Fly Identification Guide

What are flies?

Flies are prolific pests that live worldwide. They are common invaders of both residential and commercial properties. They can become a problem in rural areas, the suburbs, or urban areas. If there are areas of filth or decay for flies to feed and breed, they will be present.

a close up of a fly on human skin

Flies belong to the insect order Diptera – which means “two wings.” Though flies have a very short life, they can breed quickly and take over properties in large numbers. They are also difficult pests to control and eliminate.

Are flies dangerous?

Flies are dangerous. After coming into contact with carrion, decaying vegetation, excrement, and other less than sanitary things, they pick up a variety of viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites on their body and legs.

When flies find their way into homes, they land on and contaminate food, counters, tables, and other surfaces with disease-causing pathogens. Flies spread many things, including dysentery, diarrhea, conjunctivitis, and tapeworms.

Flies should never live in or around our homes. If you need help controlling flies reach out to the professionals at Alder Pest Control.

Why do I have a fly problem?

In most cases, flies become a problem on a property after attracted by decaying plant or animal matter. When living, breeding, and feeding close to our homes, they often find their way inside through open windows and doors. Flies also move inside of buildings through spaces in the foundation, exterior walls, or vents. Once inside, if conditions allow them, they will continue to feed, breed, and establish an indoor population.

Some species of flies are introduced into homes unknowingly on fruits, vegetables, and other food purchased from the store or brought in from the garden.

Where will I find flies?

Flies are most active in warm weather and live in large numbers wherever there are food and breeding sites. These flying pests are prevalent around homes, yards, farms, restaurants, food processing facilities, and other places where animals live or food is prepared or stored.

Outside, flies gather around trash cans and dumpsters, on animal excrement, near compost, around pet food, and outdoor eating areas. When flies move into our home, they move to wherever filth, food, and moisture is present – kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and crawlspaces.

How do I get rid of flies?

Alder Pest Control will help you to get rid of flies from your Arkansas property. We will work closely with you not only to meet your pest control needs but to exceed them. We provide the comprehensive services necessary to eradicate pests and prevent them from returning.

If you are ready to get rid of pests from your home or business, our professionals are happy to help! We will work with you to put the services in place needed to maintain a pest-free property. For more information about our fly control services, reach out to us today!

How can I prevent flies in the future?

The easiest way to protect your property from flies is to partner with Alder Pest Control. You can also use the following prevention tips to help keep flies from invading your property in the first place:

  • If you own pets, make sure to pick up their waste daily.
  • Remove trash from your home daily and make sure to place it outside in trash cans with tight-fitting lids.
  • Store any trash cans and recycling bins away from the outside walls of your home. Clean them out and sanitize them regularly.
  • Keep flies out of your home by keeping windows and doors closed as much as possible.
  • Inspect window and door screens. Repair any loose or torn screens.
  • Eliminate excess standing water by keeping gutters clear and repairing leaky faucets and hoses.
  • Pick ripe fruits and vegetables from garden areas.
  • Inside your home, never store food out in the open on counters or tables.
  • Keep food in containers with air-tight lids or in the refrigerator.

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