Kill Flies With Fly Baits, Pheromone Traps, Fly Sprays
Fly elimination procedures include fly
identification, source elimination, exclusion and population reduction. In most
cases, population reduction involves eliminating the source of the flies and excluding them from the
environment. Other methods of reducing or eliminating flies include the use of toxic baits, non-toxic pheromone traps, space sprays and surface sprays. Each situation calls for
different tools. Click here for Fly Elimination Products.
We recommend that you identify your particular fly pest before choosing products for their
elimination. If exact identification is impossible, at least decide if your pest is
a Small Fly, Filth Fly or Biting or Nuisance Fly. This will save you time and
Fly elimination begins with identification!
In fly identification we can easily put flies into one
of three basic categories:
Fruit Flies, Phorid Flies, Moth Flies,
Sphaerocerid Flies, Fungus Gnats, Cheese Skipper
or Ham Skipper
Blow Flies, Bottle
Flesh Flies, House
Flies, Soldier Flies
Biting or Nuisance Flies
Cluster Fly, Deer Fly, Face Fly, Stable Fly
Once the category has been chosen, control methods are easier to choose. If you
have already correctly identified your fly, go to our Fly Index
for more information on the fly. If you already know the breeding/feeding
material of your flying pest (dead animals, soil, manure, rotting fruits, etc.) but
cannot identify they fly, go to Fly Breeding Sites. For more
general information about flies, go to Flies,
Flies (Order Diptera)
This order has over 86,000 known, with about 16, 300 found in North America.
Prevalent in all habitats, flies are easily distinguished from other insects because they
have only 1 pair of normal wings. The second pair is represented by 2 knobbed organs
called halteres. The halteres are thought to be organs which help stabilize the
insect while in flight. Many flies have a membranous lobe at the base of each wing
overlying the haltere.
Most flies have large compound eyes and mouthparts that are modified for piercing,
lapping or sucking fluids. The antennae range from short, 3-segmented organs to
long, thread-like structures. The fly's antennae are feathery in midges and
mosquitoes, clubbed in mydas flies.
Flies exhibit complete metamorphosis: egg, larvae (maggot), pupa and adult. The
larvae of most species are soft, legless and headless. These maggots live in soil,
decaying material or as parasites of vertebrates, snails or other insects. The
aquatic, mobile larvae of mosquitoes, midges and certain other groups are more slender and
have an easily recognizable head. For the purpose of pest control, the flies most
encountered by homes and businesses are broken down into three categories: small flies, filth flies and biting flies. The larvae of these pests can be found in
many breeding sites: aquatic areas, seaweed, decaying grass and
compost piles, earthworms, manure, dead animals, cadavers, garbage, damp organic matter in
all stages of decomposition, sewers, soil contaminated by sewage, potting soil, cheeses,
meats, drains, rotting vegetables and fruits, fresh fruits, wet soil and sump pumps.
Some blood-sucking flies are carriers of diseases such as malaria and yellow fever.
Other flies carry bacteria that cause typhoid and dysentery. The beneficial
aspects of flies include breaking down carcasses to pollinating flowers. There are
many insect pest populations which are kept in check by flies while the flies are a
primary source of food for certain wildlife.