Flies are no fun, especially in your home.

Fly infestations can escalate quickly, so stop the problem before it has a chance.

The constant buzzing.  Having to continuously swat them away from your food.  Flies are a nuisance, and having them in your home is even worse.  Flies’ lifespans are short, but they reproduce quickly.  So, if you notice you have an issue, it’s best to take care of it as soon as possible.

House Flies

Easily the most common and recognizable member of the group is the common house fly.  Generally gray with black stripes, house flies are equipped with red eyes that each have thousands of lenses in them.  Because of this, they’ve got a wide range of vision.

Fortunately, flies have no stinger, and their lifespan is short.  The biggest issue with them is the potential to carry diseases.  As they reproduce rapidly, it’s important to note the signs of a potential infestation so it can be remedied before the problem escalates.

If you want to avoid a fly problem, cleanliness is key.  Be sure that trash cans are sealed and empty them regularly.  Also, installing and/or maintaining mesh screens on all windows and doors and sealing any noticeable cracks or crevices in all entryways helps keep flies outside.  House flies prefer a climate of 83 degrees, so on hot summer days they will try to find their way in for coolness and on cold winter days they will do the same for warmth.

Other Common Flies

The house fly isn’t the only type of fly you may have to deal with as a homeowner.  Fruit flies tend to be found around food, especially that which has begun to decay.  As their name suggests, these bugs especially love munching on fruit as well as vegetables.  Because they can carry diseases, it’s best to prevent fruit flies from having a chance to infest your home.  Keep all countertops in the kitchen clean and sanitized.  Also, don’t forget about fresh fruits and vegetables left out at room temperature.  As they ripen, they become more attractive to fruit flies, so keep that in mind and use them in a timely manner.

Horse flies tend to prefer wooded areas, especially those near bodies of water.  While adults generally feast on nectar, females also need blood from a mammal prior to reproducing.  These flies don’t just bite horses either.  Human bites are quite common, and can be incredibly painful.

What to do in the Case of a Fly Infestation

If you discover an abundance of flies in or around your home, calling a licensed pest control expert near you is the best option.  If flies are breeding indoors, the breeding site must be removed and thoroughly cleaned.  Only at this point can the efforts turn to the adult flies.

At Southern Fumigation and Pest Control, we’ve got the tools and the knowledge from years of experience treating pests in Florida.  We’ll recommend a treatment plan based on the type of fly you are dealing with and the location of the infestation.  Potential solutions include fly bait or traps.  No matter the recommended solution, we will ensure it is fast, effective and safe for your home and family.