How do I get rid of flies?

Help, I have an infestation of flies!

We will all have chased a few flies out of our homes during the summer.    However, an infestation of flies is a different matter.

There are several types of flies, many of which you can manage and remove yourself.  However, if you have a heavy infestation then contact us to resolve the problem for you.

Cluster flies

Cluster flies tend to seek out shelter in homes and buildings from late summer and into Autumn.  You may first see large groups of them clustered together on the sides of walls seeking warmth from the last of the sun.  As the temperatures get colder, they will then seek out cracks and gaps to shelter within.  Often, these cracks provide an entrance into your home or office.

If you have a heavy infestation of cluster flies, the good news is they are not considered a risk to public health.   Unlike other flies that will vomit their saliva onto food, Cluster files will lay eggs in earthworm burrows and the larvae will feed on the worms . Cluster flies do not lay eggs in human food and don’t tend to be interested in rotting food or dead animals.

However, it is still extremely unpleasant to experience a fly infestation.   If you are considering an ‘off the shelf’ remedy to remove cluster flies, be warned, they are known to return to the same location year after year.  The most effective long-term solution of getting rid of a heavy infestation of flies is by contacting us for professional advice.

Other types of flies

Almost all flies have an unpleasant way to feed.  They will vomit their saliva onto the food or food surfaces and then suck up the liquid. This can result in food that is contaminated with bacteria.  The bacteria can cause food poisoning, dysentery, typhoid or even cholera in countries where these occur.

Excellent hygiene standards are essential, to allow you to prevent a fly infestation. Waste should be carefully bagged and removed from the premises regularly.  For business owners, fly screens, lids on all bins and well-sealed containers will help to keep your customers safe. Aerosols, sticky fly papers and ultra-violet electric fly killers will also help to keep any problems at bay.

However, if you have a persistent problem or need help with your preventative measures contact us today.