What are flies?

Most flies are harmless scavengers that help to speed up the breaking down of decaying organic matter. They are an important part of the ecosystem. Flies belong to the order Diptera and are identified by two pairs of wings. These insects have a short lifespan but have an incredible reproduction rate, which is why populations of flies develop very quickly. Cluster flies, fruit flies, gnats, and house flies are examples of flies that invade our Omaha, Nebraska properties as they feed and breed.

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Are flies dangerous?

Flies can carry and transmit many diseases that make people ill. They also contaminate food sources and are a considerable nuisance to contend with. Some favorite breeding and feeding spots of flies are decaying vegetation, carrion, excrement, and garbage piles – all places where they will fill up their stomachs and cover their bodies and legs in pathogens and bacteria. Flies are weak fliers and, therefore, frequently land and take off, easily spreading the disease-causing organisms they carry on their bodies.

Why do I have a fly problem?

There are many reasons why flies have become a problem in your yard or home. Some of the most common ways they get indoors are listed below.

  • They drift in with a breeze through open windows and doors.
  • Any decaying matter buildup in drains attracts flies.
  • If an animal has found a way into your home and died within the walls, the carrion will attract flies.
  • Some flies move inside to overwinter in a warm space.
  • They get into your home on produce purchased from the store infested with fly eggs or larvae.

Where will I find flies?

Flies are most active when the weather is warm and, therefore, most abundant in the spring, summer, and fall seasons:

  • Fruit flies are most common during the harvest season when there are plenty of decaying fruits and vegetables to feed on. These flies gather around vegetables and fruits located in gardens, crop fields, and inside any structure that prepares or stores food.
  • Outside, house flies hang around garbage cans, standing water, pet excrement, and outdoor eating areas. After finding a way into our homes (which they often do), they are most problematic in kitchens and pantries.
  • Gnats gather around and lay eggs in moist, nutrient-rich soil. Once the larvae hatch, they feed on plant roots and fungi in the ground. Gnats gather in wet mulch, wet firewood, potted plants, soil in overwatered gardens, and behind water-damaged walls and ceilings.
  • Cluster flies that are in our homes are typically overwintering. These flies gather inside attics, behind wall voids, and in other quiet areas. On warm, sunny days, they may emerge from their hiding spots and “cluster” around windows and window sills.

How do I get rid of flies?

If you are looking for the best way to rid your property of annoying and dangerous flies, then make a “beeline” for Beeline Pest Control. Our trained and experienced technicians will work closely with you to solve your property's unique fly problems. We work around your schedule, not the other way around! To learn more about our detailed inspections, treatments, and ongoing pest control solutions, reach out to us today, and receive a free quote!

How can I prevent flies in the future?

Prevent flies from becoming a big problem in your Omaha area yard or home using the following prevention tips:

  • On a routine basis, make sure to empty trash cans and recycling bins and sanitize them.
  • Keep lids on trash cans.
  • Pick up pet waste daily.
  • Keep flies out of your home by keeping screens in open windows and doors.
  • Keep drains clean and free of debris.
  • Get rid of standing water from your property. Do not overwater your yard, flowerbeds, or gardens.
  • Maintain garden areas, regularly harvesting fruits and vegetables before they fall to the ground and begin decaying.
  • Inspect fruits and vegetables for signs of fruit flies before purchasing them. At home, store your produce in the fridge, not out on counters. 

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