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. Two of the most common flies found in Georgia are:
Common House Flies
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.