically appear from out of nowhere when there is food laying around either inside or outside.

Finding flies in restaurants you dine at is even worse. You expect restaurants to not have a fly problem indoors where they would corrupt your meal but it happens more than we would like to admit to these days. So for a business owner, indoor fly control (and/or fly control in general) is imperative to keep customer happy and the health inspector away.

However, although they may make for a frustrating and difficult removal--especially if there's an outbreak of them upon your home it’s not impossible There are fly control products available to effectively deal with flies in the house or outside and keep them away.

Solutions Pest & Lawn offers the largest selection of fly control products for your home, office or commercial facility.

Whether you are in need of large scale recommendations and procedures, to small personal suggestions we can help guide you step-by-step through the fly control process to ensure those flies are properly exterminated by you.

 

Fly Characteristicsfly control

Flies belong to the order Diptera which means “two wings”. Among this order are an estimated million species.of flies which include horse flies, fruit flies, hover flies and more. House flies have 2 large compound eyes, 6 legs, 1 set of transparent wings, small antennae and short hairs on their abdomen.

Flies like the common house fly are often called filth flies because of their attraction to rotting food, manure, waste and garbage.

Flies have four life stages: 1) egg, 2) larva, 3) pupa and 4) adult. Eggs are typically laid in a decaying material be it waste or rotting food, and hatch into white, slimy maggots. When development is complete, the maggots wander from the larval development site in search of a dry place to pupate. The pupa is the immobile stage characterized by a hard, dark brown "shell." The adult flies may emerge in as little as seven to fourteen days.

Because of their fondness of being around filth and unsanitary conditions, flies are a threat to human welfare because they can transmit disease. When feeding on waste, flies collect pathogens on their bodies and every time they land, whether on a surface or on food, these pathogens are transferred. Keep that in mind next time you’re eating watermelon at a bbq and flies start to appear.

 

Identification

In order to conduct successful indoor fly control, it’s best to know which specific files you are dealing with. As mentioned previously, there are many many species of flies, so much so that some have not even been identified. Usually, the most common household fly that is usually the culprit is the house fly but there are also other flying pest relatives of the house fly that may be encountered in the home like fruit flies, stable flies, horse flies, bottle flies and cluster flies. All of these flies have distinctive characteristics and behaviors so we will cover each of them below:

 

House Flyhouse fly

Known around the world, the house fly is one of the most common of all insects. Adults are usually gray, 4 to 7.5 mm 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. Their method of eating involved regurgitating liquid from the stomach to dissolve food, then use their sponging mouthparts to suck it up. Since they only have two wings they land frequently and when they do, they leave fecal spots. These specks often contain pathogens that can cause disease in humans and animals.

 

Fruit Flyfruit fly

The fruit fly is typically smaller than the house fly and has red eyes and a tan thorax. Their abdomen is gray underneath and black on top. To the naked eye, fruit flies appear to be colored brown or tan. Fruit flies are active all year but are abundant in the summer time where they fly around and feed on ripened fruits and vegetables.

 

Stable Fly

If you see a fly that looks like a house fly but actually bit you, that’s a stable fly. Stable flies have markings on the abdomen which resemble a checkerboard and bayonet-like mouthparts used to pierce through skin and suck blood.

Both male and female stable flies bite, feeding on the blood of warm-blooded animals including humans, horses and cattle. Dogs kept in kennels outdoors may be bitten severely, especially on legs and ear tips. These little buggers can bite through clothing, and have an affinity for biting ankles.

 

Horse Flies

stable fly

Horse flies are distinctive from the other common flies on this list because they are much larger that other flies, varying in length from ½ an inch to 1 ¼ inches long with a stout body and large eyes. Female horse flies are blood-suckers so yes, here’s another fly which bites.

Their main targets for feeding are livestock, humans, pets and birds. Horse flies are a particular annoyance to livestock, which can hurt the livestock economy in meat and dairy because their aggressive blood-sucking of cattle can lead to weight loss in beef cattle, reduced milk production in dairy cattle and hide damage from the fly’s puncture wounds.



Bottle Flybottle fly

Bottle flies, also known as blow flies, are larger flies known for their metallic bluish green color. These flies create a very audible buzzing sound while flying and typically scavenge around rotting meat or strong odorous foods.

They tend to be around urban areas and aren’t typically found indoors. When they are indoors, this could be a big problem as they may breed and lay eggs which would cause a considerable infestation.

 

Cluster Flycluster fly

Also commonly called the attic fly, cluster flies are named for their tendency to form large clusters in attics and corners of the home. Resembling the house fly but slightly darker and larger, the cluster fly isn’t as smooth of a flyer, preferring to move sluggishly.

Cluster flies are quite clever intruding upon home as window screens aren’t able to keep them away--they are able to crawl through small crack and openings in structures to get access indoors.

 

Fly Control Inspection

Wherever Decay Is, Flies are Not Far Awayfly on house wall

During the warmer months, flies are seemingly inescapable as they can be found indoors and outdoors. It’s important to know that the best way to inspect your home of flies is to pinpoint what the source is that is attracting the flies to your home.

The common household flies we noted in the identification portion are considered filth flies because they are generally attracted to areas where there is rotting meat, garbage, organic matter, sewage, dead bodies and other forms of waste are present. Where filth is present, these flies can fly from near or far to feast on it and lay eggs for reproduction. The eggs they lay develop into maggots usually within 1-3 days and then these maggots will soon develop into an adult fly.

When inspecting for flies, it is recommended to look both indoors and outside. You should also look for maggots. Again pinpointing the source of filth will lead you to where the flies have made their breeding ground.

Inspecting Indoors

  • Check around windows and doors

  • Around the ceiling or on walls

  • Check inside and around trash bins

  • Sources where there is light like lamps

  • Wherever food is laid out like pet food.

