Fly Identification & Prevention

What are flies?

Flies are common worldwide pests and belong to the insect order Diptera, which means “two wings.” One of the biggest differences between flies and other insects is that flies only have one pair of wings, while other insects have two. Flies have a short lifespan but are prolific breeders, and populations build very quickly; if the conditions are right, flies will become a problem in any yard, home, or commercial property.

a group of flies crawling on a surface inside of a home in charleston south carolina

Are flies dangerous?

Flies create many health risks for people, which is why they are considered a dangerous pest. Many of the more common species of flies are called filth flies; these flies land, feed, and lay their eggs on moist, decaying matter like garbage, compost, manure, and carrion. A fly’s less-than-sanitary breeding and feeding habits allows them to come into contact with and carry, on their bodies and legs, a variety of disease-causing pathogens and parasites. When flies find their way into your home, they land on and contaminate food sources, food prep areas, and other surfaces of your home.

Why do I have a fly problem?

Flies live out in nature and become a problem on any property that offers them places to lay their eggs and feed. Things like decaying vegetation, meat, excrement, fruits and vegetables, carrion, and fermenting liquids all attract flies. Once on your property, they will quickly exploit weaknesses in your home’s exterior and find their way indoors. Entry points for flies include spaces around windows and doors, torn screens, and openings in exterior walls. Once inside, they will take advantage of any food and water sources they find, including food on counters, dirty dishes, drains, and leaky fixtures.

Where will I find flies?

Flies typically live and breed outdoors but, if given the opportunity, will sometimes move inside. You’ll often see flies swarming together in large numbers around trash bins, compost piles, pet excrement, standing water, and garden areas. Flies that have moved indoors will be wherever they find food and water. Kitchens, bathrooms, and pantries are ideal gathering places for flies.

How do I get rid of flies?

If you are looking for pest control in the Charlotte area, turn to the local and experienced pest professionals at Aruza Pest Control. We offer home and business owners the benefits of comprehensive pest control, superior customer service, and the peace of mind that comes with our guaranteed services. Our eco-friendly solutions solve current pest problems and keep them from returning. For home and business owners who want to protect their property from flies, contact Aruza Pest Control today!

How can I prevent flies in the future?

In addition to our home pest control and commercial pest control services, use the following tips to prevent flies on your property:

  • Store your leftover food in your home either in the refrigerator or in containers with airtight lids.

  • Maintain garden areas, and regularly harvest fruits and vegetables.

  • Clean-up after pets daily.

  • Wash dirty dishes daily.

  • Find and eliminate any entry points into your home.

  • Make sure outdoor trash cans and compost bins have locking or tight-fitting lids on them.

  • Remove access to water by maintaining gutters, fixing leaky hoses, and filling in low-lying areas on your property.

 

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