Residential Banner

How To Get Rid of Flies

Worried about flies and flying insects? 

Image of Cluster Fly from Rentokil Ireland providing advice on how to get rid of flies in your home

Flies can be a real problem around the home, particularly if in large numbers. Some species of fly also transmit a wide range of diseases including salmonella, dysentery, tuberculosis, cholera and parasitic worms.

For this reason it is important to know how to get rid of flies and prevent flies entering your home.

How To Get Rid of Flies in Your Home

It is important not to attract flies with food sources or places for fly larvae to grow. You can follow the simple steps below to help get rid of flies:

  • After dark, keep windows and doors closed or block out the light with curtains
  • Fit fly screens to windows especially around kitchen and waste areas
  • Always cover food – flies spread diseases by landing on food before we eat it
  • Clear away food and liquid spillages immediately
  • Clean food debris from under kitchen appliances
  • Make sure all rubbish bins have tightly sealed lids
  • Keep compost enclosed and covered
  • Clean up after pets – not only are faeces the perfect breeding place for flies but also somewhere a fly may land before landing on your food
  • Clear up dead bodies of flies as they can provide a tasty snack for other pests (eg. Carpet beetle)

There is also a range of DIY fly products available to kill flies, such as fly spray and fly repellent, but an established fly problem may require professional pest control to get rid of flies effectively.

How To Keep Flies Away

Are flies causing a problem outside your home and in your garden? Follow the steps below to keep flies away:

  • Ensure drains are kept clear and running
  • Treat drains that seem to have flies with bleach
  • Ensure gutters and water gullies are not blocked
  • Cover water butts with a lid
  • Do not leave standing water (eg in watering cans)
  • Introduce goldfish into garden ponds to eat fly larvae

Flies in Your Home

There are thousands of different species of fly but the most common flies found in the home are:

Image of House Fly (Musca domestica) in Your Home | Rentokil Pest Control Ireland
  • House Flies – Attracted to any uncovered food or organic waste. This fly can transmit diseases.


Image of Bluebottle (Calliphora vomitoria) | Rentokil Pest Control Ireland
  • Bluebottle (Greenbottle) – significant numbers in a house will often indicate a dead animal (such as a mouse) in the property.


Image of Cluster Fly (Pollenia rudis) | Rentokil Pest Control Ireland
  • Cluster Flies - often take shelter over the winter inside homes (eg. in attics). Can occur in very large numbers in the home as they emerge in the spring.


Image of Filter Fly (Psychodidae) | Rentokil Pest Control Ireland
  • Filter Fly - sometimes mistaken for moths, it has wings densely covered by hair.


Image of Mosquito | Rentokil Pest Control Ireland
  • Mosquitoes – adults 5mm. Tend to be found near still water where their larvae develop. Our guide to insect bites advises on treatment for bites.

Get Rid of Flies Professionally

A professional fly service will often be required for large or multiple fly infestations.

Rentokil offers a fast, and effective service to get rid of flies in your home, whilst providing the highest level of safety for your family and pets.
Our technicians understand the habits of each fly species and have a range of powerful insecticides to get rid of flies effectively.

Contact Rentokil Ireland on 1890 666 444 for advice on how to get rid of flies or to arrange a visit by a Rentokil technician.