Here's How To Keep Flies Out Of Your Charlotte Home
November 19, 2020
Shhhhh, listen. Where’s that buzzing coming from? If it’s your appliances or outside noises, everything is fine. But if you have flies in your Charlotte, NC home, you may have a real pest problem on your hands. Flies are some of the most common pests out there. By themselves, these insects are harmless, but they can be carriers of pathogens and bacteria that threaten the health of your household. Let’s get into how to identify these pests and how to prevent them from wreaking havoc on your Charlotte household.
Fly Identification Guide For Charlotte Residents
Different fly species share many similar traits with each other. Flies have thick, oval-shaped bodies with small, triangular heads, large eyes, and six legs. They have a pair of clear wings, a small mouth, and often have hairs along with their bodies. Flies range in both color and size, but they all present the same problems to your home.
House flies are some of the easiest flies to identify, thanks in part to their comparatively large bodies. The average housefly grows between ⅛ and ¼ of an inch in length, with females being slightly larger than males. House flies have iridescent bodies and large red eyes, making them noticeable from a distance.
Drain flies, by contrast, are smaller and darker. These flies have horizontally striped black-and-gray bodies and are much hairier than other flies. Drain flies are likely to be mistaken for moths.
Finally, blowflies can be identified by their metallic color. Their bodies are vertically striped with a silver- or iron-colored sheen, and their wings are more triangular. Blowflies are most commonly seen in urban settings and around dead animals.
These vermin are common everywhere, from dumpsters to restaurants to houses, in cities, suburbs, and the countryside. In fact, flies are so common that many North Carolina residents don’t think twice when they see one buzzing around the house. However, flies in the house should worry you.
Problems Flies Cause In Charlotte Homes
Flies are scavengers, which means they’ll eat virtually anything, but are most often drawn to waste. You’ll often see them crowding around dumpsters, piles of excrement, and carcasses. Though, of course, they’ll eat anything including human and pet food. Since flies crowd around unsanitary areas, you can imagine all the different pathogens they pick up, right? If a fly makes its way to your house, it probably didn’t come from a hospital or a janitor’s closet, it came from a dumpster or carcass. This is why flies pose a real concern to Charlotte residents: since they crowd around unsanitary places, they spread many diseases.
Common pathogens associated with flies include typhoid, diphtheria, cholera, conjunctivitis, tuberculosis, E. coli, and anthrax. These disease-causing organisms can be on the fly’s hair-lined body, waiting to come into contact with the surfaces of your house.
Flies are hard to get rid of as they are highly evasive and they reproduce quickly. Preventing them is much easier than exterminating them, so let’s discuss how to keep flies out of the house.
- Eliminate things that will attract flies. This includes cleaning up pet waste, taking out the garbage daily, and placing tight-fitting lids on garbage cans, stored food items, and any other organic material.
- Regularly wash dirty dishes, and don’t leave sitting water around the house.
- Seal gaps in your home’s foundation. Caulk your windows, check for gaps in your door frames, and be sure your chimney, vents, and crawl spaces are properly sealed.
When flies do come in, be sure to sanitize all surfaces of your house regularly while you work to eliminate the pests.
You have one of two options. Chase these pests with a fly swatter, or contact the professionals who will get rid of flies without hurting your home. Don’t handle pests alone – learn more about how Aruza Pest Control helps Charlotte homeowners, and contact us today.