group of house flies outside

What are house flies?

House flies are a filth fly and not pests that you want living in or around your home or business in large numbers. House flies have a gray oval-shaped body and four black stripes on their thorax. House fly larvae (maggots) are quite unpleasant to look at and startling to discover in large numbers. They have a rice-shaped, greasy off-white body and are legless. Their head is a bit darker in color than the rest of the body.

close up of a house fly

Are house flies dangerous?

These flies are only able to consume liquids with their sponging mouthparts. To feed, they have to regurgitate saliva, which liquefies the food. They are then able to soak up the now liquid food source. As you can imagine, the number of diseases they can spread during this process is very high! House flies can carry at least 65 diseases that they can spread to people. Having house flies buzzing around your property is not only annoying but also dangerous.

Why do I have a house fly problem?

House flies are the most common species of fly living worldwide and can become a problem virtually anywhere there are food sources and places for them to breed. House fly populations develop quickly. A single female house fly can lay 100-150 eggs at a time and can lay about six batches in her lifetime. In the right conditions, the larvae can hatch in a day or two, and mature into an adult within six days! After becoming adults, they usually stay close by.

When house flies are living in large populations in or near your yard, it is much more likely that they will find their way into your home. They move inside through open windows or doors, torn screens, spaces in exterior walls, and vents. 

Where will I find house flies?

Before finding their way to your property, house flies were living in places like sewers, sewers, garbage piles, and other less than sanitary locations. After being attracted to your property by food and breeding sites, you’ll see them buzzing around a variety of places including:

  • Gardens
  • Trash and recycling bins
  • Compost areas
  • Leaf or grass piles
  • Pet excrement
  • Outdoor eating areas
  • Kitchens

How do I get rid of house flies?

Getting rid of house flies from your yard, home, or business is best left up to a professional. The professionals here at Amco Pest Solutions will provide you with the year-round solutions needed to get rid of house flies and prevent them from returning. Whether you are looking to get rid of a current house flies infestation or avoid future problems with them, our family owned and operated company is here to help.

Our professionals are committed to providing the pest control services needed to help home and business owners keep their properties free of house flies and other common pests. Amco Pest Solutions offers residential pest control and commercial pest control services throughout New Jersey, the five boroughs of New York, and South Florida. Reach out today to learn more about our effective house fly control solutions!

How can I prevent house flies in the future?

To make your property less attractive to house flies, whether you live in New Jersey, New York, or South Florida, use the following, easy to execute, prevention tips:

  • Keep covers on trash cans, compost, and recycling bins. Pick up pet excrement. Pick up fallen fruits and vegetables from garden areas to help limit their access to food and breeding sites. 
  • Regularly rinse out and sanitize garbage cans and recycling bins. 
  • Stop house flies from contaminating food in your home by storing food in the refrigerator or sealed containers, not out on counters or tables. 
  • Stop house flies from moving into your home. Repair loose or torn screens, place covers over vents, and install weatherstripping around windows and doors. 
  • Keep doors and windows closed as much as possible. 
  • Limit their access to water by repairing leaky faucets or hoses. 

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