Types of flies and the danger they pose

You might be familiar with flies due to their annoying sound. No one in the world cant look at a fly and not recognize it as flies are present all over the world, except in Antarctica. Flies are among those pests that don’t just cause harm to you by spreading diseases but also annoy you with their irritating habit of coming again and again near you. No matter how hard you try to make them go away, they won’t go away and again come and do the same thing that they were doing previously. It’s also very tough to catch a fly as they are very quick and are more like an escape artist. In short, having flies in your home can be annoying as well as dangerous at the same time.

Where do flies come from?

Just like any other insect, flies also lay eggs. You might have never seen their eggs due to 2 reasons, first, their eggs are tiny, even a cluster of 100-200 eggs will only be equal to the size of pee, and second, flies lay their eggs in filthy places. Most of the time they will lay their eggs in the garbage or dead and decaying organic matter. After some time the eggs hatch into maggots. The white larvae of flies are also familiar to many people as they have seen them in the garbage, at least once in their life. These maggots will continue to feed until they reach the pupa stage. Then once they have matured, they break through and enter the nearest building as soon as possible. That’s why it’s always advised to cover the garbage cans so that flies cant lay their eggs in them.

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Flies can be of different shapes and sizes depending on their species. But they all have one thing in common that is need for food to survive. For the sake of satisfying their hunger, they start flying and searching for any source of food. In their conquest for food, these flies enter your house through any small openings in the walls or doors. The flies have a very strong smelling sense and that’s why they end up near your food. So if you want different types of flies to stay away, you need to make sure no food is left uncovered. These flies can reproduce very fast and if they are not controlled properly, then they can become a threat in no in that case you must call professional pest controllers like Melbourne Pest Control.

Types of Flies

Although there are more than 100,000 species of flies found in the world, Melbourne Pest Control is mentioning here 3 of the most common species that are found in abundance in nature:

House Fly

Out of so many species of flies, house fly is the most common species. They can be found in any type of climate and can sustain life in the worst-case scenarios easily. Flies feed on anything but their favorite is sweet things as it’s easier for them to feed on sweet things. Flies prefer feeding on liquid foods as they don’t have teeth to chew their food and prefer liquid food that they can drink through their straw-like mouths. Most of the time you will find house flies near garbage or decaying food, that’s because flies can easily feed on them rather than on a solid surface of fresh fruit or vegetable.

House flies can be a big problem in your home as they can multiply very fast. A single fly can lay up to 500 eggs in its life span, on average. Flies usually lay their eggs in places where their larvae can easily get access to food and grow as soon as possible. After the eggs hatch, the larvae start feeding and reach their pupa stage in 4-5 days and eventually reach their adulthood in 10-15 days. A whole lifespan of a fly is typically 25 days after which it dies. But within this 25 days lifespan, a female fly lays so many more eggs and the cycle goes on.

Many people say that flies appear in their homes out of nowhere. One day there is no trace of flies and then the next day there are a lot of flies, flying around and buzzing in their ears all day long. People get annoyed because of this and assume that flies come into existence out of thin air. But in actual their larvae are always around you, roaming here and there in search of food. They are in the garbage cans, in the sink, under the fridge, or behind the cabinet wherever there is a source of food for them. They silently feed on decaying fruits, veggies, or even dead rodents, and when it’s finally time for them to break through their pupa, they come out and start flying free here and there in search of more food. In some cases, these flies may also enter your home from cracks and openings in the walls and doors. In short, you can make sure that they cant spawn in your home by keeping your home neat and clean.

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Fruit Fly

Fruit flies are another kind of flies that are commonly found in tropical and subtropical regions. In Australia, you can easily find them and if you have any fruit-bearing plants in your backyard then chances of having these flies in your home are extremely high. Fruit flies are similar to normal house flies but the only difference is in their appearance. A fruit fly is smaller in size and is light brown with red or dark brown eyes. They also don’t have a biting mechanism in their mouth so they also have to feed on liquid foods. But unlike normal house flies, they cant feed on decaying organisms like rodents or dead animals, instead their source of nutrition is fruits and vegetables. So they search for foods that are fermented so that they can extract the nutritious liquid from them.

