Size: The common housefly is usually one-quarter of an inch long.
Colour: House flies have grey bodies and four dark stripes running the length of the thorax.
Behaviour: Depending on the season and temperature, a housefly can live anywhere from two and a half weeks in hot climates to three months in cooler areas. Its 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 housefly 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. Ensure 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 housefly 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.
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
Colour: Brownish-yellow to brownish-black
Behaviour: The common name of small fruit fly comes from their small size and fondness of some species for fruits as egg-laying and development sites. Some Fruit flies are attracted primarily to fresh fruits and vegetables and those fermenting because of yeast and decaying organic matter; some species are attracted to human and animal excrement.
They are commonly found in homes, hotels and food processing joints where they can find decaying organic 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 a 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 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.