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Facts about Flies
There are four major life stages in the life cycle of a fly. The egg, the larvae, the pupa and the adult fly. The process from egg to adult can take less than one week. Flies typically live about 25 to 30 days. However, they can live for longer in temperatures around 75 to 80 degrees, which is the typical indoor temperatures of many homes. The problem isn’t their lifespan, which is relatively short, the biggest problem is that the females can lay up to 150 eggs in their short life. That means their populations can grow exponentially if gone unchecked by insect control.
What Attracts Flies?
Trash, food left sitting out, pet food, animal waste, spills, and anything sweet will attract flies. Flies are attracted to these items to eat. However, they can also use these surfaces to lay eggs and breed.
What’s the Big Deal?
Yes, flies are annoying. Unfortunately, that isn’t the worst of it. They carry pathogens that can cause diseases, like typhoid, cholera, dysentery and diarrhea in humans and animals. Exterminating these pests is the best way to keep you and your household free of pathogens that cause disease.
How to Get Rid of Flies:
Killing adult flies will help to limit the number of eggs that are laid, but it’s important to completely mitigate the possibility they will continue to reproduce. This means it’s vital to clean and sanitize any area that could be used as a breeding area and keep these areas clean at all times.
Prevent entry points to ensure that flies will not enter the home. Also, trash cans should have lids that keep flies out. Getting rid of any extra moisture that can cause decomposition and mold will help too. Exterminators can help identify problem areas.