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The occasional fly might just be a nuisance in your Houston home, but these pests can cause problems if they infest your home in large numbers. From fruit flies to cluster flies, there’s a lot to know about fly control in Houston.
Here’s what Houston homeowners should know about the types of house flies, how they can be dangerous, how to prevent them, and how pest control in Houston can help with a fly infestation.
Can you identify those tiny flies in your house or baby fruit flies hanging around? You may not realize it, but there are several different types of flies you can encounter in Houston, and the most common types include:
You may see certain types of flies breeding throughout the year in your home, but they’re especially active during the warmer months. As temperatures increase, the number of flies in your home may increase too – especially if the conditions are right for them to thrive.
We’ll get into more detail below, but here’s a quick overview of how dangerous flies can be. The number one reason you don’t want them in your home – besides being a nuisance – is their capability to spread bacteria.
Many flies, including the common house fly or fruit fly, can be vectors for disease. Flies aren’t picky eaters, and their diet of excrement, rotting food, and spoiled meat ensures that they pick up plenty of bacteria and pathogens during their lifespan.
Some of the most common bacteria and germs that flies can spread include:
Not only do germs cling to a fly’s body, but when they land and feed, flies can sometimes defecate and vomit – which is another way they can spread bacteria to you. If a disease-carrying fly lands on your food, it can leave these germs behind and put you at risk in only a matter of seconds.
Do house flies or other types of flies bite? Most flies won’t bite or sting, especially the ones that are prone to hanging around your house. The shape of the mouth on a housefly, for instance, prevents it from biting, and there is no way for it to sting you.
However, one fly is prone to biting both people and livestock in Texas, and that’s the horse fly. Like mosquitoes, male horse flies feed on nectar and plants while female horse flies snack on blood. And since their mouthparts tear at the skin rather than suck the blood like a mosquito, a horse fly bite can be pretty painful. Some of the symptoms of a horse fly bite include swelling, redness, and pain that lasts for several hours.
The good news is that most horse fly bites don’t require medical attention unless you’re allergic. Over-the-counter ointments and treatments should be enough to treat the bite, but you should go to the doctor if the bite comes infected.
As unsanitary as flies can be, are there ways to prevent them from getting inside your home? While it may be normal to see the occasional fly or two, here’s how to ensure you don’t attract too many flies into your Columbus home:
These five tips can help lessen your risk of attracting flies, but if they do end up in your home you'll need to take further action.
Along with using the tips above to avoid attracting flies, what do you do if you’ve already got a fly problem? In that case, it may be time to give us a call at All-Safe Pest & Termite. With years of experience serving Houston homes, we’ve dealt with fly infestations of every size and kind. When you need to get rid of fruit flies in your house or or deal with garbage flies, there’s no better place to call.
With most of the pests we treat, including flies, our services follow a three-step plan: inspection, treatment, and follow-up services. We’ll start by checking the extent of how serious the fly infestation is, coming up with a custom treatment plan, and then following up with additional services to ensure your fly problem doesn’t come back.
We’ll handle the professional treatments, but as a homeowner, proper food and trash storage can go a long way towards preventing future fly issues.
If you’re tired of swatting away at flies in your home or on your property, contact us today at All-Safe Pest & Termite to learn more about how our fly control services work.
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