Nuisance and Biting Flies
Flies - A Nuisance Pest
Flies have been a nuisance insect and affecting human welfare for thousands of years.
The Hebrew term Beelzebub in the bible, is translated as "Lord of the Flies." Flies are not only a nuisance, they transmit diseases, as well. Flies, like the common house fly, breed in rotten food, manure and garbage and is classified as a filth fly. It doesn't take long for a fly to mature, as short as ten days; many generations can occur extremely quickly. Fly control is a continuous task for this reason.
An effective fly control program begins with sanitation and exclusion management. After sanitation and exclusion, we carry a wide assortment of insecticides that come in residual forms, aerosols, fogging materials, and baiting forms. Fly Lights with distinctive UV spectrums attract flies and traps them. These are popular in commercial establishments. We also carry fly glue traps.
Sanitation & Fly Control Management
Sanitation is particularly critical for a good fly management program. Each situation may be different. The goal is to remove or prevent any medium where fly larvae would develop or be attractive to adult flies. Moisture is a critical factor in any fly breeding material. Good drainage, if at all possible is important.
- Keep garbage cans and dumpsters clean. Invade Bio Foam is an all natural product, a probiotic used to spray on left over organic debris in dumpsters. Soldier Fly larvae are commonly found around dumpsters and garbage cans. Keep tight lids on the garbage cans. Flies are attracted to odors. Keep garbage cans as far away from doors as possible.
- Repair window screens and doors. All entry points must be sealed. Openings to buildings should be tightly screened with screen having a small screen mesh. Eighteen mesh screens are required to exclude mosquitoes, but this reduces light and air. Where doors must be kept open for customers, trucks, etc., outfit the doors with air doors or air curtains. This may prevent fly entry. It must have a velocity of 1,600 feet per minute in order to be effective.
- Pick up pet droppings in the yard. Flies love to breed and lay eggs on this material because of the moisture content.
- In home kitchens, restaurants and commercial kitchens, drain flies can become a problem. An excellent product to treat home drains and restaurant drains is Invade Bio Treatment Gel. This all natural product is made of microbes that actually eat the left over scum in the drains.
- Either dead rodents or dead birds can increase a fly problem. If, at all possible, remove the carcasses. Flies lay eggs on decomposing rodents and fowl. These eggs become maggots(larvae) and the maggots become adult flies.
- Do not over water indoor potted plants. The soaked soil will provide a perfect breeding area for gnats. Keep the pots well drained.
- Keep outdoor areas cleaned. Clean away any soiled bedding, decaying plant, straw animal matter.
House Fly, Blow Fly and Bottle Fly, Soldier Fly, Flesh Fly
"Filth flies" such as the house fly can be nuisance pests, but may be potentially harmful to humans and animals. The habits of filth flies favor the spread of bacteria and other disease-causing organisms.
Filth flies not only feed and lay eggs on garbage, manure and carrion. They may contaminate human foods and food prep areas when landing on these areas.
House flies, for example, can spread diseases such as food poisoning and dysentery.
Fruit Fly, Phorid Fly, Moth Fly, Sphaerocerid Fly, Fungus Gnats and Cheese Skippers
Many small flies(<1/4"th) are found in food prep areas and may carry
disease causing organisms.
The six fly spiecies listed below, are the most common of small flies.
Nuisance and Biting Flies
Cluster Fly, Face Fly, Stable Fly and Mosquitoes
Many commonly found flies found around the home are a nuisance and or bite.
As with many flies, these flies breed on decaying organic matter and animal wastes. They may transmit bacteria and viruses to humans.
Flies such as stable flies or horse flies (sometimes called "biting flies")
feed on mammalian blood and can give a painful bite.
Bio Treatments For Sanitation
Residual Insecticides For House Fly Control
Fly Light Traps
Fly Glue Traps