Flies

  • True flies are insects from the order Diptera
  • This is a large order containing an estimated 1 million species of mosquito, gnat, midget and others
  • Only 12% of the order have been described
  • There are 120,000 fly species worldwide
  • Most flies live for 21 days
  • They take on various shapes in their short life span; from larvae to maggot to fly

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Fruit flies

  • These are common flies that are fond of fruit
  • As well as being an unwelcome nuisance, they can transmit diseases
  • They have a very short life span – only 8 to 10 days
  • Female fruit flies lay around 500 eggs
  • Eggs are laid close to or on rotting fruit and vegetables

House fly

  • Are commonly found around the home
  • The female can lay 500 eggs in her 15 to 25-day life cycle
  • They are 10 million times more sensitive to sugar than the human tongue
  • They also feed on organic matter such as rotting carcasses, animal and human waste
  • Like the fruit fly, they spread disease

Diagnosis

Nuisance scale: 5/10 MODERATE

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No one likes flies of any kind buzzing around

Hazard: 10/10 HIGH

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Spread disease – keep food covered. Remove the food source

How We Treat This Pest

Please call one of our technicians. All treatments are tailored to our customers needs.

Vital Statistics

Fruit Flies

Size: 1/8”
Description: Small and oval, they are tan coloured with 6 legs. They have wings and antennae.

House Flies

Size: ¼”
Description: Small, oval and dark grey in colour. It also has 6 legs, wings and an antenna.

Interesting Facts

  • Flies do not have teeth nor do they sting
  • The mouth absorb food like a sponge
  • They only eat liquid
  • They turn solid food into liquid by spitting or vomiting on it
  • Their tongues are straw like to suck up food
  • House flies tend to stay within 1 to 2 miles of where they were born
  • If food is short, they will travel 20 miles to find food
  • They are known to carry over 100 different kinds of diseases