Inspecting Outdoors

  • In and around trash bins or dumpsters

  • Pet food dishes laid out

  • Bushes and other plants

  • Fences

  • Side of home or structure

  • Compost piles

  • Where animal feces has been dropped

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Fly Control Treatment

Fly control usually takes multiple treatment methods and techniques to kill the flies. We recommend you should be open to trying a mixture of different products to really get the best results when it comes to fly control and fly elimination. Treatment should also be done both indoors and outdoors especially if you have pets which defecate in your yard or live near water or a dumpster.

Filth Flies will require a method of treatment which involves sanitation, exclusion, insecticidal application, traps, and removal of the breeding grounds. Typically, taking an Integrated Pest Management effort, with all steps being addressed to get the best level of population reduction of flies.

Step 1: Sanitation, Sanitation, Sanitation.

This really is going to be the key to indoor fly control for commercial structures as well as homeowners and property management companies. Remove the food source, remove the breeding areas, and the bacteria source that are attracting them and you are well on your way to having less of a fly infestation.

  • Keep trash sealed with tight lids and make sure that you have many things in place to prevent the flies from making it inside the structures. (Screens on doors and windows, sealing the cracks and repairing any openings in very important when it comes to fly control.)

  • Pick up pet feces outside and remove any carcasses from dead rodents or food laying around to prevent flies from hovering around these filth sources to eat and lay eggs.

 

Step 2: Indoor Fly Control
MANTIS 1X2 FLYING INSECT LIGHT TRAP (220v)

  • Indoor fly control can be effective with a combination fly lights, glue traps, and fly executors. You can also use a general aerosol insecticide spray or fogger spray. These sprays kill flies on contact and are a good choice if there’s a lot of fly activity in your home and you want to remove them quickly. If you do use a spray or fogger, you may be required to vacate the area after treatment and ventilate the area before reentering.  

  • Fly Lights and Fly Traps are also a very effective means of getting rid of flies indoors. Fly lights have powerful ultraviolet rays which are attractive to flies and lure the unsuspecting pests toward the light where they are captured via a glue board inside the light. These require no use of insecticides or spray. The trick is to place the traps in ideal areas of fly activity and away from competing sources of light.

  • Fly bait is also another option that can be used both inside and outside. Solutions carries two kinds of fly bait, Quickstrike scatter bait which can be either scattered or put into bait stations.

  • If you have drain flies, which are flies that like to hide in your drainage pipes, we carry a special drain gel which can be poured down your drains. The gel will eat away at the scum and buildup that flies enjoy and use as their habitat.

 

Step 3: Outdoor Fly Control

  • Outside fly control should consist of fly bait, and an insecticidal spray. Fly traps work great for outdoor spaces, but you will want to place these away from the area you want to be fly free, because it does act as an attractant.

  • Use one of our general insecticide sprays like Flex 10-10 or Permethrin and treat the perimeter of your home as well as any trash bins laid outside and dumpsters.

  • Fly baits as mentioned about come in liquid or powder form. Start by placing the bait in a protective fly bait station. We offer an amazing fly bait station that locks and keeps the bait out of any unwanted hands.

 

Fly Control and Prevention

The best way to prevent flies is to keep the attractants, and the breeding grounds out of the flies path. Unfavorable conditions will make flies avoid your property and seek food and breeding grounds elsewhere.

  • Keep your trash locked up and receptacles clean. Make sure you have put as many methods of fly exclusion in place as possible. If you have a problem with flies coming in your home, then make sure the trash cans are not located at the back door.

  • Commercial locations should place their trash in properly sealed trash cans to reduce the fly population. Keep the trash receptacles away from the doors or opening.

  • Keeping your fly lights in top shape is important to have a fly free environment. Glue boards for fly lights should be replaced at least every 90 days, but check them once a month. Dust and insects can make them worthless if the glue surface is full.

We hope this guide can help you to put an end to your fly problems. If you’re ready to get started on some serious fly control, browse our DIY fly control products here or shop below.

Why Buy These Products

Fly Control & Fly Killer

There’s nothing worse than having your warm summer days being ruined by pesky flies hanging around you and your food, everyone needs a little Fly Control. With more than 100 pathogens associated with them, flies pose a serious health risk to humans, animals, and livestock. They are capable of spreading diseases, such as hepatitis, quickly between hosts.

Flies are most active during the warmer months, and there are simple and preventative measures that you can take to ensure that they don’t become a problem in your home. One of the best ways to repel flies is to block off any entry points. This means keeping doors and windows closed as much as possible. If necessary, install fly screens to maintain constant air flow. Sanitation is also key to repelling flies, as they prefer dirty areas. By taking out the garbage regularly and keeping all surfaces as clean as possible, flies will leave the area in search of a more appealing environment.

Sometimes, these measures are not effective enough to keep out all flies. At Solutions Pest & Lawn we have fly killers and control products to get rid of pesky and relentless flies, quickly and effectively. All of our fly control products are the same ones used by professional exterminators, so you can be rest assured that you’re receiving only the top of the range pest control solutions.

When it comes to fly control, it is about the outside and taking the correct measure to keep the populations down, spraying a good insecticidal spray, keep food and breeding areas in check and under control.

Fly Control Bait and Traps for DIY Pest Control

Solutions Pest & Lawn sells the best Fly Control Baits and Traps for do-it-yourself homeowner, business owner, restaurant or commercial food storage facility pest control. Some of the best methods for controlling flies are fly sprays, fly lights, fly baits, fly traps, glue boards and drain and floor treatments. Flies spread germs and should be eradicated with one of our easy to use fly control products on the page above. We at Solutions Pest & Lawn are always here to help assist you with product selection for your fly control needs, there is no reason to go anywhere else.

 

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