Flies are both a nuisance and a health hazard, as they carry multiple disease-causing organisms. Identification is perhaps the most important step in pest control to apply the most effective elimination strategy.
Fruit flies are named for their tendency to lay their eggs on fruits. They are a nuisance as well as potential disease carriers. Fruit flies are tan to brownish yellow to brownish black, and measure up to 1/8 of an inch long. They are attracted to fresh fruits, vegetables and decaying organic matter. To get rid of fruit flies, it is essential to remove their breeding site. If they are entering from outdoors, smaller mesh screens and baited jar traps can be used. In other cases pesticides can be used, after which the area should be kept thoroughly sanitized.
Houseflies, as their name would indicate, are the most common flies found in and around the home. Like other flies, they are a nuisance and carry multiple disease organisms. Houseflies are dull gray in color with four dark stripes on their back. They are attracted to smells, moist places to lay eggs and air currents from buildings. To control houseflies, it is important to identify and inspect the flies’ habitat, clean the surrounding area of excess garbage and apply the appropriate pesticide.