Residential Pest Control

How to Get Rid of Flies

Getting Rid of Flies in Your Home

Image of a Fruit Fly (drosophila species) | Rentokil Pest Control NZ

Flies and flying insects can be real pests around the home, particularly if in large numbers. However, some species of fly also transmit a wide range of diseases including salmonella, dysentery, tuberculosis, cholera and parasitic worms. In this country, mosquitoes are less likely to spread disease than in the tropics, but the irritation caused by the bites can still be distressing, particularly for children.

Professional Service to Get Rid of Flies

A professional fly control service will often be required to get rid of large or multiple fly problems. The Rentokil home call-out service is fast, effective and offers the highest level of safety for your family and pets. Rentokil Technicians understand the habits of each fly species and have a range of suitable treatments to get rid of flies effectively.

For advice on how to get rid of flies or to arrange a Rentokil Technician visit, call us now on 0800 552 001.

 

Know How To Get Rid of Flies

It is important not to attract flies with food sources or places for fly larvae to grow. The simple steps below will help to get rid of flies:

  • After dark, keep windows and doors closed or block out the light with curtains
  • Fit fly screens to windows especially around kitchen and waste areas
  • Always cover food - flies spread diseases by landing on food before we eat it
  • Clear away food and liquid spillage's immediately
  • Clean food debris from under kitchen appliances
  • Make sure all rubbish bins have tightly sealed lids
  • Keep compost enclosed and covered
  • Clean up after pets - not only are faeces the perfect breeding place for flies but also somewhere a fly may land before landing on your food
  • Clear up dead bodies of flies as they provide a tasty snack for other pests, such as carpet beetles

There is also a range of  DIY fly products available to kill flies, such as fly spray and fly repellent, but an established fly problem will require professional help to get rid of flies effectively.

 

How to Keep Flies Away

If flies are causing a problem outside your home and in your garden, the steps below will help you get rid of flies:

  • Ensure drains are kept clear and running
  • Treat drains that seem to have flies with bleach
  • Ensure gutters and water gullies are not blocked
  • Cover water butts with a well fitted lid
  • Do not leave standing water, in watering cans for example
  • Introduce goldfish into garden ponds to eat fly larvae 

Common Flies in the Home

There are thousands of different species of fly but the most common fly problems are caused by:

House Fly image (Musca Domestica)|Rentokil Pest Control NZ
  • House Flies – adults 6-7mm. Female houseflies lay 400-600 eggs in decaying matter or faeces, which develop into maggot larvae. Attracted to any uncovered food or organic waste. This fly can transmit diseases.

 

Bottle Fly image (Calliphora vomitoria)|Rentokil Pest Control NZ
  • Blow Flies or Bottle Flies – Adults 6-12mm, usually metallic blue or green but can be black or grey. Significant numbers in a house will often indicate a dead animal (such as a mouse) in the property.

 

Cluster Fly image (Pollenia rudis)|Rentokil Pest Control NZ
  • Cluster Flies - adults 6-10mm. Cluster flies often take shelter over the winter inside homes (such as in attics) and can occur in very large numbers in the home as they emerge in the spring.

 

Aedes Mosquito image (Aedes aegypti)|Rentokil Pest Control NZ
  • Mosquitoes – adults 5mm. Tend to be found near still water where their larvae develop. Our guide to insect bites advises on treatment for bites.

If you would like further advice on how to get rid of flies or to arrange a visit by a Rentokil Technician, call us free on 0800 552 001.