Commercial Pest Control for Flies

Commercial Fly Control

Ecolab fly control and elimination programs help improve food safety and guest satisfaction by tackling the root causes of fly activity using our proven outside-in approach.

Flies are a nuisance that can pose a serious threat to food safety and your business. They can spread diseases such as E. coli and Salmonella and hurt your brand with customer complaints, negative reviews and low audit scores. Ecolab’s commercial fly control, restaurant fly control and food service fly control services can help you stay ahead of fly problems and provide a clean, safe and healthy environment for customers and employees.

Two types of flies - large ("house") flies and small ("fruit") flies. Two different fly control strategies. Not sure whether you have a large fly or a small fly problem? Visit our small fly page to learn more.

Large Fly Program

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Ecolab’s comprehensive Large Fly Program features leading technology and ongoing service to help reduce fly pressure outside your restaurant, grocery store, food and beverage processing facility or non-food business. Using an outside-in approach and proprietary Ecolab equipment, our Large Fly Program prevents flies from entering and quickly destroys those that do get inside.

Eliminate Flies From the Outside-In

Ecolab’s three-pronged outside-in approach focuses on finding the root causes of large fly activity outside and solving issues before flies can get inside. This can greatly improve your results in preventing, reducing and eliminating large flies in and around your facility.

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Prevent large fly entry through inspections and recommendations

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Reduce large fly pressure with exterior treatments and equipment

Ecolab Pest Expert Large Fly Window Frame Residual Application


Eliminate large fly activity with targeted interior treatments and equipment

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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.

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Ecolab LED Fly Light


Designed for small interiors, our discreet STEALTH™ CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light) has a small footprint that makes it ideal for front-of-the-house. The STEALTH™ CFL features a compact fluorescent light that attracts flies and other flying insects. Lab tests show that Ecolab’s STEALTH™ CFL catches more flies than similar ILTs.

Large Fly Videos, Articles and Educational Resources


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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

A short video explaining steps you can take to prevent large flies at your facility.

Large Fly Articles

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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.

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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.

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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.

Large Fly Educational Resources

Infographic providing 8 ways to prevent large fly infestation

Large Fly Infographic

Learn about the unique biology and risks of large flies and how your restaurant or food and beverage processing facility can keep them out.
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Large Fly White Paper

Learn about the behavior, identification, and treatment of large flies in our informative white paper: Reduce Pressure, Minimize Opportunities and Eliminate Activity: Science-Based Large Fly Solutions.
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Case Study: F&B Plant

A large cereal manufacturing company implemented the Ecolab Expanded Large Fly Program. Find out how our comprehensive outside-in approach resulted in an 81% reduction of large flies.

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Case Study: Quick Service Restaurant

Study demonstrates that the robust Ecolab Expanded Large Fly Program helps reduce large fly population better than a fly light program alone. This quick service restaurant experienced fly reduction by approximately 49%.

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