- The most common fly pest species in the UK are:
- House Flies
- Blue Bottles (Blow Flies)
- Cluster Flies
- Filter Flies
- Fruit Flies
- Horse Flies
- Autumn Flies
- Each fly species likes to breed in different resources, which will determine how we treat them.
- For example, Blue Bottles lay their eggs in rotting carcasses; if we can identify and remove the source, we can stop the flies! Fruit Flies lay their eggs in rotting fruit, Filter Flies inhabit slow-moving, stagnant drains, and so on…
- There are more than 100 pathogens associated with flies, including salmonella, staphylococcus and E. coli.
- When flies feed on waste, they collect these pathogens on their legs and mouths, which are transferred to food and worksurfaces when they land again.
What you can do
- Remove all potential food sources.
- Clean up food debris.
- Keep outdoor areas free from animal waste.
- Some potted plants harbour flies!
- Keep bins clean and secure, particularly your food waste caddy.
If you have a fly infestation, we will…
- Determine the source of the infestation and treat it as appropriate. This may include the simple removal of a food source, a ULV (fumigation) treatment, application of residual insecticide, or a combination of these.
- We will advise you on how to prevent infestations in the future.
- Occasionally, it is not possible to remove the source of the infestation (for example, Cluster Flies lay their eggs in earthworms in the ground), in which case we will put together a detailed ongoing management strategy with you.