How to Get Rid of Flies in The House | Checkatrade
Review a Trade

Have you completed a project recently? Let your tradesperson know how they did.

Advice Centre

Get Inspired! Check the latest industry expertise and read insider tips from our vetted tradespeople.

Search For A Trade

We interview and vet all our tradespeople to ensure they meet our high standards.

Join Checkatrade

Join us and benefit from the millions of potential customers who use Checkatrade to find reliable tradespeople.

Advice Centre

Grow your business! Check out top tips and expert advice for boosting your reputation online.

Login To Your Account

Edit your profile, view callback requests and ask for feedback from customers.

How to get rid of flies in the house

Is your house infested with horrid flies? Don’t fret. We’re here to help you rid your house of the nasty pests with this how to guide that offers quick and simple steps to a fly-free home.

Flies coming into the house are a pain, particularly in the warmer months. They come indoors to find things to eat, so a good way to prevent them from entering is to cover food, particularly wet pet food, as well as keeping food bins closed.

House flies and blue bottles are the biggest nuisances as they carry diseases, such as gastroenteritis and salmonella, which they transmit through saliva and faeces. Itching yet? This ‘how to’ guide to getting rid of flies will have those pesky blighters out of your home in no time.

Read on to find out how to get rid of flies in the house in the UK. For more information on the cost of removing flies professionally, check out our pest control cost guide.

How to get rid of flies in your house quickly

Want to know how to banish flies fast? Here are some options: How to get rid of blue bottles

  • Use sticky fly paper. It isn’t the most attractive, but it’s effective.
  • An electric, ultra-violet bug trap attracts the flies and zaps them when they land. The sound is very satisfying!
  • A spray insecticide is a quick solution but be sure to use it in well-ventilated areas and well away from babies, pets, food, and anyone with breathing difficulties.
  • Have fun swatting them with a cheap fly swat, or upgrade with an electric version that zaps them.
  • Don’t want to kill them? Then hang beaded curtains or mesh screens on your doors and windows to prevent them from coming in.
See the tradespeople we've checked and recommend for your job

How to get rid of blue bottles in the house

Blue bottle flies are pesky and annoying, and if you do get an infestation, this is how to get rid of blue bottle flies in the house in the UK. Vacuum first, making sure to clean behind furniture and shelving because that’s where flies like to hide; then wash down surfaces with a disinfectant spray or wet wipes to pick up any fly eggs.

How to get rid of fruit flies in the house

Fruit flies are less of a hygiene threat but it’s still horrid to find them clustering around over-ripe fruit. A good prevention tip is to keep fruit in the fridge, but if it’s too late and you have them already, follow these steps to get rid of them:

You’ll need:

  • The rotten fruit you’re about to throw out
  • A disposable container
  • Cling film


  1. Place the rotting fruit in a disposable container.
  2. Cover the container with cling film.
  3. Pierce some holes in the film and then place the trap where fruit flies hang out.
  4. Wait for the flies to swarm inside the trap and then dispose of the container. Repeat until all flies are gone.
See the tradespeople we've checked and recommend for your job

How to get rid of thunder flies in the house

Also known as thrips, thunder flies are small, can jump quickly, and can be black, white, green or transparent depending on where you are in the world. There are many different types! They usually destroy garden plants but if they get inside your home, they will destroy indoor plants too. As they can bite, it’s best to get rid of them as soon as possible. The simplest way to get rid of them is to spray them directly with soapy water or lay sticky fly traps.

How to get rid of sewer flies in the house

Also known as drain flies, once you’ve located the source of the flies, you can eliminate the nasty pests by removing or thoroughly cleaning the source.

You’ll need:

  • An effective drain cleaner, such as bleach, as well as an anti-bacterial spray
  • Cleaning cloths
  • Stiff brush


  • Thoroughly clean in and around any drains, sinks, or drain pipes, ensuring you clean down into drains with a long, stiff brush.
  • Clear any organic material, particularly around bins and dustbins.
  • Eliminate any standing water or moist areas, such as soggy areas around house plants.

If all else fails and you can’t get rid of the flies, seek help from one of our trusted professionals.

Tell us what you think

Please leave your comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

What others think of this article:

No comments yet!

Also in this project

Ant control cost guide

Remove ants from your home and stop them coming back with our ant control cost guide. Including prices, prevention advice and more....

Read more
How much does bed bug treatment cost?

Make sure your bed bugs are gone for good with our guide to bed bug treatment costs. Including dry steaming, heat and chemical treatment prices....

Read more
What are professional carpet cleaning prices?

Getting your carpet professionally cleaned can help to revitalise your room, contributing to healthier environment through the removal of dirt and bacteria....

Read more
Termite removal cost guide

Termites are tiny insects that mostly feed on dead plant matter, including wood. They’re considered one of the most destructive pests in the world because a termite invasion can cause thousands of p...

Read more