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HOW TO IDENTIFY HOUSE FLIES

Adult house flies grow to be about ¼ of an inch in length.  They have two wings, an oval shaped body, and are dark gray in color.  House flies have four distinctive dark grey strips on their body just behind their head and have one silver strip and one gold strip on their face.

WHY DO I HAVE A HOUSE FLY PROBLEM?

House flies will enter into homes through holes in screens, open doors and small gaps found around windows and doors as they search for food and water sources.  Things that house flies are attracted to include leaky faucets and pipes, animal feces, garbage, and compost piles.  Once inside of your home they will feed on food that is left out on counters, in sinks, or in unsecured garbage cans.

ARE HOUSE FLIES DANGEROUS?

Yes, house flies are dangerous.  Before entering into your home and landing on your food they were outside feeding on garbage, feces and other like items.  They will carry the harmful bacteria from those items on their legs and body and into your home.

HOW DO I CONTROL HOUSE FLIES?

Controlling house flies can be a difficult and frustrating task.  The best way to safely and successfully control house flies in your home is with the help of the professionals at Russell’s Pest Control.  After your house fly problem is eliminated you can prevent future problems with houseflies and 30+ other common household pest through our year-round Power Platinum home pest control program.

HOUSE FLY PREVENTION TIPS

Along with having a year-round pest control program in place there are several things that you can do around your home to help prevent problems with house flies.

  • Store outside garbage cans away from the exterior of your home, make sure they have tight fitting/locking lids.

  • Caulk gaps found around exterior windows and doors; replace damaged screens.

  • Fix any leaky faucets or pipes found in your home; fix clogged gutters.

  • Make sure that doors and windows are not left open long periods of time.

  • Store food in the refrigerator or in sealed containers in your pantry.

  • Do not leave dirty dishes in the sink for long periods of time.

  • Regularly remove garbage from your home.

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