What Is Attracting Flies To My New York Property?
New York and New Jersey Pest Experts

New York is full of pests, but there is no pest quite as annoying as flies for New York property owners. Flies have no boundaries and will go anywhere you are on the property. Also, there are numerous species of flies in New York, so complete removal can be tricky since each species behaves slightly differently.

Laws Of Attraction

Before you can worry about removing flies from your property, you must understand what attracts them in the first place, beginning with the type of flies invading. For example, common houseflies prefer organic filth and rotting meat. Fruit flies, on the other hand, prefer sugary substances like overripe fruit or a soft drink.

Common fly attractants, regardless of the species of fly, include uncovered garbage cans, dead animal on or around the premises, pet feces in the yard, fruit or vegetables left out, open sodas or alcohol, and more.

Use These Fly Prevention Tips

Now that you have a better idea of what attracts flies to your New York property, you can use these fly prevention tips to keep the population under control. One prevention tip to consider that applies to all pests, including flies, is to seal up entry points. If you have a crack or a hole in the building or a broken window screen, then it's practically open season for pest infestations.

Besides sealing up the entry points, you'll benefit from using these other fly prevention tips:

Trash Maintenance

Since trash is an attraction, it's necessary to practice proper trash management. Garbage has everything from rotting organic matter to overripe fruit, making it a haven for multiple species of flies. As such, taking the trash out often, wiping down your trash cans, and sealing trash bags are things you need to do to prevent a fly infestation.

Pet Management

Most fly species are attracted to feces, which is why picking up after your pet is critical to keeping the flies away. Clean out the litter box regularly. Pick up after your dog after it goes to the bathroom outside. While not enjoyable, these are effective preventative measures.

Property Maintenance

The wilder your property is, the more attracted flies are to your place. If you have a yard, be sure to remove soiled bedding, decaying plants, and trim the hedges. For an apartment building, you'll want to de-clutter and make sure everything is clean and wiped down.


Regardless of the species of fly, they love buzzing around food. That's why you see them so often when having a picnic or cookout. It's also why wiping up crumbs is an important part of your cleaning efforts. Remove all traces of food and practice proper food storage when not in use.

Fly Control With BHB Pest Elimination

At BHB Pest Elimination, our team works hard to deliver true quality pest control for both our residential and commercial customers. That's why we cover the removal and prevention of several pests, including flies. For over 50 years, we've honed our pest control methods to a sharp edge to ensure we provide the best services possible. Whether you need a one-time service or an ongoing home protection plan to remain protected all year, we have a solution that fits your needs and budget.

If you need fly prevention services, give our team at BHB Pest Elimination a call to speak with one of our agents about our professional home pest control or commercial pest control options, or fill out our online form to schedule your free inspection.

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