What are flies?
Flies are insects that belong to the order Diptera, and unlike other insects, they only have one pair of wings instead of two. Flies are an important part of the ecosystem, but they should not be part of our homes and businesses. Outside, flies are scavengers that help to eliminate decaying organic matter; inside, they are both a nuisance and a danger.
Varying in size, food preferences, and breeding habits, what all flies have in common is they are difficult to control, unwanted, and can contaminate our food. Flies that live in our area and regularly find their way into our yards and homes include blow flies, cluster flies, house flies, and fruit flies.
Are flies dangerous?
We don't want flies in our homes because they are annoying, and most are filth pests. Flies only have one pair of wings, which makes them weak fliers; they are continually taking off and landing on surfaces, often surfaces that are less than sanitary. Once they move into our homes, they transfer the bacteria and parasites they carry on their bodies to counters, tables, dishes, and our food. The bacteria and pathogens that flies spread cause things like dysentery, salmonellosis, gastroenteritis, and conjunctivitis.
Why do I have a fly problem?
If your yard or home offers flies a place to feed or breed, you will have problems with them. Most flies like to lay their eggs on or feed on moist organic debris. Flies are most active during warm weather. The warm, humid climate in Georgia allows flies to be problematic for home and business owners throughout much of the year. They are also attracted to standing water, especially stagnant, stinky water that collects in trash cans and recycling bins.
Where will I find flies?
Listed below are where our area's most common flies like to congregate:
- Fruit flies are prevalent during the late summer and fall when there are plenty of decaying fruits and vegetables to consume. It is also common to introduce these flies into your home after purchasing produce from the store infested with eggs or larvae.
- Drain flies prefer to lay their eggs in the moist, decaying debris found in sink and tub drains. These flies are also problematic behind walls near leaking water pipes.
- Garbage cans, standing water, compost piles, and pet excrement are where both blow flies and house flies gather. Inside, house flies hang out in areas where food is stored, prepared, or consumed, such as kitchens, dining rooms, and pantry areas. Inside homes, blow flies breed behind walls, in crawlspaces, or under floors; females lay eggs in dead rodents that have perished behind walls.
- Cluster flies usually only become a problem in our homes during the winter months. They move inside to escape colder weather. Cluster flies overwinter inside attics, behind wall voids, in dark closets, and dry crawl spaces. On warm, sunny days, they may cluster together in the corners of windows.
How do I get rid of flies?
Control flies by partnering with the local pest control experts at Alternative Pest Control. We are passionate about providing our customers with both exceptional customer service and pest control solutions. We take pride in being "A Business Built on Satisfied Customers!"
With over 35 years in the pest control industry, you can trust our family-owned-and-operated company to protect your family from flies and other common pests. We offer flexible alternatives based on your needs and customize our services to meet your expectations.
How can I prevent flies in the future?
Taking the following steps will help you to stop flies from taking over your Georgia property. In conjunction with our pest control services, our prevention tips will help you guard your home against flies.
- Store outdoor trash cans, recycling bins, and compost bins away from the outside walls of your home, and make sure they have locking or tight-fitting lids on them.
- Routinely empty trash cans and recycling bins and sanitize them.
- Pick up pet waste from your yard daily.
- Store food in your kitchen in the refrigerator or containers with airtight lids.
- Keep screens in open windows and doors, put covers over vents, and never leave exterior doors propped open.
- Keep drains clean and free of debris, and repair leaky pipes and fixtures.
- Inspect produce for signs of fruit flies before purchasing them.
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