What are house flies?
A common nuisance pest, house flies regularly find their way into Idaho homes and businesses. An adult house fly has a gray oval-shaped body and four black stripes on the thorax, and on the face, they have one velvety gold and one silver stripe. Their compound eyes provide them with excellent vision. House fly larvae or maggots have rice-shaped, greasy, whitish bodies and are legless. Their heads are darker in color than the rest of them.
House flies are unable to feed on solids because they have sponging mouthparts. To feed on solids, flies regurgitate their saliva onto the food to liquefy it. They can then consume it using their spongy mouthparts. House flies are never a welcome sight around residential or commercial properties.
Are house flies dangerous?
There is no doubt that house flies are a huge nuisance to deal with; they are constantly flying around us, landing on our food, and are challenging to remove from our homes. While it is inevitable that a house fly or two will find a way into your house, when large populations are around, the spread of diseases by these pests is a concern.
House flies only have two wings and are weak fliers. Being a weak flier means they frequently land and take off from generally less than sanitary surfaces. After moving into your home, house flies contaminate surfaces and food with disease-causing pathogens and bacteria they have come into contact with during their travels.
Why do I have a house fly problem?
House flies are prolific breeders, and populations of these pests can explode very quickly. After a female lays its eggs, larvae hatch in one to two days and mature into adults a short three to six days later. After hatching, the new adults stay near to where they hatched. Female flies prefer to lay their eggs in areas of moist, decaying vegetation.
Some of a female house fly's favorite breeding spots include:
- Animal excrement
- Leaf or grass piles
- Decaying vegetation in gardens
Where will I find house flies?
The house fly is a well-known visitor to both urban and rural areas. House flies often move inside through open windows and doors. As we walk inside, house flies move with us. If you have large numbers of house flies inside your home, it's because there is a large population of flies breeding and feeding outside your home. Once inside, they will take advantage of food left out on counters or tables. House flies tend to become a particular problem in kitchen and pantry areas.
How do I get rid of house flies?
More than just annoying, house flies should never have free range in our homes. Keeping these pests away from our yards and homes is difficult and is a job best handled by a professional. Owyhee Environmental professionals get rid of flies and other pests using the best products on the market and a low impact approach. We provide long-lasting solutions you can trust! If you are experiencing problems with flies in your Boise or Meridian area home or business, call Owyhee Environmental today!
How can I prevent house flies in the future?
At Owyhee Environmental, we want to help you prevent problems with house flies by putting together a list of prevention tips that will make your property less attractive to these pests:
- All garbage cans inside or outside your home should have lids to keep flies and other pests out of them.
- When the garbage can is full in your kitchen, immediately take it outside.
- Regularly sanitize garbage bins.
- Place food in airtight containers or inside the refrigerator.
- Keep all food in the kitchen.
- If you own pets, pick up their waste daily.
- Keep outdoor eating areas free of food debris. After eating, quickly take leftover food back inside.
- Eliminate areas of standing water on your property.
- Repair damaged weatherstripping around windows and doors.
- Place tight-fitting screens in windows and doors.
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