You know it all too well. That annoying buzzing and the zippy little black housefly you just can’t seem to get rid of. Flies are an incredibly common pest in homes across the country. There are several different species of fly; the most well-known being the house fly, or Musca domestica. All flies are part of the order of insects called Diptera. The house fly is roughly ¼ inch long, with two clear wings and four dark stripes running down its body. Another unique aspect of the fly is that in addition to a pair of wings, they also have two halteres. These are appendage-like structures extended outward from the base of the body that help flies with balance. Flies go through a four-step life cycle: egg, larva, pupa and adult. The life cycle can take anywhere from 7 to 10 days to complete, depending on the temperature and season, with most activity occurring in the summer.
Flies thrive in moist and dirty areas because these are their preferred breeding grounds. Farms and ranches have fly infestation issues especially often because of the amount of animal manure that may be present. Just one or two rogue flies might be a minor annoyance, but what about when there are many invading your home? When the flies grow in numbers, it’s time to take action. A fly infestation poses health concerns because once they’ve infested your home, they can begin to lay eggs everywhere – not just in raw food and garbage. A large number of flies is a threat because they may carry diseases. Possible signs of a fly infestation include: flies swarming together, hearing loud buzzing coming from corners, garages or closets, and a rotting smell.
To prevent a serious fly infestation, it’s important to maintain a clean home. Purchase garbage cans with lids and don’t allow trash — especially old food — to accumulate in them. Don’t allow trash bags to accumulate inside the garage; throw away all spoiled food and pet waste in an outside receptacle as soon as possible. If you do notice a rotting smell and fear a fly infestation has occurred, check for maggots in dark, damp corners where trash or food are kept. Maggots are small, white, worm-like creatures; make sure to eliminate them right away to prevent them from growing into adult flies. In one summer alone, it is possible to have 10 generations of flies hatch in your home and overrun every inch of your food supply. To eliminate a fly infestation for good, it’s important to call a pest elimination specialist right away.
Residents or business owners in St. Louis and surrounding areas who suspect an infestation of flies should retain the services of the professional exterminators at Bugs by Brian. Professional fly extermination service begins with a thorough examination of the household or business. Once the infestation is controlled, our expert exterminators can help homeowners and business owners make an effective plan to prevent the flies’ problem from recurring.