How to Get Rid of Flies

Fly Control

House Fly

The House Fly is the most common fly in the world.  This fly is considered a health risk because it can frequent manure and garbage.

House Flies have sponging mouth parts they use to soak up their food.  Because its food can only be in liquid form, the fly spews digestive fluids onto solid food and soaks it back up.

House Flies primarily breed in animal manure.  Areas with many agricultural settings frequently have high levels of fly populations.


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.

These flies are 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.

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