Pest Facts: House Flies
House flies get their name from being the most common fly found around homes. Adult house flies can grow to one-quarter of an inch long and usually live between 15 and 25 days.
- Color: Dark gray
- Legs: Six
- Shape: Small oval
- Size: 1/4 inches
- Antennae: Yes
- Flying: Yes
- Region: Throughout the United States
They are only able to feed on liquids but have the ability to turn many solid foods into a liquid for them to eat. House flies taste with their feet, which are 10 million times more sensitive to sugar than the human tongue.
House flies tend to stay within 1-2 miles of where they were born; however, they have been known to migrate up to 20 miles to find food.
These insects have been known to carry over 100 different kinds of disease-causing germs, which makes them very bad house guests.
House flies can be controlled through vigilant sanitation. Remove trash regularly and use well-sealing garbage receptacles. Clean up pet waste immediately. Use fine mesh screens on doors and windows to prevent fly entry.
*Resource credit: Courtesy of the National Pest Management Association*