Come Fly With Me – Flies and Their Control presented by Dr. Bill Robinson, B&G Equipment

Posted: December 11, 2013 in New York Pest Expo
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Dr. Bill Robinson speaking PE 1We had yet another great presentation from Dr. Bill Robinson at this year’s New York Pest Expo.  His presentation focused on fly biology and habits.

Dr. Robinson reminded us of the importance of fly management in both residential and commercial accounts. Flies carry microorganisms that cause disease and can become a public health problem. Control often requires the expertise of a pest control operator.

In order for the adult fly to prosper it must feed on liquids.  They are attracted to odors which indicate the presence of a safe haven to lay their eggs. The eggs hatch quickly, often within 24 hours, and larvae begin eating immediately. This is why it’s imperative to the fly that the breeding site provide a strong food source.  Unless you locate the food source you won’t be able to solve the problem.

To understand the source of your fly infestation you must first understand the fly and its habits.  For example, the Drain or Moth Fly breeds and feeds in organic waste that is often found in drains. Adults stay very close to the breeding site year round. Once you remove this substrate you will see an improvement. Foaming drains is a great technique.

The Red Eyed Fruit Fly, on the other hand, is more difficult to control. It is attracted to fermenting matter.  The fruit fly is programmed to lay her eggs in the same substrate she was born in.  They are dependent on moisture.  Without moisture adults dry out.  The best control method for the fruit fly is to seek out the source of the infestation and eliminate it.  Keep the area clean and dry. Once that’s taken care of adults can be dealt with via traps and contact insecticides.

Then there’s the House Fly. House Fly = filth. This species is attracted to decaying matter. They stay close to the breeding site and are seasonal – they are most visible during the warm seasons. The adult House Fly generally lives 30 days and is easy to identify by the four stripes on its thorax. Once again, the best form of control is through breeding site elimination.

If you see a shiny blue/green fly buzzing around lights and windows you’ve found a Bottle Fly. Bottle Flies are attracted to garbage just like the House Fly. But they will also lay their eggs in animal waste. They are uncanny in their ability to pick up a scent trail.

The common theme for filth fly control is to eliminate the breeding/food source. Some other methods Dr. Robinson recommends for fly control are:

  • Insect Light Traps
  • Sticky traps
  • Baits
  • Biological cleaning products
  • Air curtains
  • Exclusion

Of course, Bug Off Pest Control Center has a full line of products to control flies. Give us a call or stop by the showroom for the most effective products.

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