What Attracts Flies Into Homes?

Friday 2nd September 2022

Alice Redshaw

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Commonly found in households across the nation, flies frequently found making nuisance of themselves by hovering around food or in the air.

At ICE Cleaning, we are a specialist provider of fly control services nationwide, here to tackle all your pest removal needs. We follow strict health and safety practices during our treatments, working hard to safeguard the health of our technicians and customers.

Continue reading to find out some of the central reasons flies are attracted into homes, and how you can prevent them.

Your rubbish and food waste

This is probably not surprising to see on the list, as flies will regularly make an appearance in summertime by surrounding food waste at barbecues. You will also see them around animal faeces that have not been properly cleaned up on the streets.

It is good to get into a habit of not leaving food out on the side, even crumbs. In cupboards and fridges, make sure all of your food is covered. Your bins should be taken out consistently and kept sealed to deter flies as well.

Every day, make sure to clean down the surfaces in your kitchen following cooking. Flies are known to lay their eggs in rubbish and food waste, so it is important to keep your property sanitary.

If you have a compost heap, close it securely once you are finished using it to stop flies from taking residence there. Following measures such as this can stop flies from becoming a frustrating problem.

Dirty drains

When cleaning up following meals, food waste can often fall into drains. Unfortunately, pesky flies are attracted to substances that are found in drains such as waste, so be sure to wipe your food off plates wherever possible.

To stay on top of this, clean your drains regularly. Otherwise, you could be at risk of a fly infestation. 

You may also find that eggs have been laid in the drains, as flies favour damp and moist environments to hatch their larvae. These eggs can become larvae in as little as 24-48 hours in the right conditions, quickly becoming an issue. 

Once you notice a fly problem, then call in the help of pest control specialists. They will have a deep understanding of the behaviours of these insects, using their expertise to treat the infestation.


Seeing flies near lighting is something you are probably familiar with, especially in the evenings when more lights in your house are likely to be switched on.

There are no set reasons why flies are attracted to lighting, but there are many theories. For instance, it has been thought that flies use artificial lighting for navigation and safety purposes. 

Another theory is that flies are attracted to the small levels of UV found in lighting within homes, as well as the heat they give off. Keep windows and doors closed wherever you can to prevent flies in your home.

Heat in the home

Similar to other insects, flies appreciate the heat from your home, as it gives them shelter and a place to lay their eggs. 

Seal any cracks and holes in the facade of your property and keep the windows and doors closed where you can to ward off flies from your building. They can be a nuisance to get rid of, as well as create a number of health risks for you and your loved ones.

In your kitchen, clean away dishes once you have washed and dried them, as flies will take any opportunity to remain hydrated or find nourishment.

Wiping down surfaces such as windowsills and windows can help to reduce the amount of moisture in your home, which flies love. Make a point to do this after bathing and cooking to deter any flies.

Benefits of specialist fly pest control

As a fly control company, we're here to assist you with all your infestation needs. Whether you're property is industrial, commercial or domestic, you're in safe hands.

Operating 24/7, 365 days a year, our specialists use the latest industry equipment and solutions to achieve results for our clients. What's more, as a specialist cleaning company, we can offer a thorough decontamination following the fly control treatment, leaving your property in a fresh state to return to.

Our specialists will carry out a thorough risk assessment before commencing work in order to identify any possible hazards. We will take every precaution we can to make the working environment safe for everyone involved.

Also, if you need any waste disposing of, we are fully qualified to dispose of this safely. Bacteria from flies can render certain belongings ruined, in which case we've got you covered.

Similar services we offer

As well as our fly pest control, we carry out a number of pest control services. This includes:

Our friendly support team is here to help you at every stage of the process, with whatever query or concern you have. Additionally, following every treatment, we strive to contact every customer to check you're happy with everything and address any issues.

We're ready to help

Book your fly control services with us today on 0208 066 0360 or enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk. We will respond to you as soon as possible.

If you're interested in finding out about the different types of flies found nationwide, check out this information provided by The Wildlife Trusts.

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