Fly Control in Southern California
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Pest prevention services are a public health function and a food safety function. In that light, the most crucial task is to discover the source of the fly problem. Remember the core function that pest management professionals (PMPs) serve: We help maintain a pest-free environment for our clients.
Starting from the position that every service should include a structural, sanitation, and storage inspection, you must look for likely breeding areas and food sources. By proactively seeking out conducive conditions and entry points, you are more likely to prevent an introduction from becoming an infestation or a burgeoning problem from becoming a full-blown crisis.
It would help if you answered the question of why the flies are there in the first place. In the case of small flies, it usually means there are structural defects or sanitation problems inside the building — although any of the small fly species can come in from outside. Investigating the source holds even if you find one fly; you must still investigate thoroughly to avoid catching the problem initially.
Advise the Client
If the problem is decaying fruits or vegetables, dispose of the decaying food and advise the homeowner or business owner on cleaning up the area and monitoring their stock in the future.
Likewise, with fungus gnats (Sciaridae) found in overwatered or otherwise neglected plants, we would advise the client to remove the plants and water more appropriately in the future.
Drain flies (Psychodidae) and other filth fly species can be a bit trickier to address. Several chemical and biological supplements maintain clean and functional drains but always start by removing the organic material supporting the infestation. Remember to wear proper personal protective equipment (PPE) when working with drains. The organic material being removed may contain microorganisms that could be harmful if inhaled, ingested, or get in your eyes. We recommend in this case to consult your Professional Pest Management technicians to solve these issues.
As a reminder
- Exercise your intellectual curiosity and look for all the places flies may gain entry, hide, feed and breed. If you don’t find the entry points, harborage, or food source easily, keep looking until you do. If flies are in the building, it’s a structural, sanitation, or entry problem.
- Find, document, and communicate any conducive conditions that you or pest control professional must address.
- Clearly define expectations and your action plan, and the expectations for pest management professionals.
- Keep following up on a schedule that makes sense for the level of the problem and the setting.
What a Fly looks like on Paper
In North America alone, we have more than 16,000 different species of flies. The fact that flies only have two wings means that they will often land, which means they can spread a very high number of bacteria. Depending on the species, life expectancy for flies generally ranges from 8 days to a couple of months. Some species only live for up to 24 hours. Flies are typically associated with dirtiness and will disgust and annoy residents inside their homes and businesses. The best way to repel flies is through preventive measures. Ensuring that you have screens on your windows and keeping windows and doors closed will help prevent access to your home.
What do Flies eat?
Flies generally feed on waste products or any other organic food source available. Because they feed on waste, they are capable of transmitting diseases quite easily. Flies will vomit onto solid food and then eat the liquid. Biting flies feed on blood, generally attacking humans and other animals as a good food source.
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How to get rid of Flies? How to control Flies?
The first step in fly control is exclusion and sanitation. Many traps and products can help control flies, but sanitation is necessary to eliminate the source of the flies. Professional Pest Management offers spray treatments, traps, and fly lights for residential and commercial fly treatments. Call for a free estimate to get rid of flies today!
How long do Flies live?
The lifespan of different species varies but generally, flies live from about 8-50 days. While their lifespans are relatively short, they can reproduce relatively quickly, making infestations hard to control. The best treatment for flies is prevention. Once they become adults, they can be as hard to control as any flying insect.
What Attracts Flies?
Flies are often found inside of our homes during summer, spring and fall. They get in through open windows, doors, crack, or can be brought in as well in the larvae state. Once inside, they will feed on waste, organic filth, garbage, etc. Some everyday things that will bring flies inside are:
● Garbage cans that are not covered
● Dead animals in the walls or attics, such as rodents
● Animal poop in the yard
● Rotting fruit left out on the counters
● Dirty drains full of scum
The most common places Flies are found.
● Homes ● Yards ● Restaurants ● Garbage ● Stables
Common types of Flies that are found in Southern California
● House Fly: Common house flies are about a quarter inch in length and dark in color. House Flies generally will lay their eggs on garbage or pet feces. When the eggs hatch, they produce white larvae that can grow up to about a half-inch length. They will form a dark brown cocoon and hatch as adult house flies. Cleaning up after your pets, keeping garbage cans clean, and keeping counters clean are suitable methods to try and protect yourself against house flies.
● Blow Fly: Blow Flies get their name from laying their eggs inside dead animals, causing them to bloat. They are also attracted to garbage. Blow Flies grow to be about the same size as House Flies, if not a little bit larger. They generally have a shiny blue and green color that resembles a glass bottle. Their bottle-like appearance is why they have also been called bottle flies by some people. If you are finding many of these flies inside your home, it generally means a dead animal is nearby, commonly a sign of a dead rat or mouse within the structure.
● Flesh Fly: Flesh Flies got their name because they usually go after scraps of meat to lay their eggs. They are slightly larger than a House Fly and have a checkerboard pattern on their abdomens.
● Stable Fly: Stable Flies have a painful bite and will feed on the blood of both humans and animals. Females will most commonly lay their eggs in rotting straw, manure, animal feed, or yard waste.
● Cluster Fly: Cluster Flies are not associated with dirtiness or filth. They resemble the House Fly but hold their wings parallel to their bodies rather than in a triangular shape like House Flies. Cluster Flies, unlike other species, actually lay their eggs inside of earthworms. Cluster Flies are covered in golden hairs. The best way to stop cluster flies is to keep them out from the beginning.
● Drain Fly: Drain Flies are smaller than the average house fly, only about 1.5-5 mm in length. Drain Flies are most commonly found in bathrooms and kitchens. If you see them inside of your home, it generally means there is a slow or clogged drain present. They breed in the slimy film that forms in sewers and drains. The best way to prevent these flies is to make sure to clean your drains regularly.
● Fruit Fly: Fruit Flies often infest an area with ripe or rotting fruit or produce. They also are attracted to fermented items such as beer, liquor, and wine. Their love for beer, wine, and spirits make them extremely common visitors to restaurants, bars, and kitchens. Once they start to lay eggs, the females can lay up to 500 eggs that will hatch in about 24-30 hours. Pumping out their spawn this quickly makes them very difficult to control. The best way to avoid Fruit Flies is to keep fruit and produce in sealed containers or refrigerated and make sure to frequently clean drain lines and other locations where waste or fermented liquids can collect.
● Gnat: Gnats are attracted to moisture and organic materials. They like soil and can be found outside in lawn areas and inside houseplants, and other regions. Some types of gnats feed on blood and will bite humans and animals.
Do Flies bite?
Yes, some species of Fly bite. Biting flies feed on blood similar to mosquitos. Some of the most common types of biting flies are these:
● Deer Flies: Deer Flies are a bit smaller than your average House Fly. They are most common during the spring, and their bites can be quite painful.
● Horse Flies: Horse Flies also have a painful bite that will swell. They are a decent size larger than the common House Fly. Their bites are considered to be one of the most painful of the biting fly species.
● Black Flies: Black Flies love moisture and will thrive in rivers, creeks, and overwatered yards. They are also known as Black Gnats. They can be distinguished from other species due to their humped back.
● Sand Flies: Sand Flies look a lot like Drain Flies, except they have a very painful bite. They have long legs, and their wings form a V shape. They commonly feed on mammals and reptiles.
● Mosquitoes: Mosquitoes are the most common type of biting fly.
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