What are flies?

The fly is a type of winged insect. Unlike most insects with two pairs of wings, flies only have one pair. They are scavengers that help break down carrion, excrement, and other decaying organic debris. 

One of the most common flies that New York homeowners have to deal with is the house fly. The house fly is usually black with four black stripes on their body. Adults grow to ¼ inch long.

Are flies dangerous?

Flies are notoriously annoying. How many times have you been trying to relax on the couch or eat, and you have found yourself trying to swat away a fly that just won't take the hint?

A bigger problem with flies is the health risks they pose. As flies feed and breed on decaying organic matter, they come into contact with and carry many bacteria, viruses, and parasites on their bodies. When flies land on surfaces in our homes or our food, they spread pathogens that make people ill. Diarrhea, E. coli, cholera, and salmonella can all result from a fly infestation.

Why do I have a fly problem?

Flies thrive in hot temperatures making the spring and summer in New York the time of year when these pests are most problematic.

Flies in our area frequently enter homes on their own through openings around windows and doors. They are also regularly brought into homes on fruits, vegetables, or potted plant soil. Other flies can get into our homes through cracks in drains or pipes.

Where will I find flies?

Flies feed on moist, decaying debris. Things like pet food, forgotten trash can lids, one day of not picking up pet waste, or letting ripe vegetables fall to the ground in gardens can quickly lead to a large-scale fly infestation.

When large numbers of flies live close to your home, it is only a matter of time before a door or window left slightly ajar will let these pests into your house.

The most common type of fly to find their way into our Long Island and New York City homes is, of course, the house fly! They spend their time in areas near food sources like the kitchen, dining areas, and pantries.

How do I get rid of flies?

There is nothing like a problem with flies to make it impossible for you to enjoy your time outside on your deck or inside at the kitchen table. The easiest way to get rid of these annoying and disease-spreading pests from your property is with the help of PDF Finest Pest Management. We provide the best eco-friendly pest control services in New York. We will eliminate current problems with flies and other household pests and implement the regular services necessary to stop their return in the future. Call today to discover the benefits of partnering with us for your fly control needs!

How can I prevent flies in the future?

The best way to stop a fly infestation before it begins is to partner with a professional that can provide regular home pest control services. It is also important to implement the following prevention tips. 

  • Always place lids on trash cans.
  • Pick up pet waste daily.
  • Eliminate areas of standing water.
  • Remove leaf piles and other organic debris from your property that provides a damp place for flies to breed.
  • In your home, store all perishables in the fridge.
  • After eating, put away leftover food and wash dirty dishes.
  • Keep drains free of clogs and regularly clean and sanitize them.

If you want to solve your home's fly problem, look no further than PDF Finest Pest Management.