House Flies

These pests get their name from being the most common fly found around homes. Adult House flies can grow to one-quarter of an inch long and usually live between 15 and 25 days. House flies taste with their feet, which are 10 million times more sensitive to sugar than the human tongue!

House Fly Description

House FlySize: 1/4″
Shape: Small, oval
Color: Dark grey
Legs: 6
Wings: Yes
Antenna: Yes
Common Name: House Fly
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Muscidae
Species: Musca domestica

House Fly Diet

Flies do not have teeth or a stinger. Their mouths absorb food like a sponge. They can only eat liquids but they can turn many solid foods into a liquid through spitting or vomiting on it. Their tongues are shaped like straws so they can suck up their food. They eat any wet or decaying matter, but they are particularly attracted to pet waste because the odor is strong and it is easy for them to find.

House Fly Habitat

House flies tend to stay within 1-2 miles of where they were born but will travel up to 20 miles to find food. They breed in garbage cans, compost heaps and pet areas.

House Fly Impact

These insects have been known to carry over 100 different kinds of disease causing germs.

PREVENTION

* Keep you homes clean.
* Remove trash regularly and seal your garbage cans.
* Clean up pet waste immediately.
* Use fine mesh screens on doors and windows to prevent flies from getting into your home.

For more information on removing unwanted pests from your home, in Knoxville, Sevierville and East Tennessee, contact Johnson Pest Control at 757-453-7587.

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