July 28, 2020

The Trick To Keeping Flies Out Of Your Beaumont Home

The constant buzzing of a fly may be one of the most annoying sounds you hear in your home. Before you start sleeping with earplugs or swatting flies in your sleep, you should know that flies can be prevented. Learn the trick to keeping flies out of your Beaumont home in this article.

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What Flies Invade Beaumont Homes?

While most people are familiar with house flies, there are several common species of flies in the Beaumont area. Any of the following flies could infest your home:

Blow Flies

These flies are metallic, but their larvae are pale. The larvae only measure about 9-22 millimeters long, while the adults are slightly larger.

Drain Flies

Smaller than blow flies, drain flies are light gray or tan. They have long hairs that make them look fuzzy. Typically, drain flies are between 1.5 and 5 mm long. Drain flies lay their eggs in wet areas or standing water. Therefore, they’re often attracted to homes with slow or blocked drains. You’re most likely to find them in your bathroom and kitchen, but they may also live in your basement.

Fruit Flies

With adults measuring about 3-4 millimeters long, fruit flies aren’t intimidating. But they are a nuisance, and quickly take over homes. One female can lay as many as 500 eggs which hatch in a matter of days. They often have red eyes, a gray underside, and are brown or tan in color. Usually, fruit flies infest homes that have ripe or rotting produce. They also enjoy beer, wine, and liquor. Some homeowners find these pests in their garbage disposals and trash cans.

House Flies

House flies tend to be larger than some of the other fly pests. They measure between 4 and 7.5 millimeters long and are gray in color. If you look at one closely, you’ll notice that it’s covered in tiny hairs.

Are Flies Dangerous?

While flies are annoying, there’s another reason you should try to keep them out of your home. They could be hazardous to you and your family. As they land on your food and your counters, they leave behind bacteria. And this bacteria can make you sick. If you have people in your home who are immuno-compromised, you should be especially wary of flies.

Not all flies carry diseases, but the risk is there. And the more flies that you have in your home, the greater the risk. It is important to do what you can to limit their population.

Fly Prevention 101

A few easy tricks can keep flies away from your home. For one, don’t leave doors and windows open, unless they have screens. Frequently check your screens for tears, and repair any holes as needed. Also, fix gaps under doors.

Several fly species are attracted to garbage. If your garbage is unsealed, you’re feeding insects. Keep garbage sealed both outside and inside your home and you may be able to keep flies from invading.

When food is left out, flies will come to the scene. Avoid leaving food out uncovered, whether you are inside or out. Indoors, keep your food in sealed containers or in the fridge.

All flies need moisture to survive. In an effort to reduce the number of flies in your home, eliminate as much moisture as possible. Repair leaking faucets and clogged sinks, or you’ll have an abundance of water for flies to drink or breed in.

Finally, you should work with someone who has knowledge of flies and how to control them. For total fly control, contact the professionals at Bill Clark Pest Control and get started today.


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