What are Flies?

Flies are a type of insect characterized by two wings and a segmented body. They belong to the order Diptera, which means "two wings." Flies are found all over the world, in a wide range of environments, from forests to deserts, and they come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors.

Flies are known for their ability to fly quickly and erratically, making them difficult to catch. They have large compound eyes, which allow them to see movement and detect changes in light, and a pair of antennae, which they use to detect odors.

Flies play an important role in the ecosystem as pollinators and decomposers, but they can also be pests, as some species feed on blood or can transmit diseases to humans and animals. Common types of flies include house flies, fruit flies, blow flies, and horse flies, among others.

What kinds of flies are there?

House Flies

House Flies

House flies are the most common type of fly found in homes and other indoor environments. They are gray in color, about 1/4 inch long, and have four dark stripes on their thorax.

Fruit Flies

Fruit Flies

Fruit flies are small, brownish-yellow flies that are commonly found in kitchens and other areas where food is present. They are attracted to fermenting fruit and other sweet, sugary substances.

Horse Flies

Horse Flies

Horse flies are large, biting flies that are typically found near bodies of water, such as rivers or lakes. They are about 1 inch long and have a dark, shiny body.

Cluster Flies

Cluster Flies

Cluster flies are large, sluggish flies that are commonly found in homes during the fall and winter months. They are about 1/2 inch long and have a dark gray body with golden hairs on their thorax. They are often found in large groups, hence their name.

While it is true that flies play a role in the ecosystem, they are primarily known for their negative impacts on human health and comfort. Flies are notorious pests that can carry and transmit disease-causing organisms, making them a significant threat to public health. They are particularly problematic in areas with poor sanitation and hygiene, where they can quickly breed and spread pathogens.

In addition to their role as disease vectors, flies can also cause significant economic losses. They are a major nuisance in many commercial settings, such as food processing facilities and restaurants, where they can contaminate food products and damage the reputation of the business. Fly infestations can also result in costly clean-up and extermination efforts.

Despite their negative impacts, flies continue to thrive in various environments and have even adapted to resist many control measures. This resilience, combined with their short life cycle and rapid reproductive rate, makes them a persistent problem for humans.

While flies may have some ecological significance, their negative impacts on human health and economic well-being cannot be overlooked. Effective control measures, such as sanitation and pest management strategies, are crucial to mitigate their harmful effects and ensure public health and safety.

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Alta Pest Control proudly offers fly control services in Washington, Kansas, Oklahoma, Virginia, and Texas. Thanks to our advanced training and certification, as well as our vast industry experience, we know how to approach each job based specifically on the variant of fly that is infesting the property. If you want the flies to buzz off as soon as possible, then you should pick up the phone and dial (866) 290-9502 now.

How Alta Pest Control Protects Your Home From Pests

All of our treatment plans are customized to your home and yard. We do this to ensure that you get the exact coverage you need to keep your home safe. All of our technicians and inspectors are experts in their field, so you can be sure that you are getting top-tier protection.


One of our expert technicians will inspect every inch of your home and business for pest activity. Then they will create a custom plan based on their findings.

Initial Service

Once your custom plan is created, we will treat your home and yard to give you immediate relief from pests. Then, we will create a boundary around your property to prevent more pests from entering.

Follow Ups

After the initial service, we will conduct regular maintenance to ensure that your pest problems remain solved. We will also conduct free inspections for problem pests, such as termites.

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When it comes to pest control, we put our money where our mouth is. If we treat your home, and you're still seeing pests, we'll come back and retreat for free. We'll always have your back.

Flies FAQ

Are Flies dangerous?

Most people assume that house flies are annoying but harmless. Unfortunately, this is likely not the case for most species of flies. Like mosquitos, flies can carry and spread dangerous diseases, either by biting someone or by contaminating food sources.

  • Dysentery
  • Typhoid fever
  • Anthrax
  • Tuberculosis
  • Cholera
  • And more

With this said, it is imperative that you start fighting a fly infestation as soon as you suspect that one is happening. Call us at (866)201-7787 and speak with our fly control specialists now.

Do I have a Fly problem?
  1. Too many flies: It is not unusual to see a fly in your home every so often. Yet seeing dozens of flies in a short time could be concerning. Or if there is always a cloud of flies around an outdoor trashcan, then it might mean an infestation is present.
  2. Just a few maggots: Identifying even a few maggots, which are the larval grubs of flies, is a big problem. If maggots are in the garbage or on a piece of refuse outside, then it almost guarantees an infestation.
  3. Clouded light fixtures: Some species of fly are attracted to light like a moth. When there is an infestation, the flies will gather in a light source, get trapped behind the glass or near the bulb, and pass away. The result is that you will notice that some lights in your home will have opaque spots when illuminated. It might be gross, but such a spot is the collection of dead flies.

Where will I find flies?

Flies can be found in various places inside the home, depending on the species of fly. You usually find them in the kitchen, bathroom, living areas, and near large windows.

How do I get rid of Flies?

How does Alta Pest Control handle fly control in your area? The easiest way to find out is to call (866) 290-9502 and connect with our team. We would be happy to find the right service and solution for you, just as we have done for countless people in the past.

Fly Control Services from Alta Pest Control Usually Follow These Steps:

  • Consultation and inspection: Our technicians can sit down with you to discuss our service options and then perform a thorough property inspection to find all possible problems that are contributing to the fly infestation.
  • Treatment: After creating a plan that you agree with, we will implement it right away. We use low-impact solutions that prioritize safety, efficiency, and affordability, so you will always feel satisfied in choosing us for your fly control needs.
  • Follow-up service: Fly control services don’t end the last time we service your home, though. We can conduct follow-up services to inspect yo

How can I prevent fly problems in the future?

-Keep your home clean: Regularly clean your home, paying special attention to areas where flies may be attracted, such as the kitchen and garbage cans. Dispose of food waste promptly and keep surfaces clean and dry.

-Store food properly: Store food in airtight containers or in the refrigerator to prevent attracting fruit flies and other types of flies.

-Keep doors and windows closed: Use screens on windows and doors to prevent flies from entering the home. If you need to open windows or doors, consider using a mesh screen or a screen door.

-Eliminate standing water: Standing water can attract drain flies and other types of flies. Fix any leaky faucets or pipes, and make sure that drains are clear and flowing properly.


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