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House Flies

Class: Insect
Color: Dark gray or black with four lengthwise stripes
Size: ⅛ to ¼ inches long
Diet: Fecal matter, decaying food or animals, food scraps
Predators: Parasitic wasps, fire ants
Hazard: Carry dozens of diseases that can be transmitted to humans through food contamination
Interesting Fact: Flies have extremely sensitive taste receptors on their feet, enabling them to tell if a surface they are walking on is a potential food source.

Common House Fly Can Carry Uncommon Diseases

It’s bad enough when house flies invade your outdoor barbecue, but when they sneak into your home they can be a real nuisance. They can also be dangerous to your health, whether inside or outside. Researchers have found that house flies can transmit at least 65 diseases to humans, including typhoid fever, cholera, anthrax, leprosy and dysentery. The less contact you have with house flies, the better.

House flies are the most common type of fly in the U.S. As adults they range in size from ⅛ to ¼ inches long. They are dark gray or black in color with four dark, lengthwise stripes along their middle body (thorax).

The lifecycle of a housefly lasts about 2 ½ to 3 weeks. It includes these stages:

  • Eggs – the female lays 100-150 at a time on a food source (garbage, animal waste, etc.)
  • The eggs hatch into maggots—worm-like creatures—within a day
  • The maggots go through three larval molts before they pupate
  • Adults emerge from the pupae and mate within a day or two

Cover your food

Houseflies can eat only liquid food, but they excrete saliva that changes solids into liquids. Fly specks are the excrement they behind wherever they alight.  Houseflies have been known to travel up to 20 miles to find food, although most tend to stay within ½ to 2 miles of where they were born. They are active only during the day.

It’s essential to control houseflies since they carry so many diseases:

  • Keep your yard clean. Remove grass clippings, animal waste and other materials where flies might lay their eggs.
  • Keep garbage cans covered and clean them out regularly.
  • Have screens on all doors, windows and vents
  • Use ultraviolet light traps
  • Hang flypaper strips

Call in the professionals at Brody Brothers (443-379-8857) for more suggestions on keeping houseflies out of your home.

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