All About Flies

All the fly information you need in one handy spot.

Fly Facts & Information

Flies can range from 1/8” to 5/8” long. Depending on the kind of fly you have, they could be hanging out in your drain, resting on windowsills, hovering around trash areas, or enjoying a sugary spill in the kitchen (or the kid’s room). They can multiply quickly and since they are known to hang our areas with a lot of germs and bacteria, wherever they land they are probably transferring all those germs and bacteria to that spot. That can spread disease.

Almost all fly infestations are because of poor cleaning habits or broken screens/doors left open. We’ve all had that one banana go bad on the counter or a teenager spills some of his sugary drink in the middle of the night. And we’ve all also propped the front door open to bring in the groceries. So, it’s safe to say we’ve also all had flies in our home at one point or another! Making sure to wipe up spills and crumbs and using tight-fitting screens will definitely help keep your house free from flies.

How Do I Get Rid of Flies

Flies cannot breed in large numbers if their food sources are limited. So, don’t allow materials like manure, garbage, grass clippings, weed piles, or other decaying organic matter to accumulate. Also keep fruit in the refrigerator once it’s starting to turn too ripe or dispose of it. Clean up sugary spills or crumbs immediately – even an old popsicle stick has enough sticky sweetness to not only attract flies, but ants, cockroaches, etc.!

Keep trash cans clean and tightly covered. Be careful not to wash garbage cans where the rinse water might drain into the soil; some species of flies can breed in soil full of organic matter. Make sure your screens fit tightly and have no tears or holes in them and avoid propping open the door for too long.

Do flies bite?

A fly has mouthparts designed to suck up liquids and for piercing, if the fly is one that bites other animals. Both deer flies and horse flies bite with scissor-like mouthparts that cut into skin, causing blood flow which the flies lap up. Because of this relatively crude means of obtaining blood, the bites can be painful.

Why are flies so attracted to garbage?

Flies are strongly attracted to odors that come from materials that might provide them food or a place to lay eggs, and they can detect these odors over long distances. So, if you can smell the rotting garbage, they sure can!

Do flies actually throw up on our food?

Sad but true. Flies don’t have teeth. They can’t take a bite out of our food, so they have to spit out some enzyme-rich saliva that dissolves the food, allowing them to suck up the resulting soup of regurgitated digestive fluids and partially dissolved food.

Are flies actually good for anything?

They may seem like just a nuisance, but flies play a vital role in the environment. They act as decomposers, breaking down decaying matter and returning nutrients to the soil. Some fly species also help pollinate plants.

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