House Fly Frenzy!

One of the most familiar and disturbing pest is the House Fly. Places with big agricultural settings frequently have a great fly population.

ID-House-FlyHouse flies are about 1/4 of an inch in size, and dark gray in color. They are also covered with fine hairs and have four stripes on their thorax. Although this pest is quite small, they primarily breed in animal manure. This can cause risk to your health. House flies have sponge-like mouth parts which allows them to soak up their food, because it can only be in liquid form. Flies spit out their digestive fluids onto solid food, and soak it back up.

When it comes to reproduction of house flies, they must first lay their eggs. House flies are piled together in small amounts in a location suitable for larva development. The eggs that dehydrate during their incubation period will not hatch. If they stay hydrated, white, legless maggots emerge from the eggs. In warm weather, they will turn into maggots within 8-20 hours. Once they emerge, they will immediately burrow into the food material their egg was placed, and begin feeding. When a maggot has matured, they will leave their food source and find dry, cool, protected places to go through their larvae stages, and become a fly.

The House Fly is the most common fly in the world, and most successfully controlled when sanitation is addressed. Pet feces, trash around your home, and neighboring properties should be cleaned up on a regular basis. It is advised to keep all garbage containers tightly sealed at all times. One way to treat for house flies when they are inside your home is by using specialized fly lights. Other options you may consider are baits and/or fly paper.

Research credit to the Handbook Of Pest Control Mallis Tenth Edition.

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