Fly Identification & Prevention
Frequently Asked Questions About Flies
What are flies?
Flies are insects with one pair of wings instead of two like most other winged insects. While people view flies as unnecessary pests that need to be controlled and eliminated, they actually provide some important benefits to the ecosystem when living out in nature.
Flies are prey and a food source for many animals, they provide some pollination, and some flies prey on plant-damaging insects. Another benefit flies offer is that they often feed on decaying organic matter, helping speed up the decay process. However, it's important to know how to keep your home free of fruit flies and many other types of flies.
Are flies dangerous?
Flies are frequent visitors to trash cans, compost bins, piles of pet excrement, decaying organic matter, and other less than sanitary things. Flies are known as weak fliers and take off and land frequently, and when in our homes, they quickly contaminate food and dishes with the things parasites, bacteria, and more than 200 pathogens that can make people ill.
Why do I have a fly problem?
Our wet weather and bountiful vegetation allows flies to develop large populations throughout Hawaii. Our warm temperatures provide the perfect environmental conditions that enables flies to develop from eggs to larvae quickly.
When flies live outside in our yards, they can easily move into our homes with us through open doors and windows. They also get inside through torn screens, vents, and on contaminated fruits and vegetables from our yards or that we purchase from the store or farmer's market.
Where will I find flies?
Flies are most commonly found living either inside or outside our homes in areas that provide them with standing water and decaying organic matter. Our Hawaiian kitchens, bathrooms, and basements more often than not provide them with their basic needs: food, water, and breeding spots.
Some of their favorite outdoor areas to lay their eggs and feed are listed below:
- Leaf and grass piles
- Open trash cans, recycling bins, and compost bins
- Clogged drains
- Decaying vegetation
- Overripe fruits and vegetables
- Yards with pest waste
How do I get rid of flies?
Flies are pests that can make spending time inside or outside your home miserable. To get rid of flies and prevent them from returning, trust the local team of pest control professionals at Pest Tech Hawaii. We are a locally owned and operated pest control company dedicated to delivering pest control services in the Aloha spirit!
By using up-to-date products, we are committed to providing a safe and healthy pest-free environment to all our customers. We offer a full range of customizable home pest control and remediation services that will eliminate our area's most common household pests like flies.
For over 20 years, we have been providing the residents in our Honolulu service area with affordable and reliable pest control solutions. To learn more about our one-time or recurring pest control solutions or to request an estimate, give Pest Tech Hawaii a call today!
How can I prevent flies in the future?
Flies thrive in the warmth and moisture our tropical climate provides, making controlling and preventing them a difficult task. The following tips will help to make your Hawaii home and property less attractive to flies:
- Keep lids on indoor trash cans and ensure all bags are tied securely before placing them into outdoor trash cans. Outdoor trash cans should have secure lids and be places away from the exterior of your home.
- Regularly clean out and sanitize trash cans and recycling bins.
- Harvest fruits and vegetables from gardens before they become overripe and begin to rot.
- Remove areas of standing water from your property. Make sure gutters are clear and directing rainwater away from your home.
- Never prop open your windows or doors.
- Make sure windows and doors have secure fitting screens.
- In your home, store perishable items in the fridge.
- If you own pets, pick up and dispose of their excrement each day.
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