WHAT DOES A HOUSE FLY LOOK LIKE?
House flies are usually gray in appearance and display four black stripes on their thorax. Adult house flies are about 1/8-1/4” (4 to 7.5 mm) long. They have slightly hairy bodies, a single pair of wings and compound red eyes, which contain thousands of individual lenses that allow them to have wider vision. House fly eggs resemble small grains of rice. The eggs hatch into larvae, also known as maggots, which range in size from about ¼-3/8” long
HOUSE FLY HABITS AND HABITATS
Depending on conditions, the developmental time of a house fly from egg to adult may require as little as six days. Adult house flies typically live 15-25 days. House flies are usually only active during the daytime when they will congregate indoors on floors, walls and ceilings. House flies feed on a wide variety of substances such as human food, animal carcasses and garbage. They are particularly attracted to pet waste because of its potent odor.
If you suspect a house fly infestation in your home, contact SonEquity for an inspection, specifically looking for any places where house fly eggs may have been deposited. Internal breeding sites are not common; however, if the breeding site is not thoroughly cleaned or removed, these pests will continue to be a problem.
HOUSE FLY PREVENTION
NPMA recommends that homeowners follow these tips to help prevent house flies in their own homes:
Keep kitchen trash in sealed containers and the receptacles as clean as possible.
Dispose of waste regularly and keep away from your home.
Be aware of sources of excessive moisture.
Keep counters and surfaces clean.
Prevent home access by keeping doors, windows and vents closed when possible.
Properly screen windows and seal potential entryways, repairing any rips or tears in screens.
If you have dogs, horses or other animals near the home, remove feces from the yard and surrounding areas.
For an uncontrolled house fly population, contact a licensed pest professional.