Large Flies

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 Fly Program

Our proactive and comprehensive Large Fly Program features leading-edge technology and ongoing service to help reduce fly pressure on the exterior, exclude flies from entering the facility, and quickly destroy flies that do gain entry. Using an ‘Outside-In’ approach and proprietary Ecolab equipment, our program helps to improve food safety and guest satisfaction by providing a proactive solution to large fly problems. We offer a multi-faceted approach that addresses fly activity in multiple ways. Our scientifically-developed program includes:

  • Inspections and recommendations
  • Interior and exterior treatments
  • Proprietary interior and exterior equipment

When you partner with Ecolab you can be confident you are getting innovative, science-based solutions from rigorously trained pest specialists. Ecolab delivers consistent service protocols; actionable insights to proactively prevent pest risk; customer support 24/7/365; and a strong commitment to partnership. Together, we protect success.

Commercial Large Fly Elimination Equipment Used


STEALTH™ Fly Station

Ecolab's proprietary STEALTH™ Fly Station, winner of the National Restaurant Association's Kitchen Innovations Awards, is a key element in Ecolab Pest Elimination’s Large Fly Program. Designed for exterior use, this innovative device has a dark, reflective surface that discreetly eliminates up to 50% of flies before they enter a facility.



The STEALTH™ Maxima Fly Light uses advanced technology to control indoor flies for back-of-house and areas with high fly pressure. As an integral part of Ecolab’s Large Fly Program, the STEALTH™ Maxima Fly Light is essential for discreet and effective fly removal. With a proven track record of outstanding performance, the STEALTH™ Maxima Fly Light can trap up to 1,000 large flies.

Large Fly Videos

Teaming Up Against Large Flies

Watch this short video on the importance of keeping large flies out of your facility. Ecolab researchers study fly biology and behavior to help protect your food safety and reputation. The more you know about large flies, the better you can keep them out of your facility.

A Humorous Look at a Serious Problem

In this entertaining video, you'll learn about large fly behaviors and how large flies can jeopardize food safety. You’ll also see how Ecolab’s multi-faceted, science-based commercial fly control program proactively addresses large fly activity to help protect your food, your guests’ experience and your brand reputation.


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.

How to Prevent Large Flies

This short video explains the steps you can take to prevent large flies at your facility.

Large Fly Articles

Large fly on green leafe

Facts About Large Flies (“House Flies”)

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

Fly on toast.

Large Flies and Food Safety

Large flies are sometimes called “filth flies” because they breed in manure, human waste, dumpsters, garbage, and decaying vegetation, transmitting disease and presenting a food safety risk. Learn more about how large flies can impact your business’s food safety.

Man cleaning and sanitizing a table.

How to Prevent Large Fly Problems

To protect your business from the food safety and health concerns posed by large flies, there are steps you can take to minimize risk.

Outside-In Approach

Benefit of Outside-in Approach

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

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