October 19, 2018
Fall is underway in Houston, Texas, and flies are as active as ever doing what they do best, being annoying. Sometimes it seems there is no avoiding them. We find them at our picnics, on our walks, in our homes. They are everywhere. Buzzing about without a care in the world. Today we will look at three different types of flies which we treat here at Modern Pest Control, along with the dangers they pose and some common mistakes homeowners may be inadvertently making to attract these unwanted frequent flyers to their home and property.
Incredibly small at only an eighth of an inch, these six-legged pests can be identified by their small oval-shaped and light tan bodies, along with their bright red eyes. As their name suggests, fruit flies love fruit and are attracted to its bright colors and sweet scent.
House flies are dark gray in color and known for their filthy habits. It is not uncommon to find these adept flyers buzzing in and around homes in search for food. Common places they will look for food include garbage cans, manure, and garden areas.
Fungus gnats are tiny, dark, mosquito-like insects with very short lifespans. Roughly the size of a fruit fly, these pests can be identified by their long legs and antennae and the distinct “Y-shaped” pattern found on their forewings. Most commonly, these flyers can be found in and around soil that is rich in organic material and moisture. Often these pests will move inside if they find plants in your home suitable for their needs.
Dangers Flies Pose
While the fungus gnat only poses a threat to plants, house flies and fruit flies can pose a threat to our health. Because of their diets and travel habits, fruit flies and house flies have been known to be transporters of bacteria and disease. The same six legs that just walked over your food may have just been walking over a rotting carcass or a pile of fecal matter minutes before. This can pose a health concern for you and your family.
Modern is Here To Help
Just because they can fly does not mean they are out of our reach. Our licensed pest control technicians are ready to come alongside you to make your home undesirable to flies. If you are tired of swatting flies out of the air and would rather not have to deal with contaminated food, contact Modern Pest Control today to learn more about our residential pest control options.