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Fly Identification

What are flies?

Flies are winged insects belonging to the order Diptera, which is made up of true flies, and means “two wings.” Unlike other insects, flies have two pairs of wings instead of one. True flies make up one of the largest groups of insects. They live and breed all around us and are both a nuisance and a threat.

a drain fly up close

Some of the most common flies Florida residents come into contact with include:

  • Fruit flies
  • Drain flies
  • Bottle flies
  • Soldier flies
  • Phorid flies

Are flies dangerous?

Moist or decaying organic materials are where most flies lay their eggs. This location puts them into direct contact with various strains of bacteria and pathogens. Before flying into our home, flies have landed on things like garbage, carrion, excrement, and decaying vegetation. When flies get into our homes and land on surfaces and our food, they contaminate both with things that can make people ill, including salmonellosis and dysentery.

Why do I have a fly problem?

Though flies have short lifespans, they reproduce quickly and create large populations in very short amounts of time. For example, the fruit fly lays more than 500 eggs at a time, with the entire life cycle (egg to adult) only taking a week.

Flies become a problem on any property, offering them areas of moist organic matter to eat and lay their eggs on. Garbage, pet waste, outdoor eating areas, garden areas, and areas of standing water all attract flies to a Florida property.

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Where will I find flies?

Where exactly flies prefer to live depends on the species.

  • Fruit fly: This fly species is most common during the late summer and fall when there is plenty of decaying fruits and vegetables to consume. They often find a way into our homes after we buy produce from the store already infested with fruit fly eggs or larvae.
  • Drain fly: As the name describes, these flies lay their eggs in the moist, decaying debris found in sinks, tubs, and floor drains. They also become a problem behind walls near leaking water pipes.
  • Bottle fly: These flies are problematic in Florida as our hot weather allows them to thrive. They mainly live outside and some of their favorite breeding sites include pet excrement and carrion. They often become problematic in a home where a mouse or other animal died behind its walls.
  • Soldier fly: These flies usually gather around animal waste and are most problematic on properties located near livestock.
  • Phorid fly: These flies live near and become a problem wherever there is a lot of moisture. Overwatered house plants, wet mops, leaky pipes, and decaying animal and plant matter allow phorid fly populations to thrive.

How do I get rid of flies?

If flies have become a problem on your Florida property, reach out to the professionals at Rodent Solutions. With over 21 years of combined experience, you can put your trust in our professionals and our effective fly control solutions. We will work with you to solve your fly problems. Our professional will complete thorough inspections, effective treatments, and exclusion services to eliminate flies from your indoor or outdoor spaces.

To protect your property from flies and the problems they bring with them, reach out to Rodent Solutions today.

How can I prevent flies in the future?

Flies and other insects are problematic in Florida throughout much of the year. The following prevention tips will help you to guard your home against flies:

  • Outdoor trash cans, recycling bins, and compost bins should have locking or tight-fitting lids on them.
  • Regularly remove trash from indoor and outdoor trash cans.
  • On a routine basis, make sure to empty trash cans and recycling bins and sanitize them.
  • Pick up pet waste daily.
  • Store food (fruits, vegetables, baked goods) in the refrigerator or containers with airtight lids.
  • Keep flies out of your home by keeping screens in open windows and doors, placing weatherstripping around windows and doors, and installing covers over vents.
  • Get rid of areas of standing water from your property.
  • Keep drains clean and free of debris.
  • Pick up fruits and vegetables that fall to the ground in garden areas.
  • Inspect fruits and vegetables for signs of fruit flies before purchasing them and bringing them into your home.

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