Flies & Ants Pest Control

If you have a problem with bees, hornets, wasps or any other pest at your property, Sykes Pest Control can resolve it discreetly in our unmarked vehicles.

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 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 grade insecticides that are not available to the general public.

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. Diseases 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 their 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 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.


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.

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 person’s 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.  No one 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.

What Our Clients Say

At Sykes Pest Control, we offer quality pest removal services. You can rely on us to remove rats, bees and more. Check our customer reviews below to see what our customers have to say about us.

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Shadwell Tandoori
Shadwell Tandoori
14:29 22 May 20
Excellent service. Came and sorted my squirrel infestation out promptly. Amazing value compared to other quotes I... received. Highly recommendedread more
George Norris
George Norris
14:29 14 May 20
Rang on the Monday morning and came Tuesday morning. Very knowledgable and could see the problem straight away. Dealt... with our problem straight and even came the following week to follow up. Fast, efficient and very effective. Would highly recommend, thanks again!read more
Ali Kilner
Ali Kilner
12:38 11 May 20
Danny was really quick to respond to my enquiry online and able to attend to our bee problem the next day. On arriving... was quick to get straight on with the job at hand helpfully taking away most of the bees and dealing the last remaining stubborn few who didn’t want to leave. Overall a great professional service and if I had another pest problem I’d not hesitate to call on him again. Thanks Danny.read more
anita pullan
anita pullan
11:40 04 May 20
Sykes Pest Control have done a great job to get rid of the squirrels in our loft.After many nights of not getting much... sleep due to banging noises in our loft,Danny came to rescue. He’s punctual, very professional and gives the right advice on what needs to be done.Not only has he got rid of the squirrels and saved us lots of damage being done to the loft, he has also fixed the hole they were using to get in. His work is great and too of a very high standard. Would definitely recommend him .Thank you so much Danny!read more
Naomi Delashley
Naomi Delashley
17:51 29 Apr 20
Rang up over a week ago as I had rats in my shed and around it danny came out that same day and treated the issue was... so happy with the service and how friendly Danny is... came back to check I wouldn’t come across any dead as I’ve been a frantic mess especially with having kiddies and just generally gone above and beyond! Highly recommend and will use again if I ever need to thank you 🙂read more
20:16 27 Jan 20
Great service by Danny. Very Competitive price and great professionalism throughout.Thank you for your help
Gotyasize Fighting Fit
Gotyasize Fighting Fit
22:08 07 Jan 20
This man is brave 👏🏻👍🏽Fast response, great service all round. Danny came to my house, identified rat... problem and put poison down. Came back a week later to block all the entrances and routes for rats. Very professional and well experienced. Strongly recommend using Danny for any pest issues.read more
amir mushtaq
amir mushtaq
16:12 10 Dec 19
Fantastic guy. Found a rat in my house. Danny came round found where the rat got in placed some rat poison. Haven't... seen the rat since. He came back 14 days later to seal entry point for rat. Lovely guy. Knows what he's talking about and has 26 years experience. Would highly recommend.read more
Keith Naylor
Keith Naylor
08:27 02 Oct 19
Fast effective treatment of wasps nest at very reasonable price. Would highly recommend Sykes Pest Control.Don't... struggle like I did for days trying to do the job yourself. Call Danny at Sykes Pest Control for fast expert treatment and quick peace of mind.read more
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Bradford: 01274 753 170
Leeds: 01133 229 078
Mobile: 07796 615260

If you need pest control services in Cleckheaton or anywhere in the surrounding 25 mile radius.

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