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Controlling pesky flies

Houseflies are not only the most annoying of pests, but can also cause the transmission of diseases, and so should be eradicated wherever possible.

 Housefly control is more difficult than it appears and involves more than the use of a fly swatter. Proper housefly control requires several steps to be carried out, and this is something Flick Pest Control can help with.

The first step to controlling flies is to identify the type infesting your property. Different species of flies means differing control methods. The following are popular pest flies found across Australia:

Blowfly Very distinct because of their shiny green colour, the blowfly can be found near any type of fresh meat or road kill. The meat of dead animals is essential for their growth from larvae to adult. Blowflies are also attracted to plants that give off smells resembling rotting meat and are therefore good pollinators.
Fruit Fly In Australia, we have to types of fruit flies: the Mediterranean Fruit Fly (found in WA) and the Queensland Fruit Fly (found in NT, QLD, some parts of NSW, and the eastern corner of VIC). You’ll most likely find these types of flies around canneries, breweries, wineries, and fruit and vegetable markets/stores. They’re attracted to fruits and vegetables, particularly fermenting materials and fruits/vegetables containing yeast.
House Fly The most widespread and annoying flying indoors pest as they circle around food, attempting to contaminate it with the diseases they carry (e.g. salmonella, hepatitis, cholera, dysentery and poliomyelitis). They are carriers of human diseases as at their larvae stage, they feed on manure, food waste, lawn clippings, and decaying vegetable and animal matter.
Moth Fly Found in grease traps and sewage treatment works as this is where they breed their larvae. When in the right conditions, the moth fly is a prolific breeder. In the home, you can find these flies around bathrooms, in damp subfloors, in greenhouses and in other locations where moisture and decay are present. Identifying this fly is easy as they resemble mini bats.

Flick’s pest control experts can identify the flies plaguing your property. We'll carry out an inspection that enables breeding sites to be identified, removed and cleaned up. Your technician will also identify any structural issues your home is suffering from, such as damaged weather stripping or torn screens that flies may be exploiting to enter your home.

The next step involves the elimination of all adult flies. Depending on the specifics, fly traps, baits, or insecticide might be used. Flick Pest Control has a full range of tools on hand and your technician will be able to select and apply the most appropriate remedy.

Many homeowners find it less stressful and time-consuming to contact their local Flick Pest Control branch office to control house flies instead of trying to handle the problem on their own. The first step is to schedule a home inspection with a Flick technician.

Fly Control

The common housefly is a particularly pervasive problem in Australia and can have a serious impact on the comfort of your family members and hygiene levels when eating and preparing food. A fly landing on your food is cause for concern when you consider that the same insect has probably been feeding on rubbish. Flies also defecate every four to five minutes on average and are known to carry more than 100 pathogens. Diseases like typhoid, tuberculosis, cholera and dysentery can be transmitted by flies.

However, this is no cause for panic, as an effective fly control system in your garden and home greatly reduces your chances of being hit with an infestation. It is crucial to nip a housefly problem in the bud since female adult houseflies can produce up to 2,000 eggs in a single lifetime. Successful housefly control involves the following steps.

Locating the Source

Female house flies tend to lay their eggs in damp areas close to food supplies. Each batch of eggs contains 75 to 150 eggs, which become larvae in 24 hours. By getting rid of food sources, you are reducing the flies’ chances of propagation. House flies tend to be attracted to garbage, animal carcases, manure and compost heaps. It is advisable to keep your home free of exposed food. Food sources up to 800 metres away can attract flies into your home, so search outside the house as well.


After all food sources have been identified and removed, cleaning is the next essential step to eradicating houseflies. Flies leave behind dark spots on the floors and walls, and these must be scrubbed and removed, as they can attract other flies into the home. Rubbish bins can also harbour traces of houseflies, so these must be cleaned and washed frequently in order to prevent other flies from being attracted onto the property. Garbage should be cleared no less than twice a week. Keeping your property and rubbish area dry and clean are essential to bouncing back from a housefly infestation.

Eliminating Flies

Once all breeding grounds have been eliminated, it is time to get rid of the flies circulating within the home. Never use insect sprays indiscriminately as these can harm children and pets. Such chemicals should only be used with caution. Other ways to eliminate flies include using fly traps, spraying fly repellants and attacking them with fly swatters.

A stubborn fly problem is best dealt with by experts. Flick Pest Control is equipped with years of experience and extensive knowledge of fly eradication, so give us a call to discuss your issue.

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