Fly Control Methods

Fly Control Methods

Top Fly Control Methods

Fly control is more difficult by animal production systems which often seem to favour fly production. This is accidental, of course, and the result of not having fly control methods with livestock. As well as poultry production facilities. Fly control measures must cover the developments in animal production and housing practices. The species of flies, their relative abundance, and the success of fly control measures are all affected by animal husbandry practices—especially housing and manure handling systems.

A fly control method approach, using a mixture of cultural, biological and chemical control measures adapted to the production system. In fact, this will always provide the most cost-effective solution.

Although reliance on the use of insecticides alone for fly control methods rarely provides a satisfactory answer. Insecticides are most effective when the fly population is already suppressed with proper manure management. Thus, minimise pest breeding and encourage pest predators and parasites.

Furthermore, fly resistance to one chemical is often accompanied by cross-resistance to other related chemicals. Even if they have not been used for fly control methods.


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Use Fly Control Auckland experts from Steam ‘n’ Dry Fly Control Auckland Services. Also, look at the variety of services they offer. Many fly control companies even offer regular maintenance to ensure the insects do not return. Some Auckland fly control service providers can treat the home for several pests, depending on the range of issues you’re facing. When hiring a fly control service provider, the key is to get a proposal tailored to your needs and budget. Then the rest will fall into place as you start treating the problem and gaining the benefits.

The search for new, effective fly control methods is a time consuming and expensive process. Of course, with only occasional success. It is, therefore, essential to delay or avoid resistance development. Thisֲ can only be achieved by using insecticides in conjunction with other effective measures.

All insect pests, including flies, have fluctuating populations under natural conditions. Effective management entails a combination of insect control methods to reduce that mean level to an acceptable level. Indeed, flies cannot be eliminated, but their numbers can be kept at a tolerable level.

In the house flies in confined animal production facilities, the precise mean level that is acceptable depends upon the circumstances. Regardless of this, an effective fly control management program should always be based on integrating cultures, including biological and chemical methods of fly suppression.


Fly Control Methods and Identification

Flies have been a major nuisance to humans and animals for thousands of years. In fact, many transmit disease-causing organisms and are linked directly to:

  • typhoid
  • cholera
  • dysentery
  • diarrhoea
  • pinworms
  • roundworms
  • whipworms
  • hookworm
  • tapeworms

Specifically, most flies have filthy habits that make them efficient disease transmitters. Disease-causing organisms are picked up by flies from garbage, sewage, rotting debris, dead animal carcasses, animal excrement, etc. They are directly transmitted through their mouthparts, vomit or faeces to our food, food preparation surfaces, sanitary items, and almost anything we contact.


Fly Cycle

Most flies lay their eggs in warm moist materials that will furnish a food source for the developing larvae (maggot). Animal and human faeces, garbage, diaper bags, rotting vegetables, and even ground with excess organic matter will provide a suitable egg depository. Once deposited, the egg hatches and larvae resembling a small yellowish worm, called a maggot, emerges. Fly larvae will normally pupate or form a hard brown coloured pupa shell around their body in 4-7 days. When fully developed, the adult fly breaks open the end of the pupa shell and emerges. Adult flies are often ready to mate within hours of pupating. In fact, during warm weather, most of them can have 2 or 3 generations per month. In other words, the average adult fly lives about 20 days.


Fly Population

Usually, fly infestation build over the summer and are the greatest during the early fall months. At the end of the fall, they prepare to overwinter and remain in their pupal casings, protected from the elements. It is thought that flies, like most insects, will secrete an “antifreeze protein” while in their pupal case, which protects them from the cold and the harsh winter elements. This is why they are found as far north as Alaska and Northern Canada.

Fly Control Methods

During the summer and fall months, controlling flies can be a never-ending task. Any flying insect can travel hundreds of feet or yards, even miles in some cases away from its breeding areas. Caught up in a wind current, flies can travel from State to State or region to region. This is why taking a few extra precautions against them can save you from a big fly control headache down the road. Knowing and understanding the fly control that you are dealing with helps with best fly control methods. We have attempted to give you a brief description and common control measures of the most common pest species affecting Auckland.


