8 Different Types Of Fly In The UK

The UK is home to dozens of species of flies. That being said, you will encounter some of these more than others. Many of these species live exclusively in the wild, and others are drawn to our homes. In addition to this, some of these are highly dangerous and others are completely harmless. So what types of fly live in the UK and what do you need to know about them? Here are the most common species of flies that reside in the UK  

1. Bluebottle

—are the dark flies that you often see hovering around dustbins. They often have a metallic shade and are slightly larger than your common housefly. Also, like houseflies, they are known for spreading a number of diseases. Professional pest control is needed to control these. 


2. Housefly  

There is very little that needs to be said about the housefly. Almost no one will be unfamiliar with these types of fly.  As you already know, these flies are a major nuisance to human beings and are a common food pest. This is mostly because they interfere with us eating and also spread deadly diseases.

3. Cluster fly

These are small flies that are known for their unusual behaviour. This mostly involves clustering together in large groups. This will often happen in quiet or undisturbed areas in your home. These flies may also cluster together on windows, where the heat attracts them.

4. Horse fly

These types of fly are famous for biting and you will find them outdoors. This is mostly a problem for livestock such as cows and horses. Despite this, humans must also be careful as these flies are known to have bite humans.  A horse fly bite hurts!


5. Fruit fly

Fruit flies are those tiny little bugs you often see swarming near food. They are most often attracted to fermenting fruit and also alcohol, which makes them common pub pests. While these types of fly do not spread disease, they can be incredibly irritating. They are also incredibly difficult to get rid of.

6. Filter fly

The reason why this species is called the filter fly is because they generally feed on organic sludgy matter. For this reason they usually hang around kitchen drains and sewers.  

7. Autumn fly

This fly is similar to the horse fly, in that they mostly affect horses and cows. They feed on protein found on mucus. This is why you often see them hanging around the nose, mouth or eyes of livestock.

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 8. Crane fly

The crane fly does not look like your typical fly. They have long slender legs and a very small body. These flies pose no danger to humans as they do not spread disease and live out in nature.

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