House Flies

What do house flies look like?

House flies are one of the most common and probably easily identifiable of the filth fly species. They are dull gray in color and have black vertical lines on the top of their body. Adults will also have two stripes on their face- one silver and one gold in color. Adult house flies grow to about 1/8th-1/4 of an inch in length. Their larvae are off-white in color and have a pointed head and no appendages; the pupa is dark brown, round in shape and tapers from front to back.

Are house flies dangerous?

Yes. House flies are dangerous to have in and around your home. Before finding their way into your home they will have been landing and feeding on garbage, excrement, carcasses, and other less than desirable things. The disease, bacteria, and parasites that they house on their bodies and legs will be introduced into your structure with them. Also, when feeding, house flies regurgitate their stomach contents onto food to liquefy it before ingesting it causing even more contamination. House flies spread things like cholera, diarrhea, dysentery, salmonella and E. coli bacteria; all which can cause serious health concerns for people.

Where am I likely to find a house fly?

House flies are a type of filth fly, outside these types of flies are generally found living and resting around the things that they lay their eggs on and feed on. House flies can be found flying around garbage, manure and garden areas with fresh fruits and veggies. As their name suggests house flies are the most common species of fly that is found inside of both homes and businesses. They typically find their way inside of structures while foraging for food sources and can be found flying around kitchens, bathrooms, and food storage areas.

Does Modern offer house fly control?

Yes, we do! When you contact Modern for house fly control in Houston, Katy or elsewhere in our service area, a licensed pest control technician will inspect your property, determine what conditions are attracting them and then develop a plan of action that results in a fly-free home or business! Visit our residential or commercial pest control page to learn more about getting rid of house flies or simply contact us for more information.

How can I prevent house fly infestations?

In addition to putting into place a professional pest control service, the following tips can help to prevent a house infestation in your Texas property.

  • Properly disposal of pet waste in your yard.
  • Make sure that outdoor trash cans have tight fitting or locking lids on them. Store the trash cans away from the outside of your home.
  • Keep windows and doors closed or make sure that are equipped with completely intact screens.
  • Fruits and vegetables that fall to the found in garden areas should be quickly picked up and removed.
  • Leaky pipes, drains, and hoses should be repaired.
  • Inside of your home store food in the fridge or air-tight containers, wash dirty dishes every day, and remove garbage daily. 

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