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The common house fly has been a plague to mankind for thousands of years. Not only do they buzz and fly around you, your food and your home, annoying you to no end; they also carry deadly pathogens. Flies have been known to transfer over 100 pathogens resulting in many illnesses. Typhoid, tuberculosis, cholera, and dysentery are but a few threatening pathogens that flies can spread. They get into our homes with ease. Dave’s Pest Control wants to help you control your fly problem.

Common House Fly Facts

The common house fly is usually grey in color. You will often see them in corners, ledges and also resting on walls and ceilings. House flies will sleep at night and go looking for food during the day. House flies can lay up to 100 eggs; 5 to 6 times in their short lives. They have a complete life span of a month. This means the egg, to larvae, to an adult fly will have a lifespan of 30 days. Flies have thousands of individual lenses that give them a wide field of vision. Therefore, making a direct attack on a fly is very difficult. House flies will eat anything from human food, pet foods, garbage and feces. Most of us call the common house fly a dirty fly for this reason.

House Fly Control Inside & Outside Your Home

Controlling house flies is an important task to prevent deadly illnesses. As small as house flies are, they are not an easy pest to control. First you will want to identify your fly. Each fly has their own unique method of control. If you are having a hard time identifying the flies in your home, you can always contact Dave’s Pest Control to help you identify your species of fly. After confirming you are in fact dealing with house flies, you will want to locate where they are laying their eggs. Most of the time you will find their eggs around trash cans, pet food bowls, or wherever there is a reoccurring food source for flies. They will lay their eggs in hopes the offspring will have plenty of food. Once eggs are found, clean up the area and remove if possible. This is important. You want to prevent the larvae from maturing into adults. This is a big step in fly control. Check your home’s door and window screens for rips or cracks to prevent any future flies from gaining access into your home. If your flies are savvier, you may want to use baits and sticky traps to reduce the adult fly population. Removing future generations of flies and preventing them from coming into your home is your best defense.

Do House Flies Hibernate?

Flies may be man’s greatest nuisance but there are ways we can fight back. If you can keep in mind not to leave doors and windows open, and seal any cracks you may find, this will keep fly populations down and those deadly pathogens away. Many pests such as flies will seek out a warm and safe place to live during the cold winter months. Unfortunately, your heated home is a target for insects, rodents and other pests that are looking for winter shelter. Once warmer weather arrives, flies emerge from their cocoons to find food and reproduce so it’s important not to let the flies and other pests overwinter in your residence. You can always contact Dave’s Pest Control for more information on how to keep your flies and other pests at bay.