Fly Control London & Kent
It is easy to become indifferent to the sight of flies, but in large numbers, they are bad news. A full-blown fly infestation in your home or business can be a great source of distress and a potential health hazard. Flies feed on decomposing matter such as food waste and sewage and are spreaders of diseases such as E. coli. If you spot the signs of a fly infestation, it is essential to call in a professional pest controller like Project Multi Pest, serving London and Kent.
We are fly control experts and we can rid your house or business of them for good. Our professional pest controllers are skilled at moth removal and use several techniques to ensure every last one is gone. We operate throughout Kent and London, so call us today for a quote and put an end to your fly problem.
Flies at home
Flies in the house are a constant annoyance in the summer months when doors and windows are left open. While swatting away these little pests can be irritating, it is nothing compared to the stress they can cause when they appear in large numbers in and around your home. Flies are particularly unhygienic, and some can give a nasty nip. The good news is that Project Multi Pest have the knowhow and expertise to get rid of them fast.
Flies in business premises
A fly infestation can have serious consequences for businesses, especially those in the healthcare and hospitality sectors. Swarms of flies in and around your building will almost certainly damage your reputation and cause distress to customers and staff. Flies should be of particular concern to businesses where food is stored, prepared or served.
The health risk associated with fly infestations is a very serious one, as they carry diseases which can easily contaminate food and water supplies. To protect your customers, staff and business, you should call our pest controller without delay.
How to spot the signs of a fly infestation
Flies are the true definition of the word ‘pest’, being annoying, destructive and a danger to health. Their saving grace is that they are useful pollinators but when they are seen in large numbers, it is a cause for concern. Spotting the odd fly in your property is usually nothing to worry about but be vigilant for the signs of an infestation so you can take action fast.
- Flies in numbers – If you spot a cluster of flies, or more flies than normal, it could be the sign of an infestation. Also be mindful of lots of dead flies indoors. Particularly watch out for large numbers of bluebottles, as they are drawn to carcasses so it could mean there are dead animal remains close by, in a gutter or chimney for example.
- Buzzing – Flies are noisy creatures, their distinctive buzz made by their wings. The sound of a large number of flies is an unmistakable drone.
- Black dots – look out for large groups of small black dots, which could be the sign of cluster flies.
- Maggots and larvae – in some cases, it may be possible to spot maggots and larvae. It is time to act quickly, as they can mature into flies in just 10 days.
Fly fumigation and control
If you spot an unusually large number of flies in or around your property, it is natural to reach for a swatter or a can of fly spray. However, when flies gather in huge numbers, they are persistent and incredibly difficult to get rid of.
Project Multi Pest can eradicate flies with using several methods, depending on the type of fly and the severity of the infestation. We will start by identifying the species and then determine the best course of treatment.
We have a number of methods to exterminate flies, including the use of fumigation and fogging equipment. We can also provide non-toxic treatments, such as traps, but it is usually necessary to use insecticides as they leave a residual layer that will prevent the flies from coming back. Project Multi Pest use professional grade chemicals, which are powerful but completely safe for humans and pets.
Our pest controllers are experts in tracking down the breeding sites of flies and destroying them. They will also give recommendations to prevent future fly infestations.
What species of fly live in the UK?
- House Flies and Bluebottles – These are the flies that you will find most often in the house. They are known carriers of disease such as salmonella and e-coli. They are attracted to rotten food, faeces and rubbish, which they carry traces of on their bodies. Due to their revolting feeding habits, they can regularly be found buzzing around domestic bins and refuse sites. Despite their innocent sounding name, bluebottles are particularly attracted to dead animals, which is their favoured site for laying eggs. Bluebottles are approximately 1cm long, a distinctive metallic blue colour and tend to travel alone or in groups of two. House flies are a similar size, but hairier, grey in colour with stripes on their bodies.
- Cluster Fly – Cluster flies are so called as they hibernate in large groups, sometimes in their thousands. They are visible to the human eye at about 1cm long, are greyish in colour and look much like a common house fly. In the autumn months, they are commonly found in spaces such as lofts and cavity walls and due to their large numbers, they can be very noisy. They are not thought to be carriers of disease like house flies.
- Fruit Fly – As their name suggests, fruit flies can be found where there is fermenting fruit, sugary foodstuff and they adore alcohol. They are small, yet distinctive, with a yellowish body and red eyes. They are slower than house flies and are more likely to be seen hovering than darting about.
- Mosquitos/midges – Along with wasps, these parasites are the scourge of the summer, causing misery with their nasty bites. The large majority of species found in the UK do not carry disease. They can be found gathering close to water which is where they lay their eggs, and usually emerge to feed at dawn and dusk.
How can I prevent flies?
- Doors and windows – Keep doors and windows closed as much as possible. This is difficult during the summer months, but be sure to close them at night. Fly screens can be fitted to windows and doors to reduce the chance of flies getting in.
- Food – Flies will land on pretty much any food, so be sure to keep it covered, especially outside.
- Spills – Flies are particularly attracted to sweet, sticky substances, especially fruit flies, so clean up spillages fast.
- Dustbins – clean and empty bins regularly and make sure they are properly sealed.
- Pet droppings – Pick up pet faeces as soon as possible, seal and throw it away.
- Water – Don’t leave buckets and watering cans to fill with rainwater, as they will attract midges and mosquitos. If you have a garden pond, then get goldfish as they will help keep a fly population under control.
- Natural deterrents – Although they won’t turn their nose up at a rotting pile of food, flies are thought to detest the smell of mint, lavender, cloves vinegar and onions, so it is always worth a try.
Fly Control in London and Kent
Project Multi Pest promise a professional and swift service to rid your house or business of a fly infestation. Our methods are safe and highly effective, and we work hard to cause as little disruption as possible.
We understand that flies can be particularly worrying, given the health risk they pose, so we offer a 24-hour a day call out service to solve your problem fast. You can be sure of a sympathetic and friendly service from our reliable team of pest control experts.