What are flies?
True flies are members of the insect order Diptera. Flies differ from other insects because they only have one pair of wings; the second pair that most other insects possess are small nubs. Flies use those nubs to help them balance in the air. Only having one pair of wings means that most flies are weak fliers. While flies are annoying and unnecessary to have around our properties, they play a critical role in nature as prey, predators, and scavengers.
One fly that most homeowners have to deal with indoors is the fruit fly. These tiny flies are annoying and quickly build large populations. Fruit flies are small with tan to brown bodies, translucent wings, feathery antennae, and large bright red or black eyes. Establishing ongoing pest control for your Norwalk home is an effective way to prevent these pests from causing problems inside.
Are flies dangerous?
Fly infestations pose many problems, with the most significant issue being health risks. Flies are scavengers and come into contact with a lot of bacteria, parasites, and viruses. When these winged insects get into your home and land on your food, kitchen tables, counters, utensils, and dishes, they leave behind pathogens that can make you and your family quite ill.
Why do I have a fly problem?
Flies more often than not move into our homes on their own. A simple breeze from opening or shutting a door can help move these pests indoors. Flies also regularly move inside through spaces they find in window screens or gaps around windows and doors.
Homeowners often introduce fruit flies into their homes on fruits or vegetables already infested with fruit fly eggs or larvae from gardens, farmer's markets, or grocery stores.
Flies are prolific breeders, so a small infestation can quickly snowball into a large infestation. Large fly populations that develop in our yards are difficult to keep out of our homes.
Where will I find flies?
There are many areas of a house that flies can take over, but before getting into your home, they were living their best lives outside in your yard. Flies most often breed and gather in areas of moisture and decaying debris. Things like standing water, trash cans, vegetable gardens, and yard debris that collect rainwater can all provide flies with food sources and breeding sites.
Homeowners are most likely to discover fly activity in bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and wall voids. Things like clogged drains, overripe fruits and vegetables, and leaky pipes are things that allow fly populations to thrive.
How do I get rid of flies?
Flies are annoying, unsanitary pests. When you first notice them hanging around your indoor or outdoor spaces, reach out to Tim's Pest Control. We are a local pest control company that works closely with our Connecticut service area and provides the highest quality services possible. We live in the areas we serve, giving us a deep understanding of the pests that regularly invade homes in the Norwalk area. To learn more about getting rid of flies through our residential or commercial pest control services, or to request a free quote, call today!
How can I prevent flies in the future?
There are several things you can do in and around your home to avoid problems with flies:
- Remove standing water from your property by cleaning out clogged gutters, repairing leaky pipes, and filling in low-lying areas.
- Make sure you place all trash in containers with locking lids.
- Pick up fruits and vegetables that have fallen to the ground in garden areas.
- Remove pet waste from your yard on a daily basis.
- Store produce and other perishable items in the fridge or airtight containers.
Partner with Tim's Pest Control to provide the regular pest control services necessary to keep flies at bay. Our professionals will identify and eliminate the pests that have found their way onto your Connecticut property!