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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.

If you notice flies inside the home, it’s important to contact a licensed pest professional at Westfall’s Pest Control to inspect and treat the problem. For a free inspection and bug free guarantee, contact us at (941) 761-0125.

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How do Flies Eat?

We’ve all dealt with annoying flies before, you have food on the dinning room table and there’s a fly that just won’t go away. You try to swat it away with your hand, move your food over onto the next counter, anything you can, but no matter what you do the fly keeps on trying to land on your food. Why is the fly so persistent on landing on your dinner? What is the fly doing on your food, is it trying to eat it? Can flies even eat human food? It looks like it’s just crawling around the surface. Turns out there’s an explanation for all these questions and observations.

When a fly does land on your food, it is landing on it to eat it. However flies have a unique way of eating food, though they do eat food through their mouths, they actually have their taste sensors on their feet. This explains why flies seem to like to crawl all over the food that they land on, when they’re doing this they are actually tasting what they’re about to eat. But how can such a small insects with such a minuscule mouth effectively eat foods sized for humans?

Flies aren’t able to eat solid foods straight up, but they do still have the ability to eat solid foods. What flies do is they spit up enzymes from their stomach directly onto the food they’ve decided to eat. Those enzymes dissolve the solid foods into a liquid, making it possible for the fly to now consume those liquids with it’s straw like mouth, pretty gross right?

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