Spring and summer bring carefree lazy days relaxing by the pool, barbecues with friends…and unfortunately, house flies and fruit flies. Yes, when summer arrives, often so does the fly. House flies and fruit flies can all put a damper on outdoor and indoor fun, so fly control is important.
House Flies Musca domestica : Found throughout New Zealand, house flies are the most common flies in homes. The dark grey house fly can grow to 1/4" in length and usually lives only 15 to 25 days. Although house flies usually do not travel past one to two miles from where they are born, house flies will occasionally travel up to 30 kilometres to find food.
House flies have taste buds on their feet, which are 10 million times more sensitive to sugar than taste buds on the human tongue. House flies can carry over 100 different kinds of germs, most of which can cause disease, so it’s important to control house flies. To deter house flies from entering or remaining in your home, keep it clean. Remove waste regularly, use sealed rubbish receptacles, and clean up pet waste immediately. You can also practice good house fly prevention by installing fine mesh screens on doors and windows.
Color: Dark grey Legs: 6 Shape: Small oval Size: 5-6 mm Antennae: Yes Flight: Yes House flies get their name from being the most common fly found around homes. Adult house flies can grow to 5-6 mm and usually live between 15 and 25 days.
Habits They 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 makes 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.
Fruit Flies: Although they’re genetically close to humans, fruit fries don’t exactly look like people! Fruit flies prefer to feed on decaying fruits and vegetables, and are frequently found in places where food is processed, such as restaurants and homes. Fruit flies particularly like moist decaying fruit or other food that has been sitting in one spot for several days. Because they are frequently found in unsanitary conditions, fruit flies are a potential health concern, especially when they show up in hospitals or other health facilities, so controlling fruit flies is important. For efficient fruit fly prevention, keep food areas clean. Remove rubbish regularly (at least daily) and scrub counters and other surfaces in your home.