Fly Identification Guide


What are flies?

Flies are pests that are a common problem in New York City homes and businesses. Most flies are scavengers and out in nature help to speed up the process of breaking down decaying matter. However, when flies are living near people, these scavengers become unwanted pests.

Described below are the most common species of flies to invade New York City structures:

  • Bottle flies
    • Bottle flies are large, robust insects. They have a metallic appearance and come in various colors including blue, green, gold, and shiny black. Bottle flies lay their eggs in excrement and carrion.
  • Drain flies
    • Drain flies are gray, and they have fuzzy hairs on their bodies. They are tiny and only grow to about 1/8th of an inch long. You can identify them by their frenzied flight patterns. These flies feed and breed inside drains.
  • Fruit flies
    • Fruit flies are a small species that have large, red compound eyes. Their bodies are yellowish-brown to brownish-black, and they have translucent wings. They breed and feed in decaying fruits and vegetables.
  • House flies
    • House flies grow up to 1/4 of an inch in length. They are gray and have two velvety stripes on their head and thorax. These flies also have four narrow stripes that run down their bodies. They are common invaders in homes and other structures.

Are flies dangerous?

Flies are very dangerous pests because of the diseases and bacteria they can spread, which can make people ill. These pests also spread human pathogens, parasites, and viruses as they lay their eggs and scavenge for suitable food sources. Their presence contaminates food and other surfaces inside the homes and businesses they invade.

Why do I have a fly problem?

You'll find flies around your home or business because there are suitable places for them to feed and lay their eggs. Most species feed on a variety of decaying vegetation, fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, carrion, excrement, debris in drains, and fermenting liquids. Things like open containers of trash, compost bins, clogged drains, dirty dishes, and food sitting on counters attract flies. Fruit flies are often accidentally introduced into homes inside produce purchased from the store infested with their eggs or larvae.

Where will I find flies?

In general, compost, gardens, clogged gutters, garbage bins, dumpsters, fence lines, drains, and sewers are places you will find flies. Flies can become a problem in a variety of areas, including the following:

  • Homes

  • Restaurants

  • Food processing facilities

  • Grocery stores

  • Food storage facilities

How do I get rid of flies?

Partnering with Broadway Pest Services is the best way to get rid of flies from your New York City property. Our pest management technicians are highly trained and use the latest advancements in technology and science to effectively eliminate pests from residential and commercial properties. At Broadway Pest Services, we provide excellent customer service and the pest control services needed to get and keep flies out using inspection, treatment, and exclusion measures.

At Broadway Pest Services, we know the pests that find their way into New York City structures and how to protect people and property from the damage and dangers they create. If you would like to learn more about our fly control solutions, reach out and speak to one of our helpful and friendly professionals today!

How can I prevent flies in the future?

In addition to our residential pest control and commercial pest control service offerings, our professionals recommend the following tips:

  • Make sure trash cans and dumpsters have tight-fitting lids on them.

  • Make sure all screens are intact and free of rips and holes.

  • Keep doors and windows closed as much as possible.

  • Wash dirty dishes daily.

  • Clean food and other debris out of drains

  • Store food in the fridge or containers with airtight lids.

  • Inspect the exterior of your house, sealing up any openings.

  • Keep kitchen counters and floors clean and free of spilled liquid and food debris.

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