Podcast Episode: Different Types of Flies and the Threats They Pose

Does it Bite? — Episode 17

Episode Focus: Different Types of Flies and the Threats They Pose

In this episode of "Does It Bite?", learn about the pervasive issue of flies, from common household nuisances to the more daunting outdoor infestations. 

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Understanding Flies: An Insight into Their World

Flies are a common issue in both homes and outdoor areas, known for their ability to disrupt peace with their presence. 

They are attracted to food sources and suitable places to lay their eggs, such as trash and animal feces. This preference is due to the need for their larvae, or maggots, to have immediate access to food upon hatching. Understanding a fly's lifecycle, including its stages from egg to larva to adult, is crucial in managing and preventing infestations.

Seasonal Infestations and Fly Activity

Fly activity peaks during warmer months, especially around April and May. This increase is notably tied to human outdoor activities like barbecuing, which inadvertently attract flies. The warmth of the summer further increases their activity and reproduction rates.

Integrated Pest Management: Combating Flies

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) emphasizes a holistic approach to fly control, incorporating cleanliness, waste management, and physical barriers. This approach includes keeping areas free of feces and trash, where flies are likely to breed, and ensuring homes are well-sealed against fly entry.

Fly Varieties and Their Habitats

Various fly species pose different challenges. For instance, horseflies are known for their painful bites and are particularly aggressive during the breeding season. House flies are more common invaders of homes, attracted to food waste and other garbage.

Prevention and Control Measures

Managing waste properly, including securing trash and ensuring dumpsters are closed, is crucial to maintaining a fly-free environment. Physical barriers, such as repaired screens and closed doors, prevent flies from entering homes. Environmental management plays a significant role in reducing fly attractants and breeding sites.

Professional and DIY Control Strategies

While professional pest control options, like misting systems, offer effective solutions, DIY strategies, and environmental management are essential first steps. These include reducing attractants and implementing barriers to entry, which are vital in preventing fly infestations.

By understanding the biology and behavior of flies and implementing integrated pest management strategies, it's possible to significantly reduce the presence of flies in and around homes. Keeping environments clean and well-maintained is key to preventing fly breeding and ensuring a more comfortable living space.

For More Information:

Watch the podcast or visit our Professional Pest Management page to learn more about dealing with these pesky flies.