Welcome to FliesAway, the specialist fly control division of 'The PestAway Group'.  We provide eradication, control and
                     monitoring services to domestic and commercial customers alike.
 
                     On this site we have tried to make the basics available quickly whilst providing more detailed information deeper in
                     the website for those who want it.  Click on the images below for more details of each of the most common pest flies.  
                     We offer a free survey so please ring us to discuss your circumstances. 

COMMON HOUSEFLY (musca domestica) - The One We All Know
 
Found all over the world, the housefly is by far the most common domestic fly and is a serious pest due to the diseases it carries such as typhoid, cholera, dysentery, Campylobacter, E. coli and hepatitis.
 
Houseflies have to dissolve and liquify their food so they apply their saliva on solid food to predigest it, before sucking it back in.
 
Mainly a pest in summer as the warmer conditions help their reproduction although larvae & pupae can hibernate over winter.  Adults are 8-12 mm long and have large red compound eyes.  Females lay around 500 white eggs which hatch in to maggots within 24 hours.   
 
 
 
LESSER HOUSE FLY (fannia canicularis)  - The One That Flies Under Your Ceiling Lights
 
Smaller than the common housefly, adults are 4-6 mm long.  They are associated with animals and their exrement which can cause disease transfer to human food.
 
More common in buildings between May - October, these flies circulate in the centre of rooms below light fittings flying in jerky manner.
 
 
 
 
CLUSTER FLY (pollenia rudis) - The One In Your Loft And On Window Sills
 
There are four variants of cluster fly but the most common is the one pictured left.  About 10 mm in length, it can be distinquished by its many golden hairs to the rear of its body.
 
Cluster flies congregate in roof voids and the upper levels of commercial buildings.  They can gather in extreme numbers and are usually a pest between October and April.  Heading for light sources to escape, they are often found apearing to be dying on window sills.
 
Due to eggs being laid in soil, it is only ever possible to carry out reactive treatments to affected areas.  Aside from not being able to treat the soil, it is impossible to assess the location of the source.
 
 
 
FRUIT FLY (drosophila melenogaster) - The One In Bars & Greengrocers
 
Only around 2 mm in size, these small flies are yellow in colour and have dark red eyes.  Often a problem in supermarkets and bars, they can also be brought inside the home by fruit and vegetables grown in the garden.
 
Although mainly a nuisance, they are able to transfer bacteria. 
 
Various treatments are possible, although deep cleans in areas such as bars are sometimes essential to ensure successful erradication.  This is due to the residues that form in cracks and crevices where eggs can are laid. 
 
 
BLUEBOTTLES (calliphora vicini) - The One In Your Bin
 
Part of the blowfly family such as greenbottles, these flies feed only from decaying meat and flesh.  Incredibly bluebottles can find meat from over a mile away. 
 
Infestations are best treated by removing the food source.  In cases where this may not be possible, such as a rodent carcasses under floors, air and surface treatments can be undertaken together with odour reduction.
 
 
 
Referred to by various names, these flies live in dark moist areas and can thrive in drains.  Sewer plants suffer significant numbers which can lead to flies migrating on the wind to domestic obodes. 
 
Due to their size, they can breach some fly screens and there have been cases where the inhalation of dust from these flies has caused broncial asthma.
 
Various treatments can be carried out but, in many cases, cleaning will need to form part of the program of control.
 
 
HORSEFLY (tabanus sp) - The Big One In The Countryside
 
There are many species referred to as horseflies but all come from the tabanidae family. 
 
They are generally large flies that can be heard in flight.  Unlike most insects that simply puncture the skin when biting, horseflies have serrated mandibles that cut and slice open the skin to allow them to lap up blood rather than suck it.
 
Treatments are available depending on the location and circumstances.
 
 

 

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