Common House Flies • Fly Control and Elimination
||CAMEL HOUSE FLY
Color: Black/Grey depending on species may be brown/red or shiny green or blue
Size: Generally 8mm to approx. 2.5mm, varies depending on species.
Some examples of common pest flies are black flies, house flies, blow flies, fruit flies and midges. Flies can be identified by having only two wings, or one pair. Flies are solitary insects and do not live in colonies. Cluster Flies overwinter in clusters but are not a colony . Aside from being annoying, flies have a serious impact on humans. In fact, “No other animals, except perhaps people themselves, are responsible for greater loss of human life and economic lose then they are” Arnett Jr. (1985).
Why they are a problem:
- Contamination of food
- Transmission of human diseases and bacteria
- Economic impact
- Annoying or distracting
Finding the SOLUTION:
- Eliminate breeding sites and food potential such as household trash, rotting fruits and vegetables, damp soil, fungi, pet droppings, standing water, lawn clippings, rotting stacks of firewood, dirty or clogged rain gutters, damaged sewer lines.
- Mechanical exclusion on structures: caulking around windows and doors and maintaining screens of windows and doors, caulking the flashing on the tops of concrete walls (generally found on industrial/commercial buildings).
- Do not overwater household plants, let the soil dry before watering again and clean saucers underneath pots.
- Do not bring infested plants indoors.
- Use only pasteurized container mix potting soil and store in sealed containers.
- Clean cracks and crevices of tiles in bathrooms and kitchens.
- Install UV lights in strategic areas, on interior and not visible to the outside, to capture flies.