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Flies are generally found in organic matter, decaying vegetation, animal excrement, and stagnant water. Odours, such as cooking, can attract flies up to 50 meters from their breeding site. If the wind is right, flies can travel several kilometers.

Flies have a life cycle that travels from egg, larva, pupae, and then adult. During the winter months flies tend to go to sleep. However, when the temperature and humidity rises they awaken to be an annoying little pest that carries bacteria, pathogens and disease.

There are four main flies you will typically come across in Auckland which are listed below:

(1) the Common House Fly,(below)

(2) the Lesser House Fly, (below)

(3) the Cluster Fly, (below)

(4) the Blow Fly, (below)


It is important to understand that no treatment will stop flies from coming inside. Flies rely on air currents and smell. If windows and doors are open and cooking is in progress then flies will move in. That being said all flies require a similar pest control treatment:

  • An external pesticide surface treatment is applied in areas where flies typically land such as entry points (e.g. doors and window frames). A surface treatment is also applied inside on walls, ceiling, window sills and door frames, particularly in problem areas.

  • The treatment works on residual contact. The insect has to absorb the pesticide by crawling over, or landing on, the product. The pesticide then kills the insect by affecting the nervous system.

  • In some situations, a low pressure automated aerosol unit can also be set up so flies fly through the mist.

  • Aerosols are useful in the control of cluster flies as they are less likely to land on the product.

Need help with your fly problem? Call us now and ask about our Fly Control Auckland service.

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