How to Spot, Identify, and Prevent Flies in Cambridge

Flies are one of the most irritating pests you could encounter. They make it a point to test your patience and ruin your day. Furthermore, they carry various diseases and are a danger for you and your family. 

Here’s how you can prevent flies from entering your home in Cambridge.

How to identify Flies

There are three main body parts in an adult fly: the head, the thorax, and the abdomen. The size of their body and their colour depend on the fly type that has infested your home. Most flies are small in size, measuring around 10 mm long. Flies have compound eyes, which help them see in multiple directions, and that’s what makes it so hard to kill them. They always know what you’re up to, or so they might want you to believe. They also have a pair of antennae and other modified mouthparts. There are three pairs of functional legs and two pairs of functional membranous wings on the thorax, the locomotive center. A larva is an immature form that is cream-white, legless, and looks like a worm.

Signs of a Fly Infestation

The larvae of flies, also called maggots, start life as eggs, which hatch into tiny white larvae with no legs. As larvae, they grow into pupae (puparium), which eventually become adult flies.

Fly eggs take longer to develop into adult flies if the temperature is too cold. The colder the environment, the longer the life cycle.

When fully grown, the lifespan of a fly can range from eight days to two months, or sometimes even a year. One mating pair produces more than 1 million offspring within six to eight weeks.

How to prevent a Fly Infestation

Flies are always attracted to garbage and contaminated areas. The best way to prevent a fly infestation is to keep your house clean. Make sure that your sink and all drains are clean. Do the same to your sink in the bathroom and all surrounding areas. If there are any broken windows and screens, repair or replace them so the flies don’t have an entryway into your home. Do not keep ripe fruits and vegetables or any other food item in the open. That is an open invitation for the flies. Put them in the refrigerator in closed containers. Keep all garbage and waste in sealed containers. 

If you already have a fly infestation in your place in Cambridge, you could call a professional pest control company to eradicate them. They have years of experience in dealing with various pests and will employ eco-friendly and innovative ways to rid the infestation without harming you, your family, your pets, or the environment. 

Where Do Flies Live?

The number of fly species in North America exceeds 15,000 species. Blower/bottle flies, cluster flies, drain flies, fruit flies, flesh flies, phorid flies, and houseflies are some of the most common species of domestic flies in Canada. A fly’s habitat is always near a suitable food source and breeding grounds. Specifically, they look for decaying organic matter that is warm and moist.

Conclusion

If you see a fly in your house, rest assured that there are more. You should call a good extermination company in Cambridge; otherwise, you might end up sick or worse. For further information, get in touch with us, and we will surely help you out with your infestation problem. 

Waheed Ahmed, CEO of Pesticon Pest Control

Written by: Waheed Ahmed Founder & CEO, Pesticon Pest Control

For over 18 years, Waheed has provided customers with the best pest control services in the Greater Toronto Area. The longevity of Pesticon is due to his philosophy of genuinely caring for his customers and putting them first. It's this kind of passion that has won him the HomeStars Award over 9 years in a row. 

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