Pest Library


If there is one pest that’s sure to be a common nuisance for Manhattan property owners, it’s the fly. Flies are one of the most common types of pests found in and around the home. In general, flies have a gray appearance with four black stripes running across the thorax. They only make it up to 1/4” in length and are slightly hairy. As their name implies, they have wings so they are able to “fly.”

While you may think of flies as a mere nuisance, they are in fact quite dangerous. Their danger lies in their feeding habits. They like to feast on substances such as rotten fruit and trash. In addition, spoiled meat and even feces is fair game for this pest. This is bad enough, but when you consider how often they take off and land in new places, it equals a high spread of pathogens and other bacteria. Some common illnesses associated with flies include cholera, typhoid, and dysentery.


When it comes to fly infestations, the best move to make as a Manhattan property owner is to invest in fly prevention. As such, it’s critical to understand how flies get into homes as well as what factors attract flies to your home in the first place. Flies are small, which means they can easily get through compromised window screens, cracks, and holes in the home. For this reason, you will want to walk the perimeter to seal up these entry points.

In addition to sealing the entry points and keeping the doors shut, it’s handy to ensure you keep your home as unattractive as possible for flies. Some tips to consider include:

  • Check the trash. Flies love your trash and will have no problem capitalizing on easy access. As such, the best thing to do is take out the trash regularly, wipe down the trashcan, and seal the trash bags. The less they can access the trash, the less inclined they’ll be to stick around.
  • Watch for pet waste. If you have pets, there’s a chance that pet waste is present in the yard. Flies are naturally drawn to feces, which means a good way to keep your yard unattractive to flies is to ensure pet waste is as minimal as possible.
  • Mow and trim. The more unkempt the yard and bushes, the more flies are happy to hang out. To that end, carefully clean up soiled bedding, decaying plant life, or any other similar areas.
  • Don’t forget the food. It’s not just trash and feces flies are drawn to. Make sure to do your part by keeping unused food stored properly. In addition, it can help greatly to wipe down the counters and sweep the floors to ensure crumbs aren’t left behind.


When it comes to happy living in Manhattan, pests are not part of the equation. Flies can invade homes without warning if you’re not prepared. This lack of comfort and security is unacceptable to the Manhattan, NY pest control professionals at Broadway Pest Services. That’s why we’ve been in the pest control industry for over five decades. Regardless of your pest concern, our team will work with you to ensure your home is pest-free today and in the future.

Are you in need of fly prevention services? Give us a call to speak with one of our agents about our professional fly control options or fill out our online form to schedule your free inspection.