Fly Facts, Identification & Prevention
The aggravation of flies buzzing around your head and landing on your food as you are trying to enjoy a meal; We have all experienced it. Not only are flies an enormous pest, but they carry diseases that can lead to potential illness. If you are experiencing a fly infestation, it may point to a bigger issue on your property.
However, to completely eradicate your fly problem, you will need more than a plastic fly swatter. Calling a professional pest service like All Seasons Pest Control can help you identify the source of your fly infestation and develop a plan to get rid of it.
So, what are some of the most common types of flies and how can you treat a fly infestation?
Two of the most common types of flies homeowners deal with are house flies and fruit flies. House flies are the quintessential fly. They have fat, dark bodies and feed on dead animals, animal dung, and garbage. They live between 15 to 25 days and are often referred to as ‘filth flies’ as they bring disease and bacteria with them everywhere they land. House flies lay their eggs in moist organic materials, reproducing quickly enough to conduct a rapid infestation.
Fruit flies are smaller than your average house fly, averaging around 3 to 4 millimeters in size. Though they are smaller than house flies, they live longer; Lasting an average of 40 to 50 days. Fruit flies feed on ripened fruits, vegetables, and fermented food rather than garbage and only live outside during the summer and fall seasons. Both fruit flies and house flies are nuisances. It is recommended to implement action to eliminate them as soon as they are present in your household.
House Fly Habitats
House flies tend to stay within 1-2 miles of where they were born; however, they have been known to migrate up to 20 miles to find food.
What Do House Flys Feed On?
They are only able to feed on liquids but have the ability to turn many solid foods into a liquid for them to eat. House flies taste with their feet, which are 10 million times more sensitive to sugar than the human tongue.
House Fly Control and Prevention
House flies can be controlled through vigilant sanitation. Remove trash regularly and use well-sealing garbage receptacles. Clean up pet waste immediately. Use fine mesh screens on doors and windows to prevent fly entry.
Threats With These Pests
These insects have been known to carry over 100 different kinds of disease-causing germs, which makes them very bad house guests.
How to Eliminate and Prevent Flies
Flies are tricky insects; however, there are steps to take to ensure they do not take over your home.
1. Sanitize: Sanitizing and cleaning your home is key to keeping flies at bay. Flies feed on crumbs, food waste, and other organic materials so taking out the garbage, wiping off countertops, and sweeping floors is essential to their prevention. In addition to sanitizing and wiping down surfaces inside, clean up all outdoor pet waste and keep trash can lids on tight. These seemingly simple steps can dramatically reduce flies, helping eradicate them from your home.
2. Set Traps: Sticky fly traps can catch flies and keep them from venturing through the rest of your home. Stopping flies before they have the chance to lay eggs and land on food and other surfaces will help keep the problem from multiplying and the bacteria from spreading.
3. Call All Seasons Pest Control: Finding the source of an infestation is key to making sure your unwanted house guests don’t keep breeding, however, the source can be hard to find. This is why it is important for you to hire a professional. Our fruit fly and house fly exterminator technicians can help you to identify the source and get rid of your fly problem for good.
House Fly Exterminator in Tacoma, WA and Surrounding Areas
Getting rid of pests, such as flies, can be stressful; However, it does not have to be. At All Seasons Pest Control, we are committed to providing the best service possible to our customers. We have been in business since 1982, and take care of your pest problem effectively, efficiently, and with excellent customer service. ― Check out our reviews!
If you are ready to take control of your pests and get back ownership of your home, contact us for a consultation today! We will help identify your problem and set up a plan to treat it.