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How To Keep Flies Out Of Your Huntsville Home

May 15, 2022

Flies may be the most annoying pest to blight mankind. They buzz, fly in our faces, land on our food, and are always just out of reach when we swat at them. Flies have a way of hanging around where they're not wanted and inviting their buddies too. Now that summer has fully arrived, the flies are here to stay. As such, Huntsville residents will need some tips and tricks to keep those pesky little buggers away.

The Life Cycle Of Common Flies

Flies are insects characterized by having one set of wings for flying and a smaller pair of wings for balance. There are actually over 100,000 types of flies known throughout the world. The most common and well-hated fly in Huntsville is the house fly. House flies are gray and relatively small. Their eyeballs have about 4,000 facets they use to see. Since they do not possess a mouth, house flies feed on an absorbent tube that leads directly to their stomach. The secretions that come from their feet allow them to walk vertically up walls or upside down. House flies live for roughly 28 days. Once they lay their eggs, they mature for 12 hours before hatching into their first larval stage. This stage lasts one to four days, and the second stage lasts another couple of days before reaching larval stage three. This stage lasts three to nine days. After that, the house fly turns into a pupa, where it matures into its adult form over the course of five days.

All The Reasons You Don't Want Flies In Your House

Not only are house flies annoying, but they also pose potential health risks to people and other animals. Flies crawl over garbage, manure, and roadkill daily. Their feet are covered in micro-organisms that they pick up along the way. House flies can spread diseases like typhoid, dysentery, and cholera. Additionally, house flies vomit wherever they land, further spreading filth and bacteria. As they land on your tabletop, your counter, and your food, they are leaving behind a trail of muck.

Four Eco-Friendly Fly Prevention Tips For Around Your Home

As annoying and dirty as flies are, it is no wonder that nobody wants them around. They are a nuisance pest and a potential health threat. There are ways for Huntsville homeowners to safely prevent flies from entering their homes without compromising the environment. Some prevention methods include, but are not limited to:

  1. Keep all food scraps in a garbage bin with a tight-fitting. 
  2. Store garbage cans and compost away from the house. 
  3. Clean up animal and pet waste from your yard right away so as not to attract flies.
  4. Ensure that screens are intact and properly installed in windows and doors. It is also best to keep windows and doors closed at night when lights can attract flies.

These tips are by no means exhaustive, but they can go a long way towards keeping flies away from your home.

How The Pros Can Help Keep Your Home Fly-Free!

The only way to keep flies away from your Huntsville home is to work with professionals. Morton's Pest Control will provide a thorough inspection of your property to find the best solution for you. We tailor our treatments to our client's specific needs and perform follow up to ensure the best result. With over 25 years of experience, you can count on our reliable services. Give Morton's Pest Control a call today!