How To Get Rid of Flies | Fly Control Methods

Proper sanitation and housekeeping are crucial in controlling flies. No amount of chemicals or traps will prevent them if a few basic steps are not followed. In short, implementing the following fly control methods is the very basis for fly control around homes and buildings.

  1. Remove garbage at least two times per week. More often, if rotting meat, poultry or fish is disposed of. Some fly species can complete their life cycle in as little as three or four days. Disposing of rotting garbage is critical to fly control.
  2. Make sure that garbage cans or dumpsters have tight-fitting lids. Rotting garbage odours attract flies. Please do not allow them to have easy access to garbage. Also, use a liner in your trash can if possible. Do not allow waste to accumulate in the bottom of trash cans. Steam clean and disinfect garbage cans and dumpsters periodically to help eliminate odours.
  3. Keep garbage cans as far away from doors as possible.
  4. Commercial kitchens should ensure that floor drains are screened and grease pits are emptied and cleaned at least once per month.
  5. Keep doors and windows closed or screened. This is the most frequent way flies enter buildings. There must be no holes or rips in window screens, and the doors close properly. Check to make sure that door sweeps are in good condition.


Fly Control Methods and Measures

  1. Pick up animal excrement and droppings. Flies will feed and deposit eggs on animal droppings. Get a pooper scooper and bag your doggies droppings at least once a week. More often for larger dogs with larger droppings!
  2. Remove dead animals or birds that have died in the attic or walls. Dead animals emit odours that will attract flesh flies, bottle flies, etc.
  3. Keep exposed food covered. Flies can transmit disease and lay eggs directly on exposed food.
  4. Do not overwater houseplants. Make sure houseplants are well-drained and do not stand in water. Over-watered and soggy houseplants are the number one reason for indoor gnats.
  5. Do not let food buildup under tables and in hard to reach areas. Mop or steam clean your floors regularly, making sure to get to all those hard to reach areas.
  6. Do not let floor drains stand in water. Floor drains can become clogged with organic residues. This organic residue will actually “line” the drain sufficiently to allow drain and fruit flies to breed. Pouring bleach or acid down the drain will not help. Also, drain odours are usually the first sign of trouble. Use Drain Gel regularly on floor drains to remove and prevent organic buildup.
  7. Use Air Curtains on commercial kitchen doors to keep flies out. Air curtains required by local health departments.


Fly Control Tips | Indoors and Outdoors 

Flies come from the outside. Thus, the treatment strategy for them is to reduce the outside attraction if possible. This includes removing garbage, eliminating odours such as those caused by pet droppings, animal droppings, stagnant water, mould, mildew, etc. If the outside conditions cannot be controlled, such as those on farms, ranches, commercial properties, lakeside or oceanside communities, etc., your fly control efforts will be a continual ongoing effort.


Helpful Fly Control Tips

  1. Cleaned and raked areas. Elimination of odours that attract flies is of number one importance.
  2. Screened doors and windows. However, open doors and windows are an easy invitation for flies. Make it hard for them to get inside.
  3. Do not place bug zappers on porches, patios or within 100 feet of the outside areas of homes and buildings. Also, place electrical bug zappers at the farthest point possible away from the house. This will attract flying insects away from the house and not to it. Electrical bug zappers will cause the insect to explode, releasing body parts into the air and surrounding areas. Do not use electrical bug zappers in places where food is prepared or served.
  4. Outdoor sprays such as Dursban work well to kill and repel flies. If possible, spray all outdoor areas, including the sides and even the structure’s roof, in some cases. Repeated use may be necessary for good control.
  5. Fly Baits such as Maxforce baits work well to attract and kill flies. These baits contain a fly attractant or “pheromone” called muscamone that attracts flies from as far as 15 feet. Also, place into a tamper-resistant station such as the fly bait station.


Get Rid of Flies with Fly Control Methods Today

Using professional help from Steam ‘n’ Dry Fly Control Auckland Services for best fly control methods is a recommendation by the masses. Indeed, call Fly Control Auckland Services on 0800 199 399.


Experienced, researched and written by Graeme Stephens. An IICRC Master Restoration Technician in 2001. With over 34 years of disinfecting, cleaning and pest control Auckland services experience.

Published: 13/11/2014 Updated: 21/07/2021

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