Flies are with us since the beginning of time. They proliferate almost everywhere but favors the tropics where the climate is good for breeding. There are over 300,000 species of flies that have currently been identified by the pest control professionals. In comparison to cockroaches, bed bugs, termites, and ants, flies may seem like a tame insect to have flying around.
The following are some facts about flies.
- The only good fact about flies is that they don’t bite.
- They have a very short lifespan of 30 days.
- The female flies can lay as much as 30,000 in her lifetime. They will hatch in 10 – 14 days.
- They feed off food, dead animals, and feces.
- They vomit on food before they eat them.
- They lay their eggs when they land on the food that they feed upon.
- There is no way of knowing where the fly that just landed on your food came from.
- They defecate every four to five minutes on any place that they land.
Because flies often feed on filth, they can harm people and animals by spreading diseases such as typhoid fever or dysentery. They can also contaminate food and cause food poisoning or diarrhea. When feeding, some flies can also inflict painful bites.
Flies most of the time spend their time outdoors. There are two categories for these types of pests.
The first category is the household-infesting flies. These are the ones which breed and complete their life cycles indoors when they can find favorable breeding spots.
- Houseflies are the most common flying pest around. They lay eggs on a wet decaying organic matter on animal manure and rotting plant debris.
- Blowflies are shiny metallic flies. They lay their eggs on dead animal carcasses, garbage, and decaying meat. They are called blow flies because the larvae are developed inside dead animals causing the carcasses to bloat.
- Fruit flies are tiny tan flies with red eyes. They produce and develop on overripe and rotting fruit, vegetables, and other moist plant material. They also feed in the drain where organic debris has been allowed to accumulate.
The second category is the household-invading flies. These flies breeds and develop outdoors, but come inside in certain times of the year when weather is a little rough for them. They seek refuge in our homes for their survival. Keep flies out of your house, install door and window fly screens for your added safety.