Houseflies

Identification

  • Colour Light grey
  • Size From 4 mm to 7.5 mm long
  • Description Have four black, longitudinal stripes on the thorax, and large, bulbous, multifaceted eyes. Their abdomen is yellow and they have two transparent wings.
  • Notes Larvae are tiny, whitish, legless maggots and can grow up to 12 mm long.

General Facts

Why do I have houseflies?

Houseflies are the most prolific pest among humans and make up nearly 90% of all the flies you will ever encounter in your lifetime. There is even evidence to suggest houseflies have evolved to live with humans and followed us on our migrations across continents. Nowadays, houseflies breed on garbage, rotting food, and feces, so often invade dumpsters, dishwashers, garbage and refuse, food preparation areas, elevator pits, sewer drains, food storage areas, recycling areas, and the spaces between appliances and equipment.

How worried should I be about houseflies?

House flies cannot bite or chew, so in order to feed, a housefly will repeatedly eject its own saliva onto food and then suck up the digested and liquified resulting mixture. This is an extremely unhygienic process, leaving behind bacteria and organisms that were once inside the fly. As well, when a house fly walks across decaying organic matter and animal feces, it picks up pathogens on its body hair and the sticky pads on its feet. When they enter food handling areas, they unwittingly spread these microorganisms to your food, potentially causing disease. At least 65 different diseases are known to be linked to houseflies, including anthrax, cholera, dysentery, leprosy, tuberculosis, and typhoid fever. Some of the most common pathogens transmitted by houseflies include salmonella and E. coli bacteria, which cause food poisoning. House fly saliva and feces can also contaminate food and cause humans to become ill. It is also estimated that more than $10 billion worth of agricultural products are contaminated or destroyed by flies each year. If your business develops a fly infestation, you can lose your reputation, your finances, and your licence. However, keeping houseflies under control can be difficult, since they reproduce very quickly. Over four days, female houseflies can lay up to 500 eggs in batches, which hatch within 12 hours and develop into fully grown adults in only 10 days. A single female may produce as many as 12 generations per summer. To be sure your business or home is safe from houseflies and the havoc they can wreak, it's essential that you get the help of a professional pest control service.

How can I prevent houseflies invading?

Clean all drains and sink areas, Replace broken windows and screens, Create an air current to prevent flies from landing, Close the lids on all garbage and waste containers, Practice good sanitation and garbage/waste management

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