Pest Profile: Are you experiencing a fly infestation?

Many homes consider flies a more spring or summer problem when windows and doors are sometimes left open to combat the warmer weather, letting flies buzz in and around the house. However, they can be just as present and troublesome during the winter. Flies are driven indoors for two primary reasons:

1. Safe food sources

2. Warm places to breed

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Flies feed on quite a variety of input, such as meat, excrement, decaying vegetation, fresh fruits and vegetables, exposed garbage, and fermenting liquids. As they feed, they engage in a regurgitating digestive process which contaminates any food or surface they’re on and contributes to the spread of numerous diseases. Flies also collect pathogens on their legs and the small hairs that cover their body, which can be transferred anywhere they land. Diseases and ailments flies are known to spread include:

  • Typhoid
  • Cholera
  • Dysentery
  • Salmonella
  • Anthrax
  • Tuberculosis
  • Parasitic worms

For homeowners, it’s key to recognize that flies are more than just an annoying buzzing insect but can introduce truly harmful conditions to the house and should be eliminated with all haste. While there are over 16,000 fly species in North America, there are several main types of flies you will tend to see in a home:

1. Bottle Flies

Adult bottle flies are partly or wholly metallic blue, green, black, or with a dull brassy sheen. They grow to be 1/8-5/8ths of an inch in length.

2. Fruit Flies

Growing to only 1/8th of an inch long, fruit flies have a dull tan, brown-yellow, or brown-black look with feathery bristled antennae.

3. House Flies

A house fly can grow to ¼ of an inch long and are usually dull gray in appearance with silver and gold strips on the face.

One of the most effective ways of eliminating flies from your home is by ensuring there are no exposed sources of food or garbage they might use to feed or breed. It is difficult to determine if a fly infestation has been entirely eradicated, as they may have laid eggs in places you aren’t able to observe or reach. In order to be 100% sure your house is free from a fly infestation, be sure to contact a professional pest management service to visit and inspect your property.

Contact OmniShield today to speak to a pest control expert and get any fly infestations taken care of.