How The Professionals At Schendel Treat Fly Infestations

How The Professionals At Schendel Treat Fly Infestations


Most of us think of flies as a nuisance that we simply must deal with. But in some cases, flies can be much worse than a nuisance. They can actually be dangerous.

Read on to learn about the different types of flies, how Schendel Pest Services can help you eliminate flies from your home, and why you should consider taking this step.

Flies You May See in Your Home

Flies are divided into two separate categories – larger filth flies (face flies, common house flies) and smaller flies (fruit flies, gnats, and the like).

Face flies are typically found on properties with livestock nearby. They feed on the facial secretions of cattle, and occasionally horses. They lay their eggs in manure, and can easily spread diseases because of their feeding and reproductive habits. Face flies can sicken livestock by irritating them so much that they stop eating and become malnourished.

Common house flies are attracted to garbage, dead animal carcasses, and manure. They enter homes through open doors, windows, and torn window screens, and they can spread up to 65 different diseases with their legs due to their feeding habits.

In the smaller fly categories, only phorid flies can carry diseases; they are typically found in hospitals, morgues, and mortuaries.

Other, smaller flies, such as fruit flies, moth flies, and fungus gnats, are not considered dangerous, though they are annoying. These flies feed on overripe or decaying fruits and vegetables, and are difficult to eliminate and control.

How to Prevent a Fly Infestation

Some ways to help prevent a fly infestation:

  • Regularly remove garbage from inside your home.
  • Store outside garbage cans away from the exterior of your home, and make sure the containers have tightly-fitting lids.
  • Caulk gaps found around exterior windows and doors.
  • Install door sweeps, replace damaged screens, and do not leave windows or doors open for long periods of time.
  • Regularly clean drainage areas.
  • Inspect fruits and vegetables for signs of small fly activity before purchasing.
  • Store food in the refrigerator or in sealed containers in your pantry.

How to Rid Your Home of a Fly Infestation

Schendel understands how stressful it can be to deal with a fly problem. Our treatment plans are quick, effective, and safe for use around people, pets, and plants. Our technicians use the least amount of material possible to solve your pest problem, whether that is using natural products, baits, or conventional products. We follow very strict guidelines, and all of our conventional products are EPA registered, further ensuring the safety of their use.

Having a year-round pest control plan in place will help to control small flies and other common household pests. Give us a call to set up a free inspection and estimate, risk-free.