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Frequently Asked Questions About Flies

What are flies?

Flies are problematic pests that are best known for the way they buzz around food, waste, and compost areas. There are many different types of flies around our area, but the most common ones to keep an eye out for include bottle flies, drain flies, fruit flies, gnats, and house flies. All of these species of flies can cause serious issues when they infest your property in large numbers, and it’s important to get rid of flies as soon as possible to avoid the dangers they bring.

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Are flies dangerous?

Fly infestations can be dangerous due to the many diseases that flies are able to transmit. Serious illnesses that you may be exposed to as a result of a fly infestation include typhoid fever, dysentery, cholera, tuberculosis, and yaws, among many others. Flies tend to visit kitchens, food preparation areas, and food storage areas the most as they scavenge, and the contamination they cause often results in major food spoilage and increased disease risks.

If you want to keep flies away and avoid the dangers an infestation can bring, contact The PEST Group at the first signs of these pests around your property.

Why do I have a fly problem?

Flies are attracted to properties where they can easily scavenge food and moisture in addition to finding safe breeding areas. If you have lots of improperly stored food around interior or exterior areas, unguarded trash cans, and pet waste present in outdoor areas, the odor is likely to attract flies in search of an easy meal. The best way to get rid of flies outside and indoors is to remove these attractants.

Where will I find flies?

Flies are most commonly found near areas filled with food or decaying waste. Outdoors, flies may be seen buzzing around dumpsters, trash cans, compost piles, or areas of pet waste. Once they invade interior areas, you may see flies near sinks, trash cans, food pantry areas, bathrooms, and around kitchens.

How do I get rid of flies?

Get rid of the fly infestation around your property by contacting The PEST Group the moment you encounter these buzzing nuisances. Our pest management professionals are knowledgeable in identifying different types of flies, and we’ll tailor home pest control and commercial pest control solutions to your property’s exact needs. 

Contact The PEST Group today to request a free inspection.

How can I prevent flies in the future?

Prevent future fly problems by following our expert tips below to deter infestations from starting in the first place:

  • Seal trash bags tightly and dispose of any waste promptly. You should also make sure that trash cans have tight-fitting lids and that compost piles are covered.

  • Clean up pet waste in outdoor areas and clear outdoor areas of debris piles, long grasses, or overgrown foliage to make your property less attractive to pests.

  • Seal cracks around your property’s structure and utilize window and door screens in addition to weatherstripping and door sweeps to keep flies outside.

  • Consider using plants to get rid of flies by planting basil, rosemary, marigolds, lavender, or other plants that flies hate the smell of around your property.

  • Store leftover food properly, clean up food and drink spills around your property right away, and refrain from leaving out dirty dishes or trash, as all of these items attract scavenging flies.

  • Address moisture issues around your property to stop damp and humid conditions from occurring, as flies are attracted to these spaces.

Don’t hesitate to contact The PEST Group for more fly prevention advice or fly pest control you can count on.

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