House Fly Facts
The average life span for a housefly in the wild is less than one month. Houseflies pass through the egg, larval and pupal stages in approximately 10 days, after which adult flies emerge. House flies cease growth after emerging from their pupae.
House flies are covered with small hairs that serve as taste organs. Their compound eyes are extremely complex: thousands of individual lenses allow them a wide field of vision.
House flies are major carriers of disease. They are known to transfer over pathogens resulting in ailments, House flies collect these pathogens on their legs and mouths when feeding on faeces, garbage and other decaying material.
House Fly Control
House flies can be a real nuisance when they are flying around. But they can also transmit diseases, so it is important to get rid of them. House fly control is not always as easy as it sounds. There is often more involved than a fly swatter. House fly control involves several steps.
The first step is identification. It is easy to confuse house flies with several other fly species, The different types of flies may look similar, but they require different control methods.
It is very important to identify the places where the flies have been depositing their eggs. It may be something simple like an uncovered garbage can or a bowl of pet food on the patio. However, the house fly breeding site could be something that is not obvious. The breeding site must be cleaned up or removed. If the breeding site is not removed, the flies will continue to be a problem.