Flies
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.
Fly facts
  • 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.
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.

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