Fly infestation! Help

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Old 09-19-17, 01:34 PM
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Angry Fly infestation! Help

Sorry it's so long I just felt like I needed to explain everything and all the facts! Thankyou in advance.
So these last couple of weeks I have noticed more and more flies in my household. I have OCD so I always keep the house very very clean, I Hoover and mop 3 times if not more a week and make sure I use disinfectant spray and solutions everywhere! I never leave any rotting food anywhere.
I have one dog and two cats, the cats don't have litter trays as they always go outside as does the dog when they do their business.
When I first noticed the flies, I noticed that I left some mince out and sealed it, put it in the bin straight away and killed all the flies in the house. But they came back, so I looked everywhere around the house and no where. I then noticed there were some in my bedroom. I lifted my rug and there were loads of black/brown small looking things (not maggots because they didn't move and they weren't white). I poured boiling water down, used disinfectant spray and specialised wipes that cleaning industries use after hoovering them all up. I then strip cleaned all of my bedroom and washed all of my clothes and anything material while also wiping everywhere down.
They are now all over my bathroom! About 10-20 all surrounding the window. I have no idea where they're coming from! There is a small gap between the sink and the wall, the same as the toilet and the wall due to wear and tear as it is an 18 year old house. I'm so worried and sick to death of it! It's disgusting and I'm only young so I have no idea how to get rid of them!
If anyone has idea please let me know!
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Did you try to determine how they were entering the house?
 
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Where else are they - outside, neighboring houses, etc.

We had an infestation once from sewer grease being sprayed onto a field three blocks away from the house.
 
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I'm thinking what you found under the carpet is a separate issue, something related to the carpet but not house flies. There are many varieties of flies but from my experience they have a relatively short life cycle, about 3 days. That would mean they are reproducing somewhere. have you put out any rodent poisons or mouse traps?

Can you search for pictures on the internet to try to identify what variety you have?

Have you tried some of the sticky tapes?

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The brown things under the carpet could be the fly pupae which is the stage after the maggot (larvae) stage. Pupae are simply cocoons and the next stage is adult.

Fly identification is paramount when trying to solve a fly problem as the various specie habits, biology, food source, harborage, conducive conditions, etc are very different between the various species. Once a proper ID is made, that will lead us in the proper direction to discover where they are coming from. Capture various specimens of flys and the pupae if available and take them somewhere for a proper ID. Not sure where your at but here in the US we have county agricultural extension agents from large universities that will give proper and objective ID and advice. Proper identification is necessary here so that the source can be understood and dealt with.

As we are into the fall season here in just a couple of days, flies and other insects are looking for over wintering sites which means that many will get inside accidentally. If what you found is in fact larvae, then that would indicate that the life cycle is occurring indoors as Bud pointed out which means more than accidental invasion is occurring.

Hopefully you can get proper ID of the flies. Please keep us posted as we can go in a more positive direction then.
 
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Hi thank you for replying.
Theyre definitely house flies, I've obsevered them for a while and everything about it that I've researched shows they are house flies.
Another thing I forgot to mention, there has been a leak through my bath down to the bottom bathroom through the ceiling. I'm thinking it might be the damp causing the flys as it's getting to winter here and we have to turn the heating on so maybe they like the heat? But that wouldn't explain why they're spreading around the house, but the majority are in the top bathroom.
I'm off to buy some sticky tape to catch them and also going to get some powder because the disinfectant spray is obviously not working as well as I hoped.
Thank you all again!
 
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They need to feed on something so I think a clean water leak would not be sufficient.
 
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They need to feed on something
Not so sure about that.,

I have a bonus room above the garage, there is nothing out there food wise but it's not sealed tight so the areas around the 3 dormer windows are covered with flies, lady bugs, wasps, you name it! They never get into the hose but I have to vacuum them up a couple times each year!
 
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You still didn't answer my question. Where are they entering?
 
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