Scientists have identified over 120,000 fly species in the world, but it’s likely there are many more. You can find flies in almost any place in the world except Antarctica. The most common kind of fly you are likely to encounter is the housefly.
Houseflies are widespread because they reproduce quickly and in large numbers, making them tricky to get rid of. Although house and fruit flies do not bite, they are pretty gross. Flies can share more than 100 harmful bacteria that make humans sick.
It may feel like flies show up where we live with no warning signs. Where do they come from and how do they end up in our homes? To figure out where flies are coming from, it’s important to understand their breeding habits.
Where Do they Lay Their Eggs?
Although they only live about 21 days, female houseflies can lay up to 600 eggs in their lifetime. The female fruit fly is even more productive, laying up to 500 eggs during its 8 – 10 day life. Flies lay their eggs in garbage cans, compost piles, excrement, and rotting organic material.
Fly eggs are small and difficult to identify. All it takes is one female fly laying eggs in your bin, and before you know it, you have a fly infestation. Flies typically hatch outside and then find their way into homes through structural weak spots, such as damaged weather stripping or torn windows and door screens.
How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Houseflies don’t often breed inside, but garbage bins inside our homes can house them. If flies breed indoors, a dustbin is an ideal environment. Flies are naturally attracted to decaying organic matter like rotting meat, and fruit flies are attracted to sugary substances like fruit, fizzy drinks, and alcohol.
For this reason, it is important to make sure all trash bins are kept clean, and that garbage is regularly thrown out. You could avoid a fly infestation. Throwing out fruits and vegetables before they rot will also help keep fruit flies away. Keep your kitchen clean, and it will attract fewer flies.
You can help prevent a fly invasion from happening by regularly throwing out trash. Seal all garbage bins and remove pet waste immediately. Finally, make sure all windows and doors have screens free of rips or tears.
What to Do If You Have a Fly Infestation?
If you suspect a fly infestation at your home, the best way to get rid of the infestation is to contact pest control experts. You can buy fly traps in stores designed to attract, trap, and kill flies. These traps can be effective, but they are not always enough to stop an infestation. Experts in pest control will assess the level of infestations, identify its source, and offer you solutions.