Fruit flies also have a lifespan similar to that of a housefly. Another common thing about these flies is that they both are attracted towards sweet-smelling things or sugar in general. So if you have cooked something sweet then better cover it before a fruit fly decides to taste it. Fruit flies also spread several diseases because the decaying fruits and veggies that they feed on have many other diseases causing bacteria on them and when these flies land on these decaying things, they attach these bacteria to their feet and mouth, and eventually when they sit on your food, these unwanted bacteria also get transferred to your food.

For the sake of your safety you must always throw away fermented fruits and vegetables as soon as possible, otherwise, fruit flies may come and even lay eggs in them. In some cases, it was found that in fresh fruits, fruit flies lay their eggs if the skin of the fruit is torn in someplace. After that, the maggots comfortably keep on feeding and eventually crawl out when they are full. The fruit seems good from the outside but it has been hollowed and infected from inside. So be sure to cut your fruits before having them.

Horse Fly

Horse flies are the third on our list of flies. They are the most dangerous species of flies as they don’t feed on  Or fruits or even decaying organic matter. Instead, they feed on horses and other mammals. Horseflies are named so because they were most of the time found near horses. Horseflies have a mouth developed to bite and tear flesh and drink their blood. Only female horse flies feed on blood whereas male horse flies usually feed on nectar and pollen.

These flies are not just deadly because of their biting ability but also because they are so big. During the nighttime, these flies can hit the passengers on two-wheeler and cause damage to them. These flies are attracted to light and because of that, they strike the windshields of many vehicles.

Unlike other flies, these flies breed in nature and usually near water sources. Their life cycle is comparatively longer than that of other flies. Once they reach adulthood, they start flying around in search of food. They can easily cover a large area by flying and don’t stop until they have found a source of food. Most of the time these flies were found near horses as horses have torn skin and it becomes easier for flies to feed.

Types of dangers they pose

You might think that what damage can these tiny flies cause. You might never even consider them as a threat but in actual they are way more dangerous than you think. The danger they cause comes in various forms. Here are some of the most common dangers caused by flies:

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  • Flies may spread several harmful diseases such as cholera, typhoid fever, dysentery, etc. Most of these diseases are transmitted from person to person, that means if you get these diseases then chances are that your other family members can also conceive these disease from you.
  • Some flies like horse flies have a mouth that is built for devouring skin and drinking blood, which means if you have horse flies in your surroundings then chances are that they will try to feed on you while you are asleep.
  • Fruit flies are known to feed on over ripen fruits and vegetables but fewer people know the fact that they also lay their eggs in the flesh of ripe fruits. So if you have bought fresh fruits and let them outside, uncovered then chances are that fruit flies can lay their eggs inside them.
  • Along with disease, flies are also responsible for transporting microbes and bacteria into your body, indirectly. Flies sit on the garbage and all other sorts of dirty stuff and carry bacteria and disease-causing microbes from there and then afterward when they land on your food they transfer those bacteria into your food.
  • If you have open wounds then flies can cause infection in it by sitting on it and feeding on dead skin. So you must cover your wounds and wash them if flies have sat on them.

So it must be clear by now that flies can be dangerous for you and they are present around you in different shapes and sizes. They can easily infiltrate your home and contaminate your home in a very short time. Also if you don’t take them seriously and keep ignoring them, then they can multiply within a month or two. So whenever you are in a situation of a fly infestation then you must always call Melbourne Pest Control for help. If you want to get fly pest control in Melbourne then Melbourne Pest Control should be the one that you call as our staff is the best for taking care of these situations. No matter how bad the situation is, Melbourne Pest Control workers do the work with ease and in the shortest time possible. So if you want your house to be fly-free then contact us right away.