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Pest Control Review

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Appearance and Size Facts

  • The common house fly is a pest all over the world
  • Adult flies have red colored eyes
  • Thorax has 4 narrow black stripes
  • Abdomen is a grey or yellow-grey coloration with a dark brown to black midline and dark markings on the sides
  • Size: Adults are approximately 1/4 inch in length
  • Possess sponging mouthparts so they cannot eat solid food

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Behavior & Habitat

Behavior & Habitat

Florida's temperate and humid conditions provide significantly increased insect and pest activity as compared to most areas of The US. The lack of a cold season allows pests to thrive and multiply all year long. Learn more about your pest here.

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Warning Signs of Infestation

Signs of Infestation

Pests provide a variety of warning signs that vary from species to species. Some may leave subtle clues while others may cause major structural damage resulting in thousands of dollars in repairs. Learn more to protect your home and family.

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How to Do It Yourself

Preventative Pest Tips

There are many things we can do to prevent pests from controlling our environment. Caulking cracks that pests can crawl through, maintaining sanitary conditions to deny pests a food source and eliminating any structure wood content with the earth are just a few.

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Special Offers

Special Offers

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Behavior & Habitat

Behavior & Habitats

House flies are the most common fly in the world. They are a possible health risk since they are often found in garbage and manure. They have sponging mouthparts so they cannot eat solid food. House flies regurgitate digestive fluids onto food to begin the digestion process (known as the "vomit drop") and then sponge up the partially digested liquid meal. Each adult female begins laying eggs a few days after hatching, laying a total of five to six batches of 75 to 100 small white oval eggs. In warm weather these hatch in 12 to 24 hours into cream-colored larvae (maggots) which burrow into the food material on which they hatched. These larvae grow and pupate in 4 to 7 days in warm weather. The mature larva contracts until its skin forms a case that is roughly 1/4 inch long. Inside this case, the true pupa forms. When fully formed, the adult fly breaks open the end of the pupal case and emerges. It is ready to mate within in a few hours after emerging. Dog manure on lawns that has been left out for days can become a significant breeding site for house flies. Indoors, house flies have been seen breeding in trash containers that have not been cleaned for some time and also in rotting vegetables. House flies will rest on floors, walls, and ceilings during the day. Night resting places are usually near sources of food.

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