Latin Name: Diptera
There are over 16,000 types of flies in North America alone. However, all flies share several distinct characteristics. They all start life as legless larvae called maggots, and then go through a transformational stage where they develop an aerodynamic body, compound eyes, and two wings. Regardless of the species, most flies carry potentially harmful diseases. And because they only have two wings, flies tend to land often, leaving behind millions of harmful pathogens each time they land, walk around, or groom themselves. The house fly alone is associated with hundreds of diseases.
If you notice a fly infestation, it’s important to take immediate action. While the type of fly may not be a blood sucking nuisance, a crop destroyer, or cause other physical damage, it’s likely spreading pathogens that are harmful to both you and your pets.
While flies live everywhere in the world except the polar ice caps, they prefer warm habitats. They also prefer to eat organic materials. These organic materials can vary depending on the type of fly. Some flies prefer decaying plant material, some prefer decaying animals, while some flies actually prefer blood.
Depending on the type of fly, the life expectancy could be eight days to two months, and in some rare cases up to a year. Due to their quick reproduction rate and lifecycle, one pair of flies can produce over 1 million offspring through several generations in just a few weeks.
What To Do If You Have Flies
Fly infestations can happen anywhere. You can find flies in restaurants, drains, pipes, sewers, garbage areas, and stables. Because most flies feed on decaying organic waste, sanitation is important when avoiding infestations.
The following will help prevent flies from invading your home.
- Keep all trash pails, garbage bins, recycle bins, vents, drains, and drain traps disinfected.
- All counters and floors should be cleaned daily.
- Food and other organic material should be refrigerated or sealed when not in use.
- Vents, doors, and windows should be screened and properly sealed to prevent flies from entering your home or business.
Using a naturally sourced insecticides throughout your home will keep flies at bay. The following video outlines how to properly use Cedarcide Original as a preventative measure.