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BOTTLE FLY INFORMATION & FACTS

Bottle flies are large flies that can be metallic blue or green. Both the blue bottle fly and green bottle fly make a very audible buzzing sound when flying.

Bottles flies are typically found outdoors. They are scavengers that feed on decaying meat, garbage and other organic matter. They are transmitters of diseases and are considered to be pests. If a large number of bottle flies are found inside, an indoor breeding site may have been established.

The blue bottle fly and green bottle fly transmit diseases as they move from filth to contaminate food. Salmonella and E. coli bacteria are two of the more common pathogens transmitted.

Bottle flies breed in damp, organic matter such as dead animals, garbage and feces. One female bottle fly can 2,000 – 3,000 eggs in her lifetime. Once hatched, it can take approximately 10 to 21 days for the resulting larvae to transform to adults.

BOTTLE FLY INFESTATION CONTROL & REMOVAL

For prevention and control indoors of a green bottle fly infestation or a blue bottle fly infestation, practicing proper sanitation is key. This include cleaning garbage containers and making sure that the lids are seated tightly. Check for holes, vents and any other entryway that bottle flies may use to gain entry indoors and repair.

While a bottle fly trap will kill exposed flies, it will not get rid of the bottle fly infestation because the breeding site still exists. Contact a pest management professional like Environmental Pest Control to locate the source of the bottle fly infestation and eradicate the bottle flies from your home.

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