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Common Indoor Flies

Types You’ll Find in Florida and More

Nothing is more annoying that a fly buzzing around your head, especially if you’re indoors! There are a variety of flies that like to hang around in your home for obvious reasons – it’s warm, there’s food, and they have shelter. But the last thing you want is an infestation of indoor flies at your Florida property. Identifying what pest you’re dealing with and why it’s there are the first steps in making sure your home is fly-free. Here are some common indoor flies that you may find, what they look like, and why they’ve decided to take up residence with you.

House Flies

House flies might be the most well-known insect. Whenever someone says “fly,” this is the type that likely comes to mind. They’re shades of gray or black in color and have a single pair of wings. Their bodies are a little hairy and they typically have red eyes. These pests can lay eggs in almost any kind of warm, organic matter making garbage and animal waste perfect places to nest. They lay eggs in clusters of up to 100, which then hatch within 24 hours into maggots. Florida’s climate adds to the speed at which these pests procreate and continue the life cycle. In fact, they can complete a life cycle from mating to death in just 10 days. However, most houseflies live up to 30 days in the right environment. Because of the favorable conditions for survival and procreation, houseflies can quickly become a problem in any Florida home. Aside from buzzing around your head and being an annoyance, houseflies can actually cause a real problem by contaminating your food. Since they have long flying ranges (of up to four miles), they can transmit unsavory bacteria to your home. As noted, many flies make their homes on animal waste, which can then be tracked to your home and food. Additionally, when a fly feeds, it softens its meal with saliva and its own feces, which lands directly on wherever it’s feasting.

Fruit Flies

Fruit flies, also known as vinegar flies, are very common in the home. As the name implies, these little buggers love to feed on fruit – specifically fruit that is too ripe. If you have some past-prime bananas sitting on your counter, you might see a swarm of these little pests enjoying the fruits of your forgetfulness. They also enjoy produce and anything that has a high concentration of fructose. Not only do they feed on overripe fruit, this is where they multiply. Female fruit flies lay eggs inside or on the surface of fruit (up to 500 at a time!), which is why once you’ve spotted one, you likely already have a problem. It takes only days for a fruit fly to be born and mate, which is another reason they multiply so quickly. Fruit flies also love spills, small bits of food, and dirty dishes. Keeping your home clean is the first line of defense in getting rid of or preventing a fruit fly infestation. However, oftentimes, once they’ve descended upon your home, it’s hard to get rid of them no matter how much you clean or try and trap them with things like apple cider vinegar. Thankfully, fruit flies are more of an annoyance than a big health problem as they don’t fly far and stick to where the food is.

Blow Flies and Bottle Flies

Blow and bottle flies are species commonly found in Florida. These flies don’t bite but they can still be a problem for your property. These species of flies breed on decaying organic matter including dead animals, meat scraps, and animal waste. If you’ve found blow and bottle flies in your home, it may mean that you have a dead animal within the walls or somewhere you can’t see or don’t visit frequently like the attic. These flies are very active in warm weather, which is why they’re so abundant in Florida. Since they breed in unsanitary conditions, they can transmit dangerous bacteria that can cause a range of health issues in humans from diarrhea and cholera to the plague and tuberculosis. Blow and bottle flies are traditionally metallic and blue or green in color. Keep an eye out for these nasty pests indoors and outside around your garbage area.

No one wants to deal with a fly infestation of any kind, that’s why calling in the professionals at the first sign of a problem is key. The experts at Impact Pest Elimination can diagnose and treat your fly problem quickly. Since flies breed so fast, getting ahead of the problem as soon as possible is crucial.