Flies and Ants




If you have a problem with rats, mice, wasps or any other pest at your property, Sykes Pest Control can resolve it quickly, efficiently and discreetly in our unmarked vehicles. We are available throughout Cleckheaton, Birstall, Bradford, Brighouse, Batley, Dewsbury, Leeds and the surrounding West Yorkshire areas. 
Do you you need to know how to get rid of flies or ants?

Common Fly Species - How to get rid of flies.

Flies are one of the most annoying pests that can be found in UK homes and business' Some species are more common than others but all flies are known to carry diseases Flies can be infest a building extremely quickly and can be very hard to eradicate Although there are products available to the general public these are often not strong enough to eradicate the problem completely. Therefore it is advisable to contact a professional pest control company and here at Sykes Pest Control we receive many calls a week asking how to get rid of flies. Our technicians are fully trained and have the knowledge, experience and access to professional use insecticides that are not available to the general public. 
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House Flies 

House flies are major carriers of diseases. They are attracted to all types of food including human food, animal feed, pet foods, food waste and faeces House flies carry diseases on their legs and the small hairs that cover their bodies, transferring the pathogens to food and surfaces in a matter of seconds. Mature house flies also use saliva to liquefy solid food before feeding on it and during this process they also transfer the pathogens. Disease carried by house flies include salmonella, typhoid, dysentery and tuberculosis. House flies have also been known to transmit the eggs of parasitic worms. 

Blue Bottle Flies 

 Blue Bottle Flies are also known as Blow Flies. Their name comes from their iridescent blue colour that is similar to coloured glass bottles. These flies can often be seen flying around rubbish bins, decaying rubbish and are attracted to faeces and dead animals. They are known to be carriers of diseases such as E-Coli, Typhoid, Dysentery, Staphylococcus, Streptococcus amongst many others. A female blue bottle fly will lay her eggs where she feeds, usually decaying meat, rubbish or faeces. Larvae known as maggots soon hatch from the eggs and feed on the decomposing matter After only a few days feeding they are fully grown. One female blue bottle can lay up to 600 eggs. 

Cluster Flies 

Cluster Flies or Attic Flies are named due to their habit of forming 'clusters' when hibernating and are usually found in roof spaces and attics Cluster flies live outdoors during the summer months but as autumn approaches they seek out a protected site to spend the winter. They can often be found in vast numbers in attic spaces and enter by crawling through small openings in walls and roof tiles Once a cluster of flies has found a suitable habitat they emit a pheromone which attracts more of its species. If the clusters are large enough to detect the pheromone they have been known to return year after year in greater numbers. Cluster flies are classed as a pest due to the very large numbers that cluster together. The most common species Pollenia Rudis, is the slightly larger than a house fly, other species include Dasyhora Cyanella. 

Fruit Flies (Vinegar Flies, Sewer Flies) 

Fruit Flies, also known as Vinegar Flies or Sewer Flies, can be a problem all year round but are more noticeable during the summer. Fruit Flies are very small and can crawl through small gaps and crevices and seek out ripe and rotten fruit and vegetables. They can detect rotten food from a distance and once located they lay eggs on the surface of the food matter. Fruit Flies breed in drains, rubbish disposals, bins, mops and cleaning rags. They can lay up to 500 eggs and these eggs develop to fully grown adults in as little as a week These small flies reproduce and mature at such a rate that they very quickly become a problem

Ants - how to get rid of ants 

Black Ants are the species most found in gardens around the UK and are the only ant that is regularly seen in homes and commercial premises. Less commonly seen is the Pharaoh Ant, and these are only found indoors. Once an infestation of ants takes hold, the problem can be very difficult to control and we are often asked how to get rid of ants.It is advisable to contact a professional pest control company At Sykes Pest Control our technicians have the knowledge and access to professional use insecticides that are not available to the general public. 
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Black Ants 

Black Ants are a nuisance pest but not a risk to human health. They do not have a sting, their jaws are their main defence, but they are not strong enough to break a persons skin. Black Ants eat insects and sugary substances such as nectar and rotting fruit. A Black Ant colony contains only one queen and 4,000 to 7,000 workers, a larger colony can contain 15,000 workers. On hot days between June and September males and females from many colonies take flight and mate. The new queens then lose their wings and burrow underground and the cycle starts again.

Although these small insects are harmless to humans, their presence indoors is considered as a nuisance pest that can quickly invade homes and commercial properties. We service both domestic and commercial properties that contact us asking how to get rid of ants. None wants to see these 
Little insects crawling over food and surfaces, and can be damaging to a business' reputation. 

Pharaoh Ant 

Pharaoh Ants pose a health risk as they are able to carry pathogens as they travel an area for food. They are smaller than the Black Ant and pale yellow-brown in colour. Nests will occupy any suitable crevice and are often found deep within the foundations and wall cavities of a building They are able to penetrate packaging and contaminate food for human consumption They are very agile and can climb smooth surfaces Due to their size and agility they have been known to access sterile equipment and so can pose a significant risk to human health 

Pharaoh Ants have been known to invade hospitals, clinics, 
and nursing homes causing damage that is detrimental to 
human health At Sykes Pest Control, we have the knowledge and experience in eradicating these problems. 


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