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It’s a lovely summer afternoon and your planning a nice luncheon out on the porch with friends. All is going well until…You hear them coming, like a squadron of kamikazes….

House flies get their name from being the most common fly found around homes. Adult house flies can grow to one-quarter of an inch long and usually live between 15 and 25 days. They 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.

House flies can only 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.

These insects have been known to carry over 100 different kinds of disease-causing germs, which makes them very bad house guests.

Here are a few tips to keep house flies at bay:

  • Be vigilant about 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