Fly & Flies Control & Removal throughout Kent

We all know the nuisance that is the common fly; they buzz around relentlessly, looking for food. Within seconds of landing on food, they can contaminate it with unseen faeces that can cause us to be ill.

But, on occasions, for a variety of reasons, flies can become a real problem and spotting the odd one or two becomes a full time job as you seem to be infested with them.

What kind of flies are there?

There is the common house fly, the nuisance that buzzes around incessantly. Adults are around 5 to 8mm in length and have been proven to spread dysentery and salmonella, both dangerous to humans. The females lay their eggs in decaying food or faeces hence the need to keep rubbish, composts bins covered and any animal waste removed that is close to your property. This will stop the female laying her eggs and prevent infestations of the common housefly within your home or property.

But, there are thousands of different species of flies but here at SOS Pest Control the most common fly problem we deal with are blow flies and cluster flies, as well as the common house fly

The Blow Fly – known as the green or blue bottle, they can reach up to 12mm in length, with large bristly bodies, and are light green or blue in colour, hence their name. Again, they lay their eggs on rotting organic matter, which the larvae then feed on as they grow and develop.

Cluster flies – measuring between 6 and 12 mm in length, they are darker in colour, being brown or golden in colour. Their larvae are parasites in earthworms with the adults clustering in loft and roof spaces in the winter months, which is why they are such a nuisance.

We use a variety of different methods and treatments to rid you of your fly infestation or nuisance but again, prevention is cheaper than cure hence we provide, as part of our pest control service, robust advice so that infestation do not happen again.

Cluster Flies

  • Adults 6-12mm in length
  • Dark brown with golden brown hairs
  • Larvae are parasites in earth worms
  • Adults cluster in lofts and roof spaces in winter


  • Develop from egg to adult in 6-10 days
  • Found close to still water, where larvae develop
  • Often show preference to dark colours

How to keep flies out of your home

If flies are causing a problem in your home or garden, these simple steps can help you to get rid of them:

  • 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 units and appliances
  • Make sure all dustbins have tightly sealed lids
  • Clean up after pets - not only are faeces a perfect breeding place for flies, they may land there before landing on your food
  • Clear up dead flies, as they provide a tasty snack for other pests such as carpet beetles
  • Cover water butts with well fitted lids
  • Do not leave standing water (in watering cans for example) as this offers mosquitoes opportunity to breed
  • If you have a garden pond, introduce goldfish as they will eat fly larvae

If flies do persist, we have a range of DIY products to kill flies in small numbers. If it becomes an established or reoccurring problem with flying insects in the house you will need professional advice and appropriately targeted treatment.

Call us now on :

01233 210782

Canterbury & Whitstable
01227 389563

01304 508334

Folkestone & Hythe
01303 201493

01474 878927

01622 829269

01634 799188

01795 883217

Tunbridge Wells
01892 731230

Tonbridge & Sevenoaks
01732 590169

07879 473298