Winter Flies


Flies are a problem pest all year round. You may not think so as you tend to see them most in the summer and spring. However, they are always around and looking for their next meal. Adults in the autumn tend to search for good locations to hibernate over the colder winter months, and warmth is a key attraction. Flies will lay eggs throughout the year, and in the right environment, you could have an infestation rather quickly. There are many species of flies in the UK, here we have the most common 3 that you will typically come across this winter.

 House Fly

What do they look like?

  • They have large eyes
  • Sticky pads on their feet so they are easily able to stick to surfaces
  • Usually grey in colour, with yellow hints
  • Hairs on their bodies which act as ‘tasters’

House flies are attracted to all types of food, they are not picky! Food waste bins are a highlight, but house flies will also feed on faeces if necessary. This is why house flies are carriers of diseases. They feed and land on a variety of sources, so they are able to easily transfer bacteria and disease.

Cluster Fly

What do they look like?

  • Smaller than house flies
  • Dark grey/brown in colour
  • Slow flyers

They live up to their name as they can be found clustered on windows or doors. Cluster flies are attracted to light and will do this to warm up, especially in the winter months. They prefer quiet locations to rest and hibernate so typically can be found in the loft.

Fruit Fly

What do they look like?

  • Smaller in size than cluster flies
  • Red eyes, yellow/brown in colour
  • Slow in flight & hover

As their name suggests, fruit is a favourite for these flies. They will eat rotting, fermenting fruit and vegetables and lay their eggs on them too.

 What can you do?

  • Clean bins regularly
  • Keep bin lids tightly sealed
  • Keeping windows and doors closed where possible
  • Keep the kitchen sides and floors clean
  • Clear away any food and keep in sealed containers
  • Make sure to remove any turning or rotting fruit from the kitchen sides
  • Make sure to keep bins away from doors and windows where possible

Whilst there are some tips you can do to help prevent flies in your home, if you have an ongoing issue then you may need the help of a professional pest controller. Please do not hesitate to give us a call.

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