March 31, 2020

Which Fly Is Bothering Your Conroe Home & Why It Matters

There are many flies in Conroe that get into homes. If you live in Conroe, you should be aware of which flies are a nuisance and which can make you sick. That's what we're talking about today. Here are four flies every Conroe family should know about.

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Blow Flies

This fly is perhaps the filthies of all the flies that will get into your home. Fortunately, it is less likely to breed in your home than the other flies mentioned here. You're most likely to find blow flies near outdoor trash and buzzing around animal waste in your yard. They have been observed feeding on animal waste, rotting meat, and open wounds of livestock. As you can imagine, you don't want these flies landing on your hamburger.

Identification of the blow fly: The blow fly, also referred to as a bottle fly, is a large-bodied, metallic fly. It's shiny green or blue coloration makes it quite distinct.

House Flies

While possibly a step up from the blow fly, a recent study concluded that house flies are able to spread at least 65 diseases. These are not clean insects. They feed and breed in gelatinous organic matter. When they get into homes, they can sometimes find unexpected locations to breed and turn into a serious health concern.

Identification of house flies: You can tell this fly from other flies by its dark gray coloration and the tan and dark gray stripes on its back.

Drain Flies

What's in a name? Quite a bit, actually. These flies reproduce in extremely moist, rotting food matter. The best place to find this organic sludge is inside your drains or around your septic tank. Their exposure to decaying organic materials makes them a disease vector.

Identification of drain flies: You don't have to wonder if you have drain flies. These flies have a distinct moth-like appearance, due to their shape, and their hairy wings and body.

Fruit Flies

The most annoying fly on this list is probably the fruit fly because you can have hundreds of these flies appear in your home. While this is not something you're likely to put up with, you don't have to be too concerned about whether or not these tiny pests will make you sick. The risk of illness is low with fruit flies.

Identification of fruit flies: Along with being numerous, you can tell these flies from other flies by their tiny size. They're not much more than a little tan speck with red eyes. An adult fruit fly is only around ⅛ of an inch long.  

Fly-Prevention Tips

There are a few things you can do to prevent fly infestations. Some are specific to the fly you're trying to control.

  • Make sure all bags of trash are kept in covered receptacles, both inside and outside of your home.
  • Remove trash from your home and from your property on a routine basis.
  • Keep trash receptacles clean.
  • Pick up pet droppings in the yard.
  • Reduce rodent activity around your home because dead rodents can lead to a serious fly problem.
  • Put fruit in the fridge instead of on the counter or kitchen island.
  • Make sure all your window and door screens are in good condition.
  • Use flypaper for fly population reduction.

You may be able to control flies on your own, but sometimes a fly infestation requires professional help. If you're dealing with flies in Conroe, or somewhere else in our Texas service area, contact the bugsperts at Bill Clark Pest Control. We use eco-friendly, industry-leading fly-control solutions. Reach out to us today to learn more or to schedule treatment. 


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