Flies have been a nuisance insect for thousands of years. They affect human welfare because they can transmit diseases. Flies such as the common house fly are classified as filth flies because they breed in rotten food, manure, and garbage. A fly can mature from egg to adult in as few as ten days. This quick maturity can cause a severe fly problem in a short period of time. Getting rid of flies long term begins with proper sanitation and exclusion. To kill the existing fly population insecticides are used. The insecticides come in residual forms, aerosols, fogging materials, and baits. Fly Lights with distinctive UV spectrums are also popular for attracting flies and trapping them. Fly lights are most popular in commercial establishments because they work well. We also carry fly glue traps.
An effective fly control program begins with sanitation and exclusion management. After sanitation and exclusion, we carry a wide assortment of insecticides that come in residual forms, aerosols, fogging materials, and baiting forms. Fly Lights with distinctive UV spectrums attract flies and traps them. These are popular in commercial establishments. We also carry fly glue traps.
Sanitation & Fly Control
Sanitation is critical in a good fly management program. The goal in sanitation is to remove or prevent any medium where fly larvae will develop. It’s also important to remove things that are attractive to adult flies such as garbage and animal waste. Moisture is a critical factor in any fly breeding material. Good drainage is also important, where possible.
- Keep garbage cans and dumpsters clean. Invade Bio Foam is an all natural product, a probiotic used to spray on left over organic debris in dumpsters. Soldier Fly larvae are commonly found around dumpsters and garbage cans. Keep tight lids on the garbage cans. Flies are attracted to odors. Keep garbage cans as far away from doors as possible to keep them from moving into the structure.
- Repair window screens and doors. Openings to buildings should be tightly screened with mesh screens. Where doors must be kept open for customers, trucks, etc., outfit the doors with air curtains. Air curtains can prevent fly entry if the velocity is 1,600 feet per minute or higher.
- Pick up pet waste in the yard. Flies love to breed and lay eggs on this material because of the moisture content.
- In home kitchens, restaurants and commercial kitchens, drain flies can become a problem. An excellent product to treat home drains and restaurant drains is Invade Bio Treatment Gel. This all natural product is made of microbes that actually eat the left over scum in the drains.
- Dead rodents and birds can increase a fly problem. Remove the carcasses, because flies lay eggs on decomposing rodents and fowl. The eggs become maggots (larvae) and the maggots become adult flies.
- Do not over water indoor potted plants. The soaked soil will provide a perfect breeding area for gnats. Keep the pots well drained.
- Keep outdoor areas cleaned. Clean away any soiled bedding, decaying plant, straw animal matter.
Click on the various links below (Filth Flies, Small Flies, and Nuisance/Biting Flies) for more fly control information.
House Fly, Blow Fly and Bottle Fly, Soldier Fly, Flesh Fly
“Filth flies” such as the house fly can be nuisance pests, but may be potentially harmful to humans and animals. The habits of filth flies favor the spread of bacteria and other disease-causing organisms. Filth flies not only feed and lay eggs on garbage, manure and carrion. They may contaminate human foods and food prep areas when landing on these areas. House flies, for example, can spread diseases such as food poisoning and dysentery.
Fruit Fly, Phorid Fly, Moth Fly, Sphaerocerid Fly, Fungus Gnats and Cheese Skippers
Many small flies(<1/4″th) are found in food prep areas and may carry disease causing organisms.
The six fly spiecies listed below, are the most common of small flies.
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