The house fly is the most common species of fly found around the world. They can be found inside and outside of homes despite their misleading name. The common house fly can be found all around the globe but it is especially prominent across the United States. While house flies are typically regarded as nuisance pests they have the potential to carry a wide variety of infectious diseases. The rumors are true, house flies have very short lifespans, however, they are renowned for how quickly they can reproduce in large numbers. This oftentimes leads to a large healthy population of house flies in a short period of time, if not identified and handled appropriately.
House flies typically sport a gray appearance with roughly three to four black stripes across their bodies. They have slightly hairy bodies which double as sensory receptors, red compound eyes, and a pair of wings. House flies come in anywhere from an eighth of an inch to a quarter of inch. Across the board, the female house flies are larger than their male counterparts. Much to our relief neither the male or female house flies have any sort of teeth or stinger.
As previously mentioned, the main objective of a house fly is to invade and reproduce. Their eggs are teeny tiny, roughly the size of a grain of rice. Their eggs hatch into maggots which are actually a little bit larger than the adult fly, about three eighths of an inch. Finally the maggots will enter a pupal stage in which they develop their hard outer shells and legs and wings until they are full adult flies.
The name of the game for house flies is reproduction. You can typically find house flies attempting to set up shop in moist, decaying organic material like trash, grass clippings, or feces. House flies will take advantage of structural issues to invade your home as they are attracted to air currents and odors. Their ideal temperature is 83 degrees Fahrenheit so they will be attracted to any currents of warm air exuding from your home.
The number one way to prevent a house fly infestation from getting out of control is vigilance. House flies are very obvious due to the loud buzzing sound created by their wings as they fly. You may also be able to identify maggots leaving their breeding grounds as they maturate and begin flying. If you suspect you may be at risk of a house fly infestation contact McDuffie Pest Control ASAP to schedule your free inspection and get back on track to a fly free home!