What’s worse than a fly in the ointment? Most would say a fly in your house. Or even worse, a dozen flies in your house. For most people, one fly is one fly too many, but that one fly will quickly multiply and populations can quickly turn into uncontrolled infestations. Learn how to control fly populations in your Reno home with this complete guide.
Flies In Reno
There are many flies in Reno but the four most likely to invade your home are house flies, drain flies, cluster flies, and fruit flies.
House Flies. House flies are the most common home-invading flies in the United States. They are dark gray and range in size from ⅛-¼ inches long with hairy bodies and red compound eyes. They have short lifespans but can reproduce quickly in large numbers.
Drain Flies. These flies have short and dense scales that give them a fuzzy appearance. They are not strong fliers and as their name suggests they are often found near poorly maintained drains.
Cluster Flies. Unlike some other species, cluster flies are most common in the autumn and winter. They are slightly larger than the common house fly and are dark gray with black markings and golden-yellow hairs.
Fruit Flies. As their name suggests, fruit flies have an affinity for fruit and are often found in the kitchen. With tan bodies that are less than ⅛ of an inch in length, they are small. These flies are thought to be nuisance pests but they may possibly be disease vectors.
People are often comforted by the fact that flies do not bite or sting as many other flying insects do, but the fact remains that they can transfer over 100 different pathogens including salmonellosis, typhoid, and tuberculosis. Aside from the fact that flies defecate constantly and spread filth wherever they land, flies contaminate food and surfaces by spreading disease organisms. These seemingly innocent pests pick up countless pathogens on their legs and mouth as they feed on trash, feces, and other decaying matter and then deposit them as they travel through your home. Large infestations of flies can have further consequences. For example, when drain fly populations increase, they can cause respiratory issues in people who inhale the fine hair-like scales that fall off of their bodies and wings.
As with all pests, it’s better to prevent flies in the first place than to have to eliminate them after. You can keep flies out of your home by sealing entry points and reducing attracting factors. To limit entry to your home, it’s important to ensure that windows and doors are equipped with tight-fitting screens and that any rips or tears in screens have been repaired. Also, make sure weather stripping is in good condition and check for and seal any cracks around the foundation or exterior of your building.
All that said, your efforts at sealing up your home may be no match for a properly motivated fly. To reduce this motivation make sure you have worked to eliminate any attracting factors in your home. Be vigilant about sanitation by keeping countertops clean, removing trash regularly, and making sure pet waste has been cleaned up. If drain flies are suspected, try cleaning drains with a pipe brush and pouring boiling water down drains to loosen and flush out any organic material.
Total Fly Control With PestmasterⓇ Services
Flies are as tenacious as they are ubiquitous. If your efforts to prevent flies have fallen short, don’t hesitate to contact the professionals at PestmasterⓇ Services. We can work with you to develop a treatment plan to eliminate current fly populations and to ensure they don’t return. Our cutting-edge technology and science-based products will protect your home from flies both now and in the future. Call today for your free quote!