5 Signs You Have Flies in Your Home
It’s common to see the odd fly around your home in the Summer, especially when you have to leave the windows open all day. However, have you seen more than a couple of flies? A couple of flies can quickly become an infestation so you need to act fast. Here are 5 signs you have flies in your home.
Why are flies such a problem?
Female houseflies can lay up to 100 eggs at a time. They hatch in as little as 24 hours so you can see how quickly you could have an infestation on your hands.
Flies are a problem in your home because of what they like to feed on. They land and feed on waste, faeces, and rotting organic matter. From these not so lovely food sources, they pick up some nasty germs and bacteria including salmonella and typhoid which they then transfer to your kitchen surfaces and food.
5 signs you have flies in your home
Here are the tell-tale signs that you have a problem with flies in your home.
Seeing flies around your home
The most common flies you’ll see around your home are houseflies and fruit flies. Both species are attracted to light, water, sweet things, and decaying matter so you might see clusters of them around light fittings, rubbish bins, and fruit bowls.
Seeing dead flies
Flies only commonly live for a few weeks, so it’s possible that they can just die of natural causes in your home. Another common reason why flies perish in houses is if they fly in and get trapped somewhere without a food or water source.
You notice clusters of black dots
Wherever flies land, they leave their faeces behind. Over time, these build up and you’ll see clusters of black dots on windowsills, near drains, and around rubbish bins. You may also see them on high shelves or the top of your fridge.
There are maggots in your bin
This is one of the common signs of flies in your home. Female flies lay their eggs in moist, dark areas like in rubbish, rotting food, or animal waste. Maggots emerge from the eggs and feed on the decaying matter.
You can see fly pupae
After fly eggs hatch and become maggots, they enter a resting stage, where they pupate, ready to become adult flies. Fly pupae are hard brown shells, a bit like butterfly cocoons and you’ll probably find them near breeding sites. They protect the flies as they mature. This can happen in as little as 3-6 days.
Do you have a problem with flies in your home?
If you’ve seen one or more of the 5 signs of flies in your home, you need to act fast. Contego’s expert pest technicians can help you protect your home and your family by getting rid of the problem fast and effectively. Not only that, we’ll give you expert advice on how to prevent further infestations.
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