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As home owner’s open doors and windows to welcome fresh air, they're also rolling out the red carpet for a commonly known pest- the house fly. Although house flies are a familiar disturbance, they are also a major carrier of communicable diseases. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) advises homeowners to take precautions to prevent these tiny pests from becoming health burdens.

"House flies do not bite, but are capable of transferring more than 100 pathogens, including malaria, salmonella and tuberculosis," said Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA. "They contaminate food and surfaces by spreading disease organisms picked up on the silla on their bodies and through their saliva that is used to break down foods. And if that's not enough, they defecate constantly."

House flies are widespread due to their ability to procreate quickly and in large quantities. While they have been known to move 20 miles from where they were hatched, they typically stay within a mile of their birthplace. Prominent in rural environments due to their attraction to manure and other organic matter, house flies can also be found in other areas of filth including garbage and sewage.

Non-biting flies, such as houseflies, are not only nuisance pests, but they are also responsible for transmitting diseases and contaminating food. For instance, house flies are capable of contaminating food and transferring more than 100 pathogens, including malaria, salmonella and tuberculosis. Food contamination is one of the main reasons that fly pest control is so important.

NPMA recommends that homeowners follow these tips to help prevent house flies in their own homes:

  • Keep kitchen trash in sealed containers and the receptacles as clean as possible.
  • Dispose of waste regularly and keep away from your home.
  • Be aware of sources of excessive moisture.
  • Keep counters and surfaces clean.
  • Prevent home access by keeping doors, windows and vents closed when possible.
  • Properly screen windows and seal potential entryways, repairing any rips or tears in screens.
  • If you have dogs, horses or other animals near the home, remove feces from the yard and surrounding areas.

Horse flies likely received their common name because they are notorious pests of horses and other mammals. They are commonly found in both suburban and rural areas near bodies of water, which serve as breeding sites, and where mammal hosts are most abundant.
 

House flies get their name from being the most common fly found around homes. Adult house flies can grow to one-quarter of an inch long and usually live between 15 and 25 days.

Fruit flies get their common name from their small size and fondness of some fruits. Small fruit flies are nuisance pests, but may act as disease vectors.  Fruit flies feed on decaying matter, especially fruits and vegetables.  They are commonly found in homes, restaurants and other facilities where food is processed. They are found on moist, decaying matter that has been stationary for several days. 

Fruit flies are found in unsanitary conditions, so they are a potential health concern, especially when present in health facilities.

 

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Fly Series: Fruit Fly

Fruit flies get their common name from their small size and fondness of some fruits. Small fruit flies are nuisance pests, but may act as disease vectors.

Habits
Fruit flies feed on decaying matter, especially fruits and vegetables.

Habitat
Fruit flies are small pests that are commonly found in homes, restaurants and other facilities where food is processed. They are found on moist, decaying matter that has been stationary for several days.

Threats
Fruit flies are found in unsanitary conditions, so they are a potential heath concern, especially when present in health facilities.

Fruit Fly Prevention
Looking to get rid of fruit flies in the home? Fruit flies are best prevented through vigilant sanitation practices. To excercise proper fruit fly management, remove kitchen trash daily, and keep counter surfaces clean.

Source: pestworld.org

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Fly Series: Horse Fly

Horse flies likely received their common name because they are notorious pests of horses and other mammals. They are commonly found in both suburban and rural areas near bodies of water, which serve as breeding sites, and where mammal hosts are most abundant.

Habits
Adult horse flies are fast, strong fliers and capable of flying for more than 30 miles, though they generally do not disperse widely. They most often attack moving and dark objects. Horse flies often rest on paths and roads, especially in wooded areas, where they wait for potential hosts. Horse flies are attracted to light and will sometimes congregate at windows.

Habitat
Horse flies are typically woodland or forest dwellers. Species usually feed during full daylight and are most evident on windless, hot, sunny days. In general, larvae develop in wet soil close to bodies of water.

Threats
Adult horse flies typically feed on nectar, but females require a blood meal before they are able to reproduce effectively. Female horse fly bites, especially in large specimens, can be quite painful because their mouthparts are used for tearing and lapping, as opposed to mosquitoes, which simply pierce the skin and suck blood. Female horse flies are also persistent and will generally continue biting a host until they either succeed in procuring their blood meal or are killed. They are even known to chase their intended targets for short periods of time. Some species are vectors of disease organisms but in the U.S. most horse fly-vectored diseases only involve livestock.

If you notice horse flies or experience their bites, contact a professional immediately to discuss how to get rid of the infestation through a proper course of pest control.

Source: pestcontrol.org

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As homeowners open doors and windows to welcome fresh air for the summer, they're also rolling out the red carpet for a commonly known pest- the house fly. Although house flies are a familiar disturbance, they are also a major carrier of communicable diseases. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) advises homeowners to take precautions to prevent these tiny pests from becoming health burdens.

"House flies do not bite, but are capable of transferring more than 100 pathogens, including malaria, salmonella and tuberculosis," said Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA. "They contaminate food and surfaces by spreading disease organisms picked up on the silla on their bodies and through their saliva that is used to break down foods. And if that's not enough, they defecate constantly."

House flies are widespread due to their ability to procreate quickly and in large quantities. While they have been known to move 20 miles from where they were hatched, they typically stay within a mile of their birthplace. Prominent in rural environments due to their attraction to manure and other organic matter, house flies can also be found in other areas of filth including garbage and sewage.

NPMA recommends that homeowners follow these tips to help prevent house flies in their own homes:

  • Keep kitchen trash in sealed containers and the receptacles as clean as possible.
  • Dispose of waste regularly and keep away from your home.
  • Be aware of sources of excessive moisture.
  • Keep counters and surfaces clean.
  • Prevent home access by keeping doors, windows and vents closed when possible.
  • Properly screen windows and seal potential entryways, repairing any rips or tears in screens.
  • If you have dogs, horses or other animals near the home, remove feces from the yard and surrounding areas.
  • For an uncontrolled house fly population, contact a licensed pest professional.
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