Types of Flies

There are two different types of fly categories that help us determine how to treat them.  The first type of fly is the domestic fly which will typically be a nuisance to homes and dwellings.  The second type of fly is the biting flies and the ones who attack humans and livestock.

Domestic flies include house flies, flesh flies, blow flies, fruit flies, phorid flies, and cluster flies.

Biting flies include horse flies, black flies, and sand flies.

Domestic Flies:

House Flies – ¼ inch long with stripes and feed primarily on animal feces and garbage.  These flies are most active in the late summer and early fall times and only live from 7 to 45 days.  The best way to manage House Flies is to have better sanitation practices as well as caulking windows and doors and utilizing exclusion practices.  The other way to get rid of flies in and around your home is to get rid of their habitat where they are breeding. Sometimes this can be as easy as washing out garbage cans or cleaning out your gutters. Our house fly treatments consist of our special residual formulations and intensive baiting technology for flies that ensure the fly population is under control.

Flesh Flies – ½ inch long with a checkerboard pattern on its abdomen and feeds primarily on garbage and fresh manure or even carcaces. These flies are most active in the warmer months and are only alive for 2 to 4 weeks.  The best way to manage Flesh Flies is to have better sanitation and eliminating their habitat. These flies may need special treatment with our larvicide treatments in order to keep under control because of their harborage being in hard to reach locations.

Blow Flies – ½ inch long with the metallic blue or green color.  These flies are most active in the spring and summer months and feed primarily on animal carcases or rotting meat in garbage.  These flies only live for 2 – 4 weeks but can be quite disruptive when an invasion happens. In order to control the habitat of these flies yourself, you might want to check the area for dead animals or rotting meat and remove the source.  Our blowfly treatments consist of contact treatments as well as some residual and baiting processes for the best control.

Fruit Flies – ⅛ inch long with a yellow or dark yellow tint.  These flies are seen primarily around decaying fruit or vegetables or even house plants that are decaying.  Fruit Flies are most abundant in late summer and early fall and they are not only the smallest fly but also live only 1 – 2 weeks.  The best treatment for fruit flies is to remove the source of their feeding which typically will be bananas, a vegetable laying around or even potatoes.  Our fruit fly treatment consists of a contact treatment of the affected areas while avoiding any food and using special baiting stations that will lure these fruit flies.

Phorid Flies – ⅛ inch long and look like fruit flies but have a humped back.  These flies are primarily seen around decaying vegetation including landscaping or plants and are most abundant in warmer months. These flies also only live 1-2 weeks.  The best treatment for phorid flies is to remove or alter their decaying vegetation they are feeding on. In the event the food source can not be found or can not be moved then our phorid fly treatment will affect the population and get it under control.

Cluster Flies – ¼ inch long and look like a house fly but are slightly bigger and move a lot slower and sluggishly.  These flies are predominately found because they feed as a parasitic on earthworms in the ground. They are abundant in the spring and fall months when the temperatures change.  These flies live the longest at 4 – 6 weeks depending on weather and habitat. This fly is impossible to remove its food source because of the abundance of earthworms. Our Cluster Fly treatment consists of contact treatments as well as a residual treatment which will control the population and keep an infestation at bay.

Biting Flies:

Horse Flies – These flies primarily feed on warm blooded and domesticated animals such as horses but can also prey on dogs and cats. These flies bite their prey and cause extremely irritating and painful bites to the animal and human. Finding and destroying their harborage areas or their breeding sites can be a huge plus in knocking down their population. In the event their harborage areas can not be found then our residual treatments and contact treatments paired with the repellant programs are very effective.

Black Flies – These flies are found feeding on domesticated animals as well such as dogs and cats. Black flies have an extremely irritating bite that causes the animal or human pain and sometimes rash. Finding their nesting site is key to eliminate their population however that is difficult in condensed areas of living. The residual treatments and contact treatment programs are extremely effective on black flies and can exterminate this bothersome fly.

Sand Flies – These flies are also known as no-see-ums or black gnats. These flies are ⅛ inch long and bite humans with their sucking mouthparts. Sand Flies also feed on reptiles, mammals and even birds. Theese insects inflict a severe bite that can take several weeks to heal. Typically these flies are not able to be active in windy conditions and different species feed at different times.

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