How to Prevent & Get Rid of House Flies Inside Your San Mateo, CA House & Outside Patio

House flies are known all over the world. Their distinctive appearance, annoying presence and disgusting habits are notorious. House flies are more active in the warmer months and their attraction to the foulest of things leaves them to be undesired. Hydrex Pest Control of the North Bay would like to relate some interesting facts and information concerning house flies.

House Fly Identification

Males are slightly smaller than the female house flies and they generally reach up to ¼” long. Their appearance is that of a gray thorax. They have four dark stripes, and are equipped with two translucent wings and hair-like projections all over their bodies. There are over 100,000 different species of flies found around the world feeding on organic matter such as rotting food, decaying flesh, fecal matter, mucus, and even the discharge produced by open wounds. House flies can be found anywhere but are especially more populated in ranches, horse stables as well as poultry and pig farms.

House Fly Reproduction & Infestations

House flies have four life cycles that include the egg, larva, pupa and adulthood. Females will typically lay their eggs in moist, warm environments where food can be found immediately such as fermenting vegetables or manure so once the eggs hatch, the larvae can eat. The female house fly will lay as many as 500 eggs in her lifetime. The eggs will hatch within 12-24 hours if the weather is warm. Once the larvae emerge, they will feed on the surrounding provisions as they grow and within 6 to 10 days, at full development adults that have sprouted wings. In the wild, the average lifespan of a house fly is 30 days.

Sanitation Practices to Keep House Flies Away from Your Home

To avoid having your home infested with excessive house flies be sure to apply good sanitation practices in day to day living. After every meal or snack, be sure all food is tightly sealed and put where it belongs; dispose of any crumbs and scraps in the appropriate manner. Make certain the garbage cans have closed lids that are tightly sealed both inside and outside. If possible, keep the outdoor garbage can as far from the house as possible. Check the screens on windows and doors as well as weather stripping and make the needed repairs or replacements if necessary. Make an assessment of your home’s structure and if you discover any cracks, seal them in the appropriate matter to hinder flies ability to get inside your home.

House Fly Infestation Control

House flies are not only obnoxious, but they can pose a health risk. Diseases that are commonly spread by house flies include diarrheal illnesses such as Enterococcus, Campylobacter, E. coli, Shigella bacteria and others. If you have a problem with house flies, contact Hydrex Pest Control of the North Bay and let our experts present a custom pest control plan to get rid of pests and keep them from coming back!


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4685 Scotts Valley Rd.
Lakeport, CA 95453
(800) 760-3028

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#18 Petaluma, CA 94952
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