Fly Control

Common Types of Flies

One of the first and most important things to do when treating for flies is identifying which type of fly has infested your home or garden. There are over 120,000 different types of flies! Here are some of the most common types that are likely to be in or around your home. Knowing which fly you have in your home makes it easier to treat.


House Fly: The house fly is very common in most countries. They are 1/4" in length and most commonly grey, black or brown. They lay eggs anywhere from compost and trashcans, to human or animal feces.

Fruit Fly: Fruit flies (Vinegar Flies) are also very common. Their colors range from red to black. These smaller flies are attracted to your fruit bowl. They love overripe, ripe, rotten fruits and vegetables.

Blow Fly: Blow flies also known commonly as bluebottles. They are metallic green or blue. In terms of fly size, they are on the medium to large side of the scale. They are attracted to dead animal carcasses and animal feces.

Cluster Fly: Cluster flies have small stripes just behind their head, and grey and black patterns on their abdomens. These flies, also known as attic flies, like to set up shop in your house, and once they do, they can be difficult to eradicate. Luckily, they show no interest in human food which lowers the health risks against humans.

Drain Fly: Drain flies aka moth flies are hairy flies with small abdomens, large antennae, and leaf shaped wings. These are small flies that are attracted to your bathroom and kitchen. They lay eggs in any decaying matter within a water source such as a blocked drain or plug hole.

Flesh Fly: Flesh flies grow up to almost 3\4" as adults. They are normally brown, white or black. These flesh flies have big red eyes. Similar to blow flies, flesh flies are attracted to dead animal bodies and animal feces.

Crane Fly: Crane flies, also called daddy longlegs, are large flies ranging from 1/4" to 2.5". They have long skinny wings, abdomen, and legs. They are brown, gold or grey in color. They are attracted to any decaying plant material on your lawn, and your house lights. Crane flies pose no real health risk to humans, but they do pose a risk to crops and garden plant life.

Black Fly: Black flies are small flies that grow to at max 3/16" and are normally black or grey. The female black fly sometimes bites humans to take blood. Bites from these flies can be very painful, itchy, and sore. There is also a risk of diseases from Black fly bites. They are attracted to running water sources.

Horse Fly: Horse flies have an extremely painful bite. There is a chance of disease and illnesses following a horse fly bite. Horse flies grow from 1/4" to 1.1/8", with the smaller kind known as deer flies, and the larger, horse flies. Horse flies are found in hot and sunny climates, and are attracted to marsh lands, and areas with soft soil.

Mosquito: Mosquitoes are flies, and are well known for their part in spreading diseases such as Malaria and Yellow Fever. Mosquitoes have long abdomens and wings. Their colors range from brown to yellow. Mosquitoes are attracted to standing water. This includes ponds, buckets, and anything else that can collect water. It is estimated that Mosquitoes infect around 250 million people per year with diseases such as malaria.

Once you have identified the type of fly you have, you can move to the next stage - removing potential breeding grounds and making and setting traps to get rid of flies.