Fly Facts, Information, And Treatment

Flies are more than just pesky insects that buzz around your home or business. They can pose health risks, contaminate food, and cause property damage. In this article, we’ll explore the different types of flies, the problems they can cause, their behaviors, and how Atlas Termite & Pest Control can help you get rid of these unwelcome guests.

Types Of Flies

There are over 120,000 species of flies worldwide, but the most common types that infest homes and businesses include:

House Flies: The most common type of fly, house flies are known for their filthy habits and ability to spread disease. They are attracted to decaying organic matter, garbage, and feces.

Fruit Flies: These small flies are attracted to ripe, rotting fruits and vegetables. Fruit flies can lay up to 500 eggs at a time, which can lead to a rapid infestation.

Drain Flies: Also known as moth flies, drain flies breed in drains and sewage systems. They are attracted to damp areas with organic material.

Cluster Flies: These flies are often found in large numbers inside homes and buildings during the winter months. They enter structures in search of warmth and protection from the cold.

Horse Flies: Known for their painful bites, horse flies are commonly found near livestock and can transmit diseases to both animals and humans.

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Fly Infestation Problems

A fly infestation can have serious consequences for homes and businesses. Some of the key issues include:

Disease Transmission: Flies are known to transmit over 100 different pathogens, including salmonella, E. coli, and typhoid fever. They can contaminate food and surfaces simply by landing on them, making fly control crucial for maintaining a healthy environment.

Food Contamination: Flies are attracted to food sources, and their presence can lead to spoilage and contamination. This is particularly problematic for businesses in the food industry, where a fly infestation can result in lost revenue, damaged reputation, and even legal action.

Property Damage: Some flies, like cluster flies, can cause damage to structures by leaving behind stains and odors from their fecal matter.

Pest Attraction: A fly infestation can attract other pests, such as rodents, which are drawn to the same food sources as flies.

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Fly Behaviors

Understanding fly behaviors can help you identify potential infestation risks and take steps to prevent them:

Breeding: Flies reproduce rapidly, with some species laying hundreds of eggs at a time. They prefer warm, damp environments with access to organic material for breeding.

Feeding: Flies feed on a wide range of materials, including decaying organic matter, garbage, and feces. They use their sponge-like mouthparts to soak up liquid nutrients, often regurgitating digestive enzymes onto solid food to break it down.

Attraction to Light: Many species of flies are attracted to light, making it common to find them near windows and light fixtures.

Nocturnal Behavior: Some flies, like cluster flies, are more active at night and may be less noticeable during the day.

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Where Flies Live

Flies can be found in various environments, both indoors and outdoors. Common areas where flies may congregate include:

  • Garbage cans and dumpsters
  • Drains and sewage systems
  • Compost piles and decaying organic matter
  • Stagnant water sources, such as birdbaths and gutters
  • Animal waste and pet areas
  • Fruit and vegetable storage areas
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Damage Flies Can Cause

Flies can cause a range of problems for homeowners and business owners, including:

Health Risks: Flies can transmit diseases to humans and animals, posing a significant health risk.

Contamination of Food: Flies can contaminate food supplies, leading to spoilage and potential illness.

Nuisance: Flies buzzing around your home or business can be annoying and disruptive.

Structural Damage: Some flies can cause damage to structures, such as staining from fecal matter.

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Atlas Termite & Pest Control: Your Solution For Fly Extermination Services

Atlas Termite & Pest Control offers comprehensive fly extermination services for homeowners and business owners. Our experienced technicians are trained in the latest methods and techniques for effective fly control, ensuring that your property is protected from these troublesome pests.

Our fly extermination services include:

Inspection: Our technicians will perform a thorough inspection of your property to identify the type of flies present, their breeding sites, and potential entry points.

Treatment: We’ll implement a customized treatment plan to target the specific fly species infesting your property. This may include the use of insecticides, fly traps, and other control measures.

Prevention: We’ll provide recommendations on how to prevent future fly infestations, such as sealing entry points, improving sanitation, and eliminating breeding sites.

Follow-Up: Our team will follow up to ensure the effectiveness of our treatment and make any necessary adjustments to keep your property fly-free.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Flies

Flies are attracted to a variety of factors in and around your home. These include:

  • Decaying organic matter, such as rotting food and garbage
  • Sweet or fermented substances, like overripe fruits and spilled drinks
  • Pet waste and dirty litter boxes
  • Standing water, such as birdbaths and clogged gutters, which may serve as breeding sites for some fly species

There are several methods for getting rid of flies in your home:

  • Use fly swatters, sticky traps, or electric fly zappers to catch and kill adult flies.
  • Apply insecticides, such as pyrethrin-based sprays, to affected areas (follow label instructions and take safety precautions).
  • Keep doors and windows closed or install screens to prevent flies from entering your home.
  • Maintain cleanliness and remove potential breeding sites, like decaying organic material and standing water.
  • Seek professional pest control services for severe infestations or recurring problems.

Flies spread diseases through several mechanisms:

  • Contaminated body parts: Flies land on various surfaces, including contaminated ones, and can pick up pathogens on their legs, mouthparts, and body hairs. They then transfer these pathogens to other surfaces, including food and kitchen utensils, when they land again.
  • Regurgitation and defecation: Flies often regurgitate digestive enzymes onto solid food to liquify it before consumption. In doing so, they may introduce pathogens into the food. Additionally, flies may defecate while feeding or resting, spreading pathogens in their feces.
  • Mechanical transmission: Some flies, like horse flies, can transmit diseases through biting, as their mouthparts can carry pathogens from one host to another.

Preventing a fly infestation involves a combination of sanitation, exclusion, and monitoring:

  • Keep your home clean and free of decaying organic matter, such as rotting food and garbage. Store perishable items in sealed containers or refrigerate them.
  • Regularly clean pet waste and litter boxes.
  • Dispose of trash properly and regularly, using well-sealed garbage cans.
  • Eliminate standing water sources that could serve as breeding sites for certain fly species.
  • Seal gaps around doors, windows, and other openings to prevent flies from entering your home.
  • Install screens on windows and doors to further reduce fly entry.
  • Monitor for signs of a fly infestation and address any issues promptly, seeking professional assistance if necessary.

Flies are typically attracted to food sources such as ripe fruits, vegetables, fermented liquids like vinegar or wine, and any decaying or rotting organic matter. They seek out these sources to feed and lay their eggs.

To prevent fly infestations, its important to store food properly by sealing it in containers, refrigerating perishables promptly, disposing of garbage regularly in sealed bags and covered bins, cleaning up spills immediately, and ensuring that doors and windows have tight-fitting screens.

Yes, there are organic methods for exterminating flies which include using natural fly predators like parasitic wasps, applying diatomaceous earth around affected areas, setting up apple cider vinegar traps, using essential oil sprays (like eucalyptus or peppermint), and employing sticky traps.

Yes, moth larvae can sometimes be mistaken for fly larvae because both can be found in similar environments feeding on organic materials. Proper identification is crucial for effective control measures since treatment might differ between the two pests.

Professional exterminators may use a combination of methods including insecticide sprays specifically formulated for flies, baiting systems to lure and poison them, introduction of biological control agents like predatory insects if appropriate (in outdoor settings), ultraviolet light traps that attract and kill flies indoors, and sanitation recommendations to avoid future infestations.

Atlas Termite & Pest Control offers thorough inspection, customized treatment plans, expert technicians, prevention strategies, and a satisfaction guarantee to effectively eliminate fly infestations.