Flesh flies like all other types of flies are attracted to something particular, In the case of flesh flies it happens to be flesh or meat. Flesh flies are known to lay their eggs inside dead animal carcasses, rotten meat in the garbage and on some occasions even the corpses of dead humans. But despite the name “Flesh Fly” they are totally harmless to a living human being apart from the bacteria they spread by landing on your food or food surfaces after they have been inside a dead animal.
So to start with you need to make sure the flies you have are in fact flesh flies, It is so important to correctly identify these flies otherwise the steps to getting rid of them will be ineffective.
How to Identify a Flesh Fly – Flesh Fly Appearance.
Flesh flies are normally gray with three distinctive black stripes on the neck in between their head and wings, This area is known as a thorax. Underneath and on their abdomen they have a light and dark gray pattern that looks like a checkerboard. You will also notice a telling red tip right at the end of their abdomen, although at times this tip can be orange/yellow in colour in sometimes not visible. Some species of flesh flies can be smaller than your typical house fly, most flesh flies are about 1.0-1.3 cm long. Another thing to look for is the flesh flies large red eyes, There are other species of flies with red eyes but if the fly your inspecting has large red eyes and all of the characteristics I described above then you can almost be certain that your fly problem is a flesh fly infestation.
The good news is getting rid of flesh flies is quite simply and painless and in most cases only requires a little time spend hunting for the source of the problem then removing it by cleaning.
How to get rid of Flesh Flies
So once you’ve identified the flesh flies its time to get rid of them. As I mentioned above you do not need any special tools or substances for this, all you need is some time to conduct a complete search of your home and garden. What you are looking for is:
- Animal Carcasses – Check your outbuildings, garden and drains for any small animals that may have died or been killed. If you own a cat then make sure you check under your appliances close to where the cat enters the house, Chances are that your flurry friend may of bought in a mouse or bird and let it go. I’ve seen this before where a mouse has escaped under my fridge/freezer and then died. If you do find a rotten animal corpse then chances are you have found the source of the flesh fly infestation, Now all that you need to do is seal the carcass in a plastic bag tied up tight, then put it in the trash. By sealing this bag tight you are effectively stopping the flesh flies eggs from causing you further problems and also stopping the risk of attracting more flies, You can also burn or bury the animal carcass if you wish, Make sure you disinfect the area where you found the dead animal.
- Garbage Bins – If you couldn’t find any dead animals around your house or inside then the next step is to check your garbage and move it outside. If you don’t fill your garbage bin very often or if your bins outside are full waiting to be emptied there is a chance that an old meat meal you had could be causing your flesh fly infestation. So to solve this you will want to make sure your bags are tied up tight and move the garbage bags outside as far away from your home as possible. You can also make use of essential oils or a homemade fly spray to further repel the flesh flies from your garbage bins.
- Animal Excrement – Like other flies Flesh flies are also known to lay their eggs on animal poo. So whilst doing an inspection of your property keep an eye out for any faeces left behind by wildlife or your pets. Manure heaps and compost heaps can also attract flesh flies so make sure to keep these as far away from your home as possible.
- Animal wounds – If one of you pets has recently been injured or has an open wound, This can attract flesh flies so its important both for you and your animal to keep this wound clean and covered if possible.
Flesh flies rarely require any specialist treatment or chemical treatment, But if you are still concerned after you have found and removed the source of the infestation then I would recommend you use natural fly repellents to further remove the flies interest in paying you a visit. These work wonders and will not only stop flesh flies but other types of flies you don’t want inside your home.