Flies are a nuisance that can also pose serious health concerns. They can pass diseases onto humans and affect food safety in convenience stores, grocery stores, restaurants, and many other businesses. In fact, flies can carry more diseases than cockroaches. Flies can also pose economic concerns and tarnish the reputation of a business when they affect your ability to follow strict government regulations.


Common Pest Flies

  • Bottle Flies—They are either metallic blue, green, bronze, or shiny black. These flies are scavengers that show up in meat and animal carcasses, but also in garbage.
  • Drain Flies—Drain flies are densely covered with long hairs and live on decaying organic matter in and around sinks and drains.
  • Fruit Flies—The common fruit fly hovers around ripe or decaying fruits, vegetables, and garbage; this dark-eyed fruit fly spends much of its time resting on walls.
  • House Flies—The most common type of pest fly, these flies are grey in appearance. House flies are major carriers of disease, and are known to transfer over 100 pathogens resulting in ailments, including typhoid, tuberculosis, cholera and dysentery.
  • Phorid Flies—These flies are often found near drains or other decaying materials. They are known to transmit diseases to humans.


Visit our Pest Guide to learn more about identifying other types of flies.


Dodson Innovative Solutions

Our technicians have the knowledge and experience to manage and prevent a fly infestation. After a comprehensive inspection to identify the problem, we will provide a customized treatment plan to fully manage the current flies and prevent future issues. Fly management is a 5-step process that includes:


A thorough inspection of all potential gathering, breeding, and access areas for flies


Identify the problem flies and develop an effective fly management strategy


Our technician will work with you to establish a comprehensive sanitation plan for your home or business. Some of the steps may include:

  • Trash containment and timely removal
  • Regular cleaning of food storage and preparation areas and surfaces
  • Cleaning and sanitizing drains
  • Monitoring for moisture, spillage, and debris that can provide flies breeding sites
Mechanical Control 

This aspect can include any of the following:

  • Screening, caulking, and sealing windows and doors
  • Installing air curtains as preventative barriers
  • Modifying temperature and lighting conditions
Treatment Options

This aspect can include:

  • Applying microbial foam to appropriate areas
  • Residual treatments and granular baits
  • Installing insect light traps to capture flies
  • ULV fogging applications
  • Automatic aerosol dispensers
  • Installing bait traps to control flies