Flies are among the most common and annoying home pests. We've put together a guide to the most common Flies that invade your home. Learn how they end up there and what you can do about them.
- Most houseflies are black to dark gray tone, up to one-half-inch long
- More common indoors during warmer months, but houseflies can survive up to 50 days indoors if food is present
- Houseflies can carry many disease-causing germs
- Houseflies tends to rest in room corners or on thin objects, such as blinds or electrical cords
Prevention tip: Maintain a clean house is the best way to prevent houseflies. Dispose of pet waste properly. Seal garbage cans tightly. Install screens over windows and doors to keep houseflies out and be aware of other common insect entry points.
- Large, dark gray, slow-moving Flies. These are the Flies that bump into you in winter
- Tend to cluster along window ledges and are more prevalent on the upper floors of a building
- Are Earthworm parasites; commonly found where healthy earthworm populations exist, such as in a well-groomed lawn
- Don’t reproduce or feed during winter
Prevention tip: Apply an insecticide perimeter treatment to exterior walls, especially warmer southern and western walls. Treat upper floors, since Flies tend to gather there.
- Fairly large Flies in shades of metallic green, blue or black
- More common during warm months, although sometimes adults overwinter inside walls and emerge into warm living spaces
- A scavenger Fly associated with pet waste, manure or dead animals
Prevention tip: Keep garbage cans tightly sealed; dispose of pet waste properly.
Fruit Fly or Vinegar Fly
- One of the smallest Flies found indoors, around one-eighth of an inch
- Typically enter homes during fall harvest season, when outdoor populations are high due to ripening fruits
Prevention tip: Remove overripe fruits and vegetables. Rinse recycling materials to eliminate bits of soda or beer, which can ferment and provide breeding areas for Fruit Flies.
- Small, black-colored Fly (up to one-eighth of an inch), often seen buzzing along windows and near houseplant soil when you water
- Larvae feed on fungus and organic matter, including plant roots, in potting soil
- Frequently enter homes in fall when houseplants are brought indoors after spending the summer outside
Prevention tip: Reduce watering frequency for houseplants and allow soil to dry between waterings. Don't let plants sit in water; don't allow water to sit in drainage dishes. For severe outbreaks, use Dual Action Rose & Flower Insect Killer.