House Flies

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House Flies In Canada

Size: 4 to 7.5 mm long

Colour: Light grey bodies and dark stripes running the length of the thorax.

Description: Red eyes, four dark, longitudinal lines on the thorax, slightly hairy bodies, and a single pair of wings.

Order/Family: Diptera/Muscidae.

Scientific Name: Musca domestica.

Did You Know?

House flies lack chewing mouthparts so they rely on a liquid diet to survive.

House Fly Biology

Adult house flies are up to 7.5 mm long and have a light grey body with four dark stripes running the length of their thorax. Possessing distinctive red eyes, house flies have four distinct life stages – egg, larva or maggot, pupa and adult. House flies lay their eggs on organic material like garbage and manure with house fly eggs hatching in only a few hours. The transformation from larva to adult typically takes place within two to 10 days.

House Fly Behaviour, Diet, Habitat and Life Cycle

A house fly can live anywhere from two-and-a-half weeks in hot climates to three months in cooler areas. Importantly, you should know that house flies are notorious for spreading disease. It’s been discovered that each house fly is capable of carrying more than a million bacteria. Capable of spreading diarrhoea, typhoid fever and cholera, house flies can contaminate human food when they simply land on food preparation surfaces. Disgustingly, when house flies land on food, they regurgitate their stomach contents onto the food to liquefy it before ingesting it. Elsewhere, house flies have taste receptors on their lower legs and feet – much like butterflies.

Habitat-wise, house flies are usually found where humans reside. Developing their larvae in or around garbage, horse manure or other decaying matter, house flies are comfortable in a plethora of locations. A house fly infestation is often found near food storage areas, recycling bays, sewers, trashcans, and many more places.

Wondering How To Get Rid Of House Flies?

The best way to get rid of house flies is to contact Terminix Canada. Our residential and commercial fly control gets the results you need.

Firstly, house fly control involves limiting food sources and keeping all garbage tightly covered. If you’re eating outside your home or business, ensure that all food is adequately covered. Elsewhere, ensure that windows and doors to your property have screens fitted so that there are no openings for house flies to penetrate. Lastly, sticky house fly traps and swatters can eliminate many house flies inside your home. However, there is no substitute for professional house fly control when it comes to permanently removing house flies for good.

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