Fly Overview

Fly Overview

Knowing about fly overview can help to identify the most effective fly control methods.

Blow Fly Overview

Fly Overview

Blowflies are pretty big, metallic green, grey, blue, bronze or black flies. The adult flies may spend the cold winter months in homes or other safeguarded sites but will never reproduce during this time. During summer, blowflies usually breed on decayed carcasses and excrement of dogs or other pets. They can be in homes close to a carcass of a dead squirrel, rodent or bird. Sometimes, small animals may die inside walls or beneath the crawlspace of a house. One or two weeks later, blowflies and maggots can take place. Also, gas leaks attract adult blowfly.

Firmly seal off garbage containers and take away animal, specifically dog manure from places around the house, such as screen windows in the summer season. Thus, make use of flypaper or fly control traps.

House Fly Control

They are the best identified among the house infesting flies. Housefly overview is usually grey, with the thorax with wide dark stripes. There’s generally some yellow colouring along the sides that distinguishes them from face flies. House flies are often present where humans are present. Larvae typically develop in or close to human-made food sources and trash, animal waste materials, culled fruits, vegetables and spilt animal feed. The adult flies feed on various liquid waste but can eat solid foods, for instance, sugar. To break down solid foods, house flies liquefy food by regurgitating.

In the course of feeding, they also defecate on the food. As a result of these habits, house flies can cause serious health risks by transferring pathogens. To avoid disease transmission, house fly control throughout the home is essential, especially in preparing food and eating areas. During picnics, the food needs to be covered as much as possible to avoid contamination.

Tightly seal off trash containers and screen windows in the summer season. Make use of fly control paper or traps to draw in and capture flies. Spot treatment of room corners with fly spray to kill resting flies.

Cluster Fly Overview

Cluster flies are among the most bothersome flies present in homes throughout the cool months. They can also be pests at work, particularly in the upper stories. They are bigger than house flies, and during their indoor period, they’re semi-dormant, flying sluggishly. The behaviour of cluster flies is quite different from other common domestic flies. Also, immature phases develop as a parasite of worms. Eggs are laid in the soil, and the larvae get into it. Generally, feed inside the worms.

Cluster flies never feed on rubbish or animal manure. In the latter part of summer, cluster flies look for overwintering shelter and fly control in the afternoons—the rest on sun-exposed locations. When the sun sets, the flies look for cracks and other openings into the building and proceed to upper stories. When the environment is cool, face and cluster flies remain inactive, but these flies become active on sunny days in the fall and winter. It might appear that they’re entering the house from outside, but outside temperatures are far too cold.

How to Control | Fly Overview

Cluster flies, also known as earthworm parasites, generally are tough to manage by breeding area management. The most suitable management strategy is to caulk or fill cracks and crevices around homes, mainly when an earlier infestation occurs. Before these flies move indoors for overwintering, treatments on upper stories of building exteriors for face fly and cluster fly control are practical. When flies become lively during sunny days during the cold months, insecticide bombs containing permethrin may be beneficial in attics and other rooms that can be singled out from the rest of the house. The label must be read for reentry times and safety details.

Seal the home, specifically the upper stories of the south and west sides, before flies enter in late August and September. External treatment of house walls with an efficient fly spray can further restrict access. Indeed, aerosol fly spray enables you to kill actively flying flies to control.

Thus, call Steam ‘n’ Dry Fly Control Auckland Services on 0800 199 399 or send us an email

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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