Most common types of flies

One of the most common types of fly found in a home is the housefly. A housefly is often referred to as a filth fly. This is due to the fly being attracted to, laying eggs and breeding on items that are decaying or rotting. This can include garbage, spoiled food, human or animal fecal matter, or even dead and decaying animals. For example, a fly will easily land on feces outside (from other animals or your beloved pet), then fly into your home and land on you or your household items. The rotting smell attracts these flies in droves to that area and then they proceed to breed and contaminate your home environment.

Flies can lay eggs almost anywhere. In some cases, flies have laid eggs in open flesh wounds and the ear canal! It takes about 10 days for the larva to mature into an adult house fly.

House flies vary in size from about 1/8 to a 1/4 of an inch. They tend to be gray with two distinct stripes on their face. They have large red eyes and their mouths are constructed of spongy structures called labella and proboscis.

This type of fly is responsible for carrying or causing the following diseases:

  • Cholera
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Dysentery
  • Gastroenteritis
  • E. coli
  • Salmonella and Salmonellosis
  • Tuberculosis
  • Typhoid fever
  • Food poisoning

Another common type of fly found in the home is the fruit fly. These flies get their name because they are attracted to the scents given off by rotting fruits and vegetables. Fruit that has gone bad, wine glasses, and even trash cans that have discarded garbage are very attractive to these types of flies. They prefer warm and moist environments such as bathrooms or where plumbing is accessible. Even in the absence of fruit smells, warm moist environments may attract them. These types of flies are most prevalent in kitchens/bathrooms and in and around restaurants as produce items are constantly entering and exiting restaurants via delivery, consumption and disposal.

As the weather gets warmer, more people are opening up their homes to let in some fresh air and sunshine. They may even begin to spend more time in their yards to enjoy the warmer air. Unfortunately, once the weather begins to warm up, the pests begin to come out. Flies are one of the most common types of pests that can really make life miserable. These adventurous bugs have no issues with landing on a person’s food, body, or even their face. It can make it really hard to relax and enjoy yourself. The only solution to easing this nuisance is to get rid of the flies.

House Flies seem harmless but in truth, these pests can carry serious diseases that can affect you and your loved ones. Flies can land on body parts or household items, in turn, infecting those areas with germs and diseases.

Fruit flies are about 1/8 of an inch. They are tiny and beige with black rings. They have red or dark eyes. Fruit flies easily carry bacteria from the contaminated surfaces that they touch, which in turn can cause sickness and other illnesses. Most common symptoms can be nausea and diarrhea. Fruit flies are often brought into a house on fruit and vegetables from a garden or even the grocery store.

When flies are in the home or even the yard, it is important to take the necessary steps to get rid of them to prevent the spread of bacteria and diseases that are often associated with and usually carried by these nuisance house fly pests. The best method for getting rid of a fly infestation, is to first determine what type of fly it is. Although most homeowners do not really care about the type of fly that is bothering them, it can be beneficial in helping to aid in the effective removal of the flies from the home, yard, or affected areas.

The best method for getting rid of fruit flies is to take steps to prevent them from infesting the home in the first place. This can be done by disposing of rotten fruits and vegetables immediately. It is also important to not leave wine and fruit drinks unattended, especially when enjoying these beverages outdoors.

Since house flies are attracted to rotting smells, it is important to eliminate this to prevent attracting them into your home or business. Every effective fly control program includes proper sanitation measures to be taken place inside your home. Cleaning every area where a fly may have laid eggs can help prevent reproduction and infestation. It is also important to use tight-fitting lids on all garbage cans and clean them regularly. Use soap and water and bleach to effectively clean these areas. Install screens in all windows and doorways to prevent entrance.

Flies have difficulties flying in the presence of wind or forced circulated air. Setting up fans outdoors can prevent them from bothering you and your family while outside. Citronella candles and oils can also be beneficial in repelling flies. Citronella is highly aromatic, and flies do not particularly like it. Other strong-smelling oils can also aid in repelling flies as well as other pests such as mosquitoes. Flytraps or fly strips can also attract and catch flies. A fly swatter is also effective in getting rid of a small number of flies in any given area. Some fly swatter can use an electrical current on the swatter section that can electrocute flies on contact.

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There is also the option of purchasing a Venus flytrap for the home. These unique plants attract flies and then eat them. This helps to keep a home beautiful and nuisance-free.

Another option for a homemade fly trap that is perfect for getting rid of fruit flies is by using a small bowl or jar. Fill the bowl or jar with apple cider vinegar and add a few drops of dish soap. Wrap the bowl or jar with plastic wrap. Next, take a toothpick and poke a few holes in the plastic wrap. Fruit flies will be attracted to the smell of the vinegar and make their way in through the tiny holes. However, they will not be able to get back out of the plastic wrap!

Again, the best way to keep flies away is to keep the home as unattractive to them as possible. Be certain to clean all areas that may have rotting food or waste. Clean and seal all garbage cans properly. Secure all door and window screens, as well as sealing any cracks and crevices can also make it difficult for flies to enter the home.

Strong pleasant smells can keep flies away. Another homemade option is to place 20 cloves in a lemon half and place it near doors or opening around the home. Pieces of ribbon can also be used. For each ribbon, drop several drops of eucalyptus oil on them. Hang the ribbons near entryways and windows. The strong smell of the lemon, cloves and eucalyptus will repel the flies while keeping your home smelling fresh and clean!

Getting rid of flies outdoors can be more complicated than in the home. However, there are still steps that can be taken. One option is to hire an exterminator that can spray your yard with chemicals that can kill any pests that may enter. However, caution must be taken with this option.

The best method for getting rid of flies in your home is to first, take steps in preventing their entry. This means screens on doors and windows and sealing even the smallest opening. The installation of air curtains can also be effective. Air curtains discharge a high velocity, invisible stream of air, similar to that of a fan, to keep pests (i.e. rodents) and flies from entering. Inexpensive and easy to install, air curtains can be an integral part of any pest control program. It is also important to thoroughly clean your home regularly to reduce attracting flies. And finally, it is necessary to continuously monitor your home or business and take action if new flies appear.

Homemade fly traps and home remedies

There are many effective and useful pesticides and other chemicals on the market that can help get rid of flies. However, just like anything, if not used according to directions, these can be dangerous if not used properly. Certain pesticides can put pets and family members that are sensitive to hazardous chemicals in harm’s way.   It is always advisable to have a professional who is qualified in the use of chemicals and pesticides to safely administer these pesticides in around your home or business, to ensure the safety of your family and loved ones. Finding natural and safe methods or professional exterminators who use eco-friendly and natural methods in getting rid of flies is recommended if you are unable or unwilling to use pesticides and chemicals yourself.

Using a qualified and professional pest control exterminator will eliminate all your fears and concerns with regards to getting rid of flies. Exterminators can be cost effective, efficient and will give you peace of mind that the job is done right!

Some natural remedies for preventing flies without chemicals can include growing the right herbs and flowers in and around the home.

These can include:

  • Basil
  • Marigold
  • Lavender
  • Bay leaves
  • Catnip
  • Cayenne pepper is also a good method for repelling flies. Simply mix the cayenne pepper with water and put it in a spray bottle. A few sprays of this around the house can keep those pests from entering.
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A homemade trap can also help with a household fly problem. Simply fill a jar with apple cider vinegar. Then place a paper funnel in the jar. Flies will be attracted to the smell of the apple and fly into the funnel.


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What can an exterminator do for my fly problem?

An exterminator may set up light traps around the property to help kill flies in and around your home or business. Many will also utilize very safe and effective chemical treatments. Some use environmentally friendly options that can be less hazardous to family members and pets. It is always advisable to utilize professionals when using chemicals to keep your family safe and free from harm. A single visit by an exterminator will cost between $100 to $300. However, if the problem persists monthly or semi-monthly visits to completely eradicate the problem may be necessary. We recommend you utilize seasonal pest control protocols to keep your home or business pest free.

Having the right pest control plan for each season is essential to keeping pests away. An exterminator can be an important an integral part of keeping your home and business pest free.

Each exterminator will have their own methods for ridding a property of flies. Most, however, will include a thorough inspection to identify potential causes of the infestation. The exterminator will often provide the property owner recommendations of repairs or cleaning protocols that need to be performed to minimize the fly population.

Although calling an exterminator can be time consuming, it is often times the best option when an infestation gets out of control. It is important to take the necessary steps to correct a problem at the first fly sighting. This can help minimize issues and protect your home or business. Staying fly-free will ensure the continued health and safety of you, your business and your family for the months and years to come.


Alternative do it yourself methods to help get rid of pests inside your home.

Tips on keeping flies out of your home

  • Get rid of trash deposits daily, keep container sealed.
  • Put up and/or repair windows screen and doors.
  • If you have a pet, clean up the pet waste.
  • Do not over water potted plants. Wet areas are a good breeding ground for gnats and other house flies.

Pesticide-free ways to get rid of flies

  • Electrical Traps
  • Ribbon Catchers
  • Window Fly Traps
  • Zapping Outdoor Lights
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