Combat Those Pesky House Flies

Pesky Fly

Description


House flies get their name from being the most common fly found around homes. Adult house flies can grow to one-quarter of an inch long and usually live between 15 and 25 days.


Colour: Dark gray

Legs: Six

Shape: Small oval

Size: ¼ inch

Antennae: Yes

Flying: Yes


Habits


House flies are only able to feed on liquids, but have the ability to turn many solid foods into a liquid for them to eat. House flies taste with their feet, which are 10 million times more sensitive to sugar than the human tongue.


Habitat


House flies tend to stay within 1-2 miles of where they were born; however, they have been known to migrate up to 20 miles to find food.


Threats


These insects have been known to carry over 100 different kinds of disease-causing germs, which make them very bad house guests.


Prevention


House flies can be controlled through vigilant sanitation. Remove trash regularly and use well-sealing garbage receptacles. Clean up pet waste immediately. Use fine mesh screens on doors and windows to prevent fly entry.

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