What are flies?
Flies are insects, which means they have wings. While most insects have two pairs of wings, flies only have one pair. These insects are prolific breeders that can lay over a hundred eggs at a time. Flies are opportunistic scavengers, which is why they so frequently end up in residential homes.
Flies are important pollinators; as frustrating as they are, they help us with pollination and assist the decaying process of organic matter. The most effective way to protect your family from flies is to prevent these pests from flying into your home in the first place.
Are flies dangerous?
Having a few flies in your home may not seem that bad, but these annoying insects can be pretty dangerous. Flies feed on decaying organic matter, which gets on their bodies and can be carried elsewhere. So flies contaminate food and surfaces just by landing. They can spread various bacteria and pathogens, some of which cause food poisoning.
Why do I have a fly problem?
It can seem like flies become a problem out of nowhere, but they are in and around your home for a good reason. Like other pests, flies rely on residential properties to access food and water. Flies love decaying organic matter such as meat, vegetables, and fruit. They are also attracted to waste and fermenting liquids. Flowers can also attract flies to your home because of their sweet nectar that tends to stay moist.
Not only do these things provide flies with a food source, but they also are breeding sites. Flies lay their eggs strategically so larvae, also called maggots, can feed right after hatching.
Flies will undoubtedly appear if you leave crumbs and spills, dirty dishes, food in drains, leftovers, and ripening fruit lying around.
Where will I find flies?
Flies will be in various places on a residential property. Common areas where these pests are found include standing water, garbage, compost bins, pet waste, and gardens. They will gravitate towards bathrooms, kitchens, pantries, sinks, and garages when inside. Essentially, flies are looking for food and water sources to sustain themselves.
How do I get rid of flies?
Put down the flimsy fly swatter and pick up the phone to call us at Morton’s Pest Control. With over 30 years of experience in the pest control industry, we know precisely how to deal with pesky insects like flies. We provide quality home pest control and commercial exterminator services in Huntsville with safety in mind. We only use high-quality and EPA-approved products. So you can rest assured that we are taking care of your pest problem in a safe manner for you, your family, and your pets.
Our professional technicians are ready to assist with flies and other pests you might be experiencing in Huntsville, Alabama.
How can I prevent flies in the future?
Make your home less appealing to flies and keep them away by using the following tips:
- Clean up spills and crumbs right away.
- Don’t leave dirty dishes sitting.
- Store food in airtight containers.
- Keep fruits and vegetables in the fridge and properly dispose of any that are rotting.
- Regularly clean drains and make sure they aren’t clogged.
- Try to keep garbage, recycling, and compost bins away from your home and use bins with tight-fitting lids.
- Pick up and dispose of pet waste.
- Fix any damaged screens, weatherstripping, and sweeps on exterior windows and doors.
- Fill in any potential entry points, including gaps around windows and doors.
Don’t forget, the best way to prevent any pest, including flies, is with professional services. Call us at Morton’s Pest Control to learn more.