How to get rid of flies (and the shame they cause)
Shoo, fly. I’m done with you.
Active season: Flies are active year-round.
Disease profile: Typhoid fever, cholera, dysentery, tuberculosis. Basically all the stuff that makes your stomach churn.
Why flies are pests: Flies spread disease by walking on and feeding on generally gross things (animal feces, carcasses, food waste, garbage, and other filth), then landing on food WE EAT. And if that wasn’t bad enough, they regurgitate their meal on OUR FOOD, transferring saliva contaminated with bacteria. Fly larvae, or maggots, are found deposited in decaying material, being generally disgusting as a phase in a fly’s disgusting life cycle between egg and pupa.
Types of flies
“I keep a very clean house, why do I have house flies?”
There could be a lot of reasons why flies are gaining entry into your home. Some of those reasons are loose fitting screens or holes in the screens, dead rodents or animals in walls or attics (yuck), or a compost pile near or around your home. Your best course of action is to have a trained Pest Control Operators (PCO) perform an inspection to identify what kind of fly and make any recommendations to alleviate your fly situation.
“I own a commercial restaurant and have a serious fly problem during the late summer and fall months, we keep a clean kitchen why so many?”
You should work with your current pest control company to identify the type of fly and fly breeding areas. From there you can put together a good elimination strategy to achieve results. Oftentimes, a few recommendations and targeted treatments can give you the results you’re looking for.
Fruit flies, drain flies, and phorid flies
“I manage a restaurant and have a huge fruit fly problem, we bomb all the time but they keep coming back. Help!”
We hear you. It is very easy to confuse the true red eyed fruit fly with the phorid fly (or humbacked fly), as well as the dark eyed fruit fly. Although treatments of these flies are similar, it is important to know which species you are dealing with. Sometimes restaurant owners and even some PCO’s call these flies drain flies as well. It’s important to identify all breeding areas and don’t concentrate just on the floor drains. YOU MUST FIND AND REMOVE THE BREEDING SITE AND ITS MATERIAL TO TOTALLY ELIMINATE THE INFESTATION.