Flies are one of the most common kind of pests. They are considered just an annoying but harmless insect, therefore many people are reluctant to request professional pest control services to deal with them. However, other than being unpleasant to look at and producing an irritating noise, flies present other dangers like infection or growing in number to a frightening amount.
There are dozens of species of household flies varying in size and color. Different species represent different degree of danger to your health and your possessions. Also, flies differs in degree of effort needed to exterminate them as they multiply with different rates and have variable adaptability. So it is important to identify what kind of flies you are dealing with to develop the most effective extermination plan. Among the myriad of species and dozens of families the following three families are the most common ones in Arizona:
Fruit flies can be identified by a smaller size than an average household fly. Their size range is about 0.1 – 0.3 inches. Fruit flies are notable by large red eyes, brownish color, and pictured wings. Their life span is pretty short, they live around 40-50 days. They multiply very rapidly, which makes it harder to get rid of them. Females can lay up to 500 eggs during a lifetime. So from a couple flies innocently hovering around a trash can they might grow into a colony of dozens swarming in your kitchen in just about a week. So it is important to take measures early on and contact Core Pest Solution for the professional advice.
As their name suggests, fruit flies usually infest ripening or rotting fruits and vegetables. It is important to keep fruits in a refrigerator and close garbage cans with fruit peels tightly, so flies will not have access to it. Fruit flies are also attracted to alcohol, juices, and drinks, so it is better to clean up spills immediately and not to leave bottles opened. Flies breed in moist environments. So it is important to remove wet cardboards or cloths. If you cannot find a source where flies are coming from, Core Pest Solution will help to identify and remove it.
House flies are larger species varying between 0.3–0.5 inches in size. They are usually grey or black in color and their bodies are covered with little hair. Their life span is about a month and they reproduce at a slower rate in comparison with fruit flies. A female lays around one hundred eggs during her lifetime. But despite less rapid reproduction, house flies represent a feasible danger as they are known to be carriers of more than hundred kinds of illness like E.coli, dysentery, poliomyelitis, salmonellosis, tuberculosis and many others. They pick up pathogens when they feed on feces, carcasses, or decaying matters and spread them through their hair, mouthparts, and excrements as they land on food or cooking surfaces.
The first and the most important step in the extermination of house fly is to inspect your house for their breeding ground and eliminate it. They reproduce in animal feces and corpses and decaying moist matters like trash. Take out your trash and clean after your pet regularly to stop house fly infestation. You can refer to Core Pest Solution to help you find and remove sources of their breeding ground and eliminate adult flies.
Another common kind of fly is a stable fly, which you can easily find in farms of Arizona. Stable flies are very similar to house flies in appearance. However, they can be distinguished by the long, pointed proboscis which extends in front of the head, which they use to suck blood of mammals. Also, they are somewhat smaller and lighter in color and their abdomen is slightly spotted. Unlike house flies, stable flies are usually found outdoors as they are attracted to cattle or pet waste products, so they can be seen flying around kennels or stables. Since this kind of flies have a rare ability to bite, apart from a stingy bite they also present an increased risk of infection for both humans and cattle. They are associated with such diseases as anthrax, fowl pox, and African horse sickness.
To exterminate stable flies, it is important to inspect infested area for decaying hay and straw, rotten manure, fermented weeds and grass, as these material serve as a breeding ground for these kind of pests. Do not hesitate to contact Core Pest Solutions, if your precious farm is infested.