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House Flies

House flies get their common name from being the most common fly found in and around homes and pose significant health concerns. These annoying flies have large red-brown compound eyes surrounded by a light gold stripe.

Pest Description:

  • Color: Dull grey with four dark stipes down its back
  • Legs: 6
  • Shape: Long, thick body
  • Size: 1/8 – 1/4” 
  • Antennae: Yes
  • Region: All
  • Habits:  House flies feed on animal waste, garbage, and all sorts of moist decaying matter such as spoiled fish, eggs and meat. 
  • Habitat: Adult House flies may migrate up to twenty miles, but most stay within two to three miles from its breeding site. Inside homes they 
  • Threats: Flies regurgitate and excrete wherever they come to rest and thereby mechanically transmit disease organisms. Flies are strongly suspected of transmitting at least 65 diseases to humans, including typhoid fever, dysentery, cholera, poliomyelitis, yaws, anthrax, tularemia, leprosy and tuberculosis. 

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