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Dealing With the Common Housefly

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 is to identify the type of house flies infesting your property. Houseflies are often mistaken for other species of fly such as cluster flies. While these varieties may resemble one another, the methods used to control them differ. Flick’s pest control experts can identify the flies plaguing your property. 

It is also crucial to ascertain where fly eggs have been deposited. Sometimes they appear in obvious places like trash cans or pet food bowls, but other times their breeding sites are much harder to find. Once identified, the breeding site must be removed and cleaned up, failing which the problem will persist.

Flick Pest Control will carry out an inspection that enables breeding sites to be identified. 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.

Call your local office at 13 14 40 or get in touch with us via email.

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