Flies

Control of fly infestation by experts based in Ammanford, Swansea and more

B Firm Pest Control Ltd offers quality fly removal services to customers in Ammanford, Swansea and across South West Wales. Get in touch with our friendly staff today for a free estimate.

Helping you get rid of flies

Do you have a fly problem at your home? If it is left uncontrolled, it has the potential to turn into a serious fly infestation. You can rely on the staff at B Firm Pest Control Ltd to visit your home or commercial space and provide you with a complete range of fly removal services. We employ several methods of eradicating fly infestations depending on species:
  •     Fogging treatments
  •     Fumigation
  •     Smoke treatments
  •     Spray and powder chemical applications
common house fly

Common house fly

Description: adults, 6 mm long with a wingspan of 13-15 mm and the 4th vein on the wing bends sharply forward. The thorax has 4 distinct stripes.

Biology: the eggs are laid in decaying material, particularly rubbish dumps and manure heaps. Under ideal conditions, it can take as little as 2 weeks to complete its life cycle.

Control: removal and exclusion of breeding sites, such as refuse areas, is essential. Space sprays with a knockdown action are a good method of control and again proofing of doors and windows. Unlike the lesser house fly, electric fly killers can be effective at killing these flies when they enter premises.
fruit fly

Fruit fly

Description: the adult flies are very small insects, about 3 mm long. Body colour is usually a light yellow to tan colour, and the abdomen is grey underneath. A common characteristic of the flies is distinctive red eyes.

Biology: female fruit flies lay their eggs on the surface of rotting fruit, fermenting juices, soured milk, etc. Fruit fly larvae feed on the yeast organisms and fungi growing in the fruit and vegetable materials. Through their feeding efforts, they soon turn their food into a semi-liquid mess, and given their biology, they are a common pest in pubs and commercial kitchens.

Control: should fruit or filter flies become abundant, a careful search for the larval breeding areas should be made, and the necessary housekeeping or maintenance measures taken. Any lingering adult flies may be controlled by the use of a residual insecticide or ULV treatment. Stagnant water may be treated with Bti (bacillus).
filter fly

Filter fly

Description: adults: 2 mm, wings are almond shaped and the flies are very hairy. They are frequently mistaken for small moths since the wings are held roof-like over the body when at rest. They are weak fliers and often appear to be jumping or hopping.

Biology: filter flies are often associated with moist, highly organic areas such as sink drains, sewage treatment facilities, storm drains, dung and rotten vegetation. Each female can produce about 100 eggs and, under optimum conditions, development can be completed in 2 weeks.

Control: should fruit or filter flies become abundant, a careful search for the larval breeding areas should be made, and the necessary housekeeping or maintenance measures taken. Any lingering adult flies may be controlled by the use of a residual insecticide or ULV treatment. Stagnant water may be treated with Bti (bacillus).
cluster fly

Cluster fly

Description: at about 9 mm long, the cluster fly is slightly larger than the common house fly. The thorax is dark olive grey, with fine golden hairs, which can easily be rubbed off. There are no distinct lines or stripes behind the head, and the abdomen has irregular light and dark grey areas.

Biology: the female lays eggs in the soil near the burrows of earthworms. The tiny maggots that hatch from the eggs seek out earthworms to feed upon. As cold weather progresses, adults seek protected places to spend the winter, particularly during September and October (activity can often be noted again in early spring). In many cases, the flies seek shelter within walls, roof voids and attics, usually returning to the same building year after year and often favouring south facing buildings.

Control: complete control of cluster flies is almost impossible since the over wintering adults are concealed in walls, attics, etc. When possible, cover the louver to the attic with screen and use a caulking compound to seal openings to the outside. Adults are sluggish enough in the winter to be picked up with a vacuum cleaner. Smoke and ULV treatments will provide a knock-down in lofts, but as with any loft treatment, always check first for the presence of bats before proceeding.
lesser house fly

Lesser house fly

Description: adults, 6 mm long with 12 mm wingspan. They have a grey thorax with 3 longitudinal stripes, less pronounced than those of the common housefly. The base of abdomen has an extensive yellow patch. At rest, wings are folded along back; venation shows 4th vein extending straight to wing margin. They have an erratic flight pattern and are often seen flying in large numbers around indoor light fittings. The lesser housefly is more tolerant of cool conditions than the common housefly.

Biology: when the eggs are laid, they are about 1 mm long, and they hatch in 24 to 48 hours. Larval development is 8 days, and they have 3 skin moults. Larvae are 6 mm when fully grown. Lifecycle from egg to adult takes about 3 weeks, and they breed mainly in poultry manure.

Control: good hygiene is necessary to limit potential breeding sites and food sources. Entry of adult flies into buildings can be prevented by proofing doors and windows. Spraying alighting surfaces with a residual insecticide will also have some effect. Application of larvicides to animal manure is also a good method of control within agriculture, helping to control infestations at source.
phorid fly

Phorid fly

Description: phorid flies are in the small category of flies, measuring up to 3 mm in length, including the wings. The most prominent feature of this fly is the humpbacked shape of its thorax. The phorid fly lacks the red eye colour that is the classic trademark of the fruit fly.

Biology: the phorid fly breeds and feeds primarily on moist decaying organic matter. The reproductive potential of these flies is tremendous, and very large numbers of them may appear in a short time. Phorid flies are found throughout the world and are a serious pest when found in food producing, food handling or food serving facilities. Fermenting materials such as fruit, dirty garbage containers, rotten vegetables or slime in drains are just a few of their favourite breeding and feeding places. The life cycle from egg to adult can be completed in as little as 14 days (under ideal conditions).

Control: the key to controlling phorid fly infestations is to locate and eliminate their breeding sources. A space spray using an aerosol will provide a rapid knock-down for small infestations.

There are many forms of control to eliminate fly infestation from your home. Using a professional fly control service is the most effective way to completely remove flies from your property. At B Firm Pest Control Ltd, we have many years of experience in fly and mole removal. Contact us today to learn more about our services.
‘Fantastic services from a lovely guy: Sam. He was absolutely brilliant at getting rid of my bee problem even when I was thinking they weren’t going to go, he came back 4 times and nuked them in the end! Thanks, mate. The kettle is always on!’
- Gareth Reed
Do you need fly removal services for your home in Ammanford, Swansea or any location in South West Wales? Call us on 
01269 594 761 today

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