House Fly Habits
House flies are highly attracted to manure, so they are often found around farms. These pests generally stay within a mile or two of their birthplace, but they have been known to travel up to 20 miles in search of food. House flies enjoy being in the sun and will perch in sunny spots around your home — retreating to rest at night.
What Do House Flies Eat?
House flies are only able to ingest liquids, but they can turn solids into liquids by spitting on them. They especially enjoy sweet and fermenting fruits. And interestingly enough, house flies’ tastebuds are located on their hair and feet. These sensors are 10 million times more sensitive to sugar than the human tongue.
How Long Can a House Fly Go Without Food or Water?
House flies can survive without food or water for two to three days.
House Fly Threats
House flies do not sting or bite, but they can be a substantial threat to humans. These pests carry up to 100 different disease-causing germs and can be incredibly harmful to your health, so it’s important to make sure these flies stay away from your home.
Signs You Have a House Fly Infestation
The most common sign of a housefly infestation is finding these pests flying around your home, particularly in locations where food is found. If you suspect you may have an infestation, investigate your food sources for potential eggs or larvae.
How To Prevent an Infestation
The best way to prevent an infestation is to keep adult flies from entering your home. Place mesh screens on all of your windows and doors, and be sure to diligently clean your home, especially areas where food is frequently prepared or consumed. Additionally, hanging a plastic bag of water from your doorframe will discourage house flies from entering your home, as the presence and movement will mess with their vision and deter them from coming inside.
How to Get Rid of House Flies
To keep your home free of flies, remove all potential food sources and sanitize your house thoroughly. While spray and powder insecticides will work, the best way to eradicate house flies is to use fly traps, such as sticky strips or light traps.
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