What Flies Do You Have In Your Home?

One of the most important stages to rid of flies is by identifying which type of fly has infested your home or garden; there are over 120,000 different types of fly so with this we need to look at which types of flies are the most common and ones that are likely to be in or around your home causing problems. Once you know which fly you have in your home it makes it easier to get rid of flies.

Types Of Fly

House Fly: The House fly is very common in most countries. They are 5-8mm in length and most commonly grey, black or brown. They are attracted to human waste where they lay their eggs. Getting rid of house flies.

Fruit Fly: Fruit flies (Vinegar Flies) are also very common their colours ranges from red to black, these smaller flies are attracted to your fruit bowl. They love overripe, ripe, rotten fruits and also vegetables. How to get rid of fruit flies.

Blow Fly: Blow flies also known commonly as bluebottles they are metallic green or blue. Their size can be medium to large for a fly and they are attracted to dead animal carcasses and animal faeces. How to get rid of blow flies.




Cluster Fly: Cluster flies have small stripes just behind their head; also you will notice grey and black patterns on their abdomens. These flies also known as Attic flies like to set up shop in your house and once they do can be hard to eradicate. Lucky they show no interest in human food which lowers the health risks against humans. Getting rid of cluster flies.

Drain Fly: Drain flies aka Moth flies are hairy flies with small abdomens large antennae and leaf shaped wings. These are small flies that are attracted to your bathroom as well as your kitchen, they lay eggs in any decaying matter within a water source such as a blocked drain or plug hole. Get rid of drain flies.

Flesh Fly: Flesh flies grow up to about 18mm as adults and they are normally brown, white or black. These flesh flies have big red eyes. Similar to blow flies, Flesh flies are attracted to dead animal bodies and animal faeces. Learn how to get rid of flesh flies

Crane Fly: Crane flies also called daddy longlegs are large flies ranging from 8mm – 65mm. They have long skinny wings, abdomens and legs they are also brown, gold or grey in colour. They are attracted to any decaying plant material on your lawn and your house lights. Crane flies pose no real health risk to humans but they pose a risk to crops and garden plant life. Get rid of Crane flies

Black Fly: Black Flies are small flies that grow to at max 5mm and are normally black or grey. The female black fly sometimes bites humans to take our blood. The black flies bites can be very painful, itchy and sore. There is also a risk of diseases from Black fly bites. They are attracted to running water sources.

Horse Fly: Horse flies have an extremely painful bite on them. There is a chance of disease and illnesses following a Horse fly bite. Horse flies grow from 6-30mm the smaller kind known as Deer flies whilst the larger are Horse flies. Horse flies are found in hot and sunny climates and are attracted to marsh lands, areas with soft moist soil.

White fly: White Flies are becoming a real problem for gardeners and crop growers, These small flies suck sap from plants leading to growth issues. If you live in a warm climate or have a greenhouse you may of already had a run in with this pests. The good news is white flies are fairly easy to get rid of. White fly Control

Mosquito: Mosquitoes are flies and are well known for their part in spreading diseases such as Malaria and Yellow Fever. Mosquitos have long abdomens and wings, colours range from brown to yellow. Mosquitos are attracted to standing water for example a pond or even a bucket of rain water. It is estimated that Mosquitos infect around 250 million people per year with diseases such as malaria.

Once you have Identified the type of Fly you have to get rid of, You can move on to the next stage which will be removing potential breeding grounds and making and setting traps to get rid of flies. Step by step guide to get rid of flies.




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10 Comments

  1. Since flesh flies and blow flies are attracted to dead animal carcasses, would it make since for them to be in kitchens? I don’t hunt so there are no carcasses in my home, I don’t have pets, and none of my friends have pets. While I do eat meat, I store it properly and clean up any surfaces it was prepared on.

    • Bill it makes no sense that flesh flies would be in your kitchen or home if you do not have pets and keep your kitchen clean. But it is quite common for people to still see these flies in there homes randomly. They are often confused with house flies actually so make sure your identfying them correctly.

  2. Is there any way to prevent attracting cluster flies into your home?

    • Cluster flies only use your home as a hotel, they actually are not so interested in anything else, They are interested in the earthworms in your lawn. All you can really do is ensure that all entry points to your walls and attic are tightly sealed.

  3. Clusterflies and flesh flies look similar to me. These flies just showed up within the last 4 days. I saw one the first day and got rid of it. It was in our bedroom. One the second day, etc. Tonight there were three and we only caught two. The other one disappeared. We have a liter box in the bedroom and clean it every 2 or three days. I guess that is the problem. Cant use pesticides with our allergies or anything with too much of an oder. Do we have any options besides moving? lol

    • You could try using diatomaceous earth around the litter tray or any areas where you know the flies are accessing your home. Diatomaceous earth is natural and environmental friendly so it shouldn’t cause any problems with your Allergies.

  4. i was up at a friends cottage and was bitten while fishing by a big house fly so I thought
    now after reading this it appears its a flesh fly. was told that some have a chemical in their saliva and I did not feel the bite until later and when I smacked it there was a lot of blood in my palm and on my foot..
    now my skin in red and tight itchy and very painful
    what treatments are there to aid in the swelling and so on right now I’m unable to wear my work boot???

    • was up at a friends cottage and was bitten while fishing by a big house fly so I thought
      now after reading this it appears its a flesh fly. was told that some have a chemical in their saliva and I did not feel the bite until later and when I smacked it there was a lot of blood in my palm and on my foot..
      now my skin in red and tight itchy and very painful
      what treatments are there to aid in the swelling and so on right now I’m unable to wear my work boot???

      • Generally flies don’t bite humans, they aren’t actually able to do so. You’ll more than likely find that it was a mosquito that bit you. I’d recommend you take antihistamines to reduce the swelling and keep an eye on it. If it gets worse then you’ll need to go see your doctor for antibiotics.

    • Only treatment I would recommend for that kind of bite would be antihistamines Jennifer

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