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Black Fly Facts & Information

Protect your home or business from black flies by learning techniques for identification and control.

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How do I get rid of black flies?

What You Can Do

These insects have proven to be such a nuisance in summer months that special hiking gear has been developed to combat them. Research also shows that black flies are more attracted to dark colors than to light colors; hikers who dress accordingly are less likely to be bothered. In order to avoid being bothered by black flies, hikers often tightly tuck in their shirts and pants.

What Orkin Does

Your local Orkin Pro is trained to help manage black flies and similar pests. Since every building or home is different, your Orkin Pro will design a unique fly treatment program for your situation.

Orkin can provide the right solution to keep black flies in their place...out of your home, or business.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Behavior, Diet & Habits

Understanding Black Flies


These insects breed in flowing water, like streams, and rivers. Adults seek moist environments. Black flies are common in humid, wooded regions in summer months and can be found throughout semitropical regions year round.

Black flies are most active around sunset during June and July and act as severe nuisances to backpackers, hikers, and other outdoor enthusiasts. Black flies are not active at night.

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