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Flies Pest Control

House flies and other nuisance flies are usually associated with some source of decomposing organic matter which is a nice way of saying filth. Hence, this group of flies is commonly known as “filth flies” in our industry. Commonly associated flies in the group are; house flies, blowflies, fruit flies, drain flies, and fungus gnats. If you are experiencing a problem with one of these flies, it doesn’t necessarily mean your housekeeping is suspect. A common hidden breeding site for flies usually includes behind refrigerators and stoves, leaky pipe areas, forgotten trash in garages, and recycling areas.

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Firstly, flies will transfer bacteria from one surface to another—this typically ends up being food and can be ingested by humans. The most common outcomes of fly bacteria transfers are stomach bugs, blood poisoning, and pneumonia. In recent years, researchers have determined that flies can carry as many as 600 different types of bacteria. Gross.

Treatment and Customer Preparation

Residentially, most of the services Graduate offers are consultative in nature. There are some situations that require a pesticide application to eliminate a large number of flies within a structure, but most situations only need a fly identification and help to find the breeding source (filth). Once found and sanitized, the flies usually die off and the problem will be abated. If you are experiencing a nuisance fly problem, please contact us for a free consultation.

Commercial kitchens, restaurants, and bars present special challenges due to the sheer volume of food materials and organic matter that can accumulate in various locations. Graduate offers consultative and corrective services specially designed to manage fly populations in these facilities. Please contact us for a free consultation.


Good housekeeping and sanitation is your primary defense from these occasional invaders.

There are a few steps you can take right now to prevent flies of all kinds from swarming your home.

  • Dispose of any rotting fruit or vegetables on the counter.
  • Bag your old food in air-tight trash bags when putting in the receptacle or put in a compost bin away from your home
  • Keep fruits and vegetables inside your fridge
  • Take out your trash and recycling frequently.
  • Replace old sponges, mops, or rags. Flies need moisture to reproduce.
  • Ensure your sponges and mops are able to fully dry.
  • Wash dishes immediately. Dirty dishes can attract fruit flies who rely heavily on moist food sources.
  • If you do opt to keep your fruit and vegetables on your counter or pantry, be sure to check on them regularly.
  • Give your kitchen a thorough cleaning, and regularly wipe your counters and floors.
  • Immediately clean up any spills and crumbs.
  • Make sure your foundation, doors, and windows are free of holes, cracks or openings.
  • Repair or replace broken window screens, caulk or seal openings around utility pipes, and install door sweeps underneath exterior doors.