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Common House Flies • Fly Control and Elimination


Black/Grey depending on species may be brown/red or shiny green or blue
Legs: Six
Shape: Segmented
Size: Generally 8mm to approx. 2.5mm, varies depending on species.

Some examples of common pest flies are black flies, house flies, blow flies, fruit flies and midges. Flies can be identified by having only two wings, or one pair. Flies are solitary insects and do not live in colonies. Cluster Flies overwinter in clusters but are not a colony . Aside from being annoying, flies have a serious impact on humans. In fact, “No other animals, except perhaps people themselves, are responsible for greater loss of human life and economic lose then they are” Arnett Jr. (1985).

Why they are a problem:

  • Contamination of food
  • Transmission of human diseases and bacteria
  • Economic impact
  • Annoying or distracting

Finding the SOLUTION:

  • Eliminate breeding sites and food potential such as household trash, rotting fruits and vegetables, damp soil, fungi, pet droppings, standing water, lawn clippings, rotting stacks of firewood, dirty or clogged rain gutters, damaged sewer lines.
  • Mechanical exclusion on structures: caulking around windows and doors and maintaining screens of windows and doors, caulking the flashing on the tops of concrete walls (generally found on industrial/commercial buildings).
  • Do not overwater household plants, let the soil dry before watering again and clean saucers underneath pots.
  • Do not bring infested plants indoors.
  • Use only pasteurized container mix potting soil and store in sealed containers.
  • Clean cracks and crevices of tiles in bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Install UV lights in strategic areas, on interior and not visible to the outside, to capture flies.


Termites Swarming


It is not always possible for an untrained individual to see evidence of termites. Homeowners must be vigilant in and around the home.


Flea Infestation


Summer and fall are prime seasons for flea infestations, and with both humans and pets spending more time outdoors.


Rain & Mosquitoes


Not only can mosquitoes carry diseases that afflict humans, but they also can transmit several diseases and parasites that dogs and horses are very susceptible to.