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What Are Flies?

Raleigh residents are all too familiar with pesky flies invading their homes and disrupting their daily lives. The most common flies found in Raleigh homes include houseflies, fruit flies, cluster flies, and gnats.

Here is a rundown on these different types of flies:

  • Fruit flies are generally found around garbage cans and drains because they are attracted to organic material. They are typically about 1/8 inch long, making them one of the smallest pest species found in homes.
  • Gnats are similar in size to houseflies and can enter homes through small cracks and crevices.
  • Houseflies are tiny gray pests that measure about 1/4 inch long. They are attracted to sugary and decaying materials, so they gather in kitchens and garbage disposal areas. 
  • Cluster flies are larger than the other pest species mentioned above, measuring up to 1/2 inch long. These pests often enter homes through cracks and crevices in exterior walls and can hibernate during winter. 

Are Flies Dangerous?

While most flies don't carry dangerous diseases, some species spread bacteria that are harmful to humans. This is especially true of pest species such as houseflies and fruit flies. Houseflies are known to carry more than 100 different types of pathogens, while fruit flies can spread E. coli and salmonella bacteria.

Why Do I Have a Fly Problem?

Fly infestations are always alarming as they come in large numbers and, unlike many other pests, spend much time flying, making them more visible. 

Some common causes of fly infestations include: 

  • Broken Garbage Disposals: Flies are attracted to rotting food and garbage. If your garbage disposal is not properly disposing of food waste, the residual food waste may attract flies. 
  • Open Food Containers: Flies are also attracted to open food and drink containers. Make sure to cover all food and drinks, especially when eating outside.
  • Open Windows and Doors: Flies can quickly enter your home through open windows and doors. 
  • Pet Waste: Flies are attracted to pet waste, such as dog or cat feces.
  • Standing Water: Flies breed in standing water. Fix any leaky faucets and empty any containers that hold standing water.

Where Will I Find Flies?

Flies are attracted to warm temperatures and moisture, so they can be found near food sources, garbage cans, and even around windows and doorways. If there is food, waste, or decaying organic matter, chances are that flies are not far behind.

How Do I Get Rid of Flies?

The best strategy for getting rid of flies is to partner with a qualified and reputable pest control company, like Pest and Termite Consultants. We will perform a comprehensive analysis of your property and then give you a quote for a personalized plan of action. We do not cut corners with our fly control services and will have the problem dealt with quickly.

How Can I Prevent Flies in the Future?

Flies are prevalent, and, to some, an infestation may seem like an inevitability; however, there are many steps that you can take to discourage flies from infesting your home. 

Some of these include: 

  • Clean Pet Waste: If you have a pet, clean up their waste as soon as possible. Waste is attractive to flies, even if it is outdoors. 
  • Fix Any Leaks: Flies are attracted to standing water, so fixing any leaks in your home can help reduce the number of flies.
  • Install Window and Door Screens: Install screens on windows and doors to prevent flies from entering your home.
  • Keep Drains Clean: Flies are big fans of organic debris. Be sure to only dispose of food in a garbage can or garbage disposal and clean your drains as often as possible.
  • Keep Food and Garbage in Sealed Containers: Flies are attracted to food and garbage, so keeping them in sealed containers will help reduce the attraction.
  • Keep Surfaces Clean: Regularly cleaning surfaces in your home, especially in the kitchen, can help reduce the attraction of flies. 

Taking these steps will help repel flies from your home or business. 

If you are dealing with a fly infestation, give us a call. We are happy to put our 25+ of experience to work! We make quick work of pest infestations of all kinds. 

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