Flies

Flies

Flies

HOUSE FLIES

Musca domestica

Size : The common house fly is usually one-quarter of an inch long.

Color : House flies have gray bodies and four dark stripes running the length of the thorax.

Behavior : Depending on the season and temperature, a house fly can live anywhere from two and a half weeks in hot climates to three months in cooler areas. It’s eggs will hatch into maggots after seven to eight hours, depending on the temperature, and then go into the pupal or cocoon stage before turning into an adult house fly. The house fly then flies up to two miles in search of suitable egg-laying sites. The life cycle from egg to adult ranges from one to three weeks.

Usually found where humans reside, the house fly develops its larvae in or around garbage, manure or other types of decaying matter.

Limit the house flies food source by keeping your garbage tightly covered. When eating outside, keep all food covered. Make sure your windows and doors have screens and that there are no openings for the house fly to enter. You can contact the experts at TerminixSiS to remove house flies for good

House flies are notorious for spreading disease. It’s been shown that each fly is capable of carrying more than a million bacteria. House flies are known to carry and spread diseases like cholera, conjunctivitis, dysentery, gastroenteritis, salmonellosis, tuberculosis, typhoid fever & many more.

House flies spread bacteria that contaminate your food and the surfaces where you prepare your food just by landing on them. After a house fly lands on your food, it regurgitates its stomach contents onto the food to liquefy it before ingesting your food. During feeding, house flies can also defecate on food. And remember that these flies are coming from their “homes” in garbage and animal waste.

Fruit Fly

Drosophila melanogaster

It’s a scientifically significant insect used in genetics because of its short lifespan of 5 few weeks.

Fruit flies are always seen whenever there is an overripe fruit which they eat and also lay their eggs on. They are also attracted to damp conditions created by rotting organic matter.

The females lay about 400 eggs into rotting fruit or decaying matter in batches of 4 or 5. The eggs hatch within 12 to 24 hours. Thereafter the larvae feed on microorganisms within the fruit or sugary compounds.

Size : 1/8 inches

Shape : Small, oval

Color : Tan

Legs : 6

Wings : Yes

Antenna : Yes

Common Name : Fruit Fly

Kingdom : Animalia

Phylum : Arthropoda

Class : Insecta

Order : Diptera

Family : Drosophilidae

Species : Drosophila melanogaster

Diet : Feed on overripe fruits and vegetables. They also feed on left over sugary fluids like soda and juices.

They are commonly found in homes, hotels and food processing joints where they can find organic decaying matter to lay eggs and also feed on.

Lay their eggs in moist organic and fermenting material.

Keep your home clean: store all fruits and other food stuff in closed containers beyond the reach of these flies.

Remove garbage regularly to deny them breeding ground. Also keep your rubbish bin tightly closed.

Discard overripe fruits and vegetables which serve as their food source.

Remove beer and soda cans that also attract the insects.

Use both sticky and sweet scented fly traps to catch them.

They indicate unsanitary conditions, especially the presence of rotting organic material.

They particularly do not transmit any disease. They are just a nuisance swarming around in the kitchen and around the house.