House flies are grayish in colour and range in size from less than 4 to 7.5 mm.
While house flies may simply seem like a nuisance, they are actually major carriers of disease as they feed and breed in feces, garbage and other filth. They are known to transmit at least 65 different types of diseases to humans, including anthrax, dysentery, leprosy and typhoid fever.
House fly eggs are laid in material that will supply suitable food for the larvae. Their preferred breeding grounds are feces and other decaying matter. Females can lay up to 500 eggs, in batches of 75 to 100 eggs each. The eggs hatch into worm-like creatures called maggots, which feed on the material they were born in. The life cycle from egg to adult normally takes three weeks.
House fly control starts with taking preventative measures. Replace broken screens on doors and windows. Keep the lids on garbage cans shut. If you have a pet, pick up any waste they leave on the lawn. Store fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator or sealed containers.
Killing house flies with a house fly trap may seem like the best way to deal with a house fly infestation, but the only way to truly get rid of house flies is to locate the source of the infestation. Environmental Pest Control’s licensed technicians will locate the source of your house fly problem and use effective house fly removal solutions.
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