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Household Flies

In the summer months household flies seem to be everywhere. They are seen inside buildings, around picnic tables, lunch areas, anywhere we gather and there is food.

Household flies suck liquids containing sweet or decaying substances. Larva feed on moist food rich in organic matter. In the summer months they are found outside in garbage, manure, anywhere there is decaying matter.

The female lays 5-6 batches of 75-120 white eggs on moist manure or garbage. Eggs hatch in 10-24 hours. Larvae reach full size in 5 days emerging as adults about 5 days later. Males live for 15 days, females up to 26 if they have access to milk, sugar, and water.

Household flies can transmit typhoid fever, cholera, dysentery, pinworms, hookworms, and some tapeworms. House Flies are regarded as a greater threat to human health than most other insects.

The key to controlling flies is to remove organic matter and ensure general sanitation. Installing screen doors, and ensuring window screens are in good repair is also a reliable method for keeping these pests out.