Pest Control News

Tuesday, 8 June 2021

House Flies

House Flies

Flies are a nuisance. They can really spoil an afternoon ice cream or dinner in the garden with their constant buzzing around. But more than that, due to their choice of breeding and eating locations ,they carry harmful bacteria which they spread across every surface they touch. 

During this time of the year, you will start seeing flies about in abundance. There are many different types of flies, but the house fly is approximately 6mm in length and has one pair of wings. They are greyish brown in colour with darker stripes across their bodies. Females usually have a larger wing span compared to males but they are not that different in appearance. 

Females will lay up to 500 eggs in their life span. Eggs are usually laid on a food source. Once the eggs hatch, the maggots will feed on that food source until transform into pupae. They will then emerge as fully grown adults. If the weather is hot, the maggot to pupa phase can be as quick as two weeks. 

Best practices to reduce the likelihood of a fly infestation;

- make sure to keep all food covered
- always clean kitchen sides down before and after food preparation
- keep rubbish bins shaded and sealed
- keep rubbish bins away from doors and windows
- put up fly screens across open doors and windows
- dispose of any over ripe fruit or out of date food sources into a sealed waste bin as soon as possible
- keep your kitchen clean, removing any spillages or crumbs from surfaces and floors

House flies can be a real pain if you have an infestation. Give SOS Pest Control a call, we can deal with them for you quickly and effectively!


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