Boise's Handy House Fly Prevention Guide

January 25, 2022

There are few things that can ruin a meal faster than finding a fly crawling around on your food. These small, invasive bugs are incredibly annoying and a huge problem for Boise homeowners. If you are constantly finding flies buzzing around your living areas and are trying to find some solutions to get and keep these pests out, let us help you today. Here is everything you should know about flies in Boise and a helpful fly prevention guide to get control of these pests. 

a house fly on a countertop

What Do Flies In Boise Look Like?

There are a few different kinds of flies that live here in Boise. We have tiny flies like drain flies and fruit flies and we have larger flies like house flies. Today, we will be focusing on house flies as they are one of the most common types of flies in our area. Identify a house fly by its dark gray, ⅛ to ¼”-long body, two transparent wings, and its two red eyes. These invasive pests have incredibly short lifespans but can reproduce rapidly. How do flies reproduce? Males mate with multiple females. These females then lay batches of up to 150 fertilized eggs. These eggs take eight to twenty hours to hatch and then rapidly mature.

How Dangerous Are House Flies In Boise?

One thing we are regularly asked is: Are flies dangerous? Considering the fact that these pests regularly crawl over and consume fecal matter, it does make sense that they pose a threat to humans. As house flies buzz around indoors, they can spread harmful bacteria and other disease-causing organisms over surfaces and left-out food. Some common diseases you might contract from house flies include dysentery, diarrhea, cholera, typhoid, and eye infections like trachoma and epidemic conjunctivitis. If you have an infestation of flies inside your home, be careful not to eat food they have contaminated and do what you can to remove these pests quickly. 

Four No-Sweat Fly-Prevention Tips For Boise Homeowners

If you haven’t seen flies inside your Boise home in a while but you are worried about them coming inside in the future, you should try these prevention tips. Here is how to prevent flies using four no-sweat tips and tricks.

  • Keep your living areas clean. This should involve washing dishes every day; wiping down countertops and tables; vacuuming, sweeping, and mopping floors as they get dirty; cleaning beneath large kitchen appliances and in other hard-to-reach areas; and cleaning up after eating a meal.
  • After finishing a meal, store all leftover food inside air-tight containers. We also recommend doing this for pet food, pantry items, and any other snacks flies might have access to.
  • Address moisture issues in and around your home. This involves fixing leaky piping and fixtures, wiping down sinks, tables, and other places that get wet, making sure your gutters are working properly, and using a dehumidifier indoors.
  • Get a professional involved. This step allows you to avoid the other three and easily gets and keeps flies out of your living areas.

How To Completely Get Rid Of A House Fly Infestation In Boise Homes

If you are looking for how to get rid of flies, your best option is to hire the experts here at Owyhee Environmental. Our team offers comprehensive general pest control options to identify, remove, and prevent a wide range of problematic pests, including flies. These services are custom designed to fit your home’s needs and performed by our team of licensed and highly-trained technicians. 

Contact our team today to learn more about our service options or to have any pest-related questions answered.

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