Flies experience a complete metamorphosis which includes egg, larval, pupal, and adult stages. Adult flies have a pair of wings and sucking or sponging mouth parts. Larvae also called maggots to have chewing mouth parts. The larvae are wingless so they wriggle through the waste that the eggs were laid.
Most fly problems can be traced to a specific breeding site. However, adults are very mobile and are not necessarily near the source of the problem. Finding the source is key to effective fly control.
About House Flies
Adult house flies are about ¼ of an inch long. They are dull gray with four longitudinal stripes on the thorax. They are most abundant in the fall and summer but can be found through the year, House flies are a nuisance, but primarily a concern because they spread pathogens that can cause diseases in people and domestic animals.
House flies breed in garbage, human and animal waste, wet animal feed, and rotting fruits and vegetables. The female will lay five or six clusters of 75-100 eggs. The eggs will hatch into larvae in about 12 to 24 hours. Their life cycle can be as short as one week or as long as six weeks.
Sanitation / Prevention of Flies
Sanitation is the key to managing house flies because it removes both food and breeding sites. Rotting waste in garbage cans, compactors, or dumpsters is often used and fly breeding ground. Improving drainage will often aid fly management, Air curtains, properly fitted windows and doors, and self-closing doors will do much to keeping out house flies. Tightly screen windows, roof vents and other openings with mesh screens.
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