How To Get Rid Of House Flies
House Fly Control
The First step in House fly control is exclusion and sanitation. After these measures, you can use insecticides that come in residual forms, aerosols, fogging materials, and baiting forms. Fly traps have long been a favorite. There are many forms of fly traps, from disposable fly traps to electronic fly light traps with replaceable light bulbs and glue boards.
Exclusion and Sanitation
- Sanitation is the first measure of defense. Even though some various traps and sprays are used to kill flies, it is necessary to eliminate the source to remove them
- Whenever possible, food and materials on which the flies can lay eggs must be removed or destroyed, which will isolate the egg-laying adult. Killing adult flies will reduce infestation, but the elimination of breeding areas is necessary for good House Fly control management.
- Garbage cans and dumpsters should have tight-fitting lids and be cleaned regularly.
- Drainage will often aid control, getting rid of extra moisture.
- Openings of buildings should be tightly screened with screen.
Fly Control Products - House Flies
Insecticide Residual Concentrates
House flies rest on sunny surfaces in the daytime, and have a tendency to come inside or under eaves at night. These areas where the flies are resting can be sprayed with residual or contact insecticides. The flies rest on the sprayed surface and pick up enough insecticide to kill them. When spraying the surfaces, it should be wet enough to the point of runoff, but not enough to form puddles.
You can also use a dust D-Fense Dust. Dust this into all cracks and crevices. The dust will flow into the void areas. Pay attention to the west and south walls and caulk any openings.
Pyrethrin Insecticide Aerosols
For immediate results, use pyrethrins in an aerosol form and space spray.
Pyrethrins work quickly but give no lasting residual.
These aerosols can be used as a quick kill insecticide, reducing populations of flying insects for short term results.
- Stryker 54 Aerosol
- Country Vet CV-80D Aerosol
- CB 80 Pyrethrin Aerosol
- PT 565 Plus
- The Automatic Dispenser is an automatic dispenser to be used with the Country Vet Metered Fly Spray with 0.97% Pyrethrin. You can get them combined in a kit, Country Vet Flying Insect Control Kit.
Fogging Insecticides and Professional Foggers
If you find that fogging inside a building would be neccessary, we also carry fogging material and professional fogger equipment.
Fly Baits - Outside Use
Insecticide granule fly baits such as can be used to aid in house-fly control. These baits should be distributed along walls, window sills or other areas where flies congregate inside buildings, and in areas out side where flies congregate. Maxforce Fly Spot Bait is a convenient form of Maxforce Fly Bait, where you are may spray in on a surface.
As with all fly control, sanitation is extremely critical when using a fly bait. Remove trash and other breeding sources, so the Fly bait will be there only feeding source.
Make sure the baits are inaccessible to animals or children.
Maxforce Fly Spot Bait -Comes in two sizes, and may be sprayed on or painted on the wall surfaces; very fast with immediate results.
Zyrox Fly Bait- Excellent choice for lots of flies, with low use rates. May be used inside or outside.
Golden Malrin Fly Bait-Comes with a sugar based attractant, Muscamone and comes in the larger 40 lb size as well.
Maxforce Fly Bait-Contains imidacloprid and may be used in a fly bait station or scattered on the ground. Two sizes-5 lb and 40lb.
FBS-1 Fly Bait Station
FBS-1 Fly Bait Stations and Golden Malrin Combos for savings.
Apache Fly Bait Station
Fly Light Traps - Inside Use
These electronic fly light traps are very efficient and functional to be used inside only. They are very popular in restaurants and commercial buildings. We carry fly zappers, fly lights with glue pads.
The top recommendations for fly light traps are the Matrix II All Seasons Fly Traps.
Fly Glue Traps
Catchmaster Gold Sticks Fly Glue Trap Paper Catchmaster Gold Sticks M 962 are long tubes with a sticky glue and fly pheromone attractant for capturing and killing house flies and other nuisance flies.
Fly Ribbon Catchers (ribbon length-about 2 feet)
Window Fly Traps
Window Fly Traps allow you to use a trap to stick on the window, without using an insecticide.
Outside Fly Traps
Fly Be Gone Fly Trap and Catchmaster Disposable Fly Trap are excellent traps for the outside, with unique attractants lures included. They will trap house flies, blow flies and a broad range of other fly species. Place the Flies Be Gone and Catchmaster disposable fly traps away from areas that you want to see flies(outside patio table,etc.); the special attractant lure will draw the flies. You will want to place the outside Flies Be Gone Trap or Cathmaster Disposable Fly Trap disposable trap in sunny area on cooler days and shady areas on warmer days.
Trash cans, dirty diapers, rotten foods, etc are possible breeding areas for inspecting House Fly activity.
Outside-breeding sites: House Flies may be found feeding and breeding in fresh manure, rotting fruits and vegetables, garbage, damp garbage, and decaying organic materials that are located outside of the structure.
Most of the time, when you find house flies inside, it is because they are coming inside the structures. Check cracks around windows, doors and vents as possible entry points. It is crucial to find out where the breeding sources are located and how they are entering the buildings. Rural areas where farms are present may be more problematic for the higher number of breeding sites than areas in a urban setting. In residential areas, pet manure, which is not picked up regularly, can be a breeding source for house flies.
House Fly Identification
The common House fly is medium sized (1/6 to 1/4 inch long. The common house fly is a pest all over the world. The adult has the fourth wing vein sharply angled and four length-wise dark stripes on the top of the thorax. Its face has two velvety stripes which are silver above and gold below. The female fly has a much wider space between the eyes than the male. The house fly is often confused with the face fly which also infests structures. The face fly is similar in appearance, but a little larger and darker than the House Fly.
Each adult female begins laying eggs a few days after hatching, laying a total of five to six batches of 75 to 100 small white oval eggs. In warm weather these hatch in 12 to 24 hours into cream-colored larvae, which burrow into the food material on which they hatched. These larvae grow and pupate in 4 to 7 days in warm weather. The mature larva contracts until its skin forms a case about 1/4 inch long. Inside this case, the true pupa forms. When fully formed, the adult fly breaks open the end of the pupal case and emerges. It is ready to mate within in a few hours after merging. The hardened larval skin, which is left behind still exhibits most of the characteristics which are used in larval identification; thus determination can often be made on the basis of the skin alone.
During warm weather, two or more generations of House Flies may be completed in a month. Normally the population builds up and is greatest in early fall months. The method of over wintering is not well understood, but in some areas populations develop indoors throughout the winter.
House fly eggs are laid in almost any warm moist material which will furnish suitable food for the growing larvae. Animal manure, human excrement, garbage, decaying vegetable material and ground contaminated with such organic materials are suitable materials. Although they are attracted to a wide variety of food materials, house flies have mouthparts which enable them to ingest only liquid materials. Solid materials are liquefied by means of regurgitated saliva. This liquefied food is then drawn up by the mouthparts and passed onto the digestive tract.
During daylight hours, House Flies will rest on floors, walls and ceilings indoors. Outdoors they will rest on plants, on the ground, on fence wires, garbage cans and other similar surfaces. At night, they will rest principally on ceilings, electric wires and dangling light cords indoors.
In all situations, House Flies prefer corners and edges or thin objects such as wires and strings. Night resting places are usually near daytime sources of food and are usually 5 to 15 feet off the ground.