We are at the peak of the summer season in Pennsylvania. The presence of flies outside is not a big concern while we enjoy swimming, walking on trails, and being outdoors, but when we go indoors, the reality of tiny flies in the house is another issue. Naturally, we want to do all we can to keep flies away from us in our homes.
Before flies in your house ruin your summer, enlist the help of BHB Pest Elimination. We provide quality pest control in Pennsylvania that will get rid of flies in your home.
What Causes Fly Infestations In Homes?
The two common types of flies that plague homeowners in Pennsylvania are house flies and fruit flies. The house fly is the most common. One cause of fly infestations is the number of eggs a female fly can lay in a short time. Although house flies live only a few weeks, the female fly can produce up to 150 eggs at a time. She will lay up to six groups of eggs totaling around 500 eggs. Within a day of being laid, the eggs will hatch into larvae.
The larvae, also known as maggots, will feed at the egg-hatching site for three to five days. After molting several times, the larvae will pupate in a dark place. During the pupation period of three to six days, they will grow legs and wings. Once pupation is complete, they are adult house flies. Within two days of becoming an adult, female house flies are capable of reproducing.
Fruit flies are similar in reproduction rates and process to the house fly. Within a short time, a female fruit fly can lay hundreds of eggs. New eggs will become adults within a few weeks. The optimal temperature for reproduction and development for both types of flies is about 76℉. The combination of perfect temperature, high reproduction rate, and short gestation period can combine to produce an infestation of flies in your home within a short time.
How Dangerous Is It To Have Flies In My Home?
House flies do not bite or sting, but they are carriers of more than 100 diseases. Both common types of flies carry pathogens that attach to their legs and body while feeding on decaying food and feces.
Diseases transported by these annoying pests include:
- Typhoid fever
Flies spread dangerous pathogens via constant defecation and regurgitation. Contamination of surfaces by flies has led to outbreaks of diarrhea and shigellosis, and they are also known to transfer food poisoning, anthrax, and parasitic worms.
Effective Fly Prevention Tips
Prevention tips for getting rid of house flies include:
- Remove trash daily.
- Clean kitchen counters.
- Repair holes in screens in doors and windows.
- Seal food in containers with tight-fitting lids.
- Discard animal waste.
In general, sanitation is the best way to prevent the infestation of flies in your Pennsylvania home. Removal of breeding grounds in your home and yard is a large part of winning the war against the flies.
Total Fly Control for Pennsylvania Residents
Although sanitation measures will help reduce and control the fly population in your home, the best way to get rid of flies is with the help of the licensed professional team at BHB Pest Elimination. Our experts will treat egg locations, make sanitation recommendations, identify entry points, and apply appropriate treatments. If you live in a house full of flies, we will transform it back into a peaceful home. Reach out to us today and let us help you get rid of flies in your Pennsylvania home.