Large Flies

A common house fly is considered a nuisance, but flies represent a serious food safety concern. Flies contaminate food with their filth and can contribute to the spread of disease. Stay ahead of large fly problems in and around your facility and provide a clean, safe and healthy environment for your customers with Ecolab’s Large Fly programme.

Large Flies Can Spread Disease

Large flies, including house flies, bottle flies, blow flies and flesh flies, are associated with the spread of disease causing pathogens that cause disease such as Cholera, Typhoid Fever, Diptheria and Dysentery. These pests have also been shown to transfer E. coli and Salmonella, which cause foodborne illnesses. Because large flies readily transfer pathogens, managing them is critically important for any facility that handles food.

Our expert Service Specialists provide a customised programme featuring leading edge technology and ongoing service to help eliminate flies on the exterior and interior of your facility.

Ecolab's Large Fly programme includes:

  • Inspection of structural and sanitation issues that can lead to large fly infestation
  • Exterior treatments to areas flies congregate including waste and recycling and near entrances
  • Interior treatments
  • Stealth Fly Stations for exterior protection 
  • Fly traps and lights for interior protection
  • Recommendations on how to limit fly entry

Ecolab’s comprehensive pest programme combines an outside-in approach to pest control with on-site consultation, data-driven reporting, customer support 24/7/365 and educational tools to raise staff awareness on how they can prevent pest activity.

When you partner with Ecolab Pest Elimination experts, you can be confident you are getting innovative, science-based solutions to keep your customers and staff safe and your facility pest-free.

Book a Free Site Survey for Your Business

Our free site survey brings experts directly to you. Our trained surveyors will assess your site and requirements and provide you with a thorough report detailing how you can protect your business against pests and the risks they pose.


Commercial Large Fly Elimination Solutions

STEALTH™ Fly Station

Ecolab’s Large Fly Programme includes the proprietary STEALTH™ Fly Station proven to attract and kill flies.   

Ecolab LED Fly Light
STEALTH™ LED fly light
The STEALTH™ LED Fly Light is Ecolab’s revolutionary fly removal technology designed for the interior of your facility. 

Large Fly Videos

Why You Don’t Want a Fly as a Friend
Ecolab Pest Elimination expert, Dr. John Barcay, shows typical large fly behaviors in a way you have never seen before.  Learn how large flies can jeopardize food safety and how Ecolab’s multifaceted, science-based programme proactively addresses large fly activity at your facility to help protect your food, your guests’ experience, and your brand reputation.
Teaming Up Against Large Flies
Watch this short video on the importance of keeping large flies out of your facility. Ecolab researches fly biology and behavior to help protect your food safety and your reputation. The more you know about large flies, the better you can keep them out of your facility.
Large Flies: More Than a Nuisance
Watch a recording of the 2020 Large Flies: More Than a Nuisance Webinar. Ecolab experts discuss the impact of COVID-19 on pest control, large fly biology and behavior, how to prevent large flies from entering your facility, and how to choose the right pest provider.
STEALTH™ Fly Station Demo Video
The STEALTH™ Fly Station discreetly eliminates flies on the outside, while reducing flies entering your facility by up to 50%. This product is the winner of the 2012 National Restaurant Association's Kitchen Innovations Award.  
STEALTH™ LED Fly Light Demo Video
Our proprietary STEALTH™ LED Fly Light helps reduce flies and uses 60% less energy compared to traditional fly lights. This product is the winner of the 2017 National Restaurant Association's Kitchen Innovations Award.   

Large Fly Articles

Facts About Large Flies (“House Flies”)

Large flies, also known as filth flies, include houseflies, bottle/blow flies and flesh flies. Understanding the biology and behavior of these common types of large flies can help with fly prevention in your facility. 

Fly on toast.
Large Flies and Food Safety

Large flies including houseflies, bottle or blow flies and flesh flies are also called “filth flies” because they breed in filth such as manure, human excreta, dumpsters, garbage, and decaying vegetation, causing a food safety risk. 

Man cleaning and sanitizing a table.
How to Prevent Large Fly Problems

To protect your business from the health risk posed by large flies such as houseflies and bottle/blow flies, there are steps you and your pest management provider can take to minimise food safety risks. 

Image of the outside-in approach.
Benefit of Outside-in Approach

Implementing a comprehensive programme utilizing an Outside-In Approach can greatly improve your efforts towards large fly prevention in your facility. 

Large Fly Educational Resources

Small flies and large flies are two distinct pests with two different solutions.
Large Fly and Small Fly Tip Sheet
Learn about the two distinct types of flies — each requires a unique approach to fly prevention and fly elimination.
Infographic providing 8 ways to prevent large fly infestation
Large Fly Infographic
Learn about the unique biology and risks of large (“house”) flies and how to reduce house fly issues.
Large Fly White Paper
Learn about the behavior, inspection, and treatment of large flies with Ecolab’s white paper: Reduce Pressure, Minimise Opportunities and Eliminate Activity: Science-Based Large Fly Solutions.


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