Bluebottles are common worldwide and frequently live in association with man. Bluebottles primarily breed on dead and decaying animal matter, preferably carcasses or meat offal. Although very common in the wild, they are also frequently associated with some human activities.
As with most fly species, hygiene and proofing are the most important factors in achieving effective control. Residual insecticides may be used on walls and surfaces where large numbers of adults may rest. Aerosol or misting space sprays based on pyrethroids can be used to knock-down and kill visible adults quickly. Electrical Fly Killers using UV light may also be used in certain situations.