Published on: February 8, 2014
The Common House Fly The Bottle Fly The Fruit Fly
DON’T FLIRT WITH FLIES !
Annoying Pesky Flies, no matter what kind, can ruin a family barbecue, family picnic or just a family dinner nightly when they loudly buzz precariously among your tabletops, countertops and around your food and drink! Eventually, they defecate and regurgitate saliva on everything they land on!
The common house fly is most abundant in late summer and early fall. They absorb food like a sponge through their mouth. Their tongues are shaped like straws so they can suck up the food they land on. They can only eat liquids but will turn many solid foods into a liquid by spitting or vomiting on it. The common house fly prefers animal waste, human excrement, garbage, ground contamination , and other decaying organic matter as its host material. A decaying animal will also attract these flies in large numbers. They will travel up to 20 miles to find food!
Bottle flies are typically found outdoors. Adults are usually large flies with a metallic blue, bronze, or green color. They are attracted to dead animals, meat, and decaying vegetables. Slaughterhouses, meat-processing plants and garbage cans are prime targets for these flies to flourish. Single garbage cans have been known to produce more than 30,000 flies in one week. If Bottle flies are found indoors, an indoor breeding site needs to be identified for proper extermination. They are also common in homes and other buildings in cool weather if suitable breeding materials are present.
Phorid Flies are also known as humpbacked flies. They superficially resemble fruit flies. They also prefer decaying vegetation and animal matter. Phorid Flies are most abundant in warmer months. They can be found breeding wherever moisture exists. These areas can include plumbing, drains in bathroom and kitchen areas, garbage containers, crawl space areas and basements. Adult phorid flies can be found flying in most areas of your home and can be active even through the winter months.
Fruit Flies, also called pomace flies, are about 1/8 inch long, yellowish brown with red eyes. They hover and prefer to feed on ripe or decaying fruits or vegetables. They can be found on empty bottles or cans, and in drains and garbage that has been sitting around. They are also found in areas of moisture, including cleaning rags and mops. Fruit flies are of concern both as nuisance pests and contaminators of food. Eggs are laid using rotting fruit or vegetables as their nests. Dirty garbage containers and slime in drains can also be used as their nesting sites. The adult female lays 500 eggs which mature in 9 to 12 days. A very large number of them can appear in a short time. Fruit flies are most abundant in late summer and early fall.
Flies of all species have been known to carry over 100 different kinds of disease causing germs. They breed and multiply in large numbers and you, the homeowner, have no control over this. Fly Infestations cause unsanitary conditions and can make you very sick. For this reason, a Pest Management Professional (PMP) is needed to eliminate these annoying pests from your home effectively and professionally.
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