The Four Most Common Types of Flies and How to Remove Them

Flies are a constant battle especially throughout the summer months, they pose a threat to your hygiene as well as just being a plain nuisance! But sometimes it can be challenging to even identify what species you are dealing with. Let alone selecting the best method to kill each species. That’s why it is often a better idea to call in the professionals such as Endeavour Property Services who offer fly control in Auckland. As pest control technicians are trained to effectively identify and treat all species of flies. Below we will go over the most common fly species as well as the best methods to get rid of them.

  1. House Fly

The most common type of fly is the house fly, unfortunately, house flies are major carriers of disease and can infest all types of locations, from homes to businesses. They spread diseases from the bristles on their legs. They are responsible for the spread of many diseases including gastro, salmonella and dysentery. House flies are drawn to many things like food, pet food, animal feed, waste and even faeces. They like to breed in decaying matter, so if you have an infestation it is important to try find the source and remove that. The most common way to tell you have an infestation is seeing adult flies. House flies are particularly hard to treat as they can fly all day, only landing at night. This makes it a lot harder to kill and treat them as you cannot use surface treatments alone.

  1. Blow Fly

Blue bottle and green bottle flies have shinny metallic looking bodies and are larger than houseflies measuring at 6.5mm. and are associated with rotten meat where their eggs are laid and the maggots feed before pupating and emerging as adult flies. An infestation of blow flies suggests a dead animal carcass in the vicinity, but they are also attracted to rubbish and decaying matter.

  1. Fruit Fly

The fruit fly is a small species of fly measuring up at only 3-4mm long at adulthood, with a tan or brown body and bright red eyes. These flies are strongly attracted to fermenting liquids, commonly found on damaged or off fruit or spilled alcohol.

  1. Sand Fly

Sandflies are a small species of golden brown coloured fly that are around 3mm in length. They have long sharp mouthpieces designed to pierce and suck blood from their hosts. You can identify an infestation by seeing of sand flies and experiencing their painful bites.  Also, evidence of sand fly problems including the incidence of human and animal diseases that are spread by sand fly bites. Female sand flies need to consume a blood meal to be able to reproduce.

Fly Control Tips

  • Clean up food scraps and crumbs after eating.
  • Keep doors or windows closed or use screens.
  • Store rubbish in cover bins, securely closed.
  • Block off entrance ways to your home, like cracks in windows, broken screens etc.
  • Using light traps that attract flies.
  • Treat your home with pyrethrin sprays.
  • Keep airflow in your home, from the use of oscillating fans.
  • For outdoor fly control use citronella candles.
  • Use diatomaceous earth on surfaces where flies commonly land.
  • Use carnivorous plants such as venus fly traps to catch flies.

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