The Pesky House Fly: A Control Guide For Omaha Homeowners

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It's common to see flies buzzing around your picnic table or backyard barbecue, but most people don't worry too much about getting flies in their homes. However, all you need to do is accidentally let one pregnant female fly into your home, and your Omaha pest control efforts could be upended before you know it. That's why you've got to keep a weather eye out for flies in Nebraska. 

Common Types Of Flies That Invade Omaha Homes

There are several common types of flies that you may wind up within your Nebraska home. The different flies you could wind up getting in your house include:

  • Blow flies
  • House flies
  • Stable flies
  • Fruit flies 
  • Cluster flies
  • Gnats

Though these are all different species of fly and therefore have slightly different behaviors and favorite foods, most of the time, your fly prevention efforts can prevent virtually all these fly species.

Flies In The Home Pose A Serious Health Risk 

The reality is most common types of house flies spread serious illnesses that can land you in the hospital. Flies are known or suspected to spread over 60 different diseases, including

  • Typhoid fever
  • Dysentery
  • Cholera
  • Poliomyelitis 
  • Yaws
  • Anthrax
  • Tularemia
  • Leprosy
  • Tuberculosis

Flies spread diseases by contaminating the surfaces they land on. This includes food preparation surfaces, dishes, flatware, and food itself. Flies regurgitate and excrete waste everywhere they land. This means they blow the germs inside their bodies onto literally every surface they come into contact with. This is why fly control is so vital. A fly infestation is hazardous to your health. 

Six No-Sweat Fly Prevention Tips For Around The House

The good news is you don't have to wait for a fly infestation to start before you work on fly control. The best fly control is fly prevention, and there are lots of different ways for you to go about that. Here are six great ways to keep flies away:

  1. Store all pantry foods in airtight containers to protect them and mask smells. 
  2. Cover all indoor and outdoor trash cans with tight lids. 
  3. Make sure all window and door screens are well-fitted and free of rips and tears. 
  4. Install weather stripping in gaps between doors/windows and their frames. 
  5. Clean up kitchens and bathrooms frequently, and never leave dirty dishes in the sink. 
  6. Never leave pet foods or dirty pet bowls sitting out – feed pets and put their dishes away.

Following these tips not only makes it significantly more difficult for flies to access the food they need to survive, not to mention the foods they can contaminate to make you sick, but it also limits the space where they can breed. Many flies need to lay eggs directly on food so that maggots can feed and grow. Cutting off their access to food leaves them with nowhere to lay eggs and no way to sustain their offspring. 

The Most Effective Fly Control Solution For Omaha Homes

Nobody wants a swarm of flies buzzing around their home. Unfortunately, it's not all that easy to get rid of flies once you have them in your home. It can be extremely tough to find fly eggs and larvae, and it doesn't take long for those hidden larvae to mature and start laying eggs of their own. This means that you need to interrupt the fly reproductive cycle in order to eliminate an infestation. Most store-bought products cannot do this, which is why you should call the experts at Quality Pest Control instead of relying on do-it-yourself methods. We can help get rid of any fly problem you've got with our home pest control services! So don't wait. Visit our contact page or give us a call to get started